I propose to take Questions Nos. 176 to 178, inclusive and 244 to 246, inclusive, together.
The school to which the Deputies refers opened under the patronage divestment process in 2015 and is currently in interim accommodation pending delivery of the school's permanent accommodation.
Under the patronage divesting process, a school can be opened where a school building became, or was due to become available as a result of an amalgamation/closure of an existing school. In some areas, including in the case of Birr, in responding to demand for diversity where existing patrons were unable make school properties available, my Department also included an examination of properties held in public ownership.
In this regard, my Department has been liaising with a State body in relation to the possible provision of the school's permanent accommodation in part of it's property.
The delivery of permanent accommodation for divested schools can involve complex factors and my Department officials are considering the best way to provide for same.