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To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of developments to address the shortage of primary school places in areas (details supplied).

(Details Supplied) the Swords west/ Rivervalley area.

REPLY

As the Deputy is aware, demographic exercises carried out by my Department led to the announcement of a new 8 classroom primary school to open in Swords South in September 2019 as well as 41 other new schools to open nationwide over the next four years.  This new primary school in Swords South is intended to meet the primary school place requirement emerging in the areas to which she refers.

An Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) for this school will be opened soon. The OPPS has been developed by my Department to provide objective information to all parents which will allow them to make an informed choice about their preferred model of patronage for their child’s education in the new schools.

The new Swords South primary school will open in suitable interim accommodation in September 2019 and potential options in that regard are currently being considered.  Work is also underway in respect of the identification and acquisition of a site to facilitate the delivery of the school’s permanent accommodation.

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the oversubscribed list at a school (details supplied) for 2019 will be accommodated; and his plans to deal with future over subscription in the years ahead. (Details Supplied) St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush

REPLY
As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school to which she refers is included in my Department’s 6 year Capital Programme.  The acquisition of a suitable site is required to advance the project and my Department is progressing this.

In the meantime, my Department recently conveyed approval in principle to the Board of Management of the school for the rental of 2 Science Laboratories, 1 Technical Graphics/Design Communication Graphics Room and 1 general classroom, as an interim measure, pending delivery of the permanent  building