Bhreathnach, Niamh

Wednesday, 22 January 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 473 No. 4

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Order of Business.

Following the Education Bill.More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: if she will urgently appoint a remedial teacher for Clonalvy national school in County Meath.More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the lack of remedial services to Stratford on Slaney national school, Grangecon national school, Stratford Lodge national school, Donaghmore national school, Kiltega...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 and 318 together. I am aware of requests for a remedial service from the schools mentioned by the Deputies. I am not in a position at present to allocate addition...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the current position regarding the proposed extension to the Ursuline College, St. Joseph's, Sligo; if she will ensure that the various processes are finalised in order to enable work to commence imme...More Button

The project at the Ursuline College, Sligo is currently at Stage II, outline sketch scheme of architectural planning. Numerous difficulties have arisen with the project since the initiation of the pla...More Button

Was asked: if a school (details supplied) in County Cork, which has been approved under the breaking the cycle scheme, has made an application to her Department for an extension; and if she will make a statement...More Button

An application for an extension was received in my Department on 16 December last from the school referred to by the Deputy. The application is currently being examined. A decision will be conveyed ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the current position on the provision of extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

My Department has approved in principle the provision of additional temporary accommodation for the school in question. A detailed submission is currently awaited from the school authority in relation...More Button

Written Answers. - Education Centres.

Was asked: the reason Carlow Education Centre was omitted in the announcement of the development and upgrading of the Education Centre Network; if she will consider upgrading this centre, particularly in view of...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware I announced the development plan for the upgrading of the education centre network on 18 October last. The plan provides for 21 full-time and nine part-time centres, strat...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: the reason the signing of yearly contracts with part-time teachers at regional technical colleges has been delayed; the reason for this delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Regional Technical Colleges Act, 1992, provides that “a college may appoint such and so many persons to be its officers (in addition to the Director) and servants as, subject to the approval of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the current position regarding the refurbishment and extension of a school (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

Officials from my Department's building unit have carried out a preliminary examination of the school in question. My Department is in contact with County Galway vocational education committee regardi...More Button

Written Answers. - Visiting Teacher Service.

Was asked: when a child (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given one-to-one teaching in view of the fact that his mother has been told the child requires such a service.More Button

I am aware of the case in question and am most anxious that the needs of this child be addressed. I have requested a member of my Department's inspectorate to carry out an urgent investigation into th...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will sanction a larger bus for use on a school bus route (details supplied) in view of the far too low capacity of the existing bus on the route.More Button

All eligible pupils in this case are catered for on the school bus in question.More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Teaching Service.

Was asked: whether some remedial teaching hours will be provided for children attending a national school (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that they are finding it very difficult to manage a...More Button

A member of my Department's inspectorate has investigated the educational needs of the children in question. I understand that a special programme has been designed within the school to meet their ne...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current position regarding forward plans for Colaiste Cionn Torc, Castlepollard, County Westmeath; if she will outline the various stages which had earlier been reached in the planning process for...More Button

My Department has approved in principle the provision of a permanent extension at Colaiste Cionn Torc, Castlepollard, County Westmeath. In this regard County Westmeath Vocational Education Committee ...More Button

Was asked: if she will sanction an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

An architect from my Department recently visited the school to which the Deputy refers. His report is being considered and my Department will be in touch with the school management as soon as possibl...More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding the building of a primary school at Raheen, Abbyleix, County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A new school for Raheen will be considered for inclusion in a future Capital Programme. At present, my Department is working to complete projects already included in earlier programmes.More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding the building of a primary school at Shanganmore, Barrowhouse, Athy, County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The current position regarding the building of a new primary school at Shanganmore, Barrowhouse, Athy, County Laois, is that the school authorities have applied for planning permission for the project...More Button

Was asked: the current stage of the proposed Ballyshannon community school, County Donegal; and when this school will go to tender.More Button

The position is that a new community school building is to be provided in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, to facilitate a rationalisation of the existing postprimary schools in the centre. The architect...More Button

Was asked: when work required on Collinamuck national school (details supplied) in County Galway, which was included in the 1995 Capital Programme, will go to tender; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Collinamuck is one of a number of urgent projects I am considering for funding in the 1997 building programme. I will take a decision in the matter very shortly and it will be communicated to the sch...More Button

Was asked: the progress, if any, made on an application by the post primary section of Ard Scoil Eanna, Crumlin, Dublin 12; the current stage of the building project; if sanction will be granted in this regard; ...More Button

My Department's post primary building unit has received applications for emergency works in respect of roof repair and heating at Ard Scoil Eanna, Crumlin, Dublin 12. The position in respect of these ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Heating.

