Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Site Acquisitions

Photo of Aodhán Ó RíordáinAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour)
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396. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made on the acquisition of a permanent site for a school (details supplied), which is now 18 years in existence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44436/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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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 have been working towards the acquisition of a permanent site to meet the needs of the school to which the Deputy refers and have engaged with officials in the relevant Local Authority in that respect.

A number of potential site options have been identified and investigated. Unfortunately in the case of most of the options identified, either the land could not be acquired from the landowner or the site was ultimately considered unfeasible to develop. However, a couple preferred site options have been identified in conjunction with officials from the relevant Local Authority and are currently being pursued by my Department

I can assure the Deputy that the acquisition of a suitable site for the school is very active on the programme of site acquisitions and every effort is being made to secure a suitable site for the school as expeditiously as possible.

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