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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects

Photo of Aodhán Ó RíordáinAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour)
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1056. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans, if any, there are for a multi-denominational secondary school for the Pelletstown-Ashtown area in Dublin 7-Dublin 15. [30778/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas and uses a Geographical Information System, using data from a range of sources, including Child Benefit and school enrolment data, to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise and where additional school accommodation is needed at primary and post-primary level.

As the Deputy may be aware, on the basis of demographic demand identified by my Department, Edmund Rice College was established in 2017 to serve the Castleknock_D15 and Carpenterstown_D15 school planning areas as a regional solution.

New schools established since 2011 to meet demographic demand are required, in the first instance, to prioritise pupil applications from within the designated school planning area(s) which the school was established to serve. This does not preclude schools from enrolling pupils from outside of the school planning area where they have sufficient places, rather it reflects the need to accommodate in the first instance the demographic for which the school was established.

Dublin 7 is in the Cabra_Phibsboro_Dublin 7 school planning area which is currently served by 8 post-primary schools. This includes Cabra Community College, which is under the patronage of City of Dublin Education and Training Board and Educate Together. It has a current enrolment of some 178 pupils in the 2021/2022 school year, is co-educational and multi-denominational in nature and provides for the local community.

The requirement for additional school places is kept under on-going review in the context of available information on population, enrolments, existing school capacity and residential development activity. Additionally, my Department will continue to liaise with Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council in respect of their Development Plans with a view to identifying any potential long-term school accommodation requirements across the county.


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