Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 24 February 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 580 No. 5

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Ceisteanna — Questions - Departmental Expenditure.

He should table a question to the Minister of State.More Button

Written Answers - State Pardons.

Was asked: if he has received correspondence from an Irish citizen (details supplied) regarding their request to have a conviction for destitution as a child, wrongfully made against this person many years ago, ...More Button

The person referred to by the Deputy has been in contact with my Department in relation to this issue and a reply has already issued. Section 35 of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provid...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: when approval will be given to an application for resource teacher hours for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy currently has the services of one learning support teacher and three resource teaching posts. I can confirm, also, that my Department has received applications for...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for a school bus service to a national school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has requested Bus Éireann to furnish a report on the matter referred to in the details supplied. It is not possible to say if a service can be provided until the report has been received...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: the amount allocated in 2004 to primary schools as part of the annual physical education grant scheme.More Button

Physical education is a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary schools. In October 2000, my Department introduced an annual physical education grant for all primary schools. Since the introduct...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the funding made available to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal secondary school, Blarney, County Cork, for a sports community hall.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, 2004 is designated as the European Year of Education Through Sport, EYES, the official launch of which was successfully held in Dublin in January. To coincide with EYES, my...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Education.

Was asked: his views on the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding the funding for university education reform (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware that the universities will be challenged in the short term by the constraints on recurrent Exchequer funding placed on them in 2004, having regard to overall cost pressures. I appreciate th...More Button

Written Answers - Summer Works Scheme.

Was asked: if he will approve the carrying out of works under the summer jobs work scheme in respect of a secondary school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The scope of the works required at the school referred to by the Deputy is appropriate for consideration under the summer works scheme which was announced in December last. Officials in the school pla...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when the pupils of St. Mary’s school, Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo (details supplied) can expect a new school building; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently considering a proposal from the Aghamore Community Development Company which involves the development of an integrated community campus which would include the provision of ...More Button

Was asked: when he intends to approve new school buildings for Bonniconlon national school, Ballina, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The proposed large-scale building project for Bonniconlon national school is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department’s website at www.education.ie...More Button

Was asked: when an application from St. Joseph’s national school, Ballinagar, Tullamore, County Offaly, for the provision of a new school will be granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for additional accommodation for St. Joseph’s national school, Ballinagar, County Offaly, has been received in my Department and it is currently being examined in school planning sectio...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: when a refurbishment grant will be awarded to St. Joseph’s secondary school, Charlestown, County Mayo; if his Department will expedite the refurbishment/extension of all the school buildings in order ...More Button

Officials of the planning and building unit of my Department met recently with the trustees of St Joseph’s secondary school, Charlestown, to discuss accommodation issues. In regard to the prefabricate...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if the three CABAS facilities in Dublin, Cork and Drogheda will be made permanent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would like to assure the Deputy that a measured approach will be taken to considering the future of the three CABAS facilities in Dublin, Cork and Drogheda. In that regard, my intention will be to e...More Button

Written Answers - In-career Development.

Was asked: the reason an application by Kilrush community school, Kilrush, County Clare, for funding from the in-career development unit of his Department was not forthcoming to provide a school chaplain; and if...More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to a letter from a member of the School Chaplains’ Association concerning funding for in-career development courses. In addition to funding a number of nation...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if his Department has received an application for a special needs teacher for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; if this application will be granted in the present school term; and if he will m...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy currently has the services of one learning support teacher and one resource teacher. I can confirm, also, that my Department has received an application for specia...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if funding has been sought for the additional accommodation that is to be provided in St. Stephen’s primary school, Johnstown, Navan, County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if extra accommodation will be provided within the existing building or if it will be by way of prefabricated buildings in St. Stephen’s primary school, Johnstown, Navan, County Meath in September 200...More Button

Was asked: the plans that are in place to accommodate the expected increase of children attending St. Stephen’s primary school, Johnstown, Navan, County Meath, in September 2004; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: the number of children that are attending St. Stephen’s primary school Johnstown, Navan, County Meath; the estimated intake for September 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 276, 278, 279 and 280 together. An application for additional accommodation has been received from the school authority in question. It is currently being assessed in ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if a process has been initiated to provide a purpose built new school in Johnstown on the present site of St. Stephen’s primary school, Johnstown, Navan, County Meath; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

St. Stephen’s primary school, Johnstown, Navan, County Meath, opened with provisional recognition in September 2003. Newly established schools are required to undergo a period of provisional recogniti...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: his views on the request from the parents of autistic children group CABAS for funding for a facility in south Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am most anxious that all children, including children with autistic spectrum disorders, receive education appropriate to their needs. There are seven facilities in the State operating on a pilot pro...More Button