Was asked: the regulations, if any, preventing the use of heaters (details supplied) as heating appliances in classrooms; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has not issued regulations preventing the use of the heaters referred to by the Deputy. My Department does not provide such heaters in schools or grant-aid their provision.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if she will consider sanctioning a physical education hall for Dunshaughlin Community College, County Meath; if a decision in respect of approval of such a hall could be taken as a matter of urgency i...More Button

It is the intention of my Department to provide physical education facilities on a phased basis to schools where these do not already exist. However, the timing of the provision of PE halls must have ...More Button

Was asked: if she will sanction the building of a new school at Fahy national school, Newport, County Mayo in view of the condition of the current school; and whether she will include this school in the 1997 cap...More Button

The current position is that funding for the works requested at Fahy national school must be examined in the light of existing contractual commitments for 1997, and the funding to be made available th...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made on the dispute between the TUI on behalf of its members at St. Angela's College, Sligo, and her Department, arising out of the fact that no full-time permanen...More Button

Officials from my Department met representatives of the Teachers' Union of Ireland on Wednesday 27 November 1996 and discussed this matter with them. The future of the two Colleges of Education for Ho...More Button

Written Answers. - Visiting Teacher Service.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the case of a child (details supplied) with Down's Syndrome who requires a continuous back-up service to assist her integration in school; and if she will make a sta...More Button

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers. My Department had made arrangements for this child to receive special support from the Visiting Teacher Service. Unfortunately, this service has bee...More Button

Written Answers. - Scoil Nua.

Was asked: an bhfuil iarratas aici ó Scoil na hAirde Móire, ar fheabhas a chur ar an scoil sin nó ar scoil nua a thógáil; má tá, cén dul chun cinn atá déanta leis an iarratas agus cén uair a mheastar go dtabharf...More Button

Chomh fada agus is eol dom, níl aon iarratas faighte sa Roinn ó Scoil na hAirde Móire ar fheabhas a chur ar an scoil nó ar scoil nua a thógáil. Fuair mo Roinn iarratas ón scoil le haghaidh obair deisi...More Button

Written Answers. - Central Applications Office.

Was asked: the criteria adopted by the CAO for including private colleges on its computer database; is she intends to extend the number of private colleges which can be considered by the CAO; if she will give de...More Button

The Central Applications Office (CAO) is a private company limited by guarantee-non-profit making, which processes applications centrally on behalf of its member institutions, namely the universities,...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if she will amend the current higher education grant scheme in order to allow students who have already completed the first year of a degree course, and who change course after the first year and ente...More Button

Under the provisions of the higher education grants scheme and the vocational education committee scholarship scheme, grants are not payable in respect of a second period of attendance at the same lev...More Button

Written Answers. - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the current position regarding the proposed extension to St. Declan's community college, Kilmacthomas, County Waterford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The County Waterford vocational education committee has been asked to submit a developed sketch scheme in respect of this project. When this has been received, the format of the project can be finalis...More Button

Was asked: the further moneys, if any, which will be provided for the erection of a physical education hall at Pobalscoil Neasain, Baldoyle, Dublin 13; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is the policy of my Department to provide physical education facilities on a phased basis at all second-level schools where such facilities are not already available. Provision was made for the arc...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs Misuse Prevention Programme.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to extend the awareness of the drugs pilot scheme currently operating in a small number of primary schools.More Button

Was asked: if she will meet with the Dublin City Wide Drugs Crisis Campaign to discuss parenting programmes and other educational measures to tackle drugs.More Button

As part of the overall development of a substance misuse prevention programme for primary schools, a wide range of educational resource materials for each primary school class level has been drafted. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if she will approve an application in respect of additional classrooms for a college (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

An application for grant-aid towards the provision of additional accommodation, at the school referred to by the Deputy, is under examination in my Department at present. This examination will be com...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if she will include the Dublin Institute of Technology in the Universities Bill, 1996.More Button

The Universities Bill, 1996, is being considered by the Select Committee on Social Affairs at present. I do not intend to support amendments there that the Dublin Institute of Technology be included ...More Button

Written Answers. - Sárú Chinniúint an Mhí-Bhuntáiste.

