To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the
provision of a new secondary school for the Malahide and Portmarnock area of
County Dublin, as announced in November 2015; and if she will make a statement
on the matter.
- Darragh O'Brien.
To ask 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; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 26th April, 2016.
Reference Number: 8254/16, 8255/16
Minister Jan O'Sullivan
I propose to take questions 393 and 394 together.
My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where
the pressure for school places will arise. The GIS uses data from the Central
Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection
and information from my Department's own databases.
The outcome of the latest demographic exercises was that in November 2015, I
announced the establishment of 13 new schools to open nationwide in 2017 and
2018 to cater for increased demographic needs. One of the new post-primary
schools will serve the Swords school planning area and one will serve the
Malahide and Portmarnock school planning areas. Both new schools are scheduled
to open in 2017 and both are included in my Department's six year construction
programme (2016-2021). Details on the progress of all projects on this
programme will be published on my Department's website and this will be updated
New school establishment procedures provide that a process is conducted to
select the patron of a new school. This process is due to take place shortly
for the new schools to be established in 2017. The new school patronage
process is open to all patrons (and prospective patrons) who will be required
to provide evidence of parental demand for their particular type of school.