Woods, Michael J.

Thursday, 13 December 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 546 No. 5

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Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the construction and refurbishment of a school (details supplied) in County Meath; when the works will be fully completed; if he will ensure that regular meetings will take...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that the school to which he refers is being constructed in two phases. Phase 1 was completed in September 2001 and is in occupation by the school. Phase 2, which includes t...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will approve an application for extension of a school transport service to facilitate a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

The medical evidence submitted by the Deputy was forwarded to my Department's medical adviser, who determined that the pupil's condition would not prevent him from making his own way to a pick-up poin...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will authorise the invitation of tenders for the required extension to Tiermohan National School, Donadea, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of the project in ques tion. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of individual projects will be taken in the light o...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a home tuition allowance payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has recently authorised a payment in respect of home tuition for the person in question. This payment will issue very shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that an extension of 2268 square metres is being planned for the school in question to cater for a long-term projected enrolment of 950 pupils. The project is progres...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning in respect of a project at the school referred to by the Deputy is under way. It is not possible at this stage to say exactly when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for a permanent extension to the school to which the Deputy refers, is being examined by the planning section of my Department. As part of this examination, factors such as demographic ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for permanent recognition from the school referred to by the Deputy is being considered by the planning section of my Department. The school's accommodation requirements will be conside...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for a permanent extension to the school to which the Deputy refers is being examined by the planning section of my Department. As part of this examination, factors such as demographic t...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning in respect of a project at the school referred to by the Deputy is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the progress made by a school (details supplied) in County Carlow on the application for disadvantaged status.More Button

The Deputy may be aware of the major new programme, Giving Children an Even Break by Tackling Disadvantage, which I launched in January to deal with educational disadvantage in primary schools. The pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress which has been made for the provision of a new secondary school in Ballisodare, County Sligo; when it will be sanctioned; the amount of moneys allocated; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

My Department has received an application for the provision of an extension at St. Mary's College, Ballisodare, County Sligo. The schedules of accommodation have recently been accepted by the school's...More Button

Written Answers. - Retirement Gratuity.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway is not entitled to the same retirement gratuity benefits as given to retired teachers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The retirement gratuity of the person in question was correctly calculated, by the awarding authority, by reference to his pay and service on his last day of service. Since the post from which he reti...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: the reason the CIE school bus bringing pupils to the Mercy College, Woodford, County Galway, does not extend the route to the end of the catchment area at Coose.More Button

This question is under examination in my Department and further information has been sought. The Deputy will be notified of the position as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason adequate facilities have not been provided for the needs of children attending the special needs class at St. Joseph's national school, Skibbereen; and if he will ensure that proper facilit...More Button

Architectural planning for the provision of improved accommodation at St. Joseph's national school is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of a proposed project at the school in question. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of pro jects will be taken in t...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing a third level grant application for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will ensure that the application is expedited.More Button

My Department funds three means tested maintenance grant schemes for third level education students in respect of attendance on approved courses in approved third level institutions. They are the high...More Button

Was asked: when a top-up grant will be made to first, second and third year students being grant aided by Mayo County Council; the number of these students which have been paid their grant; and if this grant wil...More Button

The arrangements for the payment of maintenance grants under the higher education grants scheme are a matter for the local authorities. They are statutorily entrusted with the administration of the sc...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher's Salary.

Was asked: the reason a decision has not been issued to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo about being paid a full-time salary.More Button

As I have recently indicated to the Deputy, officials in my Department are investigating the issue in question. I expect the matter will be resolved very shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Was asked: if extra examination time and-or marking allowances for poor English will be granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

One of the recommendations of the expert advisory group on certificate examinations was that the time element of examinations should be made less critical in the future in order to better accommodate ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status regarding a school extension for Dunkeerin national school, County Offaly; and when he expects work to commence in this matter.More Button

Architectural planning for the provision of an extension to Dunkeerin national school is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the situation regarding funding for the new school building at Rathpeacon national school, Rathpeacon, County Cork.More Button

Was asked: when approval will be given to carry out the major improvements at Rathpeacon national school, County Cork.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 and 288 together. Architectural planning in respect of a building project at Rathpeacon national school is nearing completion. At this stage it is not possible to ...More Button

Was asked: the number of schools in Cork city and county which had been given approval for renovations and had the approval withdrawn; and the number of such schools which have been restored to their original po...More Button

I am not aware of my Department's building unit having progressed any school renovation projects in Cork city or county in the manner described by the Deputy. If the Deputy has any queries regarding s...More Button

Is mian liom a chur in iúl don Teachta gur eisíodh litir a cheadaíonn aighneacht Chéim 2 do thionscadal na scoile nua dá dtagraíonn an Teachta chuig an gcliant Coiste Gairmoideachais Cho Bhaile Átha C...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to an application for assistance by a school (details supplied) in Dublin 3 under a new scheme, entitled Giving Children an Even Break by Tackling Disadvantage; and if ...More Button

The Deputy refers to the new pro gramme, entitled Giving Children an Even Break by Tackling Disadvantage, which I launched earlier this year to deal with educational disadvantage in primary schools. T...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when he will allocate funding to provide a new school building for St. Nessan's Community College, Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of a proposed project at St. Nessan's Community College. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of projects will be tak...More Button

Written Answers. - Examination Projects.

