Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Status

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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245. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No.126 of 2 October 2019, the progress made to date in developing a purpose built school for the pupils of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3091/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy will be aware that a major capital project for the school in question is included in my Department's school building programme to be delivered as part of the National Development Plan. This project necessitates the acquisition of a new site and a number of site options were identified by Galway Co. Council.  These were comprehensively assessed and a preferred site option was identified and negotiations entered into between the Department and the Agent for the Vendors.  Unfortunately, the Vendors subsequently withdrew from the process.

However, a potential alternative site option has been identified and discussions are at an advanced stage with the Landowner with a view to acquiring this site.  Given the commercial sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally I am not in a position to comment further at this time.  I can, however, assure you that the acquisition of a new site for the school is a priority for the Department and the patron body will be informed of the location for the school as soon as it is possible to do so. 


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