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To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the role of his Department in the oversight of the introduction of broadband by commercial operators in rural areas. – Clare Daly.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018.
(887 Received on 15th May, 2018.)
Decisions made by private telecommunication operators relating to the deployment of infrastructure to provide high speed broadband services throughout Ireland, are undertaken on a commercial basis by competing service providers operating in a liberalised market. The telecommunications market in Ireland is regulated by the independent Commission for Communications Regulation, Comreg.
I have no statutory role or function to oversee the commercial decisions of private operators.
That notwithstanding, my Department monitors eir’s ongoing deployment of high speed broadband to rural areas under the terms of the Commitment Agreement signed between myself and the company in April 2017, a copy of which is available on my Department’s website www.dccae.gov.ie.
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the level of demand for junior school places in Swords, County Dublin (details supplied); if he is satisfied that a strategy is in place that will cater for the demand and enrolment needs for the 2018/2019 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) (Rivervalley/Ridgewood/Boroimhe)
There are a total of 11 schools enrolling junior infant classes serving the Swords area, comprising 8 Catholic schools, one Gaelscoil, one Educate Together school and one Church of Ireland school.
My Department is aware of the pressure on school places in recent years in the Swords school planning area. In that regard, my Department is monitoring the expected enrolment position in the school planning area with the aim of ensuring that there is adequate accommodation to cater for the demand for places for the 2018/19 school year.
As the Deputy will be aware, my Department recently announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022) including two new primary schools to serve the Swords (North and South) school planning areas.
This announcement follows a nationwide, demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the four-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
It is proposed to establish the two new schools for Swords in September 2019.