Tuesday, 20 July 1971
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for Education (Mr. Faulkner): Provision for the long-term development of vocational education in Kilkenny city can be considered only in relation to the development of post-primary education generally in the city. Since this is a matter which  is still under discussion with the various bodies involved it is not possible at this stage to furnish the information sought by the Deputy.
Mr. Pattison: Would the Minister sanction the proposed purchase by the vocational education committee of a site adjacent to the existing school which can be bought at present and could be used for future development?
Mr. Faulkner: The Department have sanctioned a certain number of purchases but in this particular case it was turned down on the basis that the extra land was not considered essential. We have to concern ourselves with the overall provision of post-primary education in the city and for that reason I cannot accept that this particular extra land which the VEC wish to purchase is essential.
Mr. Pattison: Is the Minister aware that vacant possession was not given with part of the property which the Department sanctioned and also that all members of the committee, indeed all the educational institutions in the city, realise the importance of providing this extra space because it is conveniently placed between the city vocational school and St. Kieran's College and it could provide for joint utilisation of facilities between the two schools?
Mr. Pattison: asked the Minister for Education why the proposals of the County Kilkenny Vocational Education Committee for the provision of mobile accommodation in Ballyhale, Johnstown and Thomastown have not yet been sanctioned by him.
Mr. Pattison: asked the Minister for Education if he will state, in respect of the existing regional technical colleges, the ratio between the number of students in attendance from the area within a 15 mile radius and the number of students from the remainder of the region.
Mr. Faulkner: The allocations for the provision of scholarships notified to vocational education committees in the approval of their annual financial schemes do not distinguish between scholarships to third level institutions and other scholarships. Separate specific approval has been given this year at the request of committees for scholarships to regional technical colleges and the expenditure sanctioned for such scholarships is given in a list  which, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to circulate with the Official Report.
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