Written Answers. - Physical Education Facilities.

Thursday, 23 March 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 516 No. 5

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  265.  Mr. Perry  Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods   further to Parliamentary Question No. 651 of 2 November 1999 regarding the swimming programme in St. Joseph's special school, Ballytivnan, Sligo, the steps, if any, taken to ensure that this school will be included in the recent announcement that swimming will be free for all national school children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8641/00]

[1285] Minister for Education and Science

(Dr. Woods): As was stated in reply to the Deputy's earlier question, my Department does not fund extra curricular activities undertaken by special schools, such as the school in question. The funding of such activities is a matter for the school authorities.

[1286] I understand that the announcement to which the Deputy refers may relate to comments made at a briefing provided by the Irish Watersafety Association. However, I understand that there are no plans at present to provide free swimming for all national school children.

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