Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her proposals to meet the
post-primary requirements of the various Scoileanna Gaeilge; if she has
received submissions in this regard from the various school authorities; her
plans to be in a position to advance proposals in this regard; and if she will
make a statement on the matter.
– Bernard J. Durkan.
* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 8th October, 2014.
Reference Number: 38473/14
Minister Jan O’Sullivan
The establishment of any new school is considered in the context of the overall
need for additional school places to meet future demographic demands. New
schools are then advanced in line with an objective process and criteria for
determining patronage and language medium of instruction.
As part of the arrangements for establishing new post-primary schools, an
initial decision is made by my Department, before seeking applications for
patronage, on whether the schools will operate through the medium of Irish or
English. This approach will apply for all new post-primary schools being
established into the future.
My Department has received a small number of submissions from advocacy groups
in relation to all-Irish post-primary provision in their areas. The
information submitted will be considered in the context of the current analysis
of demographic data being carried out by my Department on a nationwide basis to
determine where additional primary and post-primary school accommodation might
be needed from 2015 onwards.