Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Ceisteanna (126)

Denis Naughten


126. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress to date in developing a purpose-built school for the pupils of a school (details supplied) further to the Private Members' debate in Dáil Éireann of 25 September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40005/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Deputy will be aware that a major capital project for the school in question is included in my Department's school building programme to be delivered as part of the National Development Plan. This project necessitates the acquistion of a new site and a number of site options were identified by Galway Co. Council.  These were comprehensively assessed and a preferred site option was identified and negotiations entered into between the Department and the Agent for the Vendors.  Unfortunately, the Vendors subsequently withdrew from the process.

However, a potential alternative site option has been identified and discussions are ongoing with the Landowner with a view to acquiring this site.  Please be assured that this Department is doing all it can to progress the matter.  The school has been notified accordingly.