Woods, Michael J.

Thursday, 8 June 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 520 No. 5

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Order of Business.

We need the Opposition's co-operation.More Button

The Deputy's party should co-operate with everybody else.More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on a survey of children with special needs which reveals that 44% of parents indicate that almost none of the special supports identified in the assessment of their child h...More Button

As Minister for Education and Science I would be seriously concerned that any parent of a special needs child should feel that the needs of his or child are not being adequately addressed. Since takin...More Button

It is difficult for me to comment on the figure of 44% referred to by the Deputy because this is apparently a figure from a Fine Gael survey. I would like to have seen a copy of it to be able to judg...More Button

For example, I am not sure if there is a confusion between the health services and educational services and I appreciate there is a need for improvement on the health service side. The Minister for He...More Button

A planning group is currently finalising work on an overall review of the approach to special education services and their needs, to target the services better. The Government made that decision at th...More Button

Extra facilities have been made available and have been applied. We want to ensure that as we provide extra resources they are well targeted.More Button

I see no problem about asking parents.More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Centre for Deaf Studies.

Was asked: to list the outstanding issues still to be resolved in regard to the proposed establishment of a centre for deaf studies; if he will set out a timetable for the resolution of these issues and the esta...More Button

Following its consultation with various interests in the field, the Higher Education Authority has recently submitted a report to my Department on the proposal to establish a centre for deaf studies i...More Button

In April 1998 TCD submitted a proposal to the Higher Education Authority and on 20 March 2000 the Higher Education Authority forwarded observations on the proposal to my Department. Consultations are ...More Button

I do not want to say months, but I want to get it done right away if I can. It should be possible to get it done fairly quickly.More Button

There is no difficulty with that. I will arrange to have a copy placed in the Library.More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the plans he has to introduce a scheme under which schools throughout the country would be supported in making their premises available for child care provision outside school hours.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

The number of schools will depend on what can also be done through the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.More Button

It is envisaged that the scheme will be confined to primary level schools selected on the basis of the criteria being developed by the ERC for the new, more targeted child centred programme being intr...More Button

This package involves the appointment of co-ordinators and assistants and the involvement of voluntary workers, etc. However, I will consider the Deputy's suggestion to facilitate wider development. T...More Button

There is no reason not to encourage other developments at the same time.More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Drugs Task Forces.

Was asked: the reason his Department has refused to participate directly in the local drug task forces despite the many requests to do so; the plans he plans he has for a strengthened role for his Department in ...More Button

My Department is fully committed to the overall aim of the Government's drugs policy which is to provide an effective, integrated response to the problems posed by drug misuse. As part of this process...More Button

I agree with the Deputy that early school leaving and poor education are related to drug abuse. Disadvantage is a major problem in that area. I will bear that general syndrome in mind regarding the pr...More Button

There are all sorts of objections to all sorts of things. The number of staff and the time they have available is a problem. I am outlining the policy to date.More Button

I intend to examine that matter. I have some ideas about developing a better way of communicating and co-ordinating on a local basis with the local task forces in particular.More Button

I appreciate the bottom up approach to management. In 1970 the Institute of Public Administration published a book on it which I wrote. It is not as new to me as the Deputy might think.More Button

I agree with the Deputy and I will look afresh at the situation.More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: if he will comment on the OECD findings indicating dramatically higher level of school non-attendance here compared to other countries.More Button

The Deputy is referring to a recent OECD publication, Education at a Glance 2000. Ireland participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, TIMSS, which was conducted in more than...More Button

I agree it is a serious problem. The Deputy asked a question about international investment percentages. I do not have that information because the question did not refer to that. The question asked m...More Button

It is a problem. We have had discussions with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment about this issue on which we have strong views. A parliamentary question was tabled on this issue today...More Button

Other Questions. - Early School Leavers.

Was asked: if he will give details of the number of pupils who are currently involved in his Department's early school leavers initiative.More Button

The Deputy will be aware of the importance the Government attaches to the issue of educational disadvantage and school retention. A wide range of supports for schools serving areas of disadvantage hav...More Button

I have announced a doubling of the numbers which would bring the figure up to 2,400 at second level out of the 3,000 mentioned by the Deputy.More Button

Yes, but the funding will continue. This year it is £2.87 million but £4.6 million has been committed for next year in the NDP. In 2002 it will be £4.963 million.More Button

Yes. I thank the Deputy for her words of thanks. While Deputies are asking questions it should be possible to say thanks at the same time.More Button

It could be said very quickly.More Button

It seems to be a thankless job. I appreciate the Deputies' concerns. I regard it as very valuable work and a key part of targeting the disadvantaged. There are further funds available to me which I wi...More Button

That is only on that scheme. The other funds that are to be applied to second level particularly are vastly greater. That is why I say we will have further information on those shortly. Much work has ...More Button

Other Questions. - Literacy Levels.

Was asked: if any study has been carried out to estimate the number of people who are unemployable because of illiteracy in view of the considerable and ongoing reduction in manual jobs available.More Button

Other Questions. - School Science Facilities.