Was asked: if he has received an application from St. Fiachra’s senior school, Beaumont, Dublin 5, to allow their resource teacher teach a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 who has dyslexia; if he will sanct...More Button

I am aware that an application for special educational resources, SER, was received from St. Fiachra’s senior school in respect of the pupil in question on 21 November 2003. SER applications received ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the amount of money which was spent in County Clare in the schools building programme in 2001, 2002 and 2003; the number of primary schools which received funding; the number of post-primary schools w...More Button

The number of primary and post-primary schools in County Clare that were funded under the schools building programme in the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 is given in the following table. Primary Post-prim...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of services to students with special needs at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; when his Department will have finished its consideration of psychological r...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy currently has the services of two full-time and one part-time resource teaching posts. This school also has the services of a full-time learning support teacher an...More Button

Was asked: when approval will issue to a school (details supplied) in County Carlow in respect of resource teaching for a person; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has received applications for special educational resources, SER, from the school referred to by the Deputy, including an application for the pupil in question. SER applications received...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if school transport can be provided on a route to serve pupils who reside in Kilkea, Ballyroe and Levitstown, County Kildare who travel to Castledermot post-primary school, Castledermot, County Kildar...More Button

My Department has requested the transport liaison officer, County Kildare Vocational Education Committee to furnish a report on the matter. It is not possible to say if school transport can be provide...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

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

An application for an extension and refurbishment has been received from the school to which the Deputy refers. When publishing the 2004 school building programme, I outlined that my strategy going fo...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application by a board of management in relation to facilities at their school (details supplied) in County KildareMore Button

A large scale building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department’s website at www.education.ie. ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application by a board of management for the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and the status of the applicationMore Button

The property management section of the OPW is acting on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions generally and is currently exploring the possibility of acquiring a site extension for ...More Button

Was asked: the average length of time that a school takes to pass through the architectural planning stage using the most recent years figures available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Each individual school design will vary due to the specific site, the educational brief and the ethos of the school. The design team’s primary requirement will be to provide a school that encompasses ...More Button

Was asked: the average length of time it takes for a school to progress from architectural planning to tender stage using the most recent figures available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Each individual school design will vary due to the specific site, the educational brief and the ethos of the school. The design team’s primary requirement will be to provide a school that encompasses ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he has given consideration to making the position of school chaplains permanent; the outcome of these considerations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently examining the position with regard to the appointment of school chaplains on a permanent basis. These considerations are ongoing at present and the outcome will be notified ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the reason the application for funding for the School Chaplains Association has been rejected; if he will reconsider this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In addition to funding a number of national support services, for example in the areas of curricular reform and special needs, my Department supports a wide range of continuing professional developmen...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of post-primary schools that employ school chaplains; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ex-quota chaplain posts are allocated in respect of community and comprehensive schools and designated community colleges. There are currently 140 WTE posts allocated in respect of chaplaincy services...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of an application which is with the building unit of his Department for Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra, Dublin 7; the reason for the delay in approving this project; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

The Gaelscoil referred to by the Deputy is currently in temporary accommodation in the grounds of Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club, Dublin 7. The delivery of a new school is dependent on the identification a...More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the support that can be given to assist the continuation of a course (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Letterkenny Institute of Technology sought approval last year to provide a national certificate in traditional Irish music performance in Falcarragh. I understand that this course has been provided in...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Amalgamation.

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed new school for Scoil Mhuire Fatima NS, Dublin Road, Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the proposals he has for the amalgamation of primary schools in the county of Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together. There are two primary schools serving St. Mary’s parish in Drogheda, County Louth, namely, Scoil Mhuire Fatima NS and St. Mary’s boys school. Bot...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of full time civil servants within his Department who first entered the service as political advisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no full-time civil servants in my Department who first entered the Civil Service as political advisors. All entry grade civil servants are appointed by means of recruitment competitions cond...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if his Department is carrying out a review of bus routes and changing school catchment areas for secondary schools in the County Clare area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

For the purposes of post-primary education provision, the country is divided into catchment areas, each of which has its own post-primary education centre. These areas were drawn up in the late 1960s ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he has visited any of the CABAS schools since he took up office or if he plans to do so in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have not visited any of the CABAS facilities since being appointed Minister for Education and Science. I have no record of having being invited to visit a CABAS project and, if such an invitation is...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Amalgamation.