Was asked: if provision can be made for the return of a junior certificate metalwork project, which was awarded an ETTA award recently, to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim.More Button

Every year my Department receives more than 1.5 million scripts, practical pieces and other test products for examination. It is not logistically feasible to facilitate the return of this quantity of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if approval will be granted before the end of 2001 for certain mechanical and electrical works at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that architectural planning is under way for these works at the school in question. At this stage it is not possible to say when this project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: if he will issue approval for urgent works to be carried out at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that architectural planning in respect of the upgrading of the mechanical and electrical installations at the school referred to by the Deputy is under way. At this s...More Button

Was asked: when he will give final sanction for science laboratories at Ardscoil Rís, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.More Button

My Department has recently requested the school authority to invite tenders for the proposed refurbishment of the science laboratories at the school in question.More Button

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

Was asked: the projects in the national development plan for which funding has been provided as part of the 2002 Abridged Estimates or announced in the Budget Statement; the level of funding provided; the nature...More Button

The capital allocation in respect of first, second and third level building projects for 2002 is 543.66 million. Decisions on the projects to proceed to construction will be taken in the light of thes...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by Creggs national school, County Galway; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of additional capital fu...More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of a proposed project at Creggs national school. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of pro jects will be taken in t...More Button

Was asked: if he has made a decision on the redevelopment of Ballyleague national school, County Roscommon; if he intends to construct a new school in Ballyleague; the reason for the delay in processing this app...More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of a proposed project at Ballyleague national school. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of projects will be taken ...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for the construction of Elphin Community School, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department recently received stages 1 to 3, inclusive, that is site suitability, briefing and site report, outline and developed sketch schemes, for the proposed extension to Elphin Community Colle...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, County Roscommon; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of additional capi...More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of a proposed project at Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of projects will be taken in...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by Ballyfeeney national school, County Roscommon; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of additional ca...More Button

Architectural planning for a building project at Ballyfeeney national school is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by Killina national school, Clooneyquinn, County Roscommon; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of add...More Button

Architectural planning in respect of a building project at Killina national school is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by O'Connor Don national school, County Roscommon; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of additional c...More Button

Architectural planning in respect of a building project at O'Connor Don national school is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by Roxboro national school, County Roscommon; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of additional capita...More Button

Architectural planning in respect of a building project at Roxboro national school is under way. At this stage it is not possible to say when the project will go on site. More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for funding by Grane national school, County Roscommon; if he will approve funding for this project in view of the recent announcement in the budget of additional capital ...More Button

Architectural planning in respect of a building project at Grange national school is under way. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project will go on site.More Button

Was asked: the progress made in assessing the feasibility study furnished by St. Colmcille's primary school, Knocklyon; if he will sanction the construction to commence in 2002; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

A feasibility study on the accommodation requirements of St. Colmcille's primary school, Knocklyon, has recently been received and is being examined by my Department's building unit. Decisions on the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if he will take steps to ensure that the legal correspondence (copy attached) on behalf of individuals (details supplied) is immediately responded to by his Department; if the original categories of p...More Button

The legal correspondence referred to by the Deputy, although dated 12 October 2001, was not received in my Department until 16 November 2001. A reply has now issued to that correspondence. No changes ...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Projects.

Was asked: the funding recently announced to meet the cost of developing the Kilkenny outreach campus project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have agreed to fund NUI Maynooth's ReachOut Centre in St. Kieran's college, Kilkenny, as a pilot project for a five year period. The level of funding being provided to the centre this year is £198,0...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 640 of 20 March 2001, the position regarding the services of educational psychologists to a special school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the progress for...More Button

At the time of its establishment in 1999, the development plan for the national educational psychological service envisaged its achieving nationwide coverage by the end of 2004. However, in July this ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed refurbishment of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11.More Button

Architectural planning in respect of the project referred to by the Deputy is under way. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project will go on site. My Department will be in co...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Provision.

Was asked: if he has identified the full extent of primary and second level school requirements in Maynooth, County Kildare; his proposals to take specific action on foot of same; and if he will make a statement...More Button

The enrolments in primary schools in the Maynooth area have shown a very gradual increase in recent years. To meet the additional need, an extension for the Presentation Convent is currently in archit...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of permanent classroom facilities at the north Kildare school project, Celbridge, County Kildare; the proposed schedule in respect of same; and if he will make a s...More Button

My Department has received a tender report in relation to the provision of permanent classroom facilities at the north Kildare national school project and this is being examined. The school authoritie...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Provision.

Was asked: the extent to which he has examined primary and secondary educational requirements in Celbridge, County Kildare; his proposals to meet the requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At primary level, with the exception of the north Kildare national school project, enrolments in Celbridge have been in gradual decline in recent years. However, there are three projects in architectu...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress regarding the provision of the extra facilities identified as being required at Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Prosperous, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that architectural planning is under way for a building project at the school in question. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project will go ...More Button

Was asked: Science the position regarding his review of primary and secondary educational requirements in Naas, County Kildare; the position regarding the provision of the extra facilities required at each of th...More Button

At primary level the position is that, in Naas, a new 16 teacher school is currently in architectural planning. The original brief for this project is being reviewed in light of additional housing dev...More Button

Written Answers. - Traffic Management.

Was asked: the position regarding the improvement of safety factors at St. Wolstan's girls secondary school, Celbridge, County Kildare; when he expects the works to commence; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

A traffic management report has been completed and brought to the attention of my Department. The report raised a number of issues that require to be addressed by Kildare County Council. A copy of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Provision.

Was asked: if he has evaluated primary and second level school requirements in Leixlip, County Kildare; if he intends to make proposals arising from same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the degree to which the facilities at Confey College, Leixlip, County Kildare, are adequate to meet requirements; his intentions to provide extra facilities; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 318 and 319 together. At primary level, with the exception of Scoil Uí Dhálaigh, enrolments in Leixlip have been in gradual decline in recent years and my Department i...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of proposed and anticipated facilities at the girls Presentation national school, Maynooth, County Kildare; the extent to which the full requirements are likely to...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that architectural planning is under way for a building project at the school in question. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project will go ...More Button

Was asked: the progress in regard to the provision of extra facilities at Kill national school, Kill, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application has been received for capital funding in respect of a proposed project at Kill national school, County Kildare. Decisions on the appointment of design teams in respect of individual pro...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: when extra staff will be provided to a school (details supplied) in County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special needs assistant posts are allocated to schools to support children with special needs who have been assessed as requiring such support. The level of special needs assistant support provided b...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position regarding the improvement works at Burnfort national school, Mallow, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning for the provision of improved accommodation at Burnfort national school, Mallow, County Cork, is under way. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project wi...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: when a decision will be made in relation to a higher education grant for a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department funds three means tested maintenance grant schemes for third level education students in respect of attendance on approved courses in approved third level institutions. These are the hig...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will approve the provision of a classroom assistant for a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers. My Department is investigating the provision of special needs assistant support for the pupil in question. A decision will be made in this matter sho...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Projects.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 176 of 6 December 2001, he will outline his views on whether it would be inappropriate to locate this school on the grounds of a centre for young offenders; h...More Button

My Department is examining the options for the relocation of the St Paul's youth encounter project. When this examination has been completed my Department will be in contact with the trustees of the s...More Button

Written Answers. - Early Childhood Education.

Was asked: the number of pre-school places funded by his Department for each of the past five years; his plans in this regard for 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department's involvement in the provision of pre-school services currently involves support for the early start pre-school pilot programme; the Rutland Street pre-school project; pre-schools for Tr...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious difficulties posed to Our Lady of Victories infant school, Dublin 9, due to the withdrawal of two classroom assistants who were on community employment; ...More Button

My Department provides funding towards ancillary services in schools in the form of assistance to schools towards the cost of secretarial and caretaking services. Responsibility for the operation of c...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of civil servants in his Department on transfer lists to sections of his Department out of Dublin; the locations and numbers involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The number of civil servants in my Department who are on the central transfer list for the Department of Education and Science offices in Athlone and Tullamore is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of extra facilities required at Rathmore national school, Naas, County Kildare; when he expects the requirements to be met in this regard; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the progress regarding the provision of the extra facilities required and proposed at Sallins national school, County Kildare; when he expects the commissioning of the works involved; and if he will m...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that architectural planning is under way for a building project at the school in question. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project will go ...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding the provision of permanent facilities at Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock, County Kildare; when he expects these facilities to be in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of extra facilities at Scoil Dara, Kilcock, County Kildare; when he expects work will start on the project; if there are outstanding matters still to be resolved; ...More Button

The stage 6 – tender action and report – in respect of the proposed extra facilities at Scoil Dara, Kilcock, County Kildare, has been examined within the Department. My Department's post-primary build...More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in 2001 in the provision of permanent classroom facilities at Scoil Uí Fhiaich, Maynooth, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that architectural planning is under way for a building project at the school in question. It is not possible at this stage to state exactly when the project will go ...More Button

Was asked: the progress in the past 12 months in regard to the provision of the extra facilities required at Maynooth post-primary school, Maynooth, County Kildare; the stage at which the project is at; the stag...More Button

In December 2000 my Department's post-primary building unit authorised the chief executive officer of County Kildare Vocational Educational Committee that it was in order to instruct its design team t...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Website.

Was asked: the number of hits received by his Department's website for the year 2001; the number of staff assigned to maintain the website; the cost of maintaining the website for 2001; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Based on a typical month's usage, the number of website hits for 2001 will be in excess of 5 million. The Department of Finance maintains the current website centrally and the costs incurred by my Dep...More Button


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