Was asked: an bhfuil i gceist stádas mar scoil faoi mhí-bhuntáiste a thabhairt do Scoil Mhuire, An Tuairín, Béal an Daingin, Contae na Gaillimhe, uimhir rolla 11261, ó tharla go bhfuil an stádas seo cheana fhéin...More Button

Glacaim leis go bhfuil an Teachta ag tagairt don tionscnamh, “Sárú Chinniúint an Mhí-Bhuntáiste” nó “Breaking the Cycle”. Tá sé de chuspóir ag an tionscnamh seo, cláir speisialta tacaíochta a fheidhm...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when funding will be provided for the proposed extension to Creevy national school, Ballyshannon, County Donegal, as promised in 1996; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

No promise of funding was made in respect of this school. My Department advised the school management in April 1996, that no additional classroom accommodation is warranted in Creevy national school ...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the reason a student (details supplied) in County Kilkenny is liable for tuition fees.More Button

Under the regulations governing the middle level technician and higher technical and business skills programme funded by the Department of Education and the European Social Fund a person who has compl...More Button

Was asked: if any grant or assistance is available from her Department to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who was assured by a local council in Scotland that they would fund him to undertake a one...More Button

Grants under the higher education grants scheme and the vocational education committee scholarship schemes are payable to eligible students in respect of attendance on approved undergraduate courses, ...More Button

Was asked: if she will have arrangements made to pay a higher education grant to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Cork County Council is the relevant body statutorily entrusted with the administration of the higher education grants scheme. I understand from Cork County Council that the student in question qualifi...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be paid a higher education grant; and if so, the current position relating to his application.More Button

I understand that the person in question applied for a vocational education committee scholarship to County Cork vocational education committee. The vocational education committee refused the applicat...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made regarding the provision of funding for a national school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

Ballycotton is one of a number of urgent projects I am considering for funding in the 1997 Building Programme. I will take a decision in the matter very shortly and it will be communicated to the sch...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the current position regarding the carrying out of refurbishment works to a national school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The current position regarding the proposed building project at the school to which the Deputy refers, is that my Department is evaluating the tenders received in consultation with the quantity survey...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when she will fund the proposed extension to St. John's national school, Ballisodare, County Sligo; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The current position on the proposed extension to St. John's national school, Ballisodare, County Sligo, is that a fire certificate for the project has been received and my Department's architect is c...More Button

Written Answers. - Galway College Development.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the need for increased capital investment in a project (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that, in the absence ...More Button

Over the past five years almost £10 million has been expended on upgrading and extending the physical resources at the regional technical college Galway. Under the National Development Plan 1994 to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: whether she will give a commitment to commence work on the erection of a sports hall and repairs to an existing building at Youghal CBS in 1997.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

Written Answers. - EU Presidency.

Was asked: the total cost to her Department of the Presidency of the EU; and if she will give details of such costs.More Button

The cost to my Department of the Presidency is £365,105, to date. However, refunds, totalling approximately £100,000 in respect of certain events organised by my Department during the Presidency, are...More Button

Written Answers. - Provision of Swimming Pool.

Was asked: if she has received a submission (details supplied) from the Dublin International Sports Council, dated 9 December 1996, in relation to the need for an aquatic centre and 50 metre pool; if she will re...More Button

Was asked: the number and details of proposals received in the sports section of her Department; if any further progress has been made towards the provision of a 50-metre pool; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 350 and 399 together. My Department has received four separate proposals for the provision of a 50-metre pool including the submission from the Dublin International Sp...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Buildings Projects.

