Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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379. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will commit to a date by which a school (details supplied) will have a permanent site for the school; if there are other schools also in the Blackrock Booterstown district that are also seeking a permanent location; if so, if they have a priority ahead of the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44217/20]

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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380. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if sites have already been examined by her Department for a permanent building and deemed inappropriate for a school (details supplied); if so, the location of the sites; the details of the issues with them that deemed them inappropriate; the primary, non-Covid related barrier preventing a new school location being confirmed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44218/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 379 and 380 together.

As the Deputy is aware, a number of potential site options have been identified. Officials from my Department, with the assistance of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, continue to appraise same in terms of their availability and suitability. Once a preferred site option has been identified, negotiations with the landowner in respect of the proposed acquisition of this site will commence.

Unfortunately, as the Deputy is aware, I am not in a position to comment further at this time given the commercial sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally. My Department will advise the patron body of the permanent location as soon as it is possible to announce same.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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381. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the general location for all sites under consideration for the permanent relocation of a school (details supplied); if the sites are within the community of Blackrock Booterstown in view of the fact that the community of same voted for the patronage of the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44219/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy is aware, a number of potential site options have been identified. Officials from my Department, with the assistance of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, continue to appraise same, in terms of their availability and suitability. Once a preferred site option has been identified, negotiations with the landowner in respect of the proposed acquisition of this site will commence.

Unfortunately, as the Deputy is aware, I am not in a position to comment further at this time given the commercial sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally. My Department will advise the Patron body of the permanent location as soon as it is possible to announce same.

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