Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if he will provide additional funding to the National League of the Blind of Ireland to assist people attending third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Students with a disability, including those with a visual impairment, attending courses in approved third level institutions and post leaving certificate centres may apply for grant assistance direct...More Button

Written Answers. - Laffoy Commission.

Was asked: the protections which have been put in place to protect the rights of a deceased person who has had allegations made against them to the Laffoy commission; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Was asked: if there are specific protections put in place through the Laffoy commission when allegations are made for the first time subsequent to death, in view of the fact that a person is unable to defend the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 224 and 225 together. While there is no specific provision in the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act, 2000, regarding a deceased person in relation to allegati...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he intends to honour his commitments for major post-primary school building projects progressing through architectural planning to invitation of tenders and award of contract; when he will expect t...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding the proposed extension for Tulla Community School; the timeframe for the proposed building programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 280 together.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to honour his commitments for major post-primary school building projects progressing through architectural planning to invitation of tenders and award of contract; when he will expect t...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding the proposed extension for Kilmihil Community School; the timeframe for the proposed building programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 and 279 together. My Department has an extensive post-primary schools' building programme under way with a substantial financial commitment being carried forward i...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if there is funding available for nursing students wishing to travel to England to study, in view of the fact that the UK Government training grant for EU students has ceased; and if he will make a st...More Button

In 1996, the third level student support schemes, operated under the aegis of my Department, were extended to provide maintenance grants to eligible undergraduate students pursuing approved third leve...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will request a reduction in the cost of school transport in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if he will reconsider the request to reroute the school bus to have this p...More Button

The pupil referred to by the Deputy resides 1.4 miles from the bus route to his appropriate school and is considered to have a service within guidelines. In the circumstances it is not appropriate for...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the names and addresses of all primary schools in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of pupils and teachers at each primary school in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 and 232 together. I have made arrangements for my officials to forward the information sought directly to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the names and addresses of all secondary schools in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of students and teachers at each secondary school in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 233 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Glenbeigh National School, Glenbeigh, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department recently grant aided a small extension at the school referred to by the Deputy. My Department's primary building unit has no record of any other application for grant aid for building wo...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Kenmare Convent National School, Kenmare, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Cahir National School, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Curranes National School, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at the mixed Lisivigeen National School; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Rathmore National School, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Scoil Naisiúnta Naomh Treasa, Contae Chiarraí; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the building works at Scoil Naofa Uaimh Bhréanainn, Contae Chiarraí; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the building works at Scoil Naofa An Ghleanna, Contae Chiarraí; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the building works at St. Gertrude's, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 237, inclusive, and 239 to 244, inclusive, together. Architectural planning has commenced for major developments at the schools referred to by the Deputy. I wil...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Knockbrack national school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In August 2000, architectural planning commenced for the provision of improved accommodation at the school referred to by the Deputy. Since then, enrolments at the school have fallen considerably and ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new PE hall at Mean Scoil na Toirbhirte, Baile an Mhuillinn, Contae Chiarrai; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Meán Scoil na Toirbhirte, Baile an Mhuillinn, Contae Chiarraí; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 245 and 258 together. The extension project at Meán Scoil na Toirbhirte, Miltown, County Kerry, which includes the provision of a PE hall, is currently at stage 5 – bi...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new PE hall at Rathmore community school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Rathmore community school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 246 and 255 together. It is proposed to provide an extension and undertake some refurbishment including examining the PE hall at Rathmore community school. The appoint...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new PE hall at St. Brendan's secondary school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at St. Brendan's secondary school, Killarney, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 256 together. It is proposed to provide an extension including a PE hall at St. Brendan's secondary school. This project is currently at stage one – site surve...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new PE hall at St. Joseph's secondary school, Ballybunion, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

It is proposed to provide an extension including a PE hall and undertake some refurbishment at St. Joseph's secondary school, Ballybunion, County Kerry. The schedules of accommodation have been sent t...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a PE hall as part of a new school at Dingle community school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Dingle community school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 and 253 together.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a PE hall as part of a new school at Meánscoil an Leith Triuigh, Brandon, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

