Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 676 No. 5

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  177.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy  Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position regarding the need for a permanent school building for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9233/09]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  I wish to advise the Deputy that County Dublin VEC has agreed to dispose of a site to my Department under the terms of a 99 year lease. The Department is waiting the legal documents in relation to same from the VEC.

[214]In light of current competing demands on the capital budget of my Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

  178.  Deputy Joanna Tuffy  Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position regarding plans for a new community college in Lucan south, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9235/09]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  I wish to advise the Deputy that a new Community College is under construction in Adamstown, which will cater for 1,000 pupils. This school building is planned to come on stream in 2009 and will operate under the patronage of County Dublin VEC. Based on current demographic trends, my Department anticipates that there will be a need for a further post-primary school in Lucan in the medium term to cater for a long-term projected enrolment of 1,000 pupils.

My Department has been in contact with South Dublin County Council regarding a potential site for future educational provision in the area, and has arranged a technical inspection of the various site options identified by South Dublin County Council. These options are currently being considered and the Department will be in further contact with South Dublin County Council in the coming weeks regarding the matter.


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