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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects

Photo of Jennifer WhitmoreJennifer Whitmore (Wicklow, Social Democrats)
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279. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to build a new secondary school in Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3361/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The Government announced plans in April 2018 for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022), including a new post-primary school which is to be established in 2020 to serve the Kilcoole and Greystones school planning areas as a regional solution. Newtownmountkennedy is located in the Kilcoole school planning area.

This announcement followed nationwide, demographic exercises carried out by the Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country.

The patronage process for this new school is complete and patronage was awarded to Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board.

A site is required to construct a permanent school building. A potential site has been identified and discussions are ongoing with the landowner with a view to acquiring this site.


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