Hanafin, Mary

Thursday, 2 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 626 No. 5

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Order of Business.

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Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2006: Second Stage (Resumed).

Question put.
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Written Answers - Equal Opportunities Employment.

Was asked: the criteria for persons with disabilities for seeking employment opportunities within her Department; the application procedures that apply; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Public Appointments Service recruits the majority of staff for the Department of Education and Science. For certain posts, (eg. service support staff, temporary and contract posts), my Department...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the numbers of staff in her Department who have indicated willingness to decentralise; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A total of 312 officers in my Department have indicated a willingness to decentralise. Of this number, 130 have indicated that they are willing to decentralise with my Department. A further 182 offic...More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the scale of investment in the Castlebar campus of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology for each of the past three years; the capital investment for the proposed health science complex for non-nursing...More Button

My Department has provided capital investment totalling €721,437 for the Castlebar campus of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology for the period in question as follows: 2003 —€17,218 2004 —€46,218 2005...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 629 of 24 October 2006, the decision arrived at following the assessment of the application involved for physical education facilities; the next step involved fo...More Button

The PE Hall project at the school referred to is part of an extension/refurbishment application from the school and has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria put in pl...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: the number of claims made to the redress board for compensation in respect of abuse which was suffered in residential centres; the number of children placed in these centres by a court following appl...More Button

The Residential Institutions Redress Board was established under statute in 2002 to provide financial redress to victims of child abuse in residential institutions in order to assist them in their rec...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: the number of schools here that currently have Model United Nations or Model European Parliament Programs available for their students; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no requirement for schools to inform my Department if they have established Model United Nations or Model European Parliament programmes. Accordingly, the information requested by the Deputy...More Button

Written Answers - Education Schemes.

Was asked: if she will review her decision to refuse home tuition to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the recent assessment carried out by the educational and psychological consultant. More Button

The Deputy may be aware that the home tuition scheme provides funding to parents to provide education at home for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable to attend sc...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: the recourse of an Irish citizen (details supplied); her views on whether this situation is anomalous and unfair to the person in question; the steps this person can take; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Third level institutions are autonomous bodies and can themselves determine the level of tuition fees to be charged for postgraduate courses. My Department does not have a role in determining the leve...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Authority.

Was asked: if the HEA has carried out, or is in the process of carrying out an investigation into allegations regarding management at University College Cork (details supplied); if she has made a formal request...More Button

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory body which advises on the full range of policy issues relating to higher education and research. On foot of various representations which I received reg...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Was asked: the number of meetings her Department has had with interested groups in regard to the provision of a site that will provide a sustainable position in regard to the population increase in the Newbridg...More Button

Was asked: her plans in regard to the provision of a new primary school in Newbridge to provide a permanent structure in this area where a large increase in the population has necessitated the school principals...More Button

Was asked: the meetings her Department officials and consultants appointed by Kildare County Council have had in relation to the drawing up of the development plan for Newbridge; the results of such meetings in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 230, 234 and 246 together. To meet increased demand for primary school places in the area referred to by the Deputy, a Notice of Intention to apply for the recognition...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Planning.

Was asked: the number of meetings she or her officials or officials or consultants appointed by her have had with officials or consultants appointed by Kildare County Council in seeking to determine the educati...More Button

Was asked: if a submission was sought from her and if so, if a submission was made to Kildare County Council as part of drawing up of the Kildare County Council Development Plan 2005 to 2011; the normal procedu...More Button

Was asked: if in view of the increase in population in County Kildare she has drawn up a contingency plan to deal with such an increase in regard to the educational needs of Kildare; the meetings with intereste...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 to 233, inclusive, together. My Department is included among the prescribed authorities to whom local authorities are statutorily obliged to send draft development...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the number of applications with her Department for the provision of new schools or extensions to existing schools or for the provision of portacabins in County Kildare on her building programme; and ...More Button

The information required by the deputy is not readily available and would take an inordinate amount of administrative time to prepare. The Deputy will be aware that meeting the needs of developing are...More Button

Written Answers - School Placement.

Was asked: the procedure available to parents seeking school places for their children; the timescale in regard to such a request; her views on parents applications for school places in preferred areas; and if ...More Button

The compulsory school starting age in a National School is 6 years of age. Enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of those schools and my Department does no...More Button

Written Answers - School Discipline.

Was asked: the number of section 29s made to her Department in regard to applications for school positions in Kildare for each of the past three years; the area for which such applications were made; the result...More Button

Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998, allows parents, and students who have reached the age of 18, the right to appeal certain decisions made by a school’s Board of Management. Appeals may be made in...More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: when she will appoint an eminent international expert on higher education to carry out a preliminary independent examination of the submission by the governing body of Waterford Institute of Technolo...More Button

Was asked: when she received the submission from the governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology to have the institute designated as a university; the reason she does not immediately set up a body of ex...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 238 and 239 together. In February 2006 the Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology wrote to my Department seeking a review of its status under Section 9...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 741 of 4 July 2006, when she will approve funding for physical education halls in vocational educational committee schools in Drumshanbo, Carrigallen and Drumkee...More Button

My Department is committed to funding the provision of PE Halls, general purpose and outdoor play areas in schools as part of the school building and modernisation programme. This is being addressed i...More Button

Was asked: an bhfuil deontas ceadaithe le haghaidh Halla Spóirt do scoil (sonraí tugtha); cad é méid an deontais; cén staid ag a bhfuil an fhorbairt atá beartaithe faoi láthair; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas in...More Button

Tá an Halla Spóirt nua atá beartaithe don scoil dar thagair an Teachta ag luathchéim den phleanáil ailtireachta agus cheadaigh mé don scoil dul i mbun tairscintí agus tógála i mí Dheireadh Fómhair na ...More Button

Written Answers - Clár Tógála Scoileanna.

Was asked: cad é an dul chun cinn atá déanta maidir le forbairt a dhéanamh ar scoil (sonraí tugtha); cad iad na háiseanna breise atá beartaithe a chur ar fáil; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Tá an síneadh agus an togra athchóirithe atá beartaithe don scoil dar thagair an Teachta ag luathchéim réamhphleanála ailtireachta agus tá sí ar cheann de cheathracha scoil ar fhógair mé in Aibreán na...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Planning.

Was asked: the meetings her Department officials and consultants appointed by Kildare County Council have had in relation to the drawing up of the development plan for Athy; the results of such meetings in rela...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that meetings have been held between officials in the School Planning Section of the Department and officials in both Kildare County Council and Athy Town Council with a vi...More Button

Was asked: the meetings her Department officials and consultants appointed by Kildare County Council have had in relation to the drawing up of the development plan for Kildare Town; the results of such meetings...More Button

Was asked: the meetings her Department officials and consultants appointed by Kildare County Council have had in relation to the drawing up of the development plan for Monasterevin; the results of such meetings...More Button

Was asked: the meetings her Department officials and consultants appointed by Kildare County Council have had in relation to the drawing up of the development plan for Castledermot; the results of such meetings...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 244, 245 and 247 together. As the Deputy is aware the Department is included among the prescribed authorities to whom local authorities are statutorily obliged to send...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Was asked: her plans to introduce pension rights, sick pay and other entitlements to long serving substitute and temporary teachers in the primary school sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Provision exists for the reckoning of pension purposes of substitute service given as a qualified teacher where that service reaches specific thresholds. This provision applies to substitute service g...More Button


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