Ceist Pharlaiminte
Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the establishment of
a Gaelcholáiste in North Kildare; if her Department has analysed figures from
the area that would suggest the need for a Gaelcholáiste, particularly based on
the demand for places in Gaelscoilleanna; her views on the limited capacity at
a school (details supplied) in County Dublin which currently caters for
students from Kildare North; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.

Colaiste Cois Life in Lucan

* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 10th November, 2015.
Reference Number: 39409/15

Minister Jan O’Sullivan

My Department is in receipt of a submission in relation to the establishment of
a Gaelcholáiste for the North Kildare area. 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 advanced in line with an
objective process and criteria for determining patronage and medium of
The Deputy will be aware that a new post-primary school opened in the North
Kildare area in September 2014. This school is operating an all-Irish Aonad to
supplement all-Irish post-primary provision in the area. My Department has
confirmed that if sufficient demand for education through the medium of Irish
in the Aonad is demonstrated over a four year cycle, consideration will be
given to the establishment of an independent Gaelcholáiste. This remains the

The school in County Dublin to which the Deputy refers was established a number
of years ago to cater for all-Irish post-primary demand in North Kildare and
South Dublin. This school was built to cater for 600 pupils. There is a
refurbishment project in progress to provide 4 additional classrooms. In
addition 4 temporary classrooms and a science laboratory have recently been
installed . The works being undertaken will increase the school’s enrolment
capacity to approximately 850 pupils. There were 597 pupils enrolled in
September 2014.