Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Thursday, 29 June 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 622 No. 31

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  239.  Mr. O’Connor  Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   if she will confirm that consideration is being afforded to the application for additional accommodation at schools (details supplied) in Dublin 24; if her attention has been drawn to the challenges faced by the schools in respect of the international community in the school and the further housing developments in the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25465/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The school to which the Deputy refers made an application to my Department for additional accommodation for September 2006. However, this application was refused on the basis that my Department is satisfied that there is considerable spare capacity in neighbouring schools. My Department’s main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places. While, this may result in pupils not obtaining a place in the school of their first choice, this approach ensures that the use of existing accommodation is maximised and that the development and support of one school over others does not occur.


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