Was asked: if he will publish the results of the national survey of schools' science facilities; the number of schools responding; and the analysis of the shortcomings in laboratories.More Button

A survey of science facilities was conducted during the winter of 1998-9 to determine the state of the existing science infrastructure within second level schools and to inform decisions concerning th...More Button

It is a big improvement on what was given out by the last Government.More Button

Overall expenditure has been increased by 43% so it is not just a refrain, it is the reality. Equipment is being assessed and upgraded. Any school building an extension will get a completely new labor...More Button

I mentioned in my reply that letters concerning health and safety obligations have been sent to the schools in question and that extra funds have been granted to improve equipment. In relation to the ...More Button

I said I would make an executive summary available.More Button

I refute the allegation— More Button

—made by the Deputy to the effect that my Department would in any way doctor a report in respect of this or any other matter.More Button

I wanted to place on record the fact that the Deputy's comments are not appropriate.More Button

Other Questions. - Committee on Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in establishing the committee on educational disadvantage under the Education Act, 1997.More Button

The groundwork for the establishment of the educational disadvantage committee, under the Education Act, 1998, is at an advanced stage and the consultation process to set it up, which is also specifie...More Button

The Deputy spent last night, this morning and this afternoon speaking about the urgent need to tackle disadvantage and said that I am not acting with adequate haste. I propose to tackle the problem u...More Button

Under the Act, the committee will provide broad outlines on policy direction for the future.More Button

I will proceed with the establishment of the committee, but, as the Deputy is aware, a large number of bodies must be consulted in respect of it. Approximately 27 bodies will be represented on the com...More Button

Most people, including the Deputies, could inform me in respect of the mat ters which require prioritisation. Research, which will help to provide further information, takes time to carry out and ther...More Button

Other Questions. - Higher Education Policy.

Was asked: if he has considered the two recent reports by the Higher Education Authority, namely Access and Equity in Higher Education: an international perspective on issues and strategies and Meeting the Equit...More Button

The reports to which the Deputy refers were undertaken by Professor Malcolm Skilbeck and Dr. Helen Connell on behalf of the Higher Education Authority and were published last month. They acknowledge t...More Button

The reports cover a large area, including 14 propositions of wide general applicability across the broad field of equity in higher education through which further progress towards a more equitable sys...More Button

I am concerned about the targets to which the Deputy refers. Under the national development plan, the Government has made £95 million available for a third level access fund. This fund will provide op...More Button

That information was not requested but such participation rates are undoubtedly far below desirable levels. I do not have the figures to hand.More Button

I will, in so far as they are available. The figures may be mere approximations.More Button

Other Questions. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the number of meetings between his Department and the Department of Social, Family and Community Affairs in the past six months on the proposal for a central grant giving authority for higher educatio...More Button

My officials have been engaged, with officials of the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, in relation to options for the future administration of the various student support schemes. T...More Button

Yes, I do see merit in the idea but there is a need for consultation with the various parties involved as the proposal would require work being transferred from one group to another.More Button

Difficulties have arisen because of the introduction of so many innovations and new courses by this Government and by the previous Government towards the end of its terms of office, such as a further ...More Button

Other Questions. - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: the plans he has to develop a system of local education networks to achieve better co-operation, joint programmes and partnership arrangements between schools and other service providers and community...More Button

An integral part of the Department's strategy to address educational disadvantage is the promotion of enhanced links between schools and their communities. These links and partnership arrangements ope...More Button

I set about reorganising administration within my Department to ensure improved local involvement approximately one week after taking up office. A study of administration within the Department is curr...More Button

If we are to have bottom-up management my Department must be involved at local level with local groups. We want to see ideas coming back from there and dealt with at the most local level possible. In ...More Button

My purpose in getting the study under way is to examine the operation of the Department, particularly its operation at local level. I have my own views on how things should happen. I invite the Deputy...More Button

Other Questions. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: when an appeal mechanism for parents of pupils with special educational needs, who believe that appropriate supports are not being made available to their children, will be put in place.More Button

As Minister for Education and Science I am anxious that children with special educational needs receive a comprehensive response which addresses all their requirements and that the need for parents to...More Button

I expect the planning group to report shortly. It is examining the issue of the appeals system. I have no difficulty with that.More Button

The group will recommend the methodology. There are various ways in which this can be done. I will see the group's recommendations and decide what steps should be taken. I have no difficulty with havi...More Button

Answers are not that simple. One of the best appeals systems, which deals with the biggest volume of cases, is that in the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs. It is not a statutory sys...More Button

It is an administrative scheme which operates very effectively.More Button

The planning group is in the process of finalising its report to me. I will announce the steps I will take following on that report. It will be with me very shortly and I see no difficulty in that reg...More Button

Other Questions. - Teaching of Irish.

Was asked: his views on the appointment of a specialist Irish teacher in primary schools in order to enhance the quality of learning.More Button

It is one of the underlying principles of the primary school curriculum in Ireland that it should be presented where at all possible as an integrated curriculum. In effect, this means there are many l...More Button

I will certainly consider that. Written Answers follow Adjournment Debate.More Button

Written Answers. - Radon Gas Levels.

