Woods, Michael J.

Wednesday, 10 May 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 518 No. 6

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Written Answers. - Art Teachers.

Was asked: if, further to parliamentary Question No. 139 of 8 March 2000, he will have investigations made into the reason a file relating to a finishing course in 1979 for unqualified art teachers who had attem...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that these papers relate to matters which arose some 20 years ago and pre-date the transfer of the relevant sections of my Department to Athlone. That said, I assure the Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow will receive a grant for third level education.More Button

The person to whom the Deputy refers applied to Wicklow County Council for grant assistance under the higher education grant scheme 1999 in order to pursue a post-graduate course at Trinity College, D...More Button

Written Answers. - Secretarial and Caretaking Services.

Was asked: if he will approve an application for a full-time secretary for a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

My Department funds the school referred to by the Deputy in respect of secretarial and caretaking services under a scheme introduced following the Programme for Economic and Social Progress in 1992. U...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to provide a school in the Rochestown area, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no immediate plans in my Department to provide a new primary school in Rochestown, County Cork. Traditionally, children from this area have attended primary schools in Ballinlough and Dougla...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reasons a financial difference exists in terms of a start-up grant and a capitation grant for special needs children in special classes as against children who are taught by a special needs resour...More Button

Was asked: the reason a start-up grant for necessary educational equipment and resources of only £400 is provided in respect of children diagnosed as having special educational needs and for whom a resource teac...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 527 and 533 together. The funding levels to which the Deputies refer reflect the different models of service involved in catering for children in dedicated special fac...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to provide additional funding and staffing for a school (details supplied) in County Waterford.More Button

I am aware of the case made by the school in question for additional resources to combat problems of educational disadvantage in its area. I have set the tackling of educational disadvantage as a prio...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Records.

Was asked: if he will have investigations made into the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 11 in view of the fact that these persons forwarded a letter of consent as requested on 1 November 1999 to see...More Button

This case is the subject of ongoing correspondence between my Department and the parents. The approach of my Department is that it is the responsibility of each individual secondary school to ensure t...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the progress made in finding a place in a secondary school for a person who was the subject of a letter (details supplied) from Deputy Noonan on 20 March 2000; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

I am aware of the details of this case. Enrolment in second level schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of individual schools and my Department does not interfere in decisions made...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be called for interview for a temporary clerical officer position with his Department in view of the fact that she obtained a high marking in th...More Button

The interviews in question were organised by my Department on behalf of the Civil Service Commission to establish a panel of temporary clerical officers to fill positions in various Government Departm...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current status of the sports hall project sanctioned under a special initiative of February 1999 for Collinstown Park community college, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.More Button

Was asked: the current status of the sports hall for Collinstown Park community college in Clondalkin, Dublin 22, which was approved under the interdepartmental initiative of February 1999.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 532 and 594 together. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that plans for a new sports hall at Collinstown Park community college are progressing through architectural pl...More Button

Written Answers. - Early Start Pre-School Programme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that St. Anne's pre-school, Fettercairn, Dublin 24, is to cease operation due to the fact that the nuns involved can no longer run it on a voluntary basis; ...More Button

I am aware of the circumstances concerning the pre-school referred to by the Deputy. The Early Start pre-school programme was introduced in 1994. It is currently in operation on a pilot basis in 40 pr...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: his response to the request by St. Paul's special school, Beaumont, Dublin 9, for four special needs assistants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he will sanction four additional special needs assistants for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9 in view of the fact they are now operating the running of the school with two special needs a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 535 and 576 together. The school to which the Deputies refer is one of a number of special schools which require additional special needs assistant posts to bring them...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if the plans for an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Galway have been drawn up by his Department's design engineers; when their work will be completed; if tenders will be sought for ...More Button

An application for grant aid towards additional accommodation has been received from the board of management of the school in question. My Department is currently examining the long-term accommodation...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a remote area boarding grant will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

My Department has no record of an application for grant aid in respect of the pupil referred to by the Deputy. However, contact will be made with the family to obtain the details and the Deputy will b...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the reason his Department has altered plans for a school (details supplied) in County Mayo, reducing the number of classrooms from five to four, several years after the plans were approved.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the conditions under which the staff and pupils of a school (details supplied) in County Mayo work.More Button

Was asked: when works on a school (details supplied) in County Mayo will commence; and the consultations his Department has had with the parents and staff of the school.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 538 to 540, inclusive, together. As I indicated in replies to parliamentary questions on 9 March and 4 April 2000, the accommodation brief at the school in question is...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the special educational programme in place for children with Down's Syndrome; and the special funding available to meet their needs.More Button

