Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects Status
I propose to take Questions Nos. 214 and 215 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the provision of new accommodation for the school in question is included in my Department’s capital programme. The project to provide this school accommodation requires the acquisition of a suitable site and this has proved to be extremely challenging to date.
I can confirm that Donegal County Council, acting on behalf of my Department under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites, are pursuing all potential options for the provision of the required school accommodation including both campus and split site configurations.
A potential site has been identified. Technical appraisals of this site are being conducted. My Department in conjunction with Donegal County Council are undertaking all the necessary steps in the process to advance the acquisition of this site.
I wish to assure the Deputy that finding a solution at the earliest possible date to meet the requirements of the schools is a priority for my Department.
As the Deputy will be aware, the project to which he refers has been devolved for delivery to Donegal Education and Training Board (DETB).
DETB has informed my Department that a planning application with respect to this project has recently been lodged with the local authority. Subject to any issues arising during the planning process, the project will proceed to tender and construction in due course.
I can confirm to the Deputy that a Stage 1 meeting was held with this school on 28thNovember 2019. Following this meeting, the school was required to submit a revised Stage 1 report.
This report has been received and is currently being reviewed by officials in my Department. A decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as this review has been completed.