Was asked: the number of primary and post-primary schools in County Mayo which have been radon tested; the number which exceed the minimum standard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the primary and post-primary schools in County Mayo which have been tested for radon; the steps which have been taken to reduce radon levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 and 39 together. My Department commissioned the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland in 1998 to undertake a survey of radon gas levels in all primary and se...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if he will extend recognition as a national teacher to a person (details supplied) in County Meath who is an Australian trained primary teacher with 15 years primary teaching experience, a BA Degree a...More Button

Applications from teachers trained outside the European Union for recognition as fully qualified primary teachers are assessed on an individual basis. Such teachers must have a primary teaching qualif...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Funding.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to announce details of the third level access fund before the completion of the leaving certificate in order that students can factor this into their career decisions.More Button

The National Development Plan, 2000-2006, establishes education as a key priority of Government. The plan provides for a third level access fund totalling £95 million. Building on the existing arrange...More Button

Written Answers. - Skill Shortages.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for the educational sector to have the capacity to provide an adequate supply of suitability qualified people for the job market; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

This Government is committed to ensuring that our educational system continues to produce skilled people to meet the demands of the job market. In recent years, a range of initiat ives has been put in...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the plans he has to establish a central information and education support centre to facilitate parents and teachers coping with the needs of children with specific learning difficulties.More Button

As Minister for Education and Science I am committed to ensuring the delivery of an effective educational support service for all children with special educational needs, including children with speci...More Button

Written Answers. - Centre for Deaf Studies.

Was asked: if he has received the report of the Higher Education Authority on the proposal to establish a centre for deaf studies; the stage the proposal is at; if there has been any costings put on such a propo...More Button

Following its consultation with various interests in the field, the higher education authority has recently submitted a report to my Department on the proposal to establish a centre for deaf studies i...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the national survey conducted by the INTO which found that hundreds of primary pupils with special needs were being taught in school corridors due to a chronic lack ...More Button

I am not aware of the survey to which the Deputy refers. The management authorities of schools may apply to my Department for capital funding towards improved or additional accommodation to cater for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: the plans he has for changes in the rewards for teachers who undertake extra skills development to improve their teaching.More Button

The pay structure for teachers currently provides for the payment of additional allowances on receipt of certain academic qualifications. In addition, paid leave of absence may be allowed to teachers ...More Button

Written Answers. - Complaints System.

Was asked: if he will report on the delay in introducing the new system of complaints in the primary school sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A working group under the aegis of my Department, comprising representatives from the partners in education at primary level, has been engaged in the process of reviewing the complaints procedure tha...More Button

Written Answers. - School Programme.

Was asked: the number of schools currently implementing the relationship and sexuality education programme at the latest date for which figures are available; if he has satisfied himself at the rate of implement...More Button

I am satisfied that significant progress has been made regarding the implementation of relationships and sexuality education in schools. As I indicated recently in reply to a similar question, April 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Working Hours.

Was asked: the plans he has for new initiatives to deal with the problem of excessive or late working hours by school-going pupils which is disrupting their learning.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the regulation of the employment of young people falls within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Protection of Young Person...More Button

Written Answers. - Adult Education.

Was asked: the progress he has made to date in the establishment of outreach adult education supports through learning resource centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the further education sector, a range of programmes is provided, principally by vocational education committees, which include adult literacy and community education programmes, youthreach and seni...More Button

Written Answers. - Breaking the Cycle Scheme.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has in relation to the future of Breaking the Cycle.More Button

Was asked: if he has received the interim report on Breaking the Cycle; and if he will extend this scheme.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 85 together. Breaking the Cycle is a five-year project. It began in September 1996 in 33 urban and 122 rural schools that have high concentrations of pupils wit...More Button

Written Answers. - Primary Education.

Was asked: the plans he has to publish targets in relation to primary education as recommended in the recent review of primary education.More Button

The setting of targets for policy programmes and interventions is, in my view, vital for effective policy in any sphere. The absence of clear objectives and targets constrains our capacity to measure ...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will make special provision for one to one education to be made available to a person (details supplied) in County Waterford who suffers from attention deficit hyperactive disorder and whose sch...More Button

Applications of this nature are normally made to my Department through the authorities of the school concerned. I assure the Deputy that if such an application is received in respect of the pupil in q...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Schools.

Was asked: the nature of the therapeutic programmes provided in the special schools for young offenders; the basis on which these programmes are devised; the method, if any, used for their evaluation; and if he ...More Button

All juvenile offenders placed in the custodial facilities operated under my Department undergo detailed assessment of all aspects of their needs including their educational needs. Most of these assess...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Financing.

Was asked: if he will provide extra finance to schools who have a large number of students where English is not their first language; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, my Department is providing additional teaching resources at both primary and second level to assist schools with significant numbers of pupils with English language deficit...More Button

Written Answers. - Internet Use.

Was asked: the number of schools which have multi-user access to the Internet; and the basis on which schools are charged for Internet use.More Button

My Department estimates that at least 17% of schools have multi-user access to the Internet at present. I will have more accurate information on this matter later in the year, when the results of rese...More Button

Written Answers. - Subject Choices.

Was asked: his views on whether points are more difficult to achieve in some subjects such as science and that this is distorting pupil choice.More Button

It is clear from both my Department's annual statistical report and analyses undertaken for the national council for curriculum and assessment, that variation in grade allocation between subjects in S...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Financing.

