O'Keeffe, Batt

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 1

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal that the Dáil shall sit later than 8.30 p.m. be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 24, Report and Final Stages of the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2008, be agreed to.”
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Finance (No. 2) Bill 2008: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

Question put.
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Housing: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment again put.
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Written Answers - Caiteachas Ranna.

Was asked: an aontaíonn sé gur buille mór don Ghaeilge agus don Ghaeltacht cealú an deontais caipitíochta do na coláistí samhraidh; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Aithním an ról tábhachtach atá ag na coláistí samhraidh Gaeltachta i saol na Gaeilge agus molaim obair na gcoláistí as ucht líofacht a chothú i measc na mac léinn a dhéanann freastal orthu. Is ábhar d...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will reverse the decision to close the special needs class at a school (details supplied) in County Leitrim. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through the local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the funding which will be provided for Gaeltacht summer schools following the abolition of the capital grant scheme previously provided; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: the effects on an industry following the cutback in a capital grant scheme (details supplied); and if he will reconsider same. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the impact the abolition of capital grants for Irish colleges will have on the Irish language, the economy of the Gaeltacht and the Irish colleges themselves; his v...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 597, 598 and 611 together. I recognise the important role of the Gaeltacht summer colleges and I commend the work of the colleges for fostering fluency among the stude...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if he will examine the concerns expressed in correspondence from the school principal of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 10; if he will respond to their concerns; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions were made to control public expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long run. In t...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: further to parliamentary Question No. 512 of 4 November 2008, when payment will issue to a contractor (details supplied) in County Clare; if the review of all payments have been made regarding the pr...More Button

The school in question is seeking funding over and above that sanctioned by the Department for the installation of prefabs. The issue is under consideration in the Department and it will be in contac...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the condition of one of the prefabricated buildings at a school (details supplied) in County Cavan; if he will intervene to secure a new school building; and if he ...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy has an application with my Department for large scale capital funding for an extension project. The progression of all large scale building projects, including th...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an educational services provider (details supplied) that has been working in conjunction with his Department for four years in the provision of early ...More Button

My Department is continuing to work with the service provider in question in the context of a proposal which they submitted in relation to home tuition payment arrangements.More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the number of higher education grant applications made in 2008-2009; the number of successful applications; the number of applications that have been paid out to students; the number of unsuccessful ...More Button

Was asked: the amount of money allocated for higher education grants in 2008-2009; the amount of money that has been paid out to students to date for this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 603 and 604 together. My Department funds four maintenance grant schemes for third level and further education students. These are the Higher Education Grants Scheme, ...More Button

Written Answers - Data Protection.

Was asked: the equipment and data that was lost or stolen from his Department in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

No desktop computers, laptops or blackberry devices were reported as lost or stolen in my Department in the past 12 months. One USB memory key was reported lost but was subsequently found. No data, in...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of money spent on hotel accommodation by his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department for each of the years 2004 to date in 2008; if he will provide the informati...More Button

Was asked: the procurement arrangements in place in his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department for the sourcing of hotel accommodation for him, for his Departmental staff and staff a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 606 and 607 together. The information in relation to expenditure on hotel accommodation by my Department is being compiled and will be forwarded to the deputy as soon ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Property.

Was asked: the number of computer servers that are owned or leased by his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department; and the amount of capacity on each server. More Button

In total my Department has 124 servers supporting a range of systems and services and including production, development, test, and training environments. They are categorised in the following table...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if an application has been received from a school (details supplied) in County Donegal for an extension and refurbishment; when the application was made; the stage the planning is at; when it is expe...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that an application was received in 2000 from Co Donegal VEC for large scale capital funding for an extension/refurbishment project at the school to which he refers. The ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if an application has been received in his Department for a new school for a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; when the application was made; the stage the project is at; when it is expect...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy submitted an application in 2000 to my Department for large scale capital funding for a new school. Following assessment it was determined that a 24 classroom sc...More Button

Was asked: the progress in the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the cost for each of the years 2002 to 2007 for the provision of annual rental or lease of prefabs for classroom and facilities at primary and second level schools; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The amount spent on renting temporary accommodation, including — but not limited to — prefabricated accommodation for each of the years 2002 to 2007 is as follows: 2007: €35.5m (5.49% of total spend...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of permanent teaching posts created by sector at second level in each of the years 2000 to date in 2008. More Button

