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School Accommodation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 May 2022

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Questions (437, 438)

Emer Higgins

Question:

437. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Education if the lease for the land at a location (details supplied) and used at the moment for classrooms, will be extended from February 2023 to accommodate the completion of the new school building; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24205/22]

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Emer Higgins

Question:

438. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for Education if there are plans to use a location (details supplied) which is owned by her Department to extend the sports and play facilities in the school given that the land in question contains an attenuation tank and cannot be developed but would provide a very valuable amenity to the school in terms of additional space. [24206/22]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 437 and 438 together.

The permanent accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy is being delivered under my Department’s Design and Build Programme which uses a professional external Project Management team to progress the project through the stages of architectural planning, tendering and construction.

The project when complete will deliver a new 16 classroom school, including a multi-purpose hall, roof-top play area, 2 classrooms for children with special educational needs, associated staff car park, ball court and ancillary accommodation.

The project for the new school is currently under construction with Phase One due for completion in July 2022 and the completed school due for completion in Quarter 1 2023.

The land referred to by the Deputy opposite the school site is not in my Department's ownership and it is not possible to extend the agreement for use of the land in question.

The strip of land containing an attenuation tank referred to by the Deputy is in my Department's ownership and it is intended that this area will be made accessible by the school following completion of the project.

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