Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (94)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

94. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the proposed temporary location of a new primary school (details supplied); the length of time the school will be in temporary accommodation; the status of securing a permanent site for the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11349/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department announced plans in April 2018 for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022), including a new 16 classroom school to be established in September 2019 to serve the area referred to by the Deputy. 

My Department lodged a Planning Application to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on the 20th December 2018 to use a building (on a rental basis) on Ballymoss Road, Sandyford Business Park as the interim location for the school pending delivery of its permanent school building. My Department has received a Request for Further Information by the Local Authority which is receiving attention.

Following on from the announcement, the permanent locations for all of the schools, including this new primary school are currently being determined as part of a site identification & acquisition process. My Department are currently assessing potential site options and a decision on the final site location will be confirmed, when possible, at a later date. Due to commercial sensitivities involved in site acquisitions in general, it is not possible to comment further at this juncture. 

The school will remain in its interim accommodation pending delivery of its permanent accommodation on its permanent site.