To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the provision of a new secondary school for the Malahide and Portmarnock areas of County Dublin as announced in November 2015; if he has identified locations for the proposed schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
As the Deputy may be aware, a project to provide permanent accommodation for a new 1,000 pupil post primary school is included on my Department's Capital Programme.
Officials in my Department are liaising 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.
Due to the commercial sensitivities relating to site acquisitions generally I am not in a position to provide further details at this time.
The new school will provide a regional solution for the two areas referred to by the Deputy. It is intended that the new school will initially operate on a temporary basis in interim accommodation from September 2017.