Was asked: the plans he has to upgrade the educational facilities provided to children with Down's Syndrome in order that they can be taught more on a one-to-one basis.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 and 542 together. Children with Down's Syndrome have access to a range of special education services. The precise nature of the response provided is determined by ...More Button

Was asked: when a senior language unit will be put in place at St. Joseph's national school, Longford, in view of the fact that the Midland Health Board has been allocated the funding for the necessary speech an...More Button

The establishment of a senior special class for pupils with specific speech and language disorders in the school referred to by the Deputy is under active consideration at present. The Deputy will app...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he will make funding available to the board of management of Cornagee national school, Dowra, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, as a matter or urgency, to carry out extensive repairs on the schoo...More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received an application from the school in question for grant aid towards improvement works to the school. The Deputy will appreciate, however, that my Department...More Button

Written Answers. - Travelling Community.

Was asked: the educational arrangements for children from the travelling community at primary school level; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - School Safety.

Was asked: the position regarding the unsafe nature of the playground at St. Patrick's infants national school, Gardiner's Hill, Cork; and if he will make the necessary funding available to deal with this proble...More Button

My Department requested the Office of Public Works to carry out a technical assessment of the playground at St. Patrick's infants' national school, Gardener's Hill. The matter will be given further co...More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a concessionary post for St. Patrick's infants national school, Gardiner's Hill, Cork.More Button

I have set the tackling of educational disadvantage as a priority and will be bringing forward proposals for a major initiative to address the needs of pupils who are encountering educational disadvan...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the situation regarding the industrial action in the special needs and building divisions of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Public Service Executive Union suspended its industrial action in my Department with effect from 28 April 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will provide funding for a language class for children with language disorders at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare where the board of management and the teaching staff are willing t...More Button

I am aware that a number of pupils in the Kildare area have been identified as requiring placement in a special class for specific speech and language disorders. I am also aware that the school to whi...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress in providing an extension and other works at Coon School, County Kilkenny; the reason for the delay in agreeing the plans and starting the work.More Button

Architectural planning for the project in question is proceeding as quickly as possible having regard to the large number of school building projects on hand within my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of special needs assistants allocated by him to either special or mainstream schools; the number of special needs assistants allocated to schools on the basis of one assistant to one child ...More Button

To date, my Department has sanctioned the appointment of 556 full-time special needs assistant posts and eight part-time posts to special schools. A further 430 full-time special needs assistant posts...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to ensure that Dunboyne national school, County Meath, does not lose a teacher when the staffing schedule for primary schools is agreed; if he will look at the long-term popu...More Button

The staffing of a primary school for a particular year is determined by reference to the number of pupils enrolled in the school on 30 September of the previous year. The actual number of mainstream p...More Button

Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the problems at Limerick Institute of Technology in view of the concerns of a person (details supplied) in County Meath regarding a degree course in architectural te...More Button

Under the Regional Technical Colleges Acts, 1992 to 1999, the management and control of the Limerick Institute of Technology is the responsibility of the governing body and the director. In academic m...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 with autism will be given the educational care and attention he needs; the long-term educational planning programme which his Department has for children wi...More Button

The child in question is enrolled in the special class dedicated to children with autism at St. Peter's Boys national school, Greenhills, Dublin 12. This class can cater for a maximum of six children ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if, further to parliamen tary Question No. 383 of 23 November 1999, the review of transport services for the Model School, County Kilkenny, has been completed; if so, the outcome in this regard; if he...More Button

The review referred to in Question No. 383, answered on 23 November 1999, has been completed. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the route extension sought to facilitate the families in question h...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: if he will review procedures in his Department with regard to payments to the widow or widower of a teacher in view of the fact that it takes more than two months to receive a cheque for a reduced amo...More Button

The position is that pension payments issue to pensioners at the end of each month. If a pensioner has died during the month, pension is payable only for the part of the month up to the date of death....More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will reply to correspondence of 21 October 1999 and 14 February 2000 in relation to persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position regarding the persons referred to by the Deputy was outlined by me in response to Question No. 325 on 29 February 2000. In that reply I indicated that the first person named by the Deput...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the number of psychologists available to assess students with attention deficit hyperactive disorder in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.More Button

The following is the number of educational psychologists available from my Department to carry out school based assessments in each of the counties mentioned by the Deputy: County Donegal, 1; County C...More Button

Written Answers. - Co-Educational Schools.

