Hanafin, Mary

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 648 No. 2

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Student Support Bill 2008: Order for Second Stage.

I move: “That Second Stage be taken now.”More Button

Student Support Bill 2008: Second Stage.

I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” Tá an-áthas agam an Bille seo a chur os comhair an Tí. The purpose of this legislation is to provide for the making of student grants to enable stud...More Button

It is actually one of the highest in the country.More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: if and when the University of Limerick carried out and published the survey of the SPHE programme in post primary schools, as it was assigned to do under the national drugs strategy 2001 to 2008; and...More Button

The University of Limerick was requested by the SPHE Management Committee to carry out an evaluation of Implementation of SPHE at Junior Cycle in 2002. Two other evaluation reports were completed in 2...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the total money spent on the primary school building programme in 2007, with a breakdown of expenditure under the different schemes within the building programme, if there were funds left over from t...More Button

The total money spent on the Primary School Building Programme in 2007 was €398.555m. No funds were left over from the original budget and indeed an additional €92.555m was spent in excess of the orig...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the names of primary schools in each county where school building projects were progressed to construction during 2007 under the major capital works scheme. More Button

Was asked: the names of primary schools in each county where school building projects were progressed to completion during 2007 under the major capital works scheme. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 304 and 305 together. During 2007 a total of eighty five large scale projects were under way in the primary school sector. Of these projects thirty seven reached pract...More Button

Was asked: the names of primary schools in each county where school building projects were progressed to construction during 2007 under the small schools scheme.. More Button

Was asked: the names of primary schools in each county where school building projects were progressed to completion during 2007 under the small schools scheme.. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 306 and 307 together. The Small Schools Scheme allows Boards of Management to address their accommodation and building priorities with a guaranteed amount of funding a...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the names of the primary schools in each county which received capital funding under the summer works scheme and the total funding provided for each county under the scheme.. More Button

In the period from 2004 to 2007 around 3000 building projects for primary and post-primary schools were approved for funding under the Summer Works Scheme at a cost in excess of €300m. The following t...More Button

Was asked: the names of the primary schools in each county which received emergency works funding; and the total funding provided for each county under the scheme. More Button

The details of the schools approved for funding under the contingency fund in 2007 are given in the following tabular statement. I have arranged to have the details of total funding by county forward...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the names of primary schools in each county where school building projects were progressed to completion during 2007 under the permanent accommodation scheme. More Button

In the period 2003 to 2007, 335 primary and post primary schools accepted an allocation of funding under the Permanent Accommodation Scheme at a cost in excess of €103m. This Scheme allows schools to...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Funding.

Was asked: the level of investment in two schools (details supplied) in County Mayo since the year 2000. More Button

Bofield Mixed N.S. (RN 14418O) has received €119,718.98 in Capital Funding since 2000. This comprises €20,191 in 2005 for Radon Mitigation, €2,273.08 in 2004 and €97,254.90 in 2002 for repair to windo...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the contacts between her Department and a school (details supplied) in County Mayo since the year 2000; the content of those contacts; and the position of the building project. More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to contacts relating to the building project. The Planning and Building Unit of my Department would have had numerous contacts with the school in question from 2000 t...More Button

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13 will pass stage two of the new school buildings programme; and when the project will move to stage three. More Button

The commencement and progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phase, including this project, will be considered on an on-going basis in the co...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments.

Was asked: the number of section 29 appeals taken to her Department on a county basis; the number of cases where the appeal was upheld; the number where the appeal was rejected; the measures that are taken by h...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy on a county by county basis is not readily available within my Department and would involve an inordinate amount of administrative time to compile. However, I c...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of people who work at the special education unit within her Department; the number of people who work for the National Council for Special Education; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that there are 22 people working in the special education section of my Department. The National Council for Special Education has 98 staff comprising 79 Special Education...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Was asked: if pupils of grind schools are assigned examination numbers in public examinations that enable them to be identified as pupils of such schools by correctors; if pupils of such schools are treated dif...More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations, including organising the holding of examinations and determining proced...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if she will respond to a query from a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), for allocating resource teache...More Button

Written Answers - School Management.

