Thursday, 5 April 2007

Ceisteanna (487, 488)

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

480 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the need for a primary school to accommodate the children from the new housing development within the Nevinstown area action plan, Swords, County Dublin; and when she will sanction the much needed school for this area. [13945/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The Department recently published an Area Development Plan in draft format which sets out the educational infrastructural requirements of the North Dublin, East Meath and South Louth area into the future. This draft Plan, which is available on the Department's website,www.education.ie, includes the area to which the Deputy refers.

The Commission on School accommodation has commenced a public consultation process on the draft document. Interested parties can participate in this process by either forwarding written submissions and/or by making oral presentations to the Commission. Arrangements will be made to hear oral presentations locally.

The consultation process will culminate in a final infrastructural Plan which will become the framework against which capital investment for the areas concerned will be made for the foreseeable future including the acquisition of the reserved site in Nevinstown and delivery of a school for that area if this is deemed necessary.

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

481 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the shortfall of primary school places in Skerries, County Dublin; her proposals to accommodate children for September 2007 and 2008 in this regard; and when she will sanction the school indicated in the Barnageera area action plan. [13946/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Department recently published an Area Development Plan in draft format which sets out the educational infrastructural requirements of the North Dublin, East Meath and South Louth area into the future. In this draft Plan, which is available on the Department's website,www.education.ie, the Department has set out its recommendations for the Skerries area. The Department has stated that a site is being acquired under the Fingal School Model process for permanent accommodation for a special school in the area. It also states that the need for the provision of one new primary school may also arise.

The Commission on School accommodation has commenced a public consultation process on the draft document. Interested parties can participate in this process by either forwarding written submissions and/or by making oral presentations to the Commission. Arrangements will be made to hear oral presentations locally. The consultation process will culminate in a final infrastructural Plan which will become the framework against which capital investment for the areas concerned including Skerries will be made for the foreseeable future.

With regard to 2007 accommodation needs, it is open to schools in the area to apply for additional temporary accommodation to cater for increasing enrolments if they deem that this is warranted. Officials in the School Planning Section of my Department will liase with Principals in the Skerries area with a view to ensuring that all eligible pupils seeking places for 2007 will have access to them.