Gabhaim buíochas le Teachta Burton as an cheist. The permanent project for the school referred to by the Deputy is being delivered under my Department's design and build programme.
Key factors that can impact on the timeline for any new school project are the availability of a site and the planning permission process for the new school building.
A site was identified and will be available for this new school. This has enabled the design process for the new school building to be undertaken. Pre-planning meetings have been held with the local authority. The latter has requested a further meeting to review the proposed drawings prior to submission of the planning application. This meeting took place yesterday, 18 November, and it is envisaged that a planning application will be submitted shortly. The planning permission process will be a key factor for determining the timeline for the delivery of this project.
My Department's officials have kept the school authority fully briefed in relation to this project and the anticipated delivery timelines in respect of same.
Along with the Taoiseach, my Department is working to have the first phase of the school's permanent accommodation handed over by September of 2021 with phase 2 to follow in a matter of months.
The delivery date of September 2021 for phase 1 is dependent on no delays arising during the planning permission processes.