Was asked: the extent to which his allocation of £20 per pupil meets the shortfall in funding of secondary voluntary schools; and the plans if any he has to adopt other recommendations in the recent report on th...More Button

I am satisfied that my recent announcement of the introduction of a school services support fund at second level from next September is a significant initiative in the funding of our schools. Schools ...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Prevention Programmes.

Was asked: if he will provide details of all programmes intended to combat drug use which his Department is providing; the number of schools delivering the programme in each case; and the extent of funding which...More Button

Was asked: the proportion of primary schools and of secondary schools which will have drug prevention programmes in place by the end of the year 2000.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 75 together. The programme of substance misuse prevention education for primary schools, “Walk Tall”, was developed by my Department in consultation with the pa...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Abuse.

Was asked: if, in light of the vote by the survivors of child abuse to boycott the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse, he has any proposals to address their concerns at this stage; and if he will make a stat...More Button

It is important, first of all, to correct the impression which might be created by this question that there is a general feeling among survivors of child abuse that they should boycott the commission ...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of court cases being taken against his Department in respect of children where it is contended that the children are not receiving an appropriate education for their needs.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. I will arrange to forward the information to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the problems of recruiting and retaining of teachers in certain disadvantaged areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware that managerial authorities of primary schools in certain areas are experiencing difficulties in obtaining the services of fully qualified teachers. However, a range of measures has been in...More Button

Written Answers. - Pay Negotiations.

Was asked: if he will report on the negotiations with the ASTI, TUI and INTO over their pay claim; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The ASTI submitted a claim for a 30% increase in salary and allowances for teachers to the teachers conciliation council on 14 March 2000. My Department responded to the claim by offering the pay term...More Button

Written Answers. - Commission on the Points System.

Was asked: the recommendations of the points commission which he plans to adopt immediately; and if he will give details of the recommendations he plans to reject.More Button

The final report and recommendations of the Commission on the Points System was presented to the previous Minister and published in December last. The report represents the culmination of two years of...More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Sign Language.

Was asked: the plans if any he has in relation to Irish sign language.More Button

My Department supports schools in the teaching of Irish sign language to children who require it. Two classes have been established for this purpose in a special school in Dublin. Special needs assist...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will consider a five classroom extension as originally planned for a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the extent of permanent accommodation to be provided at any school is directly related to the number of students requiring the facilities in the long-term. My Departmen...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that almost a third of pupils are falling behind in reading he will state the proposals he has to improve the provision of remedial teaching in schools; and if he will make a ...More Button

The evidence available on pupils' reading progress and standards arises from two sources. One study was conducted in 1990-91 by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievem...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Structures.

Was asked: the plans if any, he has for changes in the administrative structures in education.More Button

Was asked: the plans if any, he has to develop local structures in education.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 58 together. I am aware of the need for an integrated approach to the delivery of educational provision at local level. To this end, many educational initiative...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the level of investment in the upgrading of teacher skills which is occurring here.More Button

The level of investment in upgrading teacher skills has increased substantially since 1994 when the in-career development unit of my Department was established with a remit to develop, resource, manag...More Button

Written Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the plans he has for ongoing improvement of pupil-teacher ratios in both primary and second level schools; if particular attention will be given to vulnerable or disadvantaged areas; if objectives hav...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the current progress in the reduction of pupil-teacher ratios; if he has any plans to further improve matters in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 193 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the specific proposals he will bring forward to cater for the special education needs of asylum seekers, both adult and children; the proposals he has to promote a greater attitude of tolerance and op...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that new measures were introduced recently to ensure that there is appropriate educational provision in place for non-English speaking pupils at primary school level....More Button

Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Was asked: if, in light of the concerns expressed by the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland, his Department still plans to press ahead with proposals that would see teachers examine their own students;...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether systems of continuous assessment can be developed for use in the leaving certificate; and the plans, if any, he has to develop this approach.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 49 and 86 together. A discussion paper was prepared by my Department in relation to assessment issues at junior certificate as a further contribution to the consultati...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Was asked: the progress he has made to date in disposing of hazardous chemicals in second level schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In October 1996, my Department published a manual Safety in School Science: A Code of Practice and issued it to all schools. It contains general guidelines for best practice in school science, includi...More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: if the rating of schools according to the level of disadvantage has been completed; and if he will be making additional allocations to schools on the basis of disadvantage for the 2000/2001 school yea...More Button

Was asked: if work has commenced on the classification of schools by level of disadvantage; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 and 89 together. As the Deputies are already aware, I have set the tackling of educational disadvantage as a priority and will be bringing forward proposals for a m...More Button

Written Answers. - Early School Leavers.

Was asked: the plans he has to set a target year for the reduction to zero in the number of school leavers with no qualifications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The recently published ESRI-Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment 1998 annual school leavers' survey indicated that about 81% of students currently complete second level education. This figur...More Button

Written Answers. - Education Act.

Was asked: if he has implemented the grievance procedures in sections 28 and 29 of the Education Act, 1998.More Button

The Education Act, 1998 allows for different parts of the Act to be commenced at different times. Any sections not commenced by 23 December next will automatically come into effect on that date. My De...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on a survey of parents of children with special needs which revealed that 44% of parents indicate that almost none of the special supports identified in the assessment of t...More Button

As Minister for Education and Science I would be seriously concerned that any parent of a special needs child should feel that the needs of their child are not being adequately addressed. Since taking...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will comment on the claim by an official of the Irish National Teachers Organisation that a child can go three to four years without a properly trained teacher.More Button

Teachers in primary schools are appointed and employed by the managerial authority of the school. In the event that the managerial authority of a primary school is unable to obtain the services of a f...More Button

Written Answers. - Early School Leavers.