Was asked: his policy on the provision of co-educational primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As stated in my reply to Question No. 256 on 19 April 2000, as a matter of general policy new primary schools are co-educational. This reflects the fact that the promotion of co-education is current G...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the circumstances under which schools will receive financial support in view of the budget announcement of grants for schools in use for child care/pre-school purposes; if grants for pre-schools on sc...More Button

An amount of £5 million was provided in the 1999 budget to provide grants to schools that set up and run after school child care services. My Department is currently formulating details of a scheme fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if, further to parliamentary Question No. 303 of 7 March 2000, the promised additional staff at the planning and building unit have been deployed; the number of additional staff involved; and the func...More Button

It is proposed to deploy 27 additional staff in the planning and building unit of my Department in the near future as part of an overall planned increase in the staffing of my Department. My Departmen...More Button

Written Answers. - Post-Graduate Students.

Was asked: the scholarships or funding available for Irish post graduate students who wish to study abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department funds a small number of scholarships, awarded in respect of attendance at the European University Institute, Florence, a post-graduate research university established by the member state...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the progress to date towards the opening of the primary school in Grange, Frankfield, County Cork; if this school will be operating in September 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is planning to open a new primary school in temporary accommodation at Grange, Frankfield, in September 2000 subject to the satisfactory acquisition of a site for the school. The propert...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare in view of the fact that the current school has no available land for development and there are problem...More Button

The long-term accommodation needs of the school in question are being assessed by my Department and when this process has been completed, further consideration will be given to the accommodation needs...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application for the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is examining options for the provision of permanent accommodation for the school in question. The school authorities are being kept informed of the position.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the lack of facilities in the special class for children with severe and profound learning disabilities at St. Joseph's girls national school, Skibbereen, County Cor...More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received an application from the management authorities of St. Joseph's girls' national school, Skibbereen, County Cork, for grant assistance towards improvement w...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Training Examinations.

Was asked: if, further to parliamentary Question No. 405 of 11 April 2000, he will provide an update on the efforts of his Department to locate the missing cassette recording; the number of staff who were involv...More Button

Unfortunately, and despite further extensive searches within my Department, it has not been possible to locate the missing cassette recording. Due to the fact that it is not possible to state at which...More Button

Written Answers. - Scrúdú Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge.

Was asked: if there is external moderation of the oral Irish part of the scrúdú cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge; the steps taken to ensure consistent marking between examiners; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

All aspects of the scrúdú cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge, including the setting and marking of papers, the aural test and the conducting of the oral examination, are the responsibility of the Department's ins...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if his Department has received the final proposal from the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Cork regarding a proposed extension; and if so, if he will give immediate sancti...More Button

My Department recently advised the board of management of the school in question that it is in order to award a contract for the proposed extension. The commencement date is a matter to be agreed betw...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will improve the level of remedial service to schools (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

In September 1999 the remedial teaching service was extended to all primary schools with a pupil teacher ratio of 10:1 or above. Schools with lower pupil teacher ratios were advised that they could se...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will sanction a special school bus service for pupils from County Kildare attending Coláiste Cois Life post primary school, Lucan, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pupils from County Kildare currently avail of scheduled bus services to attend Coláiste Cois Life post primary school, Lucan, County Dublin. The question of the provision of a dedicated school bus ser...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Provision.

Was asked: if further to parliamentary Question No. 650 of 21 March 2000, he has any further information on the provision of second level education in Ratoath, County Meath.More Button

The process of assessing the need for additional educational facilities, primary or post-primary in any given area, entails consideration by my Department of all relevant factors, including enrolment ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: the basis on which the decision was made that principals of national schools had to pass on the names of pupils who were missing from school for 15 days or more in view of the fact it is not unusual f...More Button

The measure the Deputy is referring to is contained in the Education (Welfare) Bill, which is currently before this House. This Bill will provide for a new structure for the regulation of school atten...More Button

Written Answers. - Teachers' Expenses.

