Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on the progress at securing new premises and-or new sites for schools (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Seán Kyne: I would like the Minister of State to provide an update on the progress in securing new premises or new sites for Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh and Coláiste na Coiribe in Galway city.
Minister of State Ciarán Cannon: In accordance with the Department’s five year capital building programme, the provision of a new post-primary school building for Coláiste na Coiribe has been devolved to Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board under a service level agreement. This project proceeded to tender in April and it is envisaged that, subject to no issues arising, the project will proceed to construction shortly. Following consultations with representatives of Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh and Department officials, it was agreed to relocate the gaelscoil to a new greenfield site. A suitable site has been identified and the acquisition process is ongoing. Department officials will meet the school’s representatives shortly to review the plans for the new school building.
Deputy Seán Kyne: I thank the Minister of State for his reply. It is good that progress is being made on the gaelscoil. The new greenfield site is in the vicinity further away from the existing site. When will a meeting take place on it?
Minister of State Ciarán Cannon: It has not been decided. The process of site identification took quite a while, but the acquisition process is ongoing, and it is a very significant milestone in the development of a new school for Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh. The officials in the Department will meet shortly with the school’s representatives to review the plans for that building. The project was at an impasse but it is moving ahead now towards a conclusion.