Was asked: the latest information available to him on the number of children who leave school without any qualification.More Button

An estimated 770 pupils do not transfer from primary to second level schools each year based on data from the census of primary schools on those who left during the 1997-98 school year. In addition, d...More Button

Written Answers. - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: if he will report on the level of information available to him regarding absentee rates in second-level school; the research, if any, which he has commissioned into the underlying causes of this; and ...More Button

Second level schools are not required to notify my Department when pupils absent themselves from school and for this reason the information available to me on absentee rates is largely anecdotal. Howe...More Button

Written Answers. - Curriculum Development.

Was asked: the plans he has to consolidate the development of curriculum development and its implementation and examination in one body.More Button

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – NCCA – is the official body established by my Department to advise on curriculum development. As provided for in the Education Act the NCCA will be...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: his assessment of the availability of educational psychologists to school children compared to the estimated level of need; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A planning group, representative of all the partners in education, was established in 1997 to examine the level of need for an educational psychological service and to make recommendations for the fut...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if, in view of the comments from various concerned groups concerning the plans of his Department to issue special needs students with modified leaving certificates that may stigmatise them, he has any...More Button

The report and recommendations of the expert advisory group on certificate examinations on the arrangements for the assessment of candidates with special needs in certificate examinations was publishe...More Button

Written Answers. - School Development Planning.

Was asked: if, in regard to the commitment given in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness, he will outline when it is expected that each school will have a school plan; the assistance, if any, that will be a...More Button

A school plan or the process of school development planning is by its nature ongoing. Many schools at primary and second level have been engaged in school development for some time and are at various ...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: if, in light of the mission statement of the targeting educational disadvantage project to enable those experiencing educational disadvantage to reach their full potential and in view of the fact that...More Button

Was asked: if, in light of the mission statement of the targeting educational disadvantage project to enable those experiencing educational disadvantage to reach their full potential in view of the fact one of t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 63 and 162 together. I am currently implementing a £194 million three-year multi-sectoral programme to offset educational disadvantage that will provide specific suppo...More Button

Written Answers. - Nurses' Training.

Was asked: if, in light of the announce ment of a £15 million nursing programme to enable student nurses to obtain a degree at no cost on a part-time basis, he will deal with the outstanding issue of the 237 stu...More Button

Was asked: if, in light of the announcement of a £15 million nursing programme to enable student nurses to obtain a degree at no cost on a part-time basis, he will deal with the outstanding issue of the 237 stud...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 161 together. The revised programme for basic pre-registration nurse education and training was introduced in October 1994. The programme is funded by the Depar...More Button

Written Answers. - Outreach Provision.

Was asked: if he is in a position to confirm that the planning phase of the West Cork Third Level Campus to be established in Skibbereen can go ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cork Institute of Technology, formerly Cork Regional Technical College, has submitted proposals for an outreach provision in Skibbereen. These proposals are the subject of ongoing discussions.More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to submissions by parents of children on the autistic spectrum under the care of Beechpark for the development of a coherent programme to meet the needs of these childr...More Button

I am aware of the submissions to which the Deputy refers. The submissions in question raise a range of very important issues relating to provision for children with autism, including issues relating t...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Provision.

Was asked: the plans he has to introduce a scheme under which schools throughout the country would be supported in making their premises available for child care provision outside of school hours.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. - Teacher-Pupil Contact.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the concern of school principals that huge numbers of pupil contact hours are being lost; and the plans, if any, he has to tackle this issue.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent survey undertaken by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals which show that many secondary students are losing an average of 40 hour...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will have considerations made into introducing a classroom assistant by September 2000 for single, junior infant classes where all of the children are in need of constant supervision until they ...More Button

Classroom assistants, or special needs assistants as they are now known, are provided by my Department where appropriate to help pupils with special needs. There are no plans at present to extend this...More Button

Written Answers. - Education Services.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to reinstate the Advisory Committee on the Education of Deaf Children which was suspended when the SERC Committee was established.More Button

It is my intention to establish a representative advisory committee to offer guidance to my Department on a range of key issues relating to the future development of education services for the deaf. M...More Button

Written Answers. - Asbestos Removal.

Was asked: the progress made to date with regard to the removal of asbestos from schools; the number of schools where asbestos has been identified; the number where it still has to be removed; and if he will mak...More Button

In March of 1999, my Department formally requested the Office of Public Works to undertake a pilot survey of 196 schools in the south-east of the country to determine the location, type, form and cond...More Button

Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to provide additional funding to the institutes of technology to cater for the additional demands arising from the increase in apprentice places; and if he will make a statem...More Button

The need for additional capacity in institutes of technology to cater for the unprecedented increase in apprenticeship numbers is being addressed by my Department in conjunction with the institutes of...More Button

Written Answers. - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, the Government has to tackle the high rate of truancy caused by employers allowing school-going children to work late; the further proposals he has to protect young people in th...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the regulation of the employment of young people falls within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Protection of Young Person...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he has had considerations made into establishing a supply panel of teachers to provide substitute teaching to cover teacher absences on a national basis.More Button

The Deputy may be aware that a supply panel scheme to provide substitute teaching already operates in a number of areas. I am aware that the INTO are seeking to have the existing scheme extended. Ther...More Button

Written Answers. - Pre-School Services.

