Woods, Michael J.

Thursday, 17 May 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 536 No. 4

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Written Answers. - Schools Amalgamation.

Was asked: the position in relation to the amalgamation of two schools (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Agreement in principle has been reached to amalgamate the two schools in County Kildare referred to by the Deputy. An analysis of the existing accommodation at the schools has been undertaken. The sch...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when the extension to St. Garvan's national school, Caroreigh, Taghmon, County Wexford will commence; and the current position of this project.More Button

My Department is assessing the most efficient and cost-effective way of providing appropriate long-term accommodation at St. Garvan's national school, Taghmon, County Wexford. It is not possible at th...More Button

Written Answers. - Home-School-Liaison Scheme.

Was asked: if he will approve the request from the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny for a special allocation of six hours per week for the provision of a home-school-liaison ...More Button

All second level schools that are designated as disadvantaged have been invited to participate in the home-school-community liaison scheme and have been allocated additional teaching resources to faci...More Button

Written Answers. - Inservice Training.

Was asked: the evaluation check which has been carried out on the programme exploring masculinity in schools; the results of these evaluations; the progress in extending the programme; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Information on the Exploring Masculinities programme is being disseminated through the transition year support service, as part of its in-career development programme for transition year co-ordinators...More Button

Written Answers. - School Services Staff.

Was asked: the number of teachers that are required in order for a school to qualify for a full-time secretary; if he intends to reduce the numbers necessary for qualification in the future; and if he will make ...More Button

My Department provides funding towards the cost of secretarial and caretaking services in primary and secondary schools under two separate schemes. One scheme is the 1978-79 scheme for the employment ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new school at Listellick, Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since the Deputy last raised the question of accommodation for Listellick national school, Tralee, County Kerry, my Department has received additional information on increased enrolments at the school...More Button

Written Answers. - Youth Services.

Was asked: if Dún Laoghaire Youth Service will be mainstreamed for funding purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The youth affairs section of my Department provides grant-in-aid financial assistance for Dún Laoghaire Youth Service under the special projects for youth scheme and the young people's facilities and ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he proposes to extend the capacity of Malahide community school to accommodate 1,200 pupils; if so, the plans he has to approve the construction of a new two storey structure which is the preferred...More Button

The building unit of my Department has prepared a schedule of overall accommodation for Malahide community school based on a long-term projected enrolment of 1,200 pupils. In line with public procurem...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the current procedure in place for the provision of substitution arrangements for absent teachers in secondary schools; his plans to improve matters; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Paid substitution is currently provided for the following approved teacher absences in secondary schools: certified sick leave, maternity leave, adoptive leave, parental leave, force majeure leave, co...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Posts.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 593 of 1 May 2001, he will review this decision and appoint three additional permanent posts in line with the entitlements due to the allocation of hours at C...More Button

As indicated in my previous reply, my Department has now authorised County Roscommon Vocational Education Committee to fill two teaching posts in Castlerea Prison on a permanent whole-time basis. The ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if, following a recent Adjournment motion on the issue of his Department's lands (details supplied) at Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24 and a commitment given by him to discuss with the relevant officials...More Button

My Department is completing an analysis of need for the lands in question for post-primary school purposes and my officials have advised me that a proposal will shortly be submitted which will enable ...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the number and percentage of third level students in receipt of a third level maintenance grant for each of the past five academic years.More Button

The information, requested by the Deputy is being compiled in my Department at present and will be forwarded directly to her.More Button

Was asked: the reasons for the delay in the report from the committee established to examine third level grants; when the report is expected to be completed; if he will publish the report; and if he will make a ...More Button

The remit of the special project team, to which the Deputy refers, is to carry out a comprehensive review of every aspect of the maintenance grants, and other student supports, to ensure their relevan...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if temporary funding and assistance for school transport has been agreed by his Department for children from Cherry Orchard attending St. Lousie de Movillac Junior School, Drumfinn Road, Dublin 10.More Button

The school transport section of my Department has undertaken an examination of the situation regarding school transport for pupils from the Cherry Orchard area to the school in question. The Deputy wi...More Button

Written Answers. - University Research Funding.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that universities receive sufficient funds to conduct research in the public interest and are not unduly beholden to research funding from commercial interests which have agendas wh...More Button

Since this Government came into office, there has been an unprecedented increase in dedicated funding for research available to third level institutions. The first dedicated block of funding, £5 mill...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: the qualifications required by teachers from the UK to teach in primary schools here; the number of such applications that have been received in the past two years; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

At primary level, teachers 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, applic...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of autistic persons currently enrolled in the CABAS project in Cork; his plans to further increase the number enrolled; the timescale for this; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: the number of legal cases which have been settled out of court, in court and pending, respectively, with regard to education for autistic children; the costs incurred by the State in each category to ...More Button

Was asked: the number of autistic children who have applied for and are awaiting entry into the CABAS project in Cork; the number of these who have been involved in legal action involving the Department of Educa...More Button

I propose to take Questions No. 213, 214 and 215 together. A total of 18 children are currently enrolled in the CABAS facility in Cork. My Department has agreed to fund an expansion of this facility t...More Button

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