Was asked: the number of contracts of indefinite duration posts created by sector at second level in each of the years 2000 to date in 2008. More Button

Was asked: the number of pro rata fixed term contracts created by sector at second level in each of the years 2000 to date in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the permanency ration across each sector at second level in each of the years 2000 to date in 2008. More Button

Was asked: the number of casual part-time created by sector at second level in each of the years 2000 to date in 2008. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 614 to 618, inclusive, together. The number of permanent teaching posts available in individual schools at any one time is determined in accordance with the agreed cr...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: his views on including schools (details supplied) in County Roscommon in the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools programme; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that both areas a...More Button

Was asked: the criteria used in including and giving recognition to schools under the DEIS programme; if he and his Department are penalising schools (details supplied) for working harder, getting better result...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 619 and 620 together. The schools to which the Deputy refers are among the schools that were judged by an independent identification process in 2005 not to have a suf...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the measures of supervision under health and safety that are necessary in schools. More Button

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 sets out the responsibilities on individual school management authorities to have a safety statement in place in their schools. The Statement should i...More Button

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) is to lose a teacher resulting in larger class sizes; the action that can be taken for the school not to lose this teacher; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

I have consistently said that the 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions were made to control public expenditure and to ensure sust...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: when this Deputy will receive a full reply to Parliamentary Question No. 612 of 18 November 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The deputy will be aware that I provided comprehensive information with regard to money paid to consultants from 2003 to end October 2008 and that I indicated that information relating to consultanc...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the way the appeals system will operate for schools scheduled to lose teachers or support staff as a result of cutbacks in the 2009 education budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Dublin 15 area has one of the largest immigrant populations of school-going age needing extensive language support and that schools in the Dublin ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 624 and 625 together. It is open to the Board of Management to submit an appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeal Board which was established to adjudic...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the location and construction of a school (details supplied); if the school will open at a permanent or temporary site in September 2009; the funding that has been allocated in...More Button

My Department has been aware of a need for further post primary provision in the Dublin 15 area and in that context, I sanctioned the establishment of a new post primary school for the area. My Dep...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of a Gaelscoil in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department was made aware of proposals to establish a new Gaelscoil to serve Tyrrelstown/Hollystown in August 2008. A formal ‘Notification of Intent’ to establish this new school was received fr...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of an Educate Together primary school in Carpenterstown, Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for recognition, from September 2008, of the proposed new school to which the Deputy refers was not granted in 2008. Given the significant additional levels of primary school provision ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he will make provision for the upgrading of the science laboratories in a school (details supplied) in Dublin 15 during 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department for funding under the Summer Works Scheme in 2008 to renovate/upgrade the science and home economics facilities in the school at an esti...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the budgeted cost to his Department for 2009 of incremental pay increases for all staff in and under the aegis of his Department; the comparative cost for each year from 2002 to date in 2008; and if ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. However, based on a recent reply to a Parliamentary Question, it was estimated that increments accounted for approx...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the number of civil servants and other public servants who have relocated to locations outside of Dublin under the Government’s decentralisation programme; the estimated number of each category who w...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has completed the decentralisation of 88 posts to Athlone and 7 posts to Mullingar. Of these posts, 66 Civil Servants relocated from Dublin and the rema...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of people working in his Department; the number earning below €50,000 per annum; the number earning between €50,001 and €60,000 per annum; the number earning between €60,001 and €70,000 pe...More Button

The details requested by the Deputy are not readily available. My Department will arrange to compile and forward the details requested as soon as possible.More Button

Was asked: the number of civil and public servants working in or under the aegis of his Department for each year from 2002 to date in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The number of civil and public servants (expressed as whole time equivalents) working in or under the aegis of my Department in the years in question is as follows:More Button

Was asked: the number of locations where civil and public servants working in or under the aegis of his Department are located; the locations of same; the number, and the number in each category (details suppli...More Button

The following information relates to administrative and non-administrative staff in my Department. The information relating to agencies under the remit of my Department is currently being compiled an...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the agencies, bodies or authorities under the aegis of his Department that have been scheduled for merging, amalgamation, abolition or sharing of services as announced in the budget 2009; the progres...More Button

The following measures were also taken by my Department as part of the Government’s programme for the rationalisation of agencies. The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI), the Higher E...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: the number of primary schools which are awaiting permanent recognition, permanent accommodation and are in prefabs partly or in whole; the patronage of each school; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the amount of taxpayers’ money given to the Institute for International and European Affairs in the lead up to the Lisbon Referendum. More Button