Was asked: the plans he has for the expansion of state-funded pre-school services in the 2000-2001 school year; the additional funding and the number of additional places which he will provide; and if he will ma...More Button

My Department's involvement in the area of pre-school education currently includes the provision of infant classes in national schools and support for a range of initiatives aimed at children who are ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the current position on the promotions system for teachers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Concerns were raised that certain elements of the procedures for filling posts of responsibility in schools may be indirectly discriminatory on gender grounds under the terms of the Employment Equalit...More Button

Was asked: the plans he has to review the appointment period for school principals.More Button

There are no plans at present to review the appointment period for school principals.More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the statement by his Department that thousands of primary school children are being taught by people without the proper training, he will report on the plans he has to rectify the situa...More Button

A range of measures have been introduced by this Government to boost substantially the supply of trained primary teachers. The intake of trainee primary teachers to the colleges of education was incre...More Button

Written Answers. - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: if he will address the concerns expressed by parents and boards of management that the clause in the new Education and (Welfare) Bill, 1999, requiring principals to pass on names of all children absen...More Button

My concern to protect the educational welfare of children provides the basis for the measures referred to by the Deputy. In situations where children are frequently missing school, for whatever reason...More Button

Written Answers. - Early School Leavers.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce a new pilot programme to tackle early school leaving; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A range of supports has been put in place over the past two decades to support primary and second level schools designated as disadvantaged by my Department. The supports include the payment of enhanc...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to encourage third level physics and chemistry graduates into the teaching profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the importance of improving our performance in physics and chemistry. My Department is actively investigating the possibility of establishing a task force to address the various issues p...More Button

Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Was asked: the plans he has for the earlier publication of the results of the junior certificate examination, having regard to the important decisions students have to make about subjects to be taken in subseque...More Button

The result dates for the certificate examinations derive from the timing of the examinations and the time required for marking the scripts and processing the results. While my Department makes every e...More Button

Written Answers. - Comhairle Oideachais Gaeltachta.

Was asked: cathain a chuirfidh sé an Chomhairle Oideachais Gaeltachta/Gaelscolaíochta ar bun atá geallta in Alt 31 den Bhille Oideachais 1998; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina leith.More Button

Tá soláthar san Acht Oideachais 1998 le haghaidh fráma tagartha dhá bhliain chun tús a chur le gach mír den Acht. Tosaíodh ar mhír 31 den Acht a dhéanann soláthar do bhunú comhlachta chun comhairle a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Whole School Evaluation.

Was asked: if a programme of whole school evaluation will be in place for the school year 2000-2001; and if he will give details.More Button

A draft circular and criteria of evaluation for whole school evaluation, WSE, were circulated to the education partners in May 2000 as part of the consultative process. The circular provides details o...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: his views on whether the third level maintenance grant is adequate in view of the increasing cost of accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In recognition of the difficulties being encountered by students and following consultation with third level colleges, the Government introduced special tax incentives to encourage the provision of st...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Participation Rates.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to recent figures from the Higher Education Authority which indicate that third level courses, such as medicine, law and dentistry, are still dominated by students from...More Button

I understand the Deputy to be referring to a recent newspaper article showing the percentage of students receiving grants or scholarships in 1997-98 based on, as yet, unpublished and provisional Highe...More Button

Written Answers. - Dyslexia Screening.

Was asked: the extent of his responsibility for screening children to determine if they suffer from dyslexia; the arrangements currently in place for carrying out such screening; and the age at which the Governm...More Button

The early detection of reading difficulties is a function of both class and remedial teachers. My Department has allocated 1,465 remedial teachers at primary level and 560 whole-time equivalents at se...More Button

Written Answers. - Adult Education.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to increase the participation of long-term unemployed people in adult education courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Green Paper Adult Education in an Era of Lifelong Learning identified a critical need to concentrate expansion of the adult education system on the needs of those who are most marginalised, with m...More Button

Written Answers. - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: if he will comment on the OECD findings indicating a dramatically higher level of school non-attendance here compared to other countries.More Button

The Deputy is referring to a recent OECD publication Education at a Glance 2000. Ireland participated in the third international mathematics and science study – TIMMS – conducted in over 40 countries,...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: the restrictions on other EU nationals and non-EU nationals who are themselves otherwise suitably qualified but are not allowed to teach here; and his proposals in relation to such restrictions, in vi...More Button

Teachers in national schools are class teachers rather than subject specialists and must be qualified to teach the range of primary school subjects to children aged four to 12 years. Accordingly, appl...More Button

Written Answers. - Oral Examinations.

Was asked: the options he favours for timetabling oral examinations in order to reduce the level of disruption to school timetabling.More Button

Conscious of the difficulties experienced by schools during the oral and practical examinations, earlier this year my Department established a working group representative of the partners in education...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will make grant aid available to enable the dangerous windows at Kilcredan national school, County Cork, to be replaced; if he will report on their condition; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

An application from the management authorities of Kilcredan national school for grant-aid towards the replacement of windows at the school will be processed by my Department in the context of a reques...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Abuse.

