Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Galway School.

Thursday, 12 June 1975

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 282 No. 2

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27.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Education the number of pupils [321] attending Doire Bhó Riada National School, Recess, County Galway.

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  The average enrolment of pupils for the quarter ended the 31st March, 1975, the latest date for which figures are available to my Department, was 29.4.

28.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Education if it is proposed to provide central heating at Doire Bhó Riada National School, County Galway.

29.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Education if it is proposed to provide new window frames at Doire Bhó Riada National School, County Galway.

30.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Education the amount of money being made available for repairs to Doire Bhó Riada National School, County Galway.

31. D'fhiafraigh

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  den Aire Oideachais cé mhéad airgid a chuir sé ar fáil le Scoil Dhoire Bhó Riada, Contae na Gaillimhe, a dheisiú.

32.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Education if it is proposed to provide flush toilets in Doire Bhó Riada National School, County Galway.

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32 together.

As the Deputy is aware from my statement in reply to a question from him last July, parents in the Doire Bhó Riada district will have the opportunity of sending their children to the new Gaeltacht school in Sraith Salach, as soon as that school, at present under construction, has been completed.

The Department have sanctioned a grant towards essential maintenance works at Doire Bhó Riada school which will improve the building in the meantime. New window frames are included in these works, but it is not proposed that a new central heating system or sanitation system be included.

[322] An accurate estimate of the cost of these works is not yet available but the grant will be on the basis of two-thirds of the cost, as approved by the Commissioners of Public Works.

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  An eol don Rúnaí Parlaiminte an costas go léir? An bhfuil aon fhigiúir aige?

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  With the permission of the Chair, I will answer this question in English.

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Níor chuir me ach an cheist seo. Cén costas? Nach féidir leis an Rúnaí Parlaiminte an cheist sin a fhreagairt as Gaeilge?

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  The Department are prepared to sanction a grant up to a figure not in excess of two-thirds of the final cost figure of £1,000 in respect of repairs to Doire Bhó Riada school.

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Nach féidir leis an Rúnaí Parlaiminte é sin a rá as Gaeilge?

Mr. Power: Information on Patrick Power  Zoom on Patrick Power  He does not want to break the link with sterling.

Mr. Tunney: Information on James C. Tunney  Zoom on James C. Tunney  Ceist i nGaeilge atá anseo agus is é an tradisiún nó an nós anseo, freagra a thúirt i nGaeilge ar cheist atá i nGaeilge. Gan trácht air sin, níor fhreagair an Rúnaí Parlaiminte é. Cé mhéad airgid a chaith sé ar an scoil seo? Ní bhfuaramar aon fhreagra. How much money was spent?

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Ní gá an “translation”.

Mr. Tunney: Information on James C. Tunney  Zoom on James C. Tunney  Is gá is eagal liom ach——

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I have no information of money that was spent but I have information on money that is to be spent. I apologies to the House because I have not replied to the question in Irish. I should like to have been able to do so but I prefer to give an exact reply which I know will be exactly what I intend to convey. In Irish I would not be able to give the same exactitude.

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  An fíor nach féidir leis an Runaí Parlaiminte ceist [323] shimplí a fhreagairt i nGaeilge agus eisean ina Rúnaí Parlaiminte do Roinn na Gaeltachta?

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I am not the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht. I have already indicated why I wish to reply to the question in English.

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Is mór an náire dhuit é agus don Taoiseach nárbh féidir leat ceist a fhreagairt i nGaeilge.

Mr. Tunney: Information on James C. Tunney  Zoom on James C. Tunney  Maidir le ceist a 31, ní raibh ach abairt amháin ag teastáil sé sin, “níor chaith mé aon airgead”. Níl an Rúnaí Parlaiminte á rá linn nach bhféadfadh sé é sin a rá agus bheadh an t-eolas go léir ansin. Níor chaith tú aon airgead agus sin a bhí le rá agat.

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I have no information on that matter.

Mr. Tunney: Information on James C. Tunney  Zoom on James C. Tunney  Cad na thaobh nár——

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I do not think we did spend any money.

Mr. Tunney: Information on James C. Tunney  Zoom on James C. Tunney  If the Parliamentary Secretary had indicated in respect of Question No. 31 that no money was spent, surely he is not telling the House that he was not in a position to give that one sentence in the Irish language? He has answered other questions in Irish before now.

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  It is a grave reflection on the Irish language and on the attitude of this Government that a Parliamentary Secretary answering on behalf of the Minister for Education cannot answer in Irish. Is mór an trua é.

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  The Deputy is exceeding himself in his unctuousness.

(Interruptions.)


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