271. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide primary schools in Swords; his views on the need for a primary school in the River Valley and Ridgewood area of Swords; the meetings that have taken place with his Departmental officials on this matter in recent months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13902/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018)
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has recently contacted all of the primary schools in the Swords area to review their projected enrolments for September 2018. The schools concerned generally commenced their enrolment process for the new junior infants in early January of this year and this process is not yet complete. In that regard, the level of demand for all schools is not available at this point. Each school has issued invitations for enrolment through school notes and local announcements and are currently offering places in line with their respective enrolment policies. My Department will continue to liaise with the schools and their Patrons to keep the matter under review in the coming weeks with a view to putting any necessary arrangements in place to address any accommodation needs arising in 2018. Nationwide demographic exercises which will determine where new schools will be needed from 2019 are currently ongoing and it is anticipated that decisions based on these exercises will be announced in the coming weeks.