Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ceisteanna (79, 86)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

79. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills when an official from his Department last visited and inspected the condition of a special needs school (details supplied) in County Cork; his views on whether the conditions at the school are acceptable; when a school building will be put in place; the process and timeline in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24657/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

86. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills when an official from his Department last visited and inspected the condition of a special needs school (details supplied) in County Cork; his views on whether the conditions at the school are acceptable; when a school building will be in place; the process and timeline in that regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24706/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 86 together.

I can confirm to the Deputy that an official from my Department visited the school in question in June 2017 and in light of this visit, my Department is looking at options to provide improved accommodation for the school.

My Department is also exploring options to address special needs provision in Cork City and has recently met with Enable Ireland and the intention is to meet with other patron bodies shortly.

If the school in question has emergency needs, the school authority is advised to contact my Department directly.