Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 15 February, 2005

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

  467. Ms Burton asked the Minister for Education and Science her views on the development of lands at Beechpark in Dublin 15 for the purposes of the building of a permanent school (details supplied); if she will make a statement on the position of St. Brigid’s GAA Club which has used these grounds for many years; her proposals to assist this club with replacement grounds during the development of the permanent school building; the length of time it is envisaged that the work will take place; and the length of time this club will be at a loss of playing pitch space. [4661/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The lands at Beechpark Avenue are owned by my Department and were purchased to provide educational facilities.

Planning permission has been obtained and that this project is scheduled to proceed to tender and construction within the next 12 to 15 months. It is envisaged that the construction period will be about 12 months from the date the project commences on site. I intend to put in place a formal legal agreement overning the use of the remaining lands once the school is in place. I recently met with officials of St. Brigid’s GAA club and informed them of the up-to-date position concerning the building project.