142. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if sites have been identified and secured and permission granted for proposed new primary schools in areas (details supplied) in tabular form. (Question 17186/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years.  This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country.
Following on from the announcement, the locations for all of the schools will be determined as part of...

143. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if sites have been identified and secured and permission granted for proposed new post primary schools in areas (details supplied). (Question 17193/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years.  This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country.
Following on from the announcement, the locations for all of the schools will be determined as part of...

165. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the location the new regional secondary school between Drogheda and Laytown school catchment areas is to be located in the context of the recent new school announcements. (Question 17346/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years.  This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country. 
Following on from the announcement, the locations for all of the schools, including the new post-primary announced to serve Laytown and Drogheda, will be de...

84. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a short review of the process through which the land for the new site of a school (details supplied) was selected will be conducted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16862/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The site for the school to which the Deputy refers was purchased by my Department in accordance with its standard site acquisition procedures with a view to achieving optimum value for money while ensuring the provision of suitable accommodation.  
The Department has the support of the patron and management of the school in respect of the building project being provided on the site.  There are no grounds for reviewing the site acquisitio...

372. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for a permanent site for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15483/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is in the process of acquiring a site to accommodate the school to which the Deputy refers.  When the site acquisition process has been progressed further, my Department will be in a position to initiate the architectural planning process for the project.  I can assure the Deputy that every effort is being made to expedite the site acquisition process. 
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471. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in locating a permanent site for a school (details supplied); if Dublin City Council has secured such a site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16667/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A site has been identified to accommodate a permanent school building for the school to which the Deputy refers. The site is being acquired by my Department and the acquisition is at an advanced stage.
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13. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a site is expected to be purchased to accommodate the three-school campus in Buncrana, County Donegal; the timeline of works to ensure that this school campus is completed as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14259/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: When is a site expected to be purchased to accommodate the three-school campus in Buncrana, County Donegal? What is the timeline of works to ensure that this school campus is completed as soon as possible?
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266. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a site for a new school (details supplied) will be purchased and publicly announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13862/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is included in the Department’s 6 year construction programme. 
Officials in the Department continue to work closely with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable location for the school.
Due to commercial sensitivities it is not possible to provide further information at this time...

87. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the conveyancing process relating to the acquisition of a site for a school (details supplied) has been completed; if the site is now in the ownership of his Department; when a design team will be appointed for both projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13475/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department is in the process of acquiring a site to accommodate the schools to which the Deputy refers. The school patrons have been informed of the proposed location of the schools. 
Officials in my Department are liaising with all relevant parties in order to progress the site acquisition. When the site acquisition process has been progressed further, my Department will be in a position to progress the project ...

181. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of securing a permanent site for a school (details supplied) in the Castleknock and Carpenterstown area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11925/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is included in the Department’s 6 year construction programme.
Officials in the Department continue to work closely with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable location for the school.
My Department is working to advance the site acquisition process for the school in question as ...

140. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a site for a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare. (Question 11155/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is in the process of acquiring the site for a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers.  The site acquisition is well advanced.  At this point it is not anticipated that the finalisation of the acquisition will impact on the timelines for delivery of the building project.  
The project is being  advanced for tender preparation while conveyancing is being completed. My Department recently wrote to the school in...

156. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if permission from the Charities Regulator is required prior to sale of property for the new build of a school (details supplied); if so, the timelines involved; and if this will present a problem in the sequencing of relevant timelines for delivery of the school on current schedule. (Question 11346/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 and 158 together.
My Department is in the process of acquiring the site for a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers.  The site acquisition is well advanced. It would not be appropriate to provide details of the site acquisition due to commercial sensitivities. However I can assure the Deputy that at this point it is not anticipated that the completion of conveyancing will impact on th...

158. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there are other issues that may delay the legal process of transfer of property for the new build at a school (details supplied); and if so, the details of same. (Question 11348/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 and 158 together.
My Department is in the process of acquiring the site for a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers.  The site acquisition is well advanced. It would not be appropriate to provide details of the site acquisition due to commercial sensitivities. However I can assure the Deputy that at this point it is not anticipated that the completion of conveyancing will impact on th...

82. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a site (details supplied) in County Kildare has been signed over to his Department or the board of management for development of a new school. (Question 10688/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is in the process of acquiring a site at the property to which the Deputy refers in order to construct a new school. My Department’s officials are currently involved in ongoing engagement with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the vendor’s solicitors, in order to finalise this legal transaction.  Every effort is being made to expedite the process.
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86. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps an existing school authority must take in order to apply for a new school building on a site which is available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10746/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that it is open to the school authority in question to submit an application to my Department.  An application form may be accessed on my Department’s website www.education.ie.
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274. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the criteria used and copies of the way in which the technical assessment was carried out, including a copy of the technical assessment sheet, are publicly available; if so, the location in which they may be accessed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10037/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Details of technical guidance documents are available on my Department’s website (www.education.ie). 
Where my Department is acquiring a site for the purposes of delivering school accommodation thereon, identified site options are technically assessed in line with the provisions of my Department’s Technical Guidance Documents for school sites (TGD 25 and TGD 27), as available on the Department’s website. 
If the Deputy is referring to te...

279. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new secondary school for the Swords area of County Dublin, as announced in November 2015; if locations for the proposed school have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10085/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the acquisition of a site at Mooretown, Swords to accommodate the new post primary school has completed.
The planning application for the permanent school building, as included on my Department’s capital plan, is currently being finalised and is expected to be lodged shortly. 
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280. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new secondary school for the Malahide and Portmarnock areas of County Dublin, as announced in November 2015; if locations for these proposed schools have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10086/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, a project to deliver permanent accommodation for the new post primary school to serve Malahide/Portmarnock, as announced in November 2015, is included on my Department’s capital plan.
Officials in my Department are continuing to liaise with officials in Fingal County Council under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites in order to secure a suitable site to facilitate this project. ...

281. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a permanent site for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10087/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, the project to provide permanent accommodation for the school in question is included on my Department’s Capital Programme.
Officials in my Department continue to liaise with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable site for this school and the process is ongoing.  
My Department is in contact with t...

282. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new site for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10088/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The lands at Hedgestown National school, as referred to by the Deputy, were purchased by the St Laurence O’Toole Diocesan Trust, on behalf of the Board of Management.
An initial site adjacent to the school, was procured from Fingal County Council and transferred ownership on 1st June 2017. 
The second site was purchased from a private vendor and ownership transferred on 18th October 2017. 
My Department received copies of the deeds of tr...

283. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding progress on a new school building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10089/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware the building project for the school in question is included on my Department’s capital programme.
A new school site is required to accommodate this project and officials in my Department have been in contact with the school patron and trustees in relation to the site acquisition.
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285. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new site for a school (details supplied) as announced in November 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10091/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a project to provide permanent accommodation for the school in question is included on my Department’s Capital Programme.
Officials in my Department continue to liaise with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable site for this school.  Discussions with relevant parties regarding the potential acquisition of a preferre...

286. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department will engage with officials from Kildare County Council to resolve the issue of the siting of a proposed new school (details supplied) in County Kildare in order that the project can be advanced through architectural planning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10132/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s 6-Year Construction Programme. 
A site is required to progress the building project. The Patron is providing the site for the new school and the site originally offered by the Patron was not suitable. The Patron has been requested to identify an alternative site and a response from the Patron is awaited. 
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184. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the acquisition of a site and provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Wexford; when he expects the project to proceed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8240/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, the project to which he refers was announced as part of my Department’s Six Year Capital Programme in 2015. 
Officials in my Department are working closely with officials from the relevant local authority under the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable permanent location for the school to which the Deputy refers.
A number of potential site options have been identified and the...

194. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the development and location for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8494/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Schools Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Officials in my Department are working closely with officials in the relevant local authority under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites with a view to securing a suitable location for the school to which the Deputy refers.
My Department is working to advance the site acquisition process for the school in question as quickly as possible and the school patron will be informed of the permanent location once a...