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School Accommodation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (413)

Niamh Smyth

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413. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education the status of the approved extension for a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29506/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I can confirm that the school referred to was approved under the Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2016 for a 2-classroom SEN Base and 1 mainstream classroom.

A Flood Risk Assessment was carried out prior to the granting of Planning Permission which was Department approved and the school was refused planning following this assessment. Refusal for planning was made pre-November 2019 and ongoing consultation and meetings were held with the planning authority to attempt a resolution to this matter.

The Department has engaged the services of Cavan Monaghan ETB to assist in the delivery of this project and to find a design solution that meets Local Authority requirements and mitigates the flooding risk.  A Stage 1 preliminary design submission is currently required to be returned to the Department for assessment. 

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