Was asked: if, in regard to the commitment given in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness, he will outline the specific funding which has been provided from the young people's facilities and services fund fo...More Button

The purpose of the young people's facilities and services fund, established by the Govern ment in 1998, is to assist in the development of preventative strategies in a targeted manner through the deve...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the procedures for schools to avail of an additional remedial or resource teacher particularly where the need for such support has been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The special education review committee recommended that the general criteria for establishing remedial need should relate to pupils who have been identified as being at or below the tenth percentile o...More Button

Written Answers. - Computerisation Programme.

Was asked: the funding and support available from his Department to primary and secondary schools for computer and IT training; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department provides funding for the Teaching Skills Initiative – TSI – element of the Schools IT 2000 programme which is delivered through the National Centre for Technology in Education. The progr...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Funding.

Was asked: the procedures available to schools to avail of additional support or moneys from his Department where such a school is experiencing difficulties, especially where a school can not make up the shortfa...More Button

Funding arrangements at second level reflect the different traditions and structures of the voluntary secondary, community and comprehensive and VEC sectors. In the case of voluntary secondary schools...More Button

Was asked: the support available from his Department to St. Paul's special school, Beaumont, Dublin 9; if he will outline their current needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has sanctioned a principal and seven teaching posts to the school referred to by the Deputy. The school also has the service of two special needs assistants. Enhanced capitation funding ...More Button

Written Answers. - Recreational Facilities Scheme.

Was asked: if he will grant-aid draining and development work for a pitch at a school (details supplied) in County Limerick which is unplayable for most of the year; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the development plans proposed on the Trinity House/Oberstown Complex in Lusk, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a current report on the provision of a secure fence on the Trinity House Complex in Lusk, County Dublin in view of the fact that Deputy Owen has been assured at least three times th...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 and 170 together. My Department is pursuing a five year development plan in the young offender area. The plan envisages a major refurbishment of some of the existi...More Button

Written Answers. - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: the number of people who have absconded from either Trinity House or Oberstown Unit in Lusk County Dublin in the last 12 months; if the young people who have absconded were re-apprehended; the number ...More Button

There were no absconding incidents from Trinity House School during the last 12 months. In the case of Oberstown boys centre a total, of 22 abscondings took place from the centre and one abscond took ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be given final approval to proceed to construct a community hall; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application has been received for the provision of a physical education hall at the school to which the Deputy refers. The development of standard plans for PE halls is currently at an advanced sta...More Button

Was asked: when he will sanction the application for increased accommodation and an additional teacher for a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the current status of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath for increased accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current status of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath for the provision of a new school in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.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 Accommodation.

Was asked: the current status of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath for additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The managerial authorities of the school to which the Deputy refers have been advised that it is in order to proceed to stages four and five – detailed design and bill of quantities – of architectural...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the primary schools in County Westmeath from which he has received requests for financial assistance towards the improvement of safety measures at these schools; the current status of these applicatio...More Button

Funding for work related to improving safety measures outside the vested area of a school is a matter for the relevant local authorities. All other cases are considered on their merits. Issues relatin...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current status of an application by a primary school (details supplied) in County Westmeath for assistance for increased accommodation requirements and improved sewerage facilities; when final app...More Button

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

Written Answers. - School Library.

Was asked: if there is any financial assistance available for a school library (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As part of a national reading initiative designed to promote reading, my Department channelled approximately £2.6 million in 1999 to second level schools in the free education scheme by way of grants ...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will recognise the statements of need compiled by the National Association for Deaf People in respect of deaf people progressing to third level, and ensure that the resources specified in this s...More Button

Hearing impaired students attending courses in third level colleges-institutions and post leaving certificate centres may apply for assistance from the special fund for students with disabilities, whi...More Button

Written Answers. - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the VTOS courses formerly held in the North Strand VEC have not yet been assigned accommodation with the necessary facilities; if he will investigate t...More Button

The Department is currently in consultation with City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee as to how the buildings in question should best be utilised in the future, in the light of the area's ove...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed progress report in relation to the provision of an extension to Ratoath national school; if he will treat this project with urgency in view of the fact the population in ...More Button

The issue of the future accommodation needs of Ratoath national school is under active consideration in my Department. It has been established that additional accommodation will be required at the sch...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if inspectors from his Department have visited Dunboyne senior primary school; if they have evaluated the enrolment figures for the coming year; if they have examined the future potential population g...More Button

An inspector of my Department recently visited this school and discussed the enrolment projections for the 2000-01 school year with the principal. The position is that the school authorities do not ex...More Button

Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious concern expressed by organisations dealing with those with disabilities, such as the National Rehabilitation Board, about the proposal to introduce an an...More Button

The report and recommendations of the expert advisory group on certificate examinations on the arrangements for the assessment of candidates with special needs in certificate examinations was publish...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he has received an application from a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow for a general purposes room; the position with regard to the application; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received an application from the school in question for a general purpose room. The application will be dealt with as quickly as possible having regard to the larg...More Button

Written Answers. - School Buildings.

