Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects

Photo of Cormac DevlinCormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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267. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new post-primary school for Sallynoggin and Cherrywood, County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49269/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The planned establishment of a new post-primary school in 2021 to serve the Sallynoggin_Killiney_DLR/Cherrywood school planning area was announced in 2018 as a result of a countrywide demographic exercise. A further exercise has since been conducted on the necessity for the establishment of a number of planned new schools, including the school to serve this school planning area, taking into account a number of factors, including the pace of delivery of the expected additional residential development in the school planning areas, associated enrolments and the capacity in existing schools in the areas.

My Department is satisfied that demand in the Sallynoggin_Killiney_DLR/Cherrywood school planning area can be accommodated at present by the existing and growing schools in this area. As a result, the establishment of the planned new school has been deferred.

The pace of delivery of additional residential development in this school planning area, along with updated enrolment data and demographic data will be kept under review and this will inform the timing of school requirements.

Photo of Cormac DevlinCormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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268. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status and timeline for the construction of a new school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49270/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of the tender process. Unfortunately, the recommended bidder withdrew from the tender process after they had been offered the contract and subsequently a number of the shortlisted tenderers have withdrawn from the process. In accordance with procedures, the Design Team have proceeded to the next lowest tenderer to ascertain if they are willing to stand over their Tender.

If a Contract is awarded to this tenderer, it is envisaged that construction could commence late in Quarter 4 with a construction period of approximately 18 months.

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