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Schools Building Projects

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 29 September 2021

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Ceisteanna (141, 142, 143)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

141. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education the number of sites that have been identified for future primary schools in an area (details supplied) to cater for the projected increase in population over the coming years; and the locations of those sites. [47179/21]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

142. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education the number of sites that have been identified for future secondary schools in an area (details supplied) to cater for the projected increase in population over the coming years; and the locations of those sites. [47180/21]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

143. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education the sites for new secondary or primary school builds which have been identified by her Department within Dublin city and county; the stage the planning or building of each school is at; and the capacity which each new school will have when completed and the catchment area for each of those schools. [47182/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141 to 143, inclusive, together.

My Department publishes on its website a monthly update on all major school building projects on a county-by-county basis outlining the status of each project.  A link to this listing is at: www.gov.ie/en/service/c5b56b-major-projects

There are 355 projects in total and over 100 in Dublin.   The stage of each project is indicated in the listing.  Given the volume of projects involved, it would take considerable resources to compile the information requested for all projects for their capacity. It would help therefore if the Deputy could narrow the information request to specific projects and my Department will endeavour to respond in a timely manner.

Other than for new schools which, since 2011, must prioritise enrolments from the area which they are established to serve, schools are responsible for their own admissions policies and priorities and my Department does not set catchment areas.   

 In regard to future school requirements, sites for future schools are identified in County Development Plans/Local Area Plans.  In the case of Rathdown, my Department recently made a submission to the draft Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan 2022-2028 which was published earlier this year. The draft plan contains information concerning projected populations in the various settlements of the county.  The Department’s submission assessed projected future school place requirements at each settlement and how they can best be met. It took account of planned school capacity increases as well as underlying demographic trends at both primary and post-primary levels Based on all factors, a view was formed concerning projected future requirements and how they can best be met at each settlement.  The Department’s submission is in the public domain on the website of Dun-Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Question No. 142 answered with Question No. 141.
Question No. 143 answered with Question No. 141.
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