I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Edmund Rice College. It is important for the families in the school to know when construction on the new permanent building will commence and when the new building is expected to open. The Minister informed me that the plans to acquire the Phoenix Park Racecourse site are at an advanced stage in the conveyancing process, but that due to commercial sensitivities, he was not in a position to provide further details at this time.
After acquiring the site, the first step in the process will be the application for planning permission, which the Minister said is expected to be lodged by September 2019. Thereafter, the timeframe for delivery of the school will be dependent on the grant of planning permission.
I ensured the Minister understood the importance of getting the new school built in a timely manner, so that the school community can continue to grow. The project when complete will provide for a 1,000 pupil-school, including a 4 classroom Special Needs Unit, and will be a great benefit to our community.