Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Department of Education and Science

Site Acquisitions

9:00 pm

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael)
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Question 110: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Questions No. 105 of 29 September 2010 and No. 80 of 9 November 2010, the contact, if any, between her and the principals or boards of management of the schools (details supplied) regarding the acquisition of a site in Ballincurra, Midleton; the input the schools have had in the planning process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43174/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy will be aware, my Department is engaged in the process of acquiring a site and to this end has applied for planning permission as part of the exchange of contracts. As the planning application relates to ensuring certainty for the purchase of lands as distinct from the specifics of a building project, it is not considered appropriate to involve the schools at this time. That being said, the Deputy can be assured that the schools will be consulted in relation to the specifics of the building project at the appropriate time.

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