Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (101)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

101. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new school building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4982/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy may be aware, the project to which he refers was announced as part of my Department's Six Year Capital Programme in 2015.

Officials in my Department are working closely with officials from the relevant local authority under the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable permanent location for the school to which he refers.  A number of site options were identified and assessed and a short-list of technically suitable site options was selected with the assistance of local authority officials and assessed in further detail.

Engagement with the relevant landowners is ongoing with a view to reaching agreement in principle on the most suitable site acquisition as soon as possible.  The school patron will be appraised of developments in this respect and will be informed of the proposed permanent school location as soon as it is possible to do so.  

I can assure the Deputy that every effort is being made to secure the suitable site for the school as expeditiously as possible.