Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (23)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

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.