Dáil Éireann - Volume 637 - 26 June, 2007

Written Answers. - Site Acquisitions.

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress she has made in acquiring a site for a new additional secondary school in Castleknock, Dublin 15; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17759/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: The Department is advancing plans to make considerable extra post primary provision available in the Dublin 15 area. In this regard and, as the Deputy will be aware, I have already given the go-ahead for the delivery of a new 1,000 pupil post-primary school in Phibblestown. This new school will be delivered along with new schools in Donabate and Laytown under a design and build contract and the Department is working with the relevant parties on the delivery of these projects within the earliest possible timeframe.

[513] The Department has also reserved a site for post primary provision in the Tyrrelstown area of Dublin 15. The educational reservation in the Hansfield SDZ also allows for the development of a post primary school for up to 1,000 pupils. A project manager has recently been appointed to oversee the development of educational provision on the Hansfield site. With regard to Castleknock specifically, the Department is examining site possibilities for a new post primary school with the local authority.

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science if her Department has requested that Fingal County Council acquire the one acre site (details supplied) in Dublin 15 reserved for community and educational use or if her Department has entered into direct discussion with the owner. [17760/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: I can confirm to the Deputy that the Department has asked Fingal County Council to explore the possibility of acquiring additional land adjacent to the school to which he refers for the purpose of expanding the campus.

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress made in acquiring a permanent site for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17761/07]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has identified a suitable site for the school in question. Agreement on its acquisition has been reached with the vendor subject to contract. Contracts are now awaited from the vendor’s solicitor.