Hanafin, Mary

Tuesday, 9 November 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 592 No. 1

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Leaders’ Questions.

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Irish Nationality and Citizenship Bill 2004: Second Stage (Resumed).

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Adjournment Debate - Special Educational Needs.

I thank Deputy McGuinness for raising his obvious concern regarding the Holy Spirit special school in Kilkenny and the proposed new autism facility in Goresbridge. My Department is aware of the increa...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the development and improvement plans for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7; when development and improvement works are scheduled to begin at this school; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

The Deputy’s question refers to two separate schools. The scope of the works required at one of the schools, post-primary, is appropriate for consideration under the summer works scheme. An applicatio...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if funding will be provided in the Estimates in 2004 to allow a school (details supplied) to progress to stage two of building; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The refurbishment-extension project to which the Deputy refers has progressed beyond stage 2 of architectural planning and is currently at stage 3, the developed sketch scheme. My officials are nearin...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: her proposals to extend eligibility for third level maintenance grants to single parents under 23 years of age who are living independently (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Was asked: her proposals to extend to married persons under 23 years of age the right to be assessed on their own income for the purposes of eligibility to third level education grants; and if she will make a st...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 326 and 327 together. The decision on eligibility for maintenance grants is a matter for the relevant local authority or VEC. These bodies do not refer individual appl...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: when the additional special needs assistants for 500 schools, announced by her on 22 October 2004, will be employed; and the difference it will make to persons who are waiting for these hours.More Button

My officials have been making telephone contact with the relevant schools in recent weeks in relation to the additional special needs assistant, SNA, support being allocated on foot of my announcement...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed extension to a college (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The application for an extension at the school to which the Deputy refers is being considered as part of a review of all projects which did not proceed to construction as part of the 2004 school build...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: the position regarding the analysis being taken in her Department in relation to the future needs of primary education in New Ross town, County Wexford; when a final decision will be made on this issu...More Button

My Department’s planning section is in ongoing discussions with the trustees of all schools in New Ross regarding the future shape of educational provision in the town. It is not possible to predict w...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the status of the application for resource hours and a special needs assistant for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when a decision will be made available to the school; and if she will ...More Button

My Department received an application for resource teaching and special needs assistant, SNA, support for the pupil in question. I am pleased to advise the Deputy that my Department has sanctioned 12....More Button

Written Answers - Unfair Dismissals.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16 was dismissed by a college without prior notice and due process; and if she will investigate the matter.More Button

The issue raised by the Deputy is a matter between the person in question and her employer, the school authority. It would, therefore, be inappropriate for me to intervene.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if urgent assistance will be given to a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9 with regard to its request for a new school, particularly in view of the recent report by OTS on behalf of the INTO; and i...More Button

My Department is investigating a number of options to cater for the long-term accommodation needs of the school referred to by the Deputy. Central to this investigation is an analysis of the overall f...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: when a special needs assistant (details supplied) in County Cork will be made full-time; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An application for an increase in the level of full and part-time special needs assistant support has been received from the school to which the Deputy refers. Additional information has been submitte...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if the new post-primary school announced for Dublin 15 will go to tender in 2004; the location of the site; if the purchase price of the site is agreed; if a board of management is in place; if it wil...More Button

The capital programme for 2004 indicated that a new post-primary school will be provided in the Dublin 15 area. My Department is pursuing the acquisition of a suitable site for this purpose. When the ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in opening the unit for children with autism at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if there will be any further delays; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

My officials wrote to the school authorities on 15 April 2004 advising them of my Department’s willingness to establish two special classes for children with autism on receipt of a formal application ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of students who qualified for primary teaching in 2004 and who have failed to obtain employment; her plans to reduce class sizes and make proper use of these young well trained teachers; an...More Button

My Department is not aware of the number of primary teachers who qualified in 2004 who have failed to obtain employment. Significant improvements have been made in the pupil-teacher ratio at primary l...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when refurbishment work on the unused Coláiste Íosagain building will commence for the All-Irish Education Centre in Baile Mhuirne, having regard to the fact that funding for the project has already b...More Button

Was asked: the amount of planning which her Department has carried out regarding the education projects which will be carried out at the All-Irish Education Centre in Baile Mhuirne; and when these projects will ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 and 339 together. This project was included in section 1 of the 2004 school building programme which was due to proceed to tender and construction in the first qua...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if a classroom assistant will be sanctioned for a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and the reason for the delay in sanctioning this appointment.More Button

My Department is examining the matter referred to by the Deputy and my officials expect to be in a position to convey a decision to the school shortly.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: further to a previous parliamentary question if she has considered a use for the system built accommodation held in storage by the Office of Public Works arising from the fact that the buildings could...More Button

A key function of my Department’s planning and building unit is to examine alternative methods of delivering school accommodation. This process of exploration inevitably demands that a broad range of ...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if a decision will be expedited in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the reasons for the delay in registering this person as a secondary school teacher; if all pay issues rel...More Button

The Registration Council is the statutory body responsible for the recognition of qualifications for the purpose of teaching in voluntary secondary schools. The delay in registering the teacher in que...More Button

Written Answers - Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute.

