Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Department of Education and Skills
113. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the efforts her Department has made to return a school (details supplied) back to the local community; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the local parish council has submitted a request to her Department to obtain or use this closed school for community activities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53452/21]
The former school referred to by the Deputy is not in my ownership and ultimately it is a matter for the owner of the property to decide how it will be used. My Department has a Charging Lease in place in respect of this property as a means of securing the public funds that were invested by my Department in this school building over the years. My Department have received an application from the owner of the property for my Department to release the charging lease. My Department is in communications with the owners of the property to finalise arrangements. These discussion will involve potential uses of the property including for community and recreational uses.