Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Education and Skills

School Accommodation Provision

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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104. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has identified a permanent site for the new secondary school which is planned for the Blanchardstown village and Blanchardstown west planning areas; when the school will open; if the school will initially be in temporary accommodation; if so, the location of the temporary accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43926/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy is aware, a new post primary school for the Blanchardstown area was included in the announcement of new schools made in 2018.

In line with the policy on the use of State assets (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circulars 11/15 and 17/16), in the first instance my Department is seeking to maximize the use of sites already in its ownership and of available properties in the ownership of other State bodies, where these are considered suitable.

Identified site options are currently being considered by my Department.  Unfortunately, due to certain sensitivities I am not in a position to indicate their location at this time, however, the proposed location for the school will be made known as soon as it is possible to do so.

The school will be established in September 2020 in suitable interim accommodation pending delivery of its permanent accommodation. My Department is currently examining all potential options for the interim accommodation.


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