Hanafin, Mary

Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 614 No. 16

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Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: if, due to the number of deaths of young people that has occurred on roads here, she will introduce safe driving techniques as part of the school curriculum at second level; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: if, due to the number of deaths of young people that has occurred on roads here, she will introduce safe driving techniques as part of the school curriculum at second level; and if she will make a sta...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 471 and 507 together. The question of introducing a road safety and driver education syllabus into schools has been examined by the National Council for Curriculum and...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: the grants or assistance which will be given to the parents of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in order to provide appropriate school transport for them; if the matter will be investiga...More Button

Was asked: the action she intends to take regarding a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if appropriate transport will be provided for this person; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if the fees for the psychological educational assessment report on a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will be waived; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand from my Department’s National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, that the school in question is assigned a NEPS psychologist but that the school has not prioritised the pupil in que...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare has not been facilitated with school transport; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason a further letter as promised has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and when a reply can be expected.More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: when her Department will publish the review of disadvantaged status for schools as promised in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A key element of delivering equality of opportunity in schools, DEIS, the new action plan for educational inclusion, is the putting in place of a standardised system for identifying levels of disadvan...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the application for an extension submitted to her Department by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that ...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy was listed in my announcement of April 2005 as a project to progress through architectural planning up to and including stage five, bill of quantities. This is the...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the number of primary school children in classes of more than 30; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of children at primary level in classes of more than 20; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of children at primary level in classes of more than 25; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of children at primary level in classes of more than 35; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 478 to 481, inclusive, together. The information requested by the Deputy on class size is set out in the table below. The data refer to the 2004-05 school year. The De...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Was asked: the reason primary teachers with postgraduate qualifications in learning support do not receive the allowance that teachers with qualifications in special education needs receive; and if she intends t...More Button

Issues regarding the payment of additional qualification allowances for teachers are appropriate for discussion at the Teachers’ Conciliation Council. Under current agreed arrangements, an allowance i...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the funding which is available from her Department to replace the windows in a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in view of the dangerous condition of same; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: the criteria which are used by her Department for assessing and awarding grants to schools (details supplied) in County Kildare under the summer works scheme; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 483 and 484 together. The school to which the Deputy refers submitted an application for capital grant aid under the summer works scheme, SWS, of 2006 to replace windo...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the situation regarding an application for additional accommodation for a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school planning section of my Department has received an application for funding under the additional accommodation scheme 2006 from the management authorities of the school to which the Deputy re...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if 100% funding under the summer works scheme will be provided for a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The management authority of the school in question made a successful application for funding under the summer works scheme 2005. The terms of the scheme included detail on the level of funding availab...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the primary and second level schools in County Westmeath that are classified as disadvantaged; and the additional benefits available to these schools by way of this classification.More Button

Was asked: the primary and second level schools in County Longford that are classified as disadvantaged; and the additional benefits available to these schools by way of this classification.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 487 and 488 together. Five post-primary and four primary schools in County Westmeath and two post-primary and three primary schools in County Longford are currently de...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if a laptop will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo as recommended by the child psychologist.More Button

The National Council for Special Education, NCSE, is responsible for processing applications for special educational needs supports. My officials have been advised by the NCSE that an application for ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the amount that will be allocated to a secondary school (details supplied) in Dublin 5 under the summer works scheme 2006 for gas works; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school to which he refers is included among over 740 schools approved for funding under the summer works scheme for 2006. The school has been approved for el...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if she has received a final report from the National Council for Special Education regarding an application to establish a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5; if this project will be sanctioned; an...More Button

My Department recently received a further report from the National Council for Special Education, NCSE, on the application in question. This is being considered and my officials will revert to the NCS...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: the figures for the school year 2004-05 of students in schools in Blanchardstown and Castleknock that have been reported to the National Education Welfare Board for missing more than 20 days of school...More Button

Was asked: the number of educational welfare officers working in the Clondalkin and Lucan area.More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to the National Education Welfare Board for the school years 2004-05 and 2005-06.More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if funds will be made available in order that a second person may be appointed to the remaining 13 one-teacher schools here on the basis of health and safety.More Button

The mainstream teacher allocation of all primary schools, including one-teacher schools, is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year. The staf...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the application by a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11 to have mechanical and electrical work carried out; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. The school in question was listed in my announcement of April 2005 as a project to progres...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: her views regarding correspondence (details supplied); the action she intends or proposes to take in regard to the concerns expressed in the submission; if other sites or facilities that would address...More Button

My Department is in receipt of the correspondence to which he refers and a reply is in the process of issuing. The school in question is operating with temporary recognition from my Department. At the...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Kildare was not successful in its application for the summer works scheme 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers submitted an application for grant aid under the summer works scheme 2006, SWS, to upgrade the mechanical works in the school. However, as the Deputy may be aware...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding her efforts to expedite a decision to fund and progress the proposed building programme at a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. The school in question was listed in my announcement of April 2005 as a project to progres...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

Was asked: her plans to extend entitlements to participate in the vocational training opportunities scheme to people returning to the workforce, although they are not in receipt of social welfare benefits; her v...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that a school (details supplied) has been waiting approximately 12 years for the school extension and with the increase in enrolment which due to shortage of accommodation this...More Button

The project at the school to which the Deputy refers has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which were revised following consultation with the education partners. ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if funding will be provided to extend the parking spaces at a school (details supplied) in County Limerick to ensure safety of the pupils attending.More Button

In accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, individual school authorities are responsible in the first instance for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their c...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: if, in view of information from the Department of Health and Children that the Regina Coeli Hostel was subject to its inspection, the Morning Star Mother and Baby Home will be added to the Schedules t...More Button

Section 4 of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provides that for an institution to be considered for inclusion in the Schedule to the Act, it must be an industrial school, a reformatory sc...More Button

Written Answers - School Absenteeism.