Was asked: the reason a teacher (details supplied) in County Mayo is not in receipt of appropriate expenses following her transfer to a school over 30 miles from her home.More Button

The payment of expenses where a teacher is transferred within a VEC scheme is governed by the terms of circular letter No. 20/84, which has general application. I have had inquiries made with County M...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if additional staffing will be provided for a national school (details supplied) in County Dublin which has been compelled to put two classes together in order to have teachers available for two junio...More Button

The staffing of a primary school for a particular year is determined by reference to the number of pupils enrolled in the school on 30 September of the previous year. The actual number of mainstream p...More Button

Was asked: the number of new posts to be allocated for the coming school year in relation to teaching posts and hours in post-primary schools; the proportion of these to be allocated for home-school-community li...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I am providing an additional 1,000 teaching posts at second level in the 2000-01 school year. These extra posts are made available under the terms of the Programme for Pr...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the reason he has not provided an up-to-date report concerning plans to further develop facilities at Yellow Furze national school as indicated in parliamentary Question No. 231 of 2 February 2000; an...More Button

Architectural planning for the project in question is proceeding as quickly as possible having regard to the large number of school building projects on hand within my Department. It is not possible t...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the child educational psychologist facilities available to children attending primary schools in County Leitrim; and the plans he has to extend this facility to all schools in view of the fact there a...More Button

There is currently one educational psychologist from the national educational psychological service – NEPS – providing a psychological service to a number of primary schools in County Leitrim. The Dep...More Button

Was asked: if he will make funding available, as a matter of urgency, to Summerhill college, Sligo, as outlined in its recent application, for funding for numerous works to be carried out at the college to safeg...More Button

An application has been received from the managerial authorities of Summerhill college, Sligo, for refurbishment works to be carried out at the school. An architect has recently been appointed to prep...More Button

Written Answers. - Radon Gas Levels.

Was asked: his plans to reduce radon levels in Castletown national school and Culmullen national school in County Meath; the amount of money he will allocated to the project; when work will begin; and if he will...More Button

These schools have recently received details from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland – RPII – of the outcome of a survey of radon gas in the buildings. This survey of all primary and pos...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will grant an increase in the rate of pay to a person (details supplied) in County Sligo for the school transport services he provides in view of the fact that all documentation has been submitt...More Button

The school transport section of my Department is examining the request for an increase in the rate of pay to the person referred to by the Deputy as a matter of urgency. The Deputy will be informed of...More Button

Written Answers. - Radon Gas Levels.

Was asked: the remedial works carried out to date in schools in County Westmeath which were found to have an unacceptable level of radon gas concentration in recent tests carried out by the Radiological Protecti...More Button

Schools in Westmeath have recently received details from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland – RPII – of the outcome of a survey of radon gas in the buildings. This survey of all primary ...More Button

Written Answers. - Secretarial and Caretaking Services.

Was asked: the number of primary schools with 100 pupils or more which have received a grant towards secretarial and caretaking services under the scheme effective from January 2000; the number of schools which ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced improvements in this scheme which entail all schools with 100 pupils or more receiving annual grant assistance from this Department at the rate of £40 per ...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Courses.

Was asked: the current position in regard to his examination of the possibility of introducing a preliminary third level course in life sciences as a means of easing up the current pressure for university places...More Button

In its final report and recommendations, the Commission on the Points System recommended that the key bodies and institutions involved in policy-making on health care training, for example the Medical...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will list the schools in County Meath that obtained grants under the scheme for the teaching of science in primary schools.More Button

The science grant referred to by the Deputy was issued to all primary schools in October 1999 including all primary schools in County Meath. My Department also issued a circular to all schools at the ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of parents and other interested parties regarding serious risk to the safety of children because of inadequacies in the school bus route serving Mount S...More Button

Safety on school transport is of paramount importance to my Department and to Bus Éireann, who operate the school transport scheme on behalf of my Department. I should mention that Bus Éireann has a v...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he will give approval to the school authorities (details supplied) in County Dublin to proceed immediately to provide accommodation for an additional teacher which they will qualify for in Septembe...More Button

My Department is currently assessing the long-term accommodation requirements of the school in question. When this assessment has been completed, the matter will be progressed further.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to develop a special class for children with autism in the Navan area of County Meath so that the children from the existing two special classes for children with autism, based ...More Button

I have asked my Department's inspectorate to look into this issue and to submit a report and recommendation on the matter. I will keep the Deputy informed of developments.More Button

Was asked: the support available from his Department for a summer camp for the 12 County Meath children with autism attending the two special classes at Navan, County Meath and the five children with autism in t...More Button

I understand that my Department has not received any request for funding for the project in question. However, I would point out that all resources currently available to my Department to support chil...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a third special class at primary level will be required for the 38 children with autism in the Meath area from September 2000 as the two existing prima...More Button

The issue raised by the Deputy has not previously been brought to my attention. However, I have asked my Department's inspectorate to investigate the need for the establishment of a third special clas...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a 13 year old boy (details supplied) in Dublin 11 who is out of school due to the fact that his previous school was unable to cater for his needs; if he ...More Button

My Department is not aware of this case. The selection of pupils for enrolment in second level schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of individual schools. In exceptional circumsta...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: when funding will be made available for the upgrading of the gymnasium at the community college, Rathmore, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building unit of my Department has requested a consultant architect to prepare a condition report with cost estimates on the works required to the physical education hall at Rathmore community sch...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Access Project.

