English, Damien

Tuesday, 26 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 601 No. 2

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Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Private Members’ Business - Class Sizes: Motion.

I wish to share time with Deputies Deenihan, McGrath and Lynch. We in Fine Gael are delighted to support the Labour Party motion on this subject. I look forward to the day when a Government will final...More Button

The GDP figure is well down on that of 1996, while the GNP is level with that of 1996 and 1997. Deputies should look at the figures. If Fianna Fáil wishes to quote figures, we will match them. I have ...More Button

They have transformed very slowly and we are failing. The school mentioned does not have a new building, on the contrary, it is falling apart. I would like to make a few quick points before I deal wit...More Button

The Minister more or less said it in her speech. She said that principals and teachers were distorting the figures by not having mixed classes.More Button

Mixing classes is not the solution to large class sizes. I have been in multi-grade classes and they are not the answer. I was sufficiently lucky to survive a multi-grade class. Many of the other chil...More Button

I am not suggesting that but we should not use them as a solution.More Button

The Minister spoke about making arrangements in developing areas and that she could not predict the figures. For four and a half years, myself and colleagues from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil campaigned ...More Button

The Minister said the Department was taking additional measures to cope with developing areas. There are schools in developing areas that cannot be told now where they are going in September. Is this ...More Button

Written Answers - Literacy Levels.

Asked the minister: the percentage of young persons leaving secondary school with literacy difficulties; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button


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