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Schools Amalgamation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Questions (388)

Thomas Gould


388. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Education the consultation process required when an application for amalgamation of schools has been made; and if there is a statutory duty in this regard. [29121/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the decision-making authority for any amalgamation is the patron/trustees of the schools concerned, it is open to any patron to submit proposals to the Department for consideration.

Any proposed change involves extensive negotiations at local level and must be well planned and managed in a manner that accommodates the interests of students, parents, teachers, local communities and contributes to an inclusive education system.

The Patron and relevant stakeholders are also advised to consider the implications that any amalgamation proposal may have on items such as school accommodation, funding, staffing and school transport so that an informed decision can be made.