Dáil Éireann - Volume 631 - 20 February, 2007
Written Answers. - School Closures.
Mr. M. Brady Mr. M. Brady
Mr. M. Brady asked the Minister for Education and Science her plans for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13 as it is due to close. [6145/07]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: A decision was taken by the Trustees of the school to which the Deputy refers that it will close in June 2007. This decision was taken because, in line with demographic changes in the area, the school has experienced a steady decline in enrolments in recent years. Current enrolments in feeder primary schools indicate that this decline will continue. In fact, a general decline in  enrolments in the area where the school is located has resulted in considerable spare capacity at post primary level.
Coupled with the decline in enrolments, the Department was also concerned about the ability of the school in question to offer a broad and balanced curriculum given the relatively small number of pupils enrolled. In all of the circumstances, the Department concurred with the Trustees decision to close the school.
When it closes, ownership of the school property, which is currently vested in the trustees, will revert to the Department. In the period leading up to the closure, the Department will consider all available options with regard to its future use.
Dáil Éireann 631 Written Answers. School Closures.