Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Site Acquisitions
251. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new secondary school for the Swords area of County Dublin as announced in November 2015; if locations have been identified for the proposed school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11098/20]
I am pleased to advise the Deputy that planning permission has been secured for a Post-Primary school (Swords Community College RN 76475D) on a site in North Swords (Mooretown).
A building contractor was appointed and construction commenced in April 2019. The anticipated handover of the school is Q3 2020.
252. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new secondary school for the Malahide and Portmarnock areas of County Dublin as announced in November 2015; if locations for the proposed schools have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11099/20]
The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is being delivered under my Department's Design & Build Programme. This delivery programme uses a professional external Project Management team to progress the project through the stages of architectural planning, tendering and construction
It is anticipated that the project will proceed to tender shortly as part of a larger bundle of projects. My Department is working to have the first phase of the school's permanent accommodation handed over for occupation as early as possible in the 2021/22 school year.
As the Deputy is aware, the building project for the school in question is included in my Department's capital programme.
Officials in my Department are progressing the acquisition of a suitable site where the school will be permanently accommodated.
While a site acquisition process is underway, due to commercial sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally I am not in a position to comment further at this time.
255. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new site for a school (details supplied) as announced in November 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11102/20]
As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school in question is included on my Department's school building programme to be delivered under the National Development Plan (NDP).
I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the acquisition of a site to facilitate the construction of a new school building has closed.
This site will will accommodate this school as well as a post primary school and will act as a campus arrangement.
My Department is currently finalising the accommodation brief with the aim of progressing the project into the architectural planning process. My Department will be in direct contact with the school authority at that point.