Was asked: the number of students reported to the education welfare board for absenteeism in the school year September 2004-June 2005 in the constituency of Dublin south east; and if that figure can be broken do...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: her Department’s policy in relation to the circumstances when it is appropriate to provide education for children who suffer from deafness in special schools, and when it is more appropriate to provid...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that in general it is parental choice that determines whether a child who is deaf goes to a special school or to a mainstream school with support. My Department supports th...More Button

Was asked: if she has received a submission on the education needs of a special school (details supplied); if consideration has been given to the needs for an occupational therapist, extra hours of music and a r...More Button

As I advised the Deputy on 25 January last, the school wrote directly to my office concerning the matters now being raised and I furnished a comprehensive response to the school recently. My letter co...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes.

Was asked: if financial support is available to assist a person (details supplied) in County Louth who has returned to education; and if she 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 and one maintenanc...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Amalgamation.

Was asked: if the proposed nature of the amalgamation of schools (details supplied) in Dublin 9 has been agreed within the schools and with her Department; if a design team has been, or is about to be appointed,...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that works on the schools in question were included in the recent announcement of 62 schools for which design teams will be appointed under the 2006 capital programme...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if her Department will arrange to have an appeal organised in respect of an application for a higher education grant by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Under the terms of the higher education grants scheme which is administered by the local authorities on behalf of my Department, the position is that, generally speaking, students who are entering app...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if she will ensure that funding will be provided for a school (details supplied) in County Cork to repair and replace the drains under the school building which are causing subsidence and undermining ...More Button

An application for funding for works at the school referred to by the Deputy has not been received in my Department. Accordingly, I arranged that an application form issue to the school for completion...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the reason a maintenance grant has not been approved in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if the decision will be reviewed; and if a positive outcome will be expedited.More Button

The decision on eligibility for maintenance grants is a matter for the relevant local authority or VEC. These bodies do not refer individual applications to my Department except, in exceptional cases,...More Button

Written Answers - Home-School Liaison Scheme.

Was asked: the cost of providing home tuition grants to children with autism who were attending school in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of children with autism whose home tuition grant is being discontinued following a recent decision of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 514 and 522 together. The cost of providing home tuition for children with autism who are attending school is estimated at €1 million euro annually. As the Deputy may ...More Button

Written Answers - Languages Programme.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 532 of 31 January 2006 the name and location of each school where inspections of Irish were carried out; when inspections of Irish were last carried out in these ...More Button

Further to Parliamentary Question No. 532 of 31 January 2006, information is provided in the appendix in regard to the inspection of Irish in 152 post-primary schools during the calendar years 2004 an...More Button

Written Answers - School Inspections.

Was asked: if the regulations she has signed in regard to school inspection reports will include written inspection reports on Irish at junior and senior level; if the regulations allow for scrutiny of retrospec...More Button

I signed the Education Act 1998 (Publication of Inspection Reports on Schools and Centres for Education) Regulations 2006 and placed these regulations before the Oireachtas last week. The document ent...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in refunding spouses and children’s contributions to single teachers who retired on 31 August 2005; and when said refund will be made to a person (details supplied) in County ...More Button

Under the spouses’ and children’s scheme introduced for male teachers in 1969, and extended to female teachers in 1981, a refund of contributions is made to a teacher who is single at the time of reti...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if, in exceptional cases, she has the discretion to create A1 posts in secondary schools for designated purposes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Circular Letter 6/98, issued by my Department in February 1998, sets out the schedule of assistant principal and special duties teacher posts in voluntary secondary schools as agreed between the respe...More Button

Written Answers - School Inspections.

Was asked: the name and location of each post primary, secondary, vocational and community and comprehensive schools in the current school year; the regional divisions of the country for inspection purposes; if ...More Button

The inspectorate is divided into two sub-divisions. The regional subdivision is responsible for the delivery and management of inspection-evaluative services and related advisory activities in schools...More Button

Was asked: the planned annual programme of subject inspections of Irish for the four inspections of Irish for the year 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A total of 34 subject inspections is planned for 2006. Inspectors of Irish will also be engaged in a number of whole school evaluations, in the inspection of ten coláiste samhraidh and in the compilat...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: the way in which she proposes to provide extra teaching resources in order that young male applicants can improve leaving certificate higher grade Irish results in order to qualify for entry to primar...More Button

I am aware of the decreasing numbers of males entering the teaching profession, and it is an issue that is of concern to me. I believe that it is important to attract more men into teaching for a numb...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: her views on whether autism is a spectrum disorder and the only solution to the needs of each child is an individual spectrum educational environment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department accepts the view that there is a spectrum of autistic conditions as supported by the two main classification systems that are used by mental health professionals, namely, The Internation...More Button


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