Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (44)

Aindrias Moynihan

Ceist:

44. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the redevelopment project at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47482/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí ó Béal (3 píosaí cainte) (Ceist ar Education)

The Deputy is aware that a building project for the school to which he refers is included in my Department's capital programme to be delivered as part of the national development plan. The project brief is being finalised and this is expected to be completed shortly. The patron, Cork Education and Training Board, recently provided additional information sought by my Department to facilitate this process. My Department will be in further contact with the patron when the project brief process has been completed.

In 2016, there was a commitment to extend Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig. It is a growing school in a growing area. Between them, Coláiste Choilm and Ballincollig community school serve a population of more than 18,000. The school is very much oversubscribed again this year. There appears to have been very little progress in getting the development up and running. In the meantime, there is a proposal to bring on another greenfield site with a brand new school, which would be a third secondary school for Ballincollig. A number of people are concerned this will cut across redeveloping Coláiste Choilm. Will the Minister clarify there is no conflict and that he will progress as quickly as possible with the redevelopment of Coláiste Choilm and, at the same time, bring on the greenfield project? We also need to get the process up and running on that new school.

I assure the Deputy there will be no delay. The project brief is being finalised and it is expected to be completed shortly.

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