I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 to 180, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that neither I nor my predecessor made direct contact with the person in question.
I can confirm to the Deputy that the Patron of the amalgamated schools advised my Department in writing that the three catholic primary schools in question were amalgamating on the 1st September 2019. My Department is currently working on the accommodation brief for the new school building in consultation with the school authority based on staffing schedules for the amalgamated schools.
Given my the Department’s experience and assuming no significant issues arise during the project such as delay at planning permission stage it is reasonable to target 2022 for the commencement of the construction phase for the project.