Update on School Construction

Edmund Rice College

I questioned the Minister for Education about the progress on the acquisition of the Phoenix Park Racecouse site for Edmund Rice College and when he expected construction of the new permanent school building to commence.

In reponse, the Minister replied:

“The first step in the process will be the application for planning permission which is expected to be lodged in quarter 3 of 2019. Thereafter, the timeframe for delivery of the school will be dependent on the grant of planning permission. My Department is working to deliver the school’s permanent accommodation at the earliest possible date.”

Pelletstown Educate Together National School

I asked the Minister for Education to provide an update on the progress on constructing a permanent school building for Pelletstown Educate Together National School.

In response, the Minister said:

“A planning application for the project was lodged in January 2019.  Additional information sought by the Local Authority was provided and a notification of decision to grant planning permission was received on 24th May 2019.  It is intended that the project will proceed to tender shortly and a contractor  will be appointed to commence work in quarter 4 of 2019.”

St Patrick’s National School

I asked the Minister for Education to provide a timeline for the delivery of new permanent school buildings for St Patrick’s Junior National School and St Patrick’s Senior National School.

The Minister responded:

“A building project for the school is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.

“The project is at an advanced stage of the tender process, and subject to no issues arising it is anticipated that works could commence in the final quarter of 2019, with an anticipated contract duration of 24 months.”

St. Luke’s National School & Tyrrelstown Educate Together

I questioned the Minister for Education about the timeline for works at St. Luke’s National School and Tyrrelstown Educate Together. It is important that these schools have full possession of all their facilities and school buidlings as soon as possible.

Responding to my question, the Minister said:

“Permanent remediation works in the schools to which the Deputy refers commenced earlier this month as part of a wider programme to carry out permanent structural remediation works in 14 schools, detailed structural investigations in 17 schools and fire safety works in 8 schools during the summer holiday period.    

“The timetabling for all of the elements of the programme is designed so that the schools involved can re-open at the end of the summer holidays.

“My Department will be keeping schools and their Patrons up to date on the position.”