Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Questions (414)

Cathal Crowe

Question:

414. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Education the status of the site selection process relating to the proposed development of a new school building for a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37572/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Work is ongoing within my Department with a view to acquiring a site suitable for the permanent needs of Ennis Educate Together NS. Department officials are continuing to liaise with Clare Co Co on the matter and are making every effort to prioritise same. To this end, a site has been identified, deemed suitable and at an advanced stage of negotiation.

On foot of a recent meeting with representatives from the school, it was agreed to carry out an assessment of a suggested alternative site option. This assessment is nearing completion and it is intended to make further announcements on the subject in the near future.

Due to sensitivities relating to land acquisitions in general, I am unable make any further comments at this time. The school authority will be kept appraised of developments as it becomes possible to do so.