Written answers

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

School Site Acquisition

Photo of Steven MatthewsSteven Matthews (Wicklow, Green Party)
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275. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the site acquisition process for a school (details supplied) since it was initiated; if she will provide all of the reports and technical assessments that were carried out by or on behalf of her Department on the site in relation to the proposed development of a secondary school that was previously announced by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25458/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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As part of my Department's standard general procedures for identifying potential sites for new schools and in line with protocols for the use of State Property Assets, State-owned lands were identified as a possible site for a new permanent building for the school referred to by the Deputy. A master planning exercise for the site in question commenced and is currently at draft stage.

Given the passage of time since the original site identification process, my Department considered it prudent to carry out a further site identification exercise for a 1,000 pupil school in this area and this process is ongoing at the moment. The purpose of the current exercise is to establish if the situation has changed in the intervening period and if other site options have become available.

In respect of a solution for the permanent school, my Department is examining all options. In order to better inform these deliberations my Department has undertaken a site identification process in the greater Bray area. The site identification process has identified one site with some potential. However to advance to negotiations, my Department is currently seeking clarification on a number of issues which would impact on the deliverability of this site in a timely manner. A technical assessment is underway on a second potential site option, which will include consultation with the Local Authority. Due to commercial sensitivities my Department cannot provide further information at this time.


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