Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (111)

Michael McGrath


111. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps that have been taken thus far to secure a permanent site for a new school (details supplied) in County Cork; the progress that has been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11551/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí ó Béal (1 píosaí cainte) (Ceist ar Education)

The Deputy may be aware that I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between my Department and the County and City Managers' Association (CCMA) in 2012. This Memorandum of Understanding fosters increased levels of cooperation and formalises the Local Authorities' part in identifying and securing sites for educational use. In that context, my Department is working in conjunction with Cork County Council towards securing a permanent site to meet the needs of the school to which the Deputy refers. Whilst I can advise the Deputy that options are under consideration, due to the sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally I am not in a position to provide further information at this time. Once the acquisition of a site is finalised, it is envisaged that a design team will be appointed and the project will be progressed towards tender and construction stage.