Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has commented on a court ruling on the Department of Education’s approach to long-term planning.
The judgment is in respect of the approach taken by the Department of Education to a development proposal submitted by Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh to increase pupil numbers.
Speaking today, the Minister said: “I note the judgment handed down in the case taken by Drumragh Integrated College. I welcome the court’s judgment that my decision making in this matter was not fettered. I wish to make clear that I take seriously my duties under Article 64 of the 1989 order and I note from the judgment that there were no objections to the recent guidance issued by me to Departmental officials on the application of this duty. I have given and will continue to give every due consideration to my duty in relation to decisions on proposals from the integrated sector, including in relation to my final decision in this case.”
The Minister concluded that he and officials in the Department will give careful consideration to the details contained in the judgment handed down.