Bhreathnach, Niamh

Tuesday, 17 December 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 473 No. 1

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Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the provisions, if any, which have been made in the public capital programme for 1997 for the further development of Castlebar regional technical college, County Mayo; and whether she intends to grant...More Button

Was asked: the financial provisions in the public capital programme for 1997 which have been made for the further development of Castlebar regional technical college, County Mayo; and whether she will grant it i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 249 together. The development of the Castlebar campus of Galway Regional Technical College is a new and unique concept in the regional technical college secto...More Button

Written Answers. - School Places.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to deal with the growing demand for primary and post-primary places in the new parish of Lucan south, County Dublin, where the population has grown by 140 per cent in th...More Button

I am aware of the growth in population in the Lucan area generally and I accept the need for additional school accommodation at both primary and post-primary level in the area. At primary level, a ma...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to change the method of selection of vocational teachers in view of the ongoing dispute between the TUI and the IVEA; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Discussions on the appointment procedures for teachers in the vocational education sector have formed part of the negotiations on the teacher claims being processed under the terms of the Programme fo...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made to replace or repair substandard national schools at Wood Road, Ardara and Leabgarrow, Aphort, Aranmore Islands, County Donegal; and if she will make a statem...More Button

The question of replacing or refurbishing the national school at Wood Road, Ardara is under consideration within my Department. A decision on the matter will be conveyed to the school authorities as ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: the current position regarding the provision of adequate transport facilities for a number of children in the Dungarvan area of County Waterford attending a special needs class in the Presentation pri...More Button

My Department is continuing its efforts to resolve the issue in question at the earliest possible date. In the meantime, I have arranged that grant payments in respect of private transport arrangemen...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Aid.

Was asked: if she will sanction grant aid for a one-year course in the national certificate in applied social studies in social care, parish ministry; and if she will examine the case of a person (details suppli...More Button

Grants under the higher education grants scheme and the vocational education committee scholarship scheme are payable in respect of approved undergraduate courses which are defined to mean full-time u...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason works have not commenced on the necessary repairs, an extension and the provision of a lift for disabled students at the CBS secondary school, Youghal, County Cork, agreed in conjunction an...More Button

Reports concerning the condition of the existing building at Christian Brothers secondary school, Youghal are currently being examined by my Department's technical staff. A response will be conveyed ...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide funding to Louisburgh national school, County Mayo, for the provision of an outdoor shelter in view of the fact that such a shelter is required due to the time of arrival of the ch...More Button

The primary building section of my Department has no record of the receipt of an application from Louisburgh national school, County Mayo for grant-aid towards the provision of an outdoor shelter. In...More Button

Written Answers. - Security Measures.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has in relation to heightened security at Oberstown boys and girls centres, County Meath and Trinity House, Lusk, County Dublin; if so, the timescale for the erection of securit...More Button

Steps have already been taken to improve security arrangements at the campus in Lusk, County Dublin, which comprises Oberstown boys centre, Oberstown girls centre and Trinity House school. Arising fr...More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Board of Speech and Drama.

Was asked: if she intends granting recognition to the Irish Board of Speech and Drama under the NCEA.More Button

The White Paper on Education Charting our Education Future identified the need for a more coherent and effective system of certification for the extra-university sector of higher education. In respon...More Button

Written Answers. - Early Start Programme.

Was asked: if she has received an appeal on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Louth to have her case reconsidered to allow her to continue the early start programme for a further year in the Redeem...More Button

I am aware that my Department has received a request to reconsider its position on the case in question. The objective of the early start pre-school project is to expose young children to an education...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: if she will progress to tender the application for an extension by De La Salle College, Dundalk, County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has approved in principle the provision of additional accommodation at De La Salle College, Dundalk, County Louth. Stage V submission — bill of quantities is currently being examined by...More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding improvement works at a school (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

The current position on the project is that all the planning work has been completed and the contract documentation is ready. A decision on the timing of the tender process must be taken in the light...More Button

Was asked: when the planning process for a school (details supplied) in County Mayo will be completed; and when the construction stage will commence.More Button

