O'Keeffe, Batt

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 680 No. 4

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Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of new school buildings for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin which is currently accommodated in prefabricated buildings; the reason another school rem...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a project for a new 16 classroom building for the first school to which he refers is included among the list of major school building projects which I announced ...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 247 of 18 February 2008, when he expects to proceed with the compensatory allowance to be awarded to private operators on contract to Bus Éireann; and if he will...More Button

The overall spend on school transport in 2009 is now estimated to be €192 million — a reduction of €2 million in the supplementary budget. Bus Éireann was informed on 7 April that due to the very diff...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the reason he has refused a school (details supplied) in County Dublin permission to refurbish the school building and construct a new gymnasium; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for an extensive sports hall refurbishment and the replacement of temporary accommodation. The projec...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 63 of 8 April 2009, the reasons for the delay in agreeing a memorandum; if they involve legal complications which require clarification from the Attorney General...More Button

As previously indicated to the Deputy my Department has met with representatives of the City and County Managers’ Association to agree on the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding on the site acquisi...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 70 of 8 April 2009, when the Education Patronage Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I anticipate that the Education (Patronage) Bill will be published during the current Dáil session.More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the contact that has been made by his Department with schools (details supplied) in Dublin 24 in respect of the language support teacher levels at the schools; his proposals in relation to same; and ...More Button

In light of the Budget 2009 decision my Department has now published a circular for schools which sets out how the new arrangements will operate for the allocation of language support teachers from Se...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Was asked: if he has taken action or put in place measures to effect the discontinuance of the arrangement whereby Houses of the Oireachtas Members who are on paid leave of absence as teachers can keep the diff...More Button

I am finalising arrangements for the implementation of the Budget announcement and will inform all members in the very near future of these arrangements.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the provision being made to provide enough primary level schools places and second level places for children in Lucan, County Dublin for the next few years; when additional accommodation is planned; ...More Button

The Forward Planning Section of my Department is in the process of identifying the areas where significant additional accommodation will be required at primary and post-primary level for 2009 and onwa...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of an application for the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application for large scale capital funding from the school to which he refers. It has been assessed in accordance with the published...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the names of the companies which provide temporary and prefab classrooms to schools in respect of which his Department pays the rent for such accommodation; the amount given to the companies in quest...More Button

As part of my Department’s current review of prefabricated accommodation, contact is being made with all suppliers of prefabricated accommodation in relation to existing rental contracts. Therefore, ...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: if his Department requires schools to produce a safety statement for each school here; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some schools pay specialist companies to provide such a stateme...More Button

The requirement for a Health and Safety Statement for the work place is governed by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. This Act, which is regulated by the Health and Safety Authority,...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: his Department’s spend in respect of costs associated with site preparation for the use of prefab and temporary classrooms in schools in 2008; the portion of the €48 million due to be spent renting p...More Button

The amount spent in 2008 in respect of costs associated with site preparation, including architect and surveyor fees, delivery, installation and removal costs for rented prefab accommodation in 2008 w...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that four assistant principal posts are due to become vacant, due to retirement at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin in September 2009; if he wi...More Button

Circular 0022/2009 outlines the Government decision to implement a recruitment and promotion moratorium across the civil and public sector with effect from 27th March, 2009. With effect from 27 March ...More Button

Was asked: if he will give consideration to filling the posts for assistant principal and three special duties posts at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Following the Government decision on the moratorium on promotions in the Public Service my Department issued a circular to all schools indicating that with effect from 27 March, 2009 schools may no ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the number of expense account credit cards paid by his Department; the credit limit on each card; the amount spent on expense account credit cards since 2004 to date in 2009; the instances where the ...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the following table. The expenditure outlined above includes hotel accommodation for official business in Ireland and abroad, official travel cos...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he has received an application for emergency funding in order to carry out essential repairs on a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy submitted two applications for emergency funding to my Department in 2009. The first application relating to funding for special needs pupils has been approved and...More Button

Written Answers - Equal Opportunities Employment.

Was asked: the extent to which his Department is meeting the agreed national target figures for employment of persons with a disability; and when in each case this target will be met or surpassed. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the Department of Education and Science is meeting the agreed national target figure of at least 3% for employment of persons in its offices with a disability.More Button


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