Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
208. Deputy Anne Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will be made on patronage for a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14123/12]
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): As the Deputy is aware, in June 2011 I announced that 20 new post-primary schools are to be established up to 2017 across a number of locations to cater for increasing demographics. This announcement included a proposal to establish a new post-primary school in the area referred to by the Deputy. This school is to be established in September 2014. The closing date for receipt of applications for patronage of the post-primary schools to be established in 2013 and 2014 was Friday 24th February 2012.
The Forward Planning Section of my Department will assess all applications in line with the announced criteria and will prepare a report for submission to the New Schools Establishment Group, who will in turn submit their report to me for final consideration and decision. Details of the new arrangements for patronage of new schools and the criteria for deciding on patronage of these new schools are available on my Department’s website, www.education.ie.
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