An extension is currently being planned for this school. The bill of quantities for the project has been submitted to the Department and is currently being examined by the Department's technical staf...More Button

Was asked: if she will approve a national school (details supplied) in County Mayo for the 1997 building programme in view of the condition of the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy will be considered for inclusion in the next list of major projects for planning.More Button

Written Answers. - Provision of Third Level Facility.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the lack of overseas investment in counties Cavan and Monaghan; if she will consider the provision of a third level facility to ensure that the area is attractive fo...More Button

The Government has approved in principle the recommendations of the steering committee on the Future Development of Higher Education as a benchmark for future planning in the higher education sector. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grants to Schools.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the urgent need for a replacement school at Urbleshanny, Scotstown, County Monaghan; if she will provide funding for a school; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

I am aware of the need for a new school at Urbleshanny. The project is included on my Department's capital programme. The current position on the project is that all the planning work has been compl...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: whether the local contribution level for a new school (details supplied) in County Mayo can be reduced from 15 per cent to 5 per cent in view of the fact that the school has a concentration of pupils ...More Button

Was asked: if she will reduce the local contribution from 15 per cent to 5 per cent in respect of Rathbane national school, County Mayo, in view of the disadvantaged status of the school and the catchment area, ...More Button

An application in respect of the local contribution was received in my Department from the school on 10 December. The matter is currently under consideration and, when a decision is reached, it will ...More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin Institute of Technology.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, there are to award university status to the Dublin Institute of Technology colleges; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will allow the Dublin Institute of Technology to make its own degree awards from 1998.More Button

Was asked: the reason she has not implemented the recommendations of the third-level review body in respect of the Dublin Institute of Technology; and her proposals for the Dublin Institute of Technology in the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 227, 232 and 235 together. I asked the Higher Education Authority in 1995 to establish an international review team to advise on whether the Dublin Institute of Techno...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: if she has received an application for four extra classrooms from St. Bridget's national school (details supplied) in Singlard, Limerick; if so, if she will respond favourably to this request in view ...More Button

My Department has received an application for additional accommodation at St. Brigid's national school. The application is under consideration at present and my Department will be touch with the scho...More Button

Was asked: the current position in relation to an application for extra classrooms by St. Nessan's national school, Mungret, Limerick.More Button

My Department accepts the need for additional accommodation at St. Nessan's. Arrangements have been made to initiate the planning process. The school authorities will be kept informed of progress.More Button

Written Answers. - Provision of New Primary School.

Was asked: in relation to an application for a new post-primary school at Castletroy, Limerick whether the statistics on enrolment figures have been checked; whether figures have been obtained from Limerick Coun...More Button

An application for the provision of a post-primary school in Castletroy-Monaleen area of Limerick city has been received in my Department. Arising from this application, a detailed examination of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Capitation Grant.

Was asked: if she intends to increase the capitation grant for primary schools; her views on whether the capitation grant barely covers heating, cleaning and insurance and that all other basic costs, repairs, ma...More Button

I am not yet in a position to say whether the capitation grant for primary schools will be further increased in 1997. I am aware that some schools experience difficulties from time to time in meeting ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Expulsion.

Was asked: if she has received a representation from a person (details supplied) in County Limerick regarding the expulsion of his son from a school in Limerick; if so, if she has satisfied herself that the boar...More Button

I am aware of the representations made by the Deputy in this case. Matters in relation to school discipline and the selection and enrolment of pupils are matters for individual school authorities and...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: the number of requests her Department is in receipt of for permanent staff appointments in all third level institutions, inclusive of all training colleges, the Army Apprentice School and the Hotel Co...More Button

My Department does not receive proposals in relation to staff appointments in the Higher Education Authority sector. In the regional technical college-DIT sector, appointments to post are made by ind...More Button

Written Answers. - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

Was asked: if she will introduce a book-lending scheme for students undertaking a vocational training opportunity scheme course in view of the fact that many students do not return books as expected by the schoo...More Button

My Department provides funding to the vocational education committees for the provision of books for vocational training opportunities scheme participants. It is a matter for the individual vocationa...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: when she will publish the report on the review of school transport.More Button

I expect that the School Transport Review Committee's report will be made available to me shortly, at which time I will consider the matter of its publication.More Button

Written Answers. - SERC Recommendation.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the resolution by the EU Council of Ministers of 31 May 1990, regarding provision of resources for children with special needs in mainstream education; whether her d...More Button

I am fully aware of the terms of the Resolution in question. The sentiments expressed in that resolution were strongly reflected in the recommendations of the Special Education Review Committee. Signi...More Button

Written Answers. - Children with Special Needs.

