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School Accommodation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (398)

Cormac Devlin

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398. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Education if a school (details supplied) has accepted its offer of temporary accommodation for September 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29247/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The school to which the Deputy refers was established in September 2019 and is currently located in interim accommodation at Kill Lane, Deansgrange, Co. Dublin, which can accommodate 2 x mainstream classrooms plus ancillary space. It should be noted that the school authorities were informed before occupying Kill Lane that it would be for a two year period only; they were aware that a move to alternative interim accommodation would be required for the 2021 academic year to cater for the schools growing enrolments. 

There is insufficient accommodation in the existing building to cater for the 2021 academic year.  As a result, officials in my Department have put the necessary arrangements in place to relocate the school to a premises at Eblana Avenue in Dún Laoghaire, which is under the ownership of Dublin Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board (DDLETB). This alternative interim accommodation will suitably accommodate the schools growing enrolments for the academic years 2021 and 2022 pending provision of their permanent school project. My Department issued both verbal and written communication on Wednesday 28 April 2021, informing the Patron of these arrangements and my officials understand that the school was in turn informed of this communication the same day.

My Department has made these arrangements and communicated them to the school through its Patron Body.

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