Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (247, 251)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

247. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the delivery of a new campus for a school (details supplied); when building will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8242/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

251. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will be made on an application for temporary accommodation by a school (details supplied); if the decision will be expedited in order to give time for the planning process to be completed in order that the classrooms which will be required for the 2019 to 2020 school year can be in place in time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8252/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 251 together.

A new school building for the school referred to by the Deputy is included in my Department's six year Construction Programme.

Officials in my Department are working in relation to the acquisition of a suitable site for the new school. A potential site option has been identified and discussions, including technical considerations are ongoing with the owner with a view to acquiring this site. Due to the sensitive nature of site acquisitions generally, it is not possible to comment further at this stage.

I can confirm also that my Department has received an application from the school for additional temporary accommodation, to cater for the school's interim accommodation needs. This application has been assessed and my Department has approved in principle the provision of temporary accommodation at the school. My Department is currently awaiting further information from the school to finalise the approval of this temporary accommodation.