Dáil Éireann - Volume 586 - 26 May, 2004

Written Answers - School Closures.

  147. Mr. Gogarty asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason appropriate provisions were not put in place prior to Greendale Community School being targeted for closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15826/04]

  Mr. N. Dempsey:The decision to close Greendale Community School was taken by the trustees. My Department is in communication with the trustees with regard to the timing of the closure. Given the pattern of falling enrolments at the school, together with surplus capacity in the general area, my Department concurs with the trustees’ decision.

The Department’s main role in a school closure is to ensure that the best interests of the pupils are looked after in the period up to the closure and that alternative provision is available to accommodate the pupils who would have ordinarily attended Greendale Community School.