Was asked: when details of the patron body and enrolment policy will be published for the new school at Clonburris, County Dublin, announced by her Department on 1 February 2008; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the issue of patronage for the proposed new school at Clonburris will be decided in the near future. Enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the mana...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the unsatisfactory accommodation for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the reason this school is without running hot water; if this is standard practice in s...More Button

My Department is not aware that the school in question does not have running water. Primary school authorities may use their annual minor works grant to deal with smaller scale works. In November 200...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position in relation to the proposed new school building for a school (details supplied) in County Cork; when she expects works to commence on the project; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

The commencement and progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phase, including this project, will be considered on an on-going basis in the co...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if her attention was drawn to the fact that in 2004 her Department carried out a technical survey on a school (details supplied) in County Kildare and recommended a new school building; when a new sc...More Button

Was asked: the discussion that has taken place in relation to rationalisation and reconfiguration of primary schools in County Kildare; when a decision will be issued in relation to a new school building for a ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 321 and 322 together. I can confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for major capital works from the school to which the Deputy refers. Progress o...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status with regard to the proposed construction of a new school (details supplied) in County Cork; when she expects work to commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Property Management Section of the Office of Public Works (OPW), which acts on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions generally, has been asked t...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the proposed new extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork; when she expects works to commence on the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The development of the proposed building project for the school in question is at an early stage. The progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the situation in a primary school (details supplied) in County Kildare, who since 2005 have had three emergency works moneys from her Department; and if she will ma...More Button

I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application for major capital works from the school in question. Discussions are on-going with the authorities of the school in relation to their ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a new secondary school in a town (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has identified a suitable site for the school in question. The acquisition of this site is at the negotiation stage at present. The proposed building project for the school will be con...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school extension (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers to have applied for large scale capital funding. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published criteria for large scale building projects. ...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application for a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The commencement and progression of all large-scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phase, including this project, will be considered on an on-going basis in the co...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: when prefabricated classrooms will be provided to a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary. More Button

An application for temporary accommodation has been received from the school referred to by the Deputy. The application is being assessed and when this is completed the school authorities will be inf...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding a matter (details supplied). More Button

The progression of all large-scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phase is considered on an on-going basis in the context of my Department’s Multi-Annual School Bu...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Was asked: if there are developments on plans to bring teachers’ salaries into line regardless of whether they achieved first, second or third class honours in their Bachelor of Arts degrees; and if there will...More Button

The issue raised by the Deputy was recently the subject of a recent claim from the Teachers Union of Ireland, which was discussed at the Teachers Conciliation Council. The Claim sought to have a pass...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if she will support a matter (details supplied).More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department provides a range of teaching and care supports for children with special educational needs, including children with Down Syndrome. The precise level of suppo...More Button

Was asked: the normal waiting time for a child with dyslexia to be given an individual education plan following psychological assessment. More Button

The development of an individual education plan or IEP is normally a task for a Learning Support / Resource Teacher in conjunction with a pupil’s Class Teacher, or in the case of Post-Primary, Subject...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to the limited resources of readers for State examinations for children with dyslexia, in that it appears that the child has only access to a ...More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations, including organising the holding of examinations and determining proced...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if works on a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be progressed in the 2008 building programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The commencement and progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phase, including this project, will be considered on an on-going basis in the co...More Button

Was asked: if a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be progressed in the 2008 building programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

This extension/refurbishment project is at an early stage of architectural planning. The further progression of all large scale capital projects, including this project, will be considered in the con...More Button

Was asked: if a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be progressed in the 2008 building programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

This project is at an early stage of architectural planning. The further progression of all large scale capital projects, including this project, will be considered in the context of my Department’s m...More Button

Was asked: if a project for a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be progressed in the emergency works scheme as a health and safety issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for capital funding towards the provision of additional accommodation has been received from the school authority. All applications for large scale capital funding, including the applic...More Button