Was asked: if his Department has prioritised the amalgamation of the three post-primary schools in Kildare town; and if it is intended to purchase a site for a new community school in the town.More Button

The property management section of the OPW is acting on behalf of my Department in regard to site acquisitions generally and is currently exploring the possibility of acquiring a site for an amalgamat...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the efforts that are currently taking place to ensure locations in Donegal such as the large peninsula of Inishowen is provided with an educational psychologist; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

At present, there are six psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, deployed in the north western region, of whom 2.5 psychologists — whole time equivalent — are assigne...More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Education.

Was asked: if there are plans to introduce a student loan scheme for Irish nursing students studying in the UK, with only tuition fees and not maintenance being paid; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Under the terms of my Department’s higher education maintenance grant schemes, students from the State who are attending undergraduate courses in the UK, including courses in nursing, can apply for ma...More Button

Written Answers - Research Funding.

Was asked: if his Department has withdrawn funding to the Linguistics Institute of Ireland; the reasons for the withdrawal of those funds; the level of funding granted to this institute in each of the last ten y...More Button

At an extraordinary general meeting of ITE, held on 18 July 2003, the company agreed to initiate a process of voluntary liquidation. This decision was a matter for the members in accordance with their...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the building progress of a primary school (details supplied) in the Dublin 6 area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A large-scale building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department’s website at www.education.ie. ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the situation in relation to a school in the Dublin 4 area (details supplied); if any applications were made by this school to his Department for grant aid for school buildings, renovations, extra tea...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers submitted an application to my Department for refurbishment works to the school building in 2002. As rationalisation talks with the trustees of the school were on...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of the application for a new school building for Wandesforde Church of Ireland national school, Castlecomer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for grant-aid towards improvement works has been received from the management authorities of Wandesforde NS, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny. The project is awaiting the appointment of a d...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the decentralisation plans announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day, in so far as they may impact either directly or indirectly on his...More Button

As a result of previous decentralisation, my Department already has a significant presence in both Athlone and Tullamore with major operational areas being located on both campuses. The further decent...More Button

Was asked: the locations to which any part of his Department has already been decentralised; the years in which each such decentralisation took place; the total number of staff who are now employed by his Depart...More Button

My Department has already undergone three phases of decentralisation, to Athlone in 1977 and 1991 and to Tullamore in 1995. There are currently 335 and 195 staff working in my Department’s offices in ...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff within his Department who have to date volunteered for the programme of decentralisation announced by the Minister for Finance on budget day; the grades of the staff concerned; the...More Button

The decentralisation implementation committee in the Department of Finance, is overseeing the decentralisation programme. This committee is currently preparing an implementation plan that will address...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason resource hours in respect of nine persons with special needs have not been granted to a school (details supplied); the reason the school was given two different dates upon which they would ...More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received applications for special education needs, SEN, support for eight pupils attending the school in question during the period from 15 February to 31 August 2...More Button

Was asked: the reason the contract for special needs assistants for second level schools is different from the contract for special needs assistants at primary school level; the reason for the difference in pay ...More Button

The arrangements governing contracts for special needs assistants at second level are the subject of discussions at the Labour Relations Commission. My Department provides a payroll service for the pa...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the joint application for inclusion in the summer works scheme made by St Maelruan’s senior and junior schools in order to replace the 29 year old boilers, which are...More Button

An application for funding under the summer works scheme 2004 has been received from the schools referred to by the Deputy. Applications under this scheme are currently being processed in my Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will approve works to be carried out at a primary school (details supplied) under the summer works project.More Button

The scope of the works required at the school referred to by the Deputy is appropriate for consideration under the summer works scheme which was announced in December last. Officials in the school pla...More Button

Was asked: his views on the difficulties and health and safety problems caused by the non-provision of the covered walkway at Confey College, Leixlip; if he will visit the school to see for himself the situation...More Button

As previously outlined to the Deputy, my Department prioritised projects for inclusion in the 2004 school building programme on the basis of the published criteria. It was not possible to include prov...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he will award aid up front and the provision of additional furniture and equipment for the new north Kildare Educate Together School at Ballymakealy, Celbridge; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department approved grant aid of €15,638 for furniture in January 2004 for North Kildare Educate Together national school. All relatively new previously grant...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if the OPW have been successful in identifying and purchasing a site for a new national school in Kill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The property management section of the OPW is acting on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions generally and is currently exploring the possibility of acquiring a site for Kill natio...More Button


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