Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (92)

Brian Stanley

Ceist:

92. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for a new site and premises for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11335/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy may be aware, the building project for the school in question is included in my Department's capital programme.

My Department has been working closely with Laois County Council under the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a site to provide permanent accommodation for Dunamaise College, Portlaoise.  Officials have also been closely engaged with officials in Laois Offaly ETB regarding the process.

A potential site option has been identified and negotiations with the landowner are at a very advanced stage.

Department officials continue to liaise with officials in Laois Offaly ETB in order to keep them appraised of the status of the site acquisition process.  Once the site acquisition process is complete the project to provide permanent accommodation for the school can be progressed into architectural planning.