Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Dáil Éireann Debate
211. Mr. E. Kenny asked the Minister for Education the proposals, if any, she has to transfer powers and functions from her Department to local bodies; and when any such proposals will be implemented.
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): The Programme for a Partnership Government contains a commitment to the introduction of intermediate education structures. In line with a commitment I gave at the close of the National Education Convention last October, I issued a position paper on regional education Councils (RECs) on 11 March 1994, as an input to the consultative process. As I indicated at the time, the proposals in the position paper are neither final ministerial nor Government proposals.
I subsequently invited the organisations which participated in the analysis of issues group on intermediate education structures at the convention to take part in a series of Roundtable Discussions on the proposals in the position paper. I have recently received a report on the round table discussions, prepared by Professor John Coolahan and Dr. Séamus McGuinness. A copy has been circulated to all Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
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