Was asked: if a project for a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be progressed in the emergency works scheme as a health and safety issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As part of the expansion of the Small Schools Scheme, a grant was sanctioned in March 2007 to enable the Board of Management of the school in question to extend and refurbish their school. The initia...More Button

Was asked: the progress on a project (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

The school referred by the Deputy is one of six schools that make up the Second Bundle of the Department’s current Public Private Partnership Programme. This bundle consists of Bantry Community Colleg...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for capital grant aid for major capital works by a school (details supplied) in County Clare; if her Department will facilitate a meeting; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: when she envisages the appointment of a design team for the major capital works for national schools in relation to a school (details supplied) in County Clare; the time-frame for carrying out the w...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 341 and 351 together. An application for capital funding towards the provision of an extension at the school to which the Deputy refers has been received in my Depa...More Button

Was asked: if urgent consideration can or will be given to an application by a school (details supplied) in County Kildare under the building programme and summer works plans; when she will progress this issue...More Button

The progression of all large scale building projects, including the project for the school in question, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered on an on-going basis ...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Grants.

Was asked: the reason a student (details supplied) in County Kildare is not being awarded a grant towards the cost of their education; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a student (details supplied) in County Kildare is not being awarded a grant towards their education; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a student (details supplied) in County Kildare has not received an education grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 to 345, inclusive, together. The decision on eligibility for third level grants is a matter for the relevant assessing authority — i.e. the local authority or VE...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: if there is a link between the level of damages awarded by the Redress Board to individual complainants and the timing of the complaints made. 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 - Inquiry into Child Abuse.

Was asked: when she expects the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse’s final report to be published; and the reason the completion of the Commission’s work has been delayed. More Button

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was established in 1999 and was subsequently put on a statutory basis under the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act, 2000. The terms of reference of t...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position with regard to an application for improvement works to a school (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for capital funding towards the provision of an extension has been received from the school authority referred to by the Deputy. An assessment of projected enrolment trends, demographic...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Payments.

Was asked: the reason a person, who is employed for less than 391 consecutive days, in advance of returning to full-time education, loses the back to education allowance, the rent support allowance and the top ...More Button

Eligibility for the Back to Education Allowance and associated payments, is a matter for the Department of Social and Family Affairs. The Special Rate of Maintenance Grant is available to students in ...More Button

Written Answers - Adult Education.

Was asked: if she will extend a course (details supplied) until at least June 2008. More Button

The course that the Deputy refers to is provided by the local VEC under the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI). The BTEI provides part-time Further Education programmes for adults. The aim is to giv...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: when a grant for school transport will be awarded for children attending a school (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position, views or opinions, of the National Council for Special Education on the provision of applied behavioural analysis education for autistic children; if she will outline same; and if she w...More Button

The National Council for Special Education has not submitted any advice to me in relation to the provision of applied behavioural analysis. However, the Task Force on Autism advised that my Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if her Department has received an application to extend a school (details supplied) in County Cork; the progress that has been made with same. More Button

The Department is in receipt of an application for capital funding from the school to which the Deputy refers. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteri...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: if the taxi companies used by her Department and State agencies under the aegis of her Department have a minimum percentage of taxis which are accessible for people with disabilities and wheelchair u...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy on the amounts expended by my Department on taxi hire for staff is contained in the following table. My Department has accounts with three taxi companies. Two...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when the planned reconstruction of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 20 will take place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The development of the proposed building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage. The progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage throug...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: when a decision is expected on the approval of funding for temporary accommodation for a school (details supplied); if she will treat the matter with urgency; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

An application for capital funding towards the provision of an extension at the school to which the Deputy refers was received and assessed. The long term projected staffing, on which the future accom...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the plans that her Department has for a new secondary school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the Department is in receipt of an application from the relevant Vocational Education Committee for large scale capital funding for the school in question. The project...More Button

