To ask 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 he has identified locations for the proposed schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The building project for Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School is being delivered under my Department's Design & Build programme. This delivery programme uses a professional external Project Management team to progress the project through the stages of architectural planning, tendering and construction.
The procurement process for a bundle of projects has commenced, with the publication of a contract notice to determine a shortlist of interested contractors. The new school building for the school referred to by the Deputy is part of this bundle of projects. The procurement process (and the associated tendering to short-listed contractors) for this bundle of projects will be ongoing during Q4 2019 and Q1 2020. It is anticipated that construction of this school building project will commence in Q2 2020. The first phase is planned to facilitate occupation of the new permanent school building in the 2020/2021 school year. The site is located in Drinan, Swords.