Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Establishment

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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244. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the opening of the new Gaelscoil in Donabate, County Dublin; if it will be ready for August 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3070/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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In April 2018, the Government announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the four years from 2019 to 2022, including a new 16 classroom school to be established in 2020 to serve the Donabate school planning area. In September 2019, I announced that this school would be a gaelscoil following a review of the existing irish-medium provision in the area.

The successful patrons of the five new primary schools to be established in 2020, including the new school referred to by the Deputy, will be announced shortly. The assessment reports and the New Schools Establishment Group recommendations will be available on my Department's website (). 

My Department is currently examining options for interim accommodation to facilitate the opening of this school in September 2020.  The school will open in suitable interim accommodation pending delivery of its permanent building.

The acquisition of a site to accommodate a permanent school building is at an advanced stage of legal conveyancing. Department officials are engaging with the landowner and officials in the relevant local authority regarding the potential development of the site.


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