The Department of Education and Science, like other Government Departments, is a corporate member of the Institute of International and European Affairs, and pays an annual subscription to the Institu...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will support a matter (detail supplied). More Button

A special arrangement regarding the retention of their teaching posts operates for teachers who are members of the Oireachtas. The terms of the arrangement provide that a teacher in a recognised prim...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if payment will be made to progress this project in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for a new building. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, fro...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if payment will be made to progress this project in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department for funding under the Summer Works Scheme in 2008. The particular emphasis in 2008 has been on providing sufficient school places in devel...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if payment will be made to progress this project in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

An extension project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently in early architectural planning. My Department has received a revised stage 2 submission (initial sketch scheme) from the sc...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: if he will confirm that the commitment given by him to a school (details supplied) in County Meath that has dispersed disadvantaged status, will continue to receive supports in line with the level of...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if moneys were allocated for the provision of facilities in respect of a person (details supplied); the extent of moneys allocated; the basis on which the allocation was made; if an appropriate teach...More Button

I am aware of the matter to which the Deputy refers and as the case remains before the Courts it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the detail of the proceedings. However the Deputy s...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Meath that had requested much needed works to be carried out on their grounds, were refused; and if he will review the decision on same. More Button

The School to which the Deputy refers submitted an application for additional works to the grounds of the existing temporary school. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that funding for works to the gro...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Meath which has applied for an extension to its school building; the status of its request; if it has been accepted; and if so,...More Button

The Department has received an application for an extension at the school referred to by the Deputy. Agreement has been reached with the school authorities to bring it up to a 16-classroom school. T...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Meath which has been waiting on a new school building for ten years; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commenc...More Button

The Department has agreed to the provision of two new 24-classroom schools. One school will cater for the boys national school and the other for the girls national school, in the area referred to by ...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application for an extension by a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the building project for the school to which he refers, was one of 25 major school projects included in my announcement of 29 September 2008, which have been giv...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application for a new building by a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The Department has agreed in principle to the provision of a new 24-classroom school building for the school referred to by the Deputy. The Schedule of Accommodation has also been agreed with the sc...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth for the refurbishment of its toilet facilities; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

There is no record in my Department of an application for funding for the refurbishment of toilet facilities from the school referred to by the Deputy. The school should contact the Modernisation and...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for emergency fire safety works and renovations to its science laboratories; if it has been accepted; a...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential work on its heating and on toilet systems; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work ...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Galway for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 650, 652, 654, 655, 657, 659 to 661, inclusive, 665, 669, 670 and 671 together. The schools referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department for funding under the Su...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth for works on its school; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project from initial design sta...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for a new school building; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The Department has agreed to the provision of a new 36-classroom school building to cater for an amalgamation of two schools including the school referred to by the Deputy. The project to provide the...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The proposed building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, fr...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The application for major works at the school referred to by the Deputy is currently being re-tendered. My Department is awaiting contact from the school authorities in this regard.More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth which has applied for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for an extension and refurbishment project. The project is in the early stages of architectural plan...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design st...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Louth for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The Department has received an application for a major extension from the school referred to by the Deputy. Schedules of accommodation have been agreed with the school authorities on the additional a...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The proposed building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project,...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

There is no record in my Department of an application for capital funding from the school referred to by the Deputy. The school should contact the Modernisation and Policy Unit of my Department in th...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for a new school building; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The Department is aware of the accommodation pressures being experienced by the school referred to by the Deputy. The project at this school has a band rating of 1, the highest priority that the Depar...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design st...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for a new school building; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for a new building. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, fro...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for a new school building; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

Acquisition of a 6 acre site for primary school provision in Tyrrelstown is well advanced at contract stage. As the Deputy will appreciate, due to the commercial sensitivities attaching to site acqui...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department for funding under the Summer Works Scheme in 2008. The particular emphasis in 2008 has been on providing sufficient school places in devel...More Button

Was asked: the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for essential works; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. More Button

The major capital project for the School to which the Deputy refers has been assigned the highest priority band rating of 1 and a design team has been appointed. The progression of all large scale bui...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding.

Was asked: the amount of EU funding received by his Department directly or for institutions, groups, organisations or bodies under his aegis in the past 20 years to date; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is in the following tables. Table 1 details the level of EU aid received, per Measure, by the Department of Education and Science from the European Social Fund...More Button


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