Was asked: the primary school projects in County Cavan which will be included in her Department's 1997 primary school building programme.More Button

At present I am not in a position to indicate which primary school building projects will proceed in 1997. I am currently considering a number of urgent projects and when I have taken a decision in t...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the need to provide additional permanent accommodation at Ballinamoney national school, County Cavan; if so, the stage of planning of this project; when tenders will...More Button

I am aware of the need for additional permanent accommodation at Ballinamoney national school, County Cavan. I included the project in the 1995 capital programme to facilitate its progress through to...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when the balance of European Social Fund moneys for the leaving certificate vocational programme for a school (details supplied) in County Meath, which were due to be paid in OctoberNovember 1996, wil...More Button

A grant of £1,000 was paid to the school in question in December, 1996 in respect of materials and other resources with the provision of the restructured leaving certificate vocational programme. Arra...More Button

Written Answers. - Traveller Training Centres.

Was asked: when her Department will take full administrative responsibility for senior traveller training centres in accordance with the recommendations by the Government task force on the travelling community i...More Button

My Department is engaged in discussions with the Department of Enterprise and Employment with a view to finalising arrangements for a transfer of entire responsibility for senior traveller training ce...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will consider a change in the pick-up point for children attending schools in Athboy, County Meath, from Cloneymore Lane to Tullaghanstown Cross, which was the pick-up point in each of the year...More Button

Tullaghanstown Cross is in the Navan catchment area. To change the pick-up point for schools in the Athboy catchment area to Tullaghanstown Cross would constitute an encroachment into the Navan catchm...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: whether the construction stage of a proposed extension to a school (details supplied) in County Mayo will commence in 1997; and the date on which construction will commence.More Button

An extension is currently being planned for this school. Architectural planning is proceeding and the bill of quantities for this project was examined by my Department's technical staff. The school's...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has for the provision of a new national school at Dunderrow, Kinsale, County Cork.More Button

I approved the inclusion of a new school building for Dunderrow national school in my Department's 1995 primary school capital programme. The inclusion of the project enables it to progress through ar...More Button

Was asked: if she will provide a full and current report on the extension which will provide a new canteen and locker rooms at Kells community school, County Meath.More Button

An extension of 476 square metres, to cater for an overall enrolment of 650 pupils, has been approved for Kells community school.More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: whether a secondary school transport service (details supplied) in County Mayo can be extended in view of the fact that a more extensive level of service is already provided for primary school childre...More Button

School transport routes are planned so that no eligible post-primary pupil will have more than three miles to travel to a pick-up point, and eligible children on primary routes will have no more than ...More Button

Written Answers. - Recreational Facilities Scheme.

Was asked: her views regarding an application by an association (details supplied) in Dublin 10 for a recreational facilities scheme grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department will consider the application from the organisation concerned in the event of further funding becoming available for allocation this year.More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: her views regarding the case made by the parish of Lower Ballyfermot in Dublin 10 for the introduction of psychological, counselling and speech language services in the three primary schools in the pa...More Button

There has been a psychologist available from my Department to the schools referred to in the question since the beginning of the current academic year. Pupils, parents and teachers have access to thi...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: the State and semi-State boards under the aegis of her Department; the appointments, if any, which have been made to these boards in the past year; the number of women who have been appointed; the per...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is in the following table: More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Project.

Was asked: whether she will make funds available to purchase a site in respect of which planning permission has been granted to erect a new Gaelscoil in Killarney, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

The site for Gaelscoil Faithleann is one of a number of sites being considered for acquisition in the current year. The matter is subject to the availability of capital funding and a decision will be...More Button

Written Answers. - Course Application.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) was informed in writing on 31 May 1996 by the national co-ordinator of the training of trainers scheme that he has been acc...More Button

A programme for a BSc in Technology was developed in 1995 and approved by the National Council for Educational Awards and by my Department early in 1996. The general aim of the programme is to provid...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the public protest on 14 January 1997 by parents of pupils attending Urbleshanny national school in County Monaghan; the reason for the delay in allocating funding f...More Button

My Department is fully informed of developments at Urbleshanny national school. The current position is that architectural planning for the project at this school is complete and the documentation re...More Button

Written Answers. - School Proposals.

Was asked: in view of her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 128 of 3 December 1996, by Deputy Mr. Aylward, whether the proposals by the school authorities at a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny have...More Button

The proposals by the school to which the Deputy refers are currently being examined within my Department. This examination is due to be completed shortly. A decision will then be taken in the matter...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork is entitled to concessionary transport to her college.More Button

Concessionary transport may be only allowed in the case of pupils who are eligible for transport in their own catchment area, but who wish to attend school in another catchment area. The pupil to whom...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason a project (details supplied) in County Galway has not been sanctioned; if she will review this case and direct her Department to sanction this project; if so, the date on which this will be...More Button

The project at the school to which the Deputy refers was executed without prior departmental approval. For this reason grant-aid was not approved. Officials of my Department will review the case and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Art in Education.

