Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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281. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a full review of the overall process for the handover of a new school building will be undertaken by her Department as a result of the difficulties experienced with the handover in a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49394/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The issues in relation to the handover of the building referred to by the Deputy were particular to this project.

My Department took a prudent approach to ensure it was fully satisfied that the school building met the required safety requirements prior to handover and occupation.

As the Deputy will be aware, the school building was handed over on July 30th 2021 and is in use by the school.

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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282. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of a new school building and the estimated completion date for a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49395/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The project referred to by the Deputy is in early architectural planning which involves site surveys, school design stages and the preparation of Planning Permission.

As part of the conditions of sale, the lodgement of planning permission is under the remit of the vendor. The Department has been working closely with the vendor to expedite a planning application for the new school.

As with all school building projects, pre-planning meetings are required with the Local Authority in advance of preparing a Planning Application. This is to ensure the highest probability of a successful planning application in the shortest time possible. A considerable amount of work is required following the pre-planning meeting to prepare a suitably detailed application. It is anticipated that the planning application for Greystones CC will be lodged in Q4 2021.

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