Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Status

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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180. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new secondary school for Ballincollig, County Cork; when the opportunity for a public consultations campaign will take place for the patron selection; his plans to have the patron selection in place for September 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5735/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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My Department will be seeking applications from patron bodies for patronage of the post-primary schools to be established in 2021 during the summer.

Having regard to the Roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions, it is intended to conduct the online parental preferences element of the patronage process for these schools in September, when schools are planned to reopen. All activity by patron bodies in connection with the process will have to be compliant with any Covid-19 measures in place at the time.

Updates in relation to patronage processes will be announced on the OPPS website () and my Department’s website (www.education.ie).

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