Was asked: the number of children with learning disabilities currently enrolled in classes in mainstream education.More Button

My Department does not keep precise records of the number of children with special educational needs who are integrated into mainstream classes at any particular time. A survey conducted on behalf of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Home School Community Liaison Scheme.

Was asked: if she will give details of the schools in Dublin south west which have been awarded the home school community liaison scheme at vocational education committee community college level; and the names o...More Button

Was asked: if she will give details of the schools in Dublin south west which have been awarded the home school community liaison scheme at secondary school level; and the names of the schools which were given t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 240 and 241 together. The home school community liaison scheme commenced at second level in 1991-92. Community colleges and secondary schools in the Dublin south west ...More Button

Was asked: if she will give details of the schools in Dublin south west which have been awarded the home school community liaison scheme at primary level; and the schools which were given this service during the...More Button

A total of 19 primary schools in Dublin south west are included in the home school community liaison scheme. This includes four schools which were newly included in the scheme in the 1995-96 school y...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: if a resource teacher will be provided for Our Lady's boys and girls national schools, Ballinteer, Dublin 16, in view of the fact that there are two children with Down's syndrome attending these schoo...More Button

I am not in a position at present to provide a resource teacher to the schools in question. Ten resource teacher posts were available for allocation to schools in the primary sector in the current ye...More Button

Written Answers. - Youthreach Programme.

Was asked: if she will make a statement regarding the current dispute between her Department and teachers in Youthreach in respect of clause 6.37 of the Programme for Competitiveness and Work.More Button

Clause 6.37 provides that discussions will be held to review the staffing arrangements for Youthreach. In response to this commitment, my Department commissioned an evaluation of the staffing structu...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: when she will provide funding for an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that pupils at a school (details supplied) in County Cork will not be allowed to play in the school yard after Christmas in view of the fact that they will ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 245 and 246 together. A building project for this school has been included in my Department's capital building programme for 1996. The current position with regard to...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a school bus (details supplied) in County Mayo will travel a further mile to collect eight young children.More Button

Primary school transport routes are planned so that no eligible child will have more than 1.5 miles to travel to a pick-up point. Pupils living off the main route of a service are generally expected...More Button

Written Answers. - Provision of Post Primary School.

Was asked: the progress, if any, being made to sanction an Outreach school at Newport, County Mayo, under the auspices of Mayo vocational education committee; whether she has received the report of her officials...More Button

As I indicated in my reply to Question No. 139 on Tuesday, 3 December 1996, an in-depth examination of the proposal to provide a post primary facility in Newport, County Mayo is under way at present. ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: the total amount of national lottery moneys received to date by her Department; if she will give details of the allocation of such moneys to projects; if there are any commitments in regard to future ...More Button

The following table summarises the national lottery funding received by my Department from 1987 to 1996:More Button

Written Answers. - ASTI Survey.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the recent survey of County Louth secondary schools carried out by the ASTI which shows major deficiencies in the facilities available; and the plans, if any, she ha...More Button

My Department's planning and building unit has before it at present a number of applications for grant-assistance towards the improvement of educational facilities in County Louth. All these projects...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim, who is a mature student attending Limerick regional technical college, is being refused the full rate of grant; and the reason the applicant i...More Button

Under the 1996 higher education grants scheme, independent mature students are defined to be mature students who are not ordinarily resident at home with their parents. Their entitlement to a grant i...More Button

Written Answers. - Caretaker Appointment.

Was asked: if she will give immediate approval to the appointment of a full-time caretaker in a primary school (details supplied) in Dublin 11 in view of the difficulties which this school is undergoing and in v...More Button

The position is that my Department has allowed replacement of caretakers on a full-time basis during the current school year, but only where the schools in question had the required number of teachers...More Button

Written Answers. - Sign Language Interpreters.

