O'Keeffe, Batt

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 673 No. 4

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Written Answers - School Enrolments.

Was asked: if he will establish a review of the system for entry to secondary schools in Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a Common Application System (CAS) was agreed between the principals of the post-primary schools in Limerick City. This system has been facilitated through the Limerick Ed...More Button

Was asked: if he will support the case of a person (details supplied). More Button

It is a matter for each school’s Board of Management to have an enrolment policy and to then operate that policy in a fair and consistent manner having regard to the overall physical capacity of a sch...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress that has been made for the provision of a new school at a location (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The project to which the Deputies refer is at an early stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if a full maintenance grant will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision on eligibility for student grants is a matter for the relevant assessing authority — i.e. the Local Authority or VEC. These bodies do not refer individual applications to my Department ex...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

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

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school building project to which he refers has been sanctioned to go to tender and construction. The school authority has been informed of this approval and...More Button

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

An application for grant aid for major capital works was received from the school to which the Deputy refers on 1st May 2007. The current position is that planning permission for the new school was l...More Button

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

The project to which the Deputy refers is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design s...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: his views on whether assessing student fee applications with reference to their parents’ incomes should be reconsidered in view of the fact that most students are adults in the eyes of the State; and...More Button

I do not consider the present arrangements to be unreasonable. Under the terms of my Department’s student grant schemes, students who are entering approved courses for the first time are eligible for...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Property.

Was asked: if laptops, art works, paintings, sculptures, computers, mobile telephones, blackberries or other equipment has been lost or stolen from his Department or its agencies since 2007 to date in 2009; the...More Button

From 2007 to date in 2009 no artwork, paintings or sculptures have been lost or stolen from my Department. Five Mobile phones have been lost and two have been stolen. Three laptop computers owned by ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if his Department has a contract with a taxi firm; if so, the amount of money spend by officials in 2007 and 2008; the changes he will bring about; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has credit accounts with three taxi firms. The total amount spent on taxis with these firms in 2007 and 2008 is €30,184.37 and €26,996.34 respectively. Taxis used by my Department’s off...More Button

Was asked: if external storage is utilised by his Department; and, if so, if he will state what is being stored; the length of time it has it been stored; the cost of such storage; the details of the contract; ...More Button

My Department uses external storage facilities to store non-current records and a limited stock of publications. The contract details and the costs involved in renting off site storage for my Departm...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if construction will commence on a school (details supplied) in County Waterford in 2009 and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The progression of all large scale building projects, including the school to which the Deputy refers, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my D...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the number of primary schools that have more than two English language support teachers. More Button

There are currently 258 primary schools with more than two language support teachers. The budget measures will mean that the level of language support will be reduced from a maximum of six extra teac...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Was asked: if a full compliment of teachers has been found to date in order that all practical, oral and aural exams in connection with State examinations in 2009 can take place. More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations, including organising the holding of examinations, making arrangements f...More Button

Written Answers - In-Service Training.

Was asked: the amount his Department will spend in 2009 on in-service training. More Button

Based on the October 2008 budget figures, the estimated provision for in service training for teachers in 2009 is €41.5m. This includes a range of supports across DEIS, Special Needs and Curricular a...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the position in regard to an application for a higher education grant in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision on eligibility for student grants is a matter for the relevant assessing authority — i.e. the Local Authority or VEC. These bodies do not refer individual applications to my Department e...More Button


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