Was asked: the plans that her Department has for a primary school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The architectural planning of the project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage. The progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phas...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a new primary school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that a tender was accepted for the school building project in question and construction was commenced recently.More Button

Was asked: the situation as regards a new primary and secondary school for Doughiska, County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Galway City VEC is actively pursuing the acquisition of a site for the schools in question. A site has been identified and the acquisition of same is subject to outline planning permission being gran...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: when a report on the future education needs of an area (details supplied) in County Mayo will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Inspector for the school referred to by the Deputy has arranged a meeting with the School Authorities with a view to making a report on the future accommodation needs of the school. On receipt of ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that State funding is not available on an equitable basis for the Dublin Institute of Technology to the Irel Research Database which is an invaluable sourc...More Button

My Department has been in discussions with the Higher Education Authority in relation to the possible extension of the electronic journals initiative to the Institutes of Technology sector, including ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the progress that has been made on implementing the recommendations of the task force report on dyslexia; the portions of the report which have not been implemented; the reason for her failure to imp...More Button

The report on the Task Force on Dyslexia contains over 60 individual recommendations ranging across a wide variety of issues from identification and assessment, to models of service delivery, speciali...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position in relation to an application for an extension by a school (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

The commencement and progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to construction phase, including this project, will be considered on an on-going basis in the co...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed works at a school (details supplied) which were to include central heating; the proposed cost of same; the reason for the delay in carrying out these works; when t...More Button

An application for the Summer Works Scheme 2008 was received from the school referred to by the Deputy. As the Deputy may be aware, the Summer Works Scheme was introduced in 2004. Since then, over 3...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the accommodation a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow currently has; the number of pupils there are; if an application has been made for accommodation works; the situation with respect to s...More Button

An assessment of projected enrolment trends, demographic trends and housing developments in relation to the school referred to by the Deputy was carried out in order to determine the long term accommo...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if, in areas of high population where the demand for school placement is such that her Department is planning or proposing to build new schools she has considered applications by developers tor turnk...More Button

My Department will consider proposals from developers with a view to shortening construction times and achieving better value for money. My Department has identified a number of rapidly developing ar...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: her proposals to address the problems of parents who have children in gaelscoileanna to achieve a standard of Irish to permit them to assist their children with homework and so on. More Button

My Department has no involvement in the teaching of Irish to parents of children attending Gaelscoileanna. I understand, however, that many boards of management of gaelscoileanna, in conjunction with...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Relations.

Was asked: if, in relation to non-Department of Education and Science organisations, associations, agencies, and so on that receive funding from her Department for staffing costs, there is a requirement necessa...More Button

All organisations that act as employers must comply with the requirements of Irish and EU laws, standards and regulations, including those relating to equality, employment and health & safety. There ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the legal fees paid by her Department in relation to defending cases for parents trying to secure education for their children for the years 2002 to 2007 and to date in 2008; and if she will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the commencement date for building works at a post primary school (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The development of the proposed building project for the school in question is at an early stage. The progression of all large-scale building projects from initial design stage through to constructio...More Button

Was asked: if her Department has received a request for additional funding to enable a school (details supplied) in County Longford to provide the infrastructure required by the local authority under the Fire S...More Button

As part of the expansion of the Small Schools Scheme, a grant was sanctioned in March 2007 under the Permanent Accommodation Scheme to enable the management authority of the school in question to buil...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if she will make a statement on a matter (details supplied). More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that students enrolled in special schools graduate at the end of a school year rather than on their 18th birthday. In the case of the young man in question, this means tha...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the number of primary schools under construction; the location of each in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for refurbishment or renovation being considered by her Department with reference to primary schools in Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of applications for new primary school buildings being considered by her Department for County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 375 to 377, inclusive, together. The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available in the format requested. Should the Deputy require information in relati...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of portacabins being rented or leased to primary and post primary schools in County Mayo; the cost to the State for each of the years 2002 to 2007; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. While comprehensive information is held on individual school files, the Department does not yet have these details available in a format...More Button


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