Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Status

Photo of Jennifer WhitmoreJennifer Whitmore (Wicklow, Social Democrats)
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280. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the lands zoned educational and earmarked for the new secondary school in Charlesland, Greystones, County Wicklow have been purchased; if not, the stage of the process at which plans to purchase the land are at; when the new school will be built; if it will be fast-tracked in view of the high intake of first year students in the new school for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3362/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The provision of permanent accommodation for the new post primary school to serve Greystones and Kilcoole requires the acquisition of a site by my Department. 

I can confirm a potential site option has been identified and discussions are ongoing with the landowner with a view to acquiring this site. It is difficult to indicate a timeframe for any site acquisition as each process is unique and in some instances complex issues can arise which can cause delays.

Nevertheless, my Department is committed to delivering a site for the new post primary school for the Greystones and Kilcoole area of County Wicklow and work is ongoing to achieve this as soon as possible.  Once there is sufficient certainty in respect of a site the project to deliver the permanent accommodation can advance into the architectural planning stage and onwards to tender and construction stages.


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