Was asked: if funding arrangements have been agreed in relation to the Clondalkin higher education access project, which was established in 1997 and which has resulted in highly significant increases in the numb...More Button

My department has received a submission from the director of the Clondalkin higher education access project in which he seeks mainstream funding from my Department for the project. My Department at pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Waterford will receive a reply to a letter written on his behalf about a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is examining the matter and a reply to the letter in question will issue as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the training in social skills for children with Asperger's Syndrome that is provided by his Department or through his Department in conjunction with other agencies; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Pupils with autism, including those with Asperger's Syndrome, have impairment in the area of social skills. This impairment is manifested by their inability to understand the behaviour of other people...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if an application for a permanent classroom for a school (details supplied) in County Donegal has been received; and if the application will be approved.More Button

An application from the school in question for grant aid towards additional accommodation is being considered by my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - Academy for the Performing Arts.

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding the establishment of the Academy of the Performing Arts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A planning and steering group was set up on 27 January 2000 in order to develop, advise on, facilitate and monitor the process of establishing the proposed Academy for the Performing Arts. This group ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he will give a time scale for the urgent building modifications at the community college, Monin na gCiseach, Galway.More Button

City of Galway Vocational Education Committee has applied to my Department to have major roof works carried out at the Community College, Monin na gCiseach, Galway. Approval to hold a tender competiti...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to acquire a five acre reserved site, located near Porterstown Church, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, to begin the process of establishing a primary school for September 2000.More Button

A formal application for a new Catholic primary school in the parish of St. Mochta, Porterstown-Clonsilla, Dublin 15, has recently been received in my Department. The application is currently being ex...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: when the review of the higher education grant scheme will be completed.More Button

I understand that the Deputy's question relates to the statutory definition of a mature student, for the purpose of the scheme, as being a person of not less than 23 years of age. Under the terms of t...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin to avail of bus transport to a minority denominational school in view of the fact she lives five miles from the schoo...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a grant towards the cost of private transport arrangements for the pupil in question has been sanctioned with effect from September 1999.More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of second level teachers appointed for 1999/2000; the number sanctioned for appointment for 2000/2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The total teacher allocation to second level schools in the current school year is of the order of 23,720 wholetime teacher equivalents. The Deputy will be aware that I am providing an additional 1,00...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: if he will examine the pension entitlements of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who is deemed as ineligible for a pension under the national school teachers superannuation scheme; whether ...More Button

The position is that the person in question gave service as a teacher in Ireland in the 1960s and has also given service as a teacher in Australia. Her service in Ireland from September 1961 to 1 July...More Button

Written Answers. - School Placement.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties for parents from Kill, County Kildare, in obtaining secondary school places for their children in Naas and Rathcoole; if he has received proposals f...More Button

My Department is not aware that pupils from the Kill area are experiencing any particular difficulty in obtaining second level places in the Naas or Rathcoole centres. I can further confirm that my De...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if he will sanction the appointment of psychologists to cover the remainder of primary schools in north County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The national policy advisory board of the national educational psychological service – NEPS – has been set up to advise me on the development of that service. The board will be advising me on possible...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he will report on the application submitted by the board of management of St. Patrick's senior school, Skerries, County Dublin, for additional accommodation for September 2000 to facilitate an addi...More Button

My Department is currently assessing the long-term accommodation requirements of St. Patrick's senior school, Skerries. When this assessment has been completed, the matter will be progressed further.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when information and communication technology grants for the remedial and resource teacher service in primary schools, as administered by National Centre for Technology and Education, will be paid out...More Button

My Department is currently finalising arrangements for payment of the grants in question. It is expected that the payments will issue shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of primary schools with full-time secretaries, employed directly by his Department; the number of teachers in these schools; and the current salary of a full-time secretary.More Button

My Department operates a scheme, introduced in 1978, for the employment of school secretaries under which it meets the full cost of salary and employer's PRSI. While the salary is funded by my Departm...More Button


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