Was asked: the names of the national schools in Donegal where asbestos was used in the building; and the steps being taken to eliminate that product from the schools structure.More Button

In March 1999, my Department formally requested the Office of Public Works to undertake a pilot survey of 196 schools in the south-east to determine the location, type, form and condition of any asbes...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the current needs for place ment in special schools of pupils living to the Dublin 3, 5 and 9 catchment areas; the total number of places available; the identified shortfall; the proposals to address ...More Button

The enrolment policy of each special school is a matter for the board of management. My Department does not have information on the number of pupils awaiting special school placement. Special schools ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when the extra facilities now being provided at Scoil Mhuire, Clane, County Kildare will be commissioned; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As indicated in replies to parliamentary questions on 8 and 15 February 2000, and 19 April 2000, this building project is already under construction. Details of accommodation being provided as outlin...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline, further to Parliamentary Question No. 292 of the 18 April 2000 in connection with the provision of required facilities at Scoil Ui Fhiach, Maynooth, County Kildare, the progress in...More Button

Further to my reply to the Deputy's question on 18 April 2000, my Department continues to process this case as quickly as possible having regard to the large number of school building projects on hand...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he will give a progress report on the construction of the extra facilities required at St. Mary's College, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in 2000 in regard to overcoming any outstanding obstacles to the provision of the extra facilities at St. Mary's College, Naas, County Kildare; when it is expected that all works ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 198 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Medical Service.

Was asked: if he has received any requests for improvements to the school medical services; if it is intended to increase the number of examinations on an annual basis; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

My Department does not operate a schools medical service and it appears that the matters being raised by the Deputy would be more appropriate to my colleague, the Minister for Health and Children.More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of primary schools in County Kildare currently awaiting the provision of extra facilities; the plans if any he has to meet these requirements in the near future; and if he will make a state...More Button

The information is not available in the format requested by the Deputy and the compilation of such information could not be justified having regard to the exigencies of the current service. If the Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the degree to which he expects to enhance the school psychological service at all levels throughout the country; if his attention has been drawn to the pressing needs in this area; and if he will make...More Button

There are currently 43 psychologists employed in the National Educational Psychological Service. Improvement and expansion of the service offered by NEPS will begin when additional psychologists are i...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the current position in relation to the provision of extra facilities required at Rathmore national school, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning for a school building project at Rathmore, County Kildare is proceeding. The school authorities will be kept informed of developments as they happen.More Button

Was asked: the precise extent of the extra facilities promised at Scoil Dara, Kilcock, County Kildare; the progress in relation to provision of same in the past six months; if he can now identify the date for th...More Button

Approval was given to the managerial authorities of Scoil Dara in March 2000 to proceed to prepare a combined stage four and stage five submission, that is, detailed design and bill of quantities. The...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the full extent of the facilities required at St. Patrick's post primary school, Naas, County Kildare; the progress if any in relation to meeting these requirements in the past six months; his proposa...More Button

As indicated in reply to parliamentary question No. 294 on 19 April 2000, an application for an extension to St. Patrick's post primary school, Naas, has been received within my Department. Architectu...More Button

Was asked: the current position in relation to the provision of further facilities required at Scoil Ingad Ris, Naas, County Kildare; the progress in relation to the provision of these facilities in the past six...More Button

The managerial authorities of Meánscoil Iognáid Rís have now formally appointed a design team to commence the architectural planning of a proposed extension at this school.More Button

Written Answers. - School Placement.

Was asked: his plans for the provision of the required number of second level places in Naas, County Kildare and its precincts; when and by what means it is expected to meet these requirements; and if he will ma...More Button

Some time ago, the planning section of my Department carried out an evaluation of post-primary requirements for the Naas second level centre. On foot of this evaluation, building projects, which are c...More Button

Written Answers. - Safety Requirements.

Was asked: if he or his Department have had any further discussions with other agencies on improved safety provisions at St. Wolstan's secondary school, Celbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement...More Button

As indicated in my reply to parliamentary question No. 276 on 19 April 2000, my Department's planning and building unit has commissioned a firm of consultants to undertake an analysis of the traffic m...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress in the past six months in relation to the provision of extra facilities required at Confey College, Leixlip, County Kildare; if it is expected to conclude and implement the proposals with...More Button

As indicated in replies to parliamentary questions on 8 February 2000, 9 March 2000 and 19 April 2000, approval to proceed to tender was given to County Kildare VEC for the provision of an extension a...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the current position in relation to the provision of the extra facilities needed at Maynooth post primary school, Maynooth, County Kildare; the progress on this project in the past six months; the rem...More Button

County Kildare VEC has requested my Department to review the numbers of students for whom accommodation should be provided at Maynooth post primary school. Until this review is completed, decisions re...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the extent of the current child psychological services available in north Kildare at present; his plans for the augmentation of this service to facilitate all the schools of the area; and if he will m...More Button

There are currently three national educational psychological service, psychologists assigned to County Kildare. The national policy advisory board of NEPS has been set up to advise me on the developme...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 293 of 19 April 2000 on the provision of the extra facilities required at Scoil Ui Riada, Kilcock, County Kildare, he will outline the progress on the project...More Button

Further to my reply to the Deputy's question on 19 April 2000, architectural planning for the facilities in question is proceeding at present.More Button


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