Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Ceisteanna (229)

Emmet Stagg


252 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 453 of 26 May 2009 if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a crisis exists in relation to places for September 2009; the action he will take to resolve this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23555/09]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has given sanction to the school to which he refers for the provision of 4 extra classrooms to cater for its needs for next September. The school has been informed of this decision.

As the Deputy has been previously advised, the Forward Planning Section of my Department is currently identifying the areas where significant additional accommodation will be needed at primary and post-primary level for the coming years. Factors under consideration include population growth, demographic trends, current and projected enrolments, recent and planned housing developments and capacity of existing schools to meet demand for places. Having considered these factors, decisions will be taken on the means by which emerging needs will be met within an area.

Any further accommodation needs for the area in question will be fully considered in this context.