Was asked: if she has received a document (details supplied) in relation to arts in education; if so, if she has studied this document; her views on this document; if she will confirm the serious statements ther...More Button

I received earlier this month the document referred to by Deputy Treacy. The document has been studied by me and by my officials. The proportion of marks awarded for the theoretical and practical co...More Button

Written Answers. - School Facilities.

Was asked: if she will sanction a project (details supplied) in County Galway; if so, the date on which this will be done; the amount of money to be allocated in this regard; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

I am aware of the situation at the school in question. I would like to assure the Deputy that appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that adequate facilities are restored as quickly as possible...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason a grant has not been sanctioned for a project (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which sanction will be granted; the amount of grant to be allocated; if she will give details ...More Button

Officials in my Department's building unit are currently considering applications from the school in question for grant-aid for the provision of a lift at the school and roof repairs. Additional info...More Button

Was asked: if she will sanction a project (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which this will be done; the date on which construction will commence; the amount of money being allocated for this proj...More Button

Kilglass is one of a number of urgent projects I am considering for funding in the 1997 building programme. I will take a decision in the matter very shortly and it will be communicated to the school...More Button

Was asked: if she will sanction a project (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which this will be done; the date on which construction will commence; the amount of money being allocated for this proj...More Button

Clontuskert is one of a number of urgent projects I am considering for funding in the 1997 building programme. I will take a decision in the matter very shortly and it will be communicated to the sch...More Button

Written Answers. - School Placement.

Was asked: if she will assist in obtaining a place in a special school for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 who has been out of school for four months.More Button

I am aware of the case referred to by the Deputy. While the selection and enrolment of pupils in second level schools is the responsibility of individual school authorities, my Department gives assist...More Button

Written Answers. - Gaelcholáiste Leamhcáin.

Was asked: the action, if any, she will take to ensure recognition of Gaelcholáiste Leamhcáin in view of the fact that 1997 will be the first year that past pupils of Gaelscoil Naomh Padraig in Palmerstown will ...More Button

An application has been received in my Department from County Dublin Vocational Education Committee requesting sanction to open the gaelcholáiste in temporary accommodation from September 1997. This ...More Button

Written Answers. - Kenmare (Kerry) Schools.

Was asked: the reason no board of management has been put in place for the new second level school in Kenmare, County Kerry; whether such a board of management will be put in place; the person currently responsi...More Button

Was asked: whether any date has been set for the amalgamation of the two post-primary schools in Kenmare, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 376 and 382 together. The amalgamation of the two post-primary schools in Kenmare and the establishment of a community school is dependent on the provision of new acco...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: whether she will appoint a special needs teacher for second level students who require special tuition in the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I approved the appointment of 56 resource posts to cater for the educational needs of special needs pupils attending second level schools with effect from the beginning of the 1995-96 school year. The...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when the building of new sports facilities at Holy Cross College, Kenmare, County Kerry, will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has for sports facilities at Holy Cross College, Kenmare, County Kerry; whether she will put these plans on public display in the town of Kenmare in order that the public can se...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, there are to build further classrooms at Holy Cross College, Kenmare, County Kerry; if so, when construction will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when phase two of the second level school at Kenmare, County Kerry, will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 378, 379, 380 and 381 together. The proposed community school in Kenmare is being developed in two phases. Phase one of the development has been constructed as allian...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Teacher Services.

Was asked: if she will provide in tabular form the primary schools in County Laois which have the services of a remedial teacher; if these teachers are shared with other schools; if so, which schools; and if she...More Button

Some 52 of the 69 primary schools in County Laois have the services of a remedial teacher on a shared or full-time basis. A list of these schools and the sharing arrangements involved follows. Since...More Button

Written Answers. - School Equipment.

