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Schools Building Projects

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (289)

Richard Bruton


289. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Education the planned opening date for the proposed new secondary school in the Drumcondra school planning area which did not go ahead on the date originally announced. [53761/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The planned establishment of a new post-primary school in 2022 to serve the Drumcondra_Marino_Dublin 1 school planning area was announced in 2018 as a result of a countrywide demographic exercise. A further exercise has since been conducted on the necessity for the establishment of a number of planned new schools, including the school to serve this school planning area, taking into account a number of factors, including the pace of delivery of the expected additional residential development in the school planning areas, associated enrolments and the capacity in existing schools in the area.

My Department is satisfied that demand in the Drumcondra_Marino_Dublin 1 school planning area can be accommodated at present by the existing and growing schools in this area. As a result, the establishment of the planned new school is deferred.

The pace of delivery of additional residential development in this school planning area, along with updated enrolment data and demographic data will be kept under review and will inform the timing of additional school requirements.