Was asked: whether she has satisfied herself that adequate assistance is available to the deaf and dumb parents of two children attending a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow to enable these parents to ...More Button

I am aware that my Department has received a request for assistance in the case in question. My Department is not aware of other similar cases and has not previously been involved in providing financ...More Button

Written Answers. - Clare Unemployment Resource Centre.

Was asked: if she will sanction 400 teaching hours in respect of the Clare Unemployment Resource Centre which was applied for by County Clare vocational education committee.More Button

I am not in a position at this time to allocate teaching hours to County Clare vocational education committee in respect of the centre in question. The position will be kept under review.More Button

Written Answers. - Grants to Schools.

Was asked: whether funding will be made available to provide proper facilities for the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Dance; if so, when; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Funding for capital developments at the Dublin Institute of Technology, including the School of Music, is being considered in the context of a development plan which is at present being prepared by th...More Button

Written Answers. - Leathnuchán Scoile.

Was asked: cén uair a dhéanfar cinneadh ar iarratas ó Scoil na Tulaí, i mBaile na hAbhann, Conamara, Contae na Gaillimhe, ar leathnúchán a chur ar an scoil mar go bhfuil na seomraí réamh-dhéanta atá in úsáid ag ...More Button

Tá scéim togála do Scoil na Tulaí, i mBaile na hAbhann, Conamara, i gclár caipiteal mo roinne. Tá na doiciméid réidh chun tairiscintí a lorg. Déanfar cinneadh faoin bpróiséas tairisceanna/ conartha i ...More Button

Written Answers. - Stiúrthóir An Ionad Oideachais, Gaillimh.

Was asked: an bhfuil sé i gceist aici Stiúrthóir Lánaimseartha a cheapadh ar an Ionad Oideachais i nGaillimh; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh.More Button

Mar a d'fhógair mé le déanaí go poiblí, tá an t-Ionad Oideachais i nGaillimh chun bheith in a ionad lánaimseartha. Mar sin beidh stiúrthóir lánaimseartha á cheapadh don ionad. Tá tús curtha leis na ...More Button

Written Answers. - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

Was asked: her views on whether the vocational training opportunities scheme has been a success; and the long-term plans, if any, she has for the scheme.More Button

The vocational training opportunities scheme is considered to be a very successful scheme. A recent consultancy evaluation of the scheme viewed it in a very positive light. Progression statistics fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 44 of 7 November 1996, if she will sanction the appointment in question on a retrospective basis, back-dated to the date of original application by t...More Button

On receipt of the appropriate appointment documentation from County Laois vocational education committee the appointment in question will be sanctioned from the commencement of the 1996-97 school sess...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the current position regarding the provision of new accommodation for schools (details supplied) in County Cavan; the level of accommodation which will be provided in this new building; the current st...More Button

The project to which the Deputy refers has been included on my Department's 1996 list of primary schools for planning. The accommodation brief for the project includes the provision of three classroo...More Button

Written Answers. - Recreational Facilities Scheme.

Was asked: the current position regarding an application by St. Phelim's Branch, CYMS, County Cavan, for assistance under the recreational facilities grant scheme; when this application will be approved; the lev...More Button

My Department has an application on file from St. Phelim's Branch, CYMS, seeking funding under the recreational facilities scheme. Grants under this scheme have recently been allocated and all availa...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the cost of employing a visiting teacher for children with Down's syndrome in primary schools in counties Cavan and Monaghan have to be met by the loca...More Button

My Department has not previously been made aware that the Down's Syndrome Association in Counties Cavan and Monaghan has employed a teacher to support children with Down's syndrome in those areas. A r...More Button

Written Answers. - NCEA Appointment.

Was asked: the person who is the acting head of the National Council of Education Awards; the process of selection and interview implemented for the appointment to this post; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Mr. Séamus Puirséil has been appointed as acting Director of the National Council for Educational Awards for a period not exceeding six months or until the appointment of a permanent director of the N...More Button


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