Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008

Written Answers. - School Enrolments.

Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in Dublin 15 has up to 60 children enrolled to commence junior infants in September 2008 and that they have not been able to secure a site for the school; if it is proposed to facilitate this school at the Kellystown site; if other arrangements are being made to facilitate the opening of this school in September 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17551/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: Following consideration of the report and recommendations of the New Schools Advisory Committee (NSAC) on the recognition of new primary schools for 2008, it was decided not to grant recognition to the school to which the Deputy refers, at this time.

In recognising a new school, cognisance needs to be given to the demand on resources so that the State can ensure efficiency and equity in the allocation of constrained resources. In that context, and given the significant additional levels of primary school provision made in the area in the past 3 years, I am satisfied that sufficient provision has been made to serve the current and future population in the medium term. I am satisfied that appropriate diversity of provision has also been provided.

[1234] On that basis, recognition has not been granted to the proposed new school at this time. This does not preclude recognition at a future date.