Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (220)

Brendan Ryan

Ceist:

220. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of his announcement in relation to a school (details supplied) during his visit to the school on 21 November 2019; and if his announcement will result in additional places being available beyond the planned intake of 180 in September 2020. [53162/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that, in relation to the school to which he refers, my Department has approved funding for a permanent extension consisting of 3 general classrooms, 3 SET rooms/offices, a science laboratory and preparation area, an art room, and toilets.  This funding is being provided under my Department's Additional Accommodation Scheme 2019.

I can also inform the Deputy that, pending the delivery of this permanent extension, my Department has also approved interim temporary accommodation consisting of 3 mainstream classrooms with toilets along with the conversion of an existing space to create a science laboratory. This accommodation will be in place for September 2020.

The requirement for new schools will be kept under on-going review and, in particular, will have regard to the increased rollout of housing provision as outlined in Project Ireland 2040.