Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (203)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

203. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 126 of 2 October 2019, the status of acquiring a site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46543/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Deputy will be aware that a project to provide permanent accommodation for St. Teresa's Special School is included in my Department's school building programme to be delivered as part of the National Development Plan. In order to facilitate this project the acquisition of a permanent site is required. Unfortunately this has proven challenging to date and the proposed acquisition of an identified site proved unsuccessful, despite my Department's best efforts.

I can confirm an alternative potential permanent site option for St Teresa's Special School has since been identified. As part of our standard general procedures, a technical site assessment is undertaken and this would include the full range of factors which might affect the deliverability and feasibility of the site in question. This assessment is underway at present. Due to the commercially sensitive nature of site acquisitions generally, it is not possible to comment further at this stage.