Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (23)

Richard Boyd Barrett


23. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of the court case scheduled to begin on 15 March 2018 between a school (details supplied) and a trust with regard to whether the sale of the playing pitches at this school will be underwritten; if the school will be supported in its efforts to keep the pitches for use by students into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4818/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I am not a party to the litigation concerning the school in respect of which the Deputy provided details to me. Consequently it would be inappropriate for me to speculate on the outcome of a matter before the courts.

Separately I would like to advise the Deputy that I have received a request from the Patron of the school concerned to approve the dissolution of the Board of Management of the school. I have a statutory duty to consider this request in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998.

Until I have fully considered the request and the dissolution process is concluded I am not in a position to comment on matters that are related to the request. To make a public comment on this request to dissolve the board would be for me to pre-judge a statutory function which I must now discharge.