Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (212)

Brendan Ryan


212. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new Gaelscoil primary school for areas (details supplied); when enrolment is expected to commence; the details of an additional ASD unit for the peninsula in view of a previous commitment given by him which stated that the provision of an ASD unit formed part of the delivery of the new primary school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39587/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy may be aware, I recently announced that five new primary schools being established from 2020-2022, including the new school to be established in Donabate in 2020, are being designated for Irish-medium education.  The patronage process for the new school will commence later this year, when parents of eligible children in the school planning area will be asked to express their preference for patronage by way of an online survey called the Online Patronage Process System (OPPS). It will subsequently be a matter for the successful patron to make arrangements for enrolment for the following September.

The school will be established in September 2020 in suitable interim accommodation. The Department is also working on plans for the permanent accommodation.

In the case of all new schools, it is general practice to include a Special Education Needs Base in the accommodation brief for new school buildings being constructed, unless local circumstances indicate that it will not be required.