Was asked: when she intends to approve the relocation of the Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute from the Frank Drohan Road Clonmel to the Watson Estate, Ballingarrane, Clonmel to enable the creat...More Button

The report of the capital review and prioritisation working group established under the Higher Education Authority was published recently. It sets out a strategy to meet the future capital needs of th...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees.

Was asked: when the current cap on numbers permitted in post leaving certificate colleges and schools will be lifted; and the reasoning behind the imposition of this ceiling.More Button

The post leaving certificate programme is a labour market programme aimed at providing vocational education and training for school leavers and re-entrants to the labour market. The programme also off...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the amount of funds allocated for the refurbishment of an old school building at Goresbridge County Kilkenny, to be used for educational purposes by parents of children with autism and which was annou...More Button

I understand from my officials that a contract in the amount of €253,105, including VAT, was placed on 10 September 2004 to carry out refurbishment works at the old school building in Goresbridge. It ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: , further to Parliamentary Question No. 324 of 5 October 2004, if a special needs assistant was granted to the person in question (details supplied); the reason there is such a delay in dealing with u...More Button

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that my Department has sanctioned a full-time special needs assistant post to the school to help support the significant care needs of identified pupils, including th...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 435 of 2 November 2004, if her attention has been drawn to the fact that many of the children involved live more than two miles from an existing pick-up point; if...More Button

My Department has requested further background information from the transport liaison officer of the relevant VEC. When the relevant report has been received and assessed, I will arrange for a full an...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the publication of youth needs in Tallaght 2004, a study initiated by Tallaght voluntary youth leaders forum in partnership with Tallaght youth service and young per...More Button

I understand from the youth affairs section of my Department that the Youth Needs in Tallaght 2004 publication was launched recently. A copy of this publication has been forwarded to the section and i...More Button

Written Answers - Autism Services.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application by a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon for education in the specialised autism unit commencing in Summerhill national school; the reason for ...More Button

My Department recently sanctioned the establishment of an autism class in the school referred to by the Deputy. The staffing level of the class will comprise of a teacher and two special needs assista...More Button

Written Answers - Household Expenditure.

Was asked: if she will take into account all household expenditure such as bank, credit union loans and mortgages when assessing for higher education grants (details supplied); and if she will make a statement o...More Button

The assessment of means under the higher education grants schemes is based on gross income from all sources, with specified social welfare and health board payments being excluded from the calculation...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if she has received requests from educational interests to carry out a review of the school transport catchment areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter.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 - Public Private Partnerships.

Was asked: if an evaluation has been carried out on the experience of the five post-primary schools built under public-private partnerships; her own assessment on its success or otherwise to date; if problems ha...More Button

My Department’s interest in participating in the Government’s pilot programme arose primarily for four reasons: to take schools-colleges principals and managers away from running buildings and thereby...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: the reason the special payment for the implementation of the new junior certificate science syllabus has not been awarded to a school (details supplied) despite the fact that it is implementing the ne...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that arrangements are in hand to issue the outstanding payment to the school in question to facilitate the implementation of the new junior certificate science syllab...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the reason she paid for only half the cost of the provision of a fire system, electrical work and health and safety work to a school (details supplied) in County Cork despite a commitment that the wor...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school in question has recently been grant aided for the associated works in relation to the fire alarm system.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of an application by Clonakility community college for extra classrooms; when a decision will be made on this application; if a letter issued from her Department in April 2002 confirming th...More Button

The application for an extension at the college to which the Deputy refers is being considered as part of a review of all projects which did not proceed to construction as part of the 2004 school buil...More Button

Was asked: when funding for an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Laois will be provided; if her attention has been drawn to the difficult conditions under which the school is operating at presen...More Button

The school planning section of my Department is currently nearing completion of an examination of all building projects in hand in line with the project prioritisation criteria that were recently revi...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position in relation to a special needs assistant application for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that an application for a special needs assistant for the pupil in question has been received. My Department expects to be in a position to convey a decision on the application to the sc...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: her views on proposed cuts in staffing (details supplied); and her further views on whether these cuts will have a serious effect on teaching services provided to children in the school.More Button

I am conscious of difficulties that could arise regarding the proposed model for allocating resource teachers to primary schools, particularly for children in small and rural schools, if it were imple...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Diplomas in Education.

Was asked: the number of applicants for higher diploma in education places in the years 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004; and the number of higher diploma in education places available for these years.More Button

Applications for the higher diploma in education are made through the Higher Diploma in Education (National University of Ireland) Applications Centre, known as HDEAC, which was established in 1998. H...More Button

Was asked: the number of teachers without the higher diploma in education qualification or its equivalent who were teaching in post-primary schools here in each of the years 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy will take some time to collate in my Department. I will arrange for it to be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it becomes available.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the capital expenditure for each of the past five years and to date for 2004 and the projected outturn on primary school buildings and second level schools; and her plans to reduce the waiting time fo...More Button

The capital expenditure figures at primary and post-primary levels for the five years 1999 to 2003 and to date in 2004 are as follows: The entry for 2004 represents the expenditure to 5 November 2004....More Button


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