Was asked: when funding will be made available to a school (details supplied) in County Cork to purchase computers.More Button

There are no specific funds available from my Department to assist primary schools with the purchase of computers. At primary level funds for the day-to-day running costs of schools, including the pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when funding will be made available for the development of three new classrooms to replace the existing prefabricated classrooms at a school (details supplied) in County Cork which are not suitable fo...More Button

I included an extension at the school to which the Deputy refers in my Department's 1996 list of primary school projects for planning.More Button

Was asked: when she will issue permission to Laois vocational education committee to invite tenders for the agreed provision of a two room extension to St. Fergal's College, Rathdowney, County Laois; and if she ...More Button

Architectural planning of the proposed extension is proceeding, and the combined stage four and five (detail design contract documents) documentation is currently being examined by my Department's tec...More Button

Written Answers. - Recreational Facilities.

Was asked: if she will authorise the already agreed expenditure of £30,000 to enable Laois vocational education committee to purchase an extra playing field at St. Fergal's College, Rathdowney; and if she will m...More Button

County Laois vocational education committee requested my Department to approve the purchase of a 5.8 acre site at St. Fergal's College, Rathdowney to enhance the playing space at the school. The matt...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when she will approve tender documents for a building project at Kilkee national school, County Clare.More Button

Kilkee is one of a number of urgent projects I am considering for funding in the 1997 building programme. I will take a decision in the matter very shortly and it will be communicated to the school m...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: if she will provide a resource teacher at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13 or alternatively find a place in a special school for a difficult pupil who is disruptive and urgently needs special ...More Button

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers. However, the school in question has not applied to my Department for a resource teacher post. In the current school year I have allocated an additio...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if she will ensure that a facility at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13 gets the final goahead in early 1997.More Button

It is the policy of my Department to provide physical education facilities on a phased basis at all second-level schools where such facilities are not already available. Provision was made for the ar...More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding the approved classroom extension development at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13.More Button

My Department has approved in principle the provision of a permanent extension at the school in question. The current position is that the school authority has been requested to submit a preliminary...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if she will have arrangements made to pay the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Leitrim for repairs carried out.More Button

My Department does not have any record of outstanding grants due for payment to the school to which the Deputy refers.More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: if she will review of the current situation at St. Patrick's girls national school, Carndonagh, County Donegal in relation to granting it disadvantaged status; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school in question was granted disadvantaged status, for funding purposes only, in December 1996. The decision to grant disadvantaged status to the school w...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current position in relation to school extensions (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the timescale envisaged for the provision of these facilities.More Button

The project at the third school referred to by the Deputy is progressing through the architectural planning process. The other two schools are among a number of projects I am considering for funding ...More Button

Written Answers. - Deontas Forbartha Scoile.

Was asked: cén uair a chuirfear airgead ar fháil le caoi a chur ar fhoirginti Scoil Chuimistheach Chiaráin, An Cheathrú Rua; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh.More Button

Tá clár grádaithe oibre leagtha amach don scoil seo. Beidh cead dhul ar aghaidh leis an gclár céanna ag brath ar acmhainn atá ar fáil.More Button

Written Answers. - Breaking the Cycle Initiative.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to include St. Mary's-On-The-Hill school and Gurranabraher national school, County Cork in the Breaking the Cycle initiative; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I have no proposals to include the schools in question in the Breaking the Cycle initiative. As I have previously indicated to the House, the criteria under which schools were selected for inclusion ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Expulsions.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to establish a system whereby her Department is automatically notified of any pupils expelled from school; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Primary and second-level schools are not required to notify my Department of cases where children are suspended or otherwise excluded from schools. The School Attendance/Truancy report, published in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Sports Strategy Report.

Was asked: when the sports strategy committee report will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The final draft report of the sports strategy group was presented to the Minister of State at my Department in December, 1996. Arrangements have been made for the printing and publishing of the repor...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Council.

Was asked: her views on the establishment of a teaching council which would be representative of all the interests in education and which would maintain, improve and implement codes of professional practice as w...More Button

The White Paper gives a commitment to bringing forward proposals for a teaching council. As the White Paper states, the establishment of a teaching council requires careful examination of complex leg...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.

Was asked: if she will give a gender breakdown of the number of applicants for the posts of principalships in primary schools in 1996 on a county per county basis; if she will give a gender breakdown of the appl...More Button

The breakdown sought by the Deputy relating to principalships, which has been extracted from records within my Department, is in the form of the following tabular statement. The information requested...More Button


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