O'Keeffe, Batt

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 682 No. 7

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Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the category and number of staff working within the National Educational Psychological Service; if additional psychologists committed to in budget 2009 can be recruited in view of the moratorium on p...More Button

The National Educational Psychological Service currently has a staffing complement of 34 administrative and 159 psychologist staff distributed over some 22 regional and local offices nationwide. As I ...More Button

Written Answers - Education Welfare Service.

Was asked: the number of staff employed by the National Educational Welfare Board in 2008; the number of staff currently employed by NEWB; if any staff are on maternity or other leave; if positions will be fill...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 447 of 12 May 2009, the 60 schools he suggests will participate in the cost saving accommodation scheme he launched in July 2008; if any of the 60 schools identi...More Button

As I indicated to the Deputy in my response to Dáil Question No. 447 answered on 12th May last, I introduced a further innovation, in July of 2008 which allows those schools with an urgent and pressin...More Button

Was asked: the number of schools nationwide that are accommodated solely in temporary or prefabricated accommodation; if he will provide a list of such schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. Following a survey of over 900 schools across the country my Department has set up a database giving details regarding their use of pref...More Button

Written Answers - School Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of a post-primary school building project (details supplied) in County Roscommon; when he expects the tenders to be signed and construction to commence; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the project at the school to which he refers was included in my recent announcement of 43 projects to proceed to tender and construction in 2009. A building con...More Button

Was asked: the status of a primary school building project (details supplied) in County Roscommon; when he expects the tenders to be signed and construction to commence; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

My Department has recently received the revised Stage 2B submission from the Design Team which is being examined by my Officials. Stage 2B which includes the detailed design and bill of quantities fo...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: his views on requests from the various gaelscoileanna of south County Dublin for the purchase by his Department of the former boys vocational school in Dundrum in order to provide a gaelcholáiste to ...More Button

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 over the coming years...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved and awarded their pension and lump sum in view of the fact that they have been retired since 1 February 2009. More Button

The person in question gave intermittent substitute service which was non-pensionable up until recently. However, arising from recently introduced improvements in superannuation, it will be possible ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the way children in special needs classes at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5 will be accommodated from September 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring to my Department’s decision to suppress a special class for pupils with a mild general learning disability (MGLD) in the school in question. I wish to assure the...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services.

Was asked: if assistance or a grant will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Dublin is having to introduce an aptitude test to determine which children going into first class will remain in...More Button

Combined classes are a feature of the majority of schools in the country and this arrangement has no adverse implications for the quality of the education children receive. While the staffing schedule...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

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

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the post primary school to which he refers was included in my recent announcement of 43 projects to proceed to tender and construction in 2009. A building contra...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the circumstances that prohibit persons (details supplied) in Dublin 6W from qualifying for a higher education grant