My Department is currently in negotiations to purchase the site for the new school at Brandon. It is proposed to provide a PE hall as part of the new school building. This project is currently at the ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at Caherciveen community school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Progress on the current construction of additional facilities at Cahirciveen community college is a matter for County Kerry VEC, the school authority.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at the Christian Brothers school, Tralee, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is proposed to provide an extension at Christian Brothers school, Tralee, County Kerry. This project is currently at stage 2 – out line sketch scheme – of architectural planning. However, my Depart...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at the intermediate school, Killorglin, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is proposed to carry out roof works at the intermediate school, Killorglin, County Kerry. However, my Department has an extensive post-primary schools building programme under way at present with a...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding building works at St. Brigid's secondary school, County Kerry; the planning stage of this development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application has been made for minor works at St. Brigid's secondary school, County Kerry. This will require the appointment of a design team to determine the extent of the works necessary. My Depar...More Button

Was asked: when he will publish the school building programme for 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I will be announcing my expenditure proposals in relation to school buildings in January of 2003.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to honour his commitments to schools building projects; and the stage the development is at for Gaelscoil, Dunboyne, County Meath.More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. In view of the extensive nature of...More Button

Was asked: if a physical education hall will be provided at Firhouse community college, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the frustration of the community at the continued delay in progressing the pr...More Button

It is proposed to provide a PE hall at Firhouse community college. However, my Department has an extensive post-primary schools building programme under way at present with a substantial financial com...More Button

Was asked: the contacts he has had with the board of management of Glenasmole national school in Dublin south west regarding the need for works at this school; if his attention has been drawn to the clear need f...More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. In view of the extensive nature of...More Button

Was asked: when the building programme at St. Nicholas's national school, Galway, will take place; if the building programme for the school has gone to tender; and when work is likely to start.More Button

Architectural planning for a building project at St. Nicholas's national school, Galway, is at an advanced stage. Decisions on projects proceeding to tender and construction in 2003 will be taken in t...More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: when moneys owed to St. Colman's boys national school, Macroom, County Cork, under the scheme, new programme educational disadvantage in primary schools, will be awarded.More Button

Was asked: when the second portion of the grant for the 2001-2002 school year under the new deal programme for disadvantage will be paid to St. Colman's boys school, Macroom, County Cork; and if he will make a s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 264 and 291 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position in relation to an application for a building project (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. In view of the extensive nature of...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding extension and refurbishment work at St. James's national school, Bushpark, Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning for a building project at St. James's national school, Bushpark, Galway, is at an advanced stage. Decisions on projects proceeding to tender and construction in 2003 will be tak...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will be including a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 for grant funding for immediate and urgently required fencing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school authorities have recently submitted tenders for the work in question. I will not be in a position until the new year to indicate if funding will be available to allow it to proceed. In the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Home-School Liaison Scheme.

Was asked: when he will appoint a home liaison teacher for a school, Scoil Micial Naofa, Athy, County Kildare, in view of the fact that Athy has the RAPID programme and the school has been seeking this position ...More Button

At present there are 309 primary schools and 211 second level schools included in the home-school-community liaison scheme. The scheme was last expanded in September 1999. This expansion included any ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the conditions in a junior and senior school (details supplied) in Dublin 24; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the junior school, built in 19...More Button

Architectural planning for a building project and refurbishment works at the schools referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage. The asbestos roof has been noted in the asbestos register of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the parental income limit for students on higher education courses to avail of the special top up grant.More Button

To be eligible under the special rates of maintenance grants scheme for the 2002-03 academic year, the total reckonable income limit in the short tax year to 31 December 2001 must not exceed €9,190 – ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the major second level school building projects which are listed on his Department's website which have actually gone to tender; and the date on which his Department approved those projects to proceed...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled and will be forwarded to him soon.More Button

Written Answers. - Cross-Border Youth Services.

Was asked: if he has received a proposal from the City of Dublin VEC arising out of the memorandum of understanding between the education and youth services in the cities of Belfast, Dublin and Boston; and if he...More Button

I can confirm that I have received the proposal from the City of Dublin VEC referred to by the Deputy and that it is being examined by relevant sections of my Department. In this context, officials fr...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if appropriate financial help will be provided to help secure transport for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the school transport section of my Department to complete examination this case as a matter of urgency. The Deputy will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if his Department has plans to sell off the second level school site in Kingswood, Tallaght, Dublin 24, which is being consistently used by anti-social elements, to the dismay of local residents; and ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the latest partial collapse of the asbestos roof of St. Killian's school, Kingswood, Tallaght, Dublin 24, and the possible health implications for staff and pupils; ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 and 275 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Health Care Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the anomaly which exists between special schools and mainstream schools where children with autistic spectrum are attending; if his attention has further been drawn ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of immunisation and other health care services rests with the relevant health board. School authorities who have concerns in this area or wish to avail of these servic...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the reason for the withdrawal of a permanent teaching post in the Cratloe national school, County Clare (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The staffing of a primary school is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September the previous school year. The actual number of mainstream posts sanctioned is determined by r...More Button

Written Answers. - Schoolgoers' Working Hours.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that there are sufficient inspectors to enforce the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1996; and if he has further satisfied himself that sufficient measures are...More Button

The enforcement of the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1996, is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Question No. 279 answered with Question No. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Opportunity.

Was asked: the proposals he has in regard to providing full-time education for a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department contacted the school authorities concerned in relation to this case. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that provision is being made for the full-time education of the pupil in question.More Button

Written Answers. - Adult Education.

Was asked: if he will approve extra funding directly or through the VEC for the Celbridge education support group; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that County Kildare Vocational Education Committee has agreed to fund the provision of adult education courses by this organisation. These classes are scheduled to commence next January.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position in relation to Blessington No. 1 School, Main Street, Blessington, County Wicklow; when building will proceed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present and this includes a large number of projects at various stages of architectural planning. My Department has no pla...More Button

Was asked: if he will sanction the architectural planning of the required extension to Tiermohan NS, Donaola, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. In view of the extensive nature of...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will consider the appointment of a third assistant to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

The staffing of a primary school is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year. The actual number of mainstream posts sanctioned is determined b...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Colleges.

Was asked: the position in relation to the third level college for the north side of Cork city.More Button

In October 1999 Cork Institute of Technology and National University of Ireland, Cork made a joint proposal to establish a Cork college of higher education on the north side of Cork. Mr. Joe McHugh wa...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if a new bus will be provided at 3 p.m. each day to replace or complement a bus which has been acknowledged as being overcrowded on a route (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

A report has been requested from Bus Éireann regarding alleged overcrowding on the school bus in question. I have asked that the matter be treated as a matter of urgency and the Deputy will be informe...More Button

Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Was asked: the names of all students who participated in the intermediate and leaving certificate examinations from 1932-1982 in respect of a secondary school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny, which is now ...More Button

Details of entries for the certificate examinations each year are a matter between the school concerned and my Department and are not made available by my Department to third parties.More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: when resource teacher time will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

An application for resource teacher support in respect of the child in question is currently being processed. My Department will be in contact with the school authorities shortly in relation to this m...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when he will grant permission to go to tender for the proposed new second level school in Newport, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As with all proposals involving major capital expenditure, it is essential to confirm that the provision of a new second level school in Newport is necessary, having regard to pupil numbers and existi...More Button

Was asked: when he expects to sanction funding for a new sports hall for Davitt college, Castlebar, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning for the project to which the Deputy refers is proceeding. Officials in the building unit of my Department are currently examining the stage 4/5 submission – detailed design-bill...More Button

Was asked: when he will approve funding for the building programme for Caum national school, Macroom, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is assessing the tenders for the provision of a new building at Caum national school, Aghina, County Cork. A decision will be communicated to the board of management as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - RAPID Programme.

Was asked: the RAPID projects his Department has funded in this financial year; the amounts requested; the amounts granted; and the moneys allocated under his budget Estimates for RAPID in 2003.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply of Tuesday 19 November 2002 which sets out the overall position as regards my Department's support for RAPID areas. To date I have allocated in excess of €1.8 mi...More Button

Written Answers. - School Recognition.

Was asked: when he will give permanent recognition to Swords Educate Together national school, Swords, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Swords Educate Together national school has been granted permanent recognition with effect from September 2002. A letter to this effect issued to the board of management of the school on 21 November 2...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: his plans to provide a second level school in Donabate in view of the shortage of second level places to accommodate the children leaving first level schools in Donabate, County Dublin.More Button

The need for educational provision at post-primary level in Donabate is at present under active consideration in my Department. Account is being taken of all relevant factors, including enrolment and ...More Button


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