Dáil Éireann - Volume 656 - 17 June, 2008

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will report on his efforts to provide permanent accommodation for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23554/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: The school to which the Deputy refers is currently operating in temporary accommodation on a site that is in the ownership of Co. Dublin VEC. The Department is in consultation with the VEC on the possibility of using this site, together with an additional portion of VEC lands, to cater for this school’s long-term accommodation needs. A study has been conducted to determine the feasibility of this proposal. Delivery of permanent accommodation for the school in question will be considered in the context of the Department’s Building and Modernisation Programme.

Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will report on his efforts to provide permanent accommodation for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23555/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: My Department is awaiting confirmation from the school authorities as to their pupil catchment area. As soon as the relevant information is received, my Department will advance the process of sourcing a suitable site for the school and its acquisition will be considered in the context of the multi-annual school building and modernisation programme.

Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide a target opening date for the first planned second level school at Clonburris, Lucan, County Dublin in order to allow County Dublin Vocational Education Committee as appointed patron [1026] to proceed with the tasks of establishing an interim board of management, seeking suitable accommodation and pre-enrolling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23556/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: A timeframe for the delivery of the planned second level school at Clonburris, Lucan will be known when a suitable site has been identified and acquired. The local authority has a number of Local Area Plans in train and it is likely that we will be able to secure a site under this process.

My Department is conscious of the lead-in period for the delivery of a post-primary school and it would be anxious to conclude the site issue as soon as possible. It will continue to engage with the local authority until this matter is resolved.