Thursday, 5 April 2007

Ceisteanna (489, 490, 491)

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

482 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the frustration of the parents of the children attending a school (details supplied) in County Dublin at the lack of progress in the provision of a permanent 16 mainstream teacher building; and if the new permanent building will be completed for September 2008. [13947/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the Department recently completed the purchase of the site on which the school in question is currently located in temporary accommodation. The completion of this transaction will enable the building project for a new school building to progress. Officials in the School Building Section of the Department will be moving to appoint a design team for the project in the near future.

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

483 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science the discussions she had with the board of management and Fingal County Council in respect of a proposed school (details supplied) in County Dublin. [13948/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to discussions in relation to a site for a permanent building for the school in question. As the school only has temporary recognition, it is not entitled to capital funding and discussions in relation to site acquisition do not arise. When permanent recognition is awarded, the question of a site for a permanent building for the school will be addressed.

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

484 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science her proposals for a second level school in Lusk, County Dublin and if, in this regard, she has received correspondence from County Dublin VEC recommending the need for such a facility in one of the fastest growing areas in Fingal. [13949/07]

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 recommends the provision of a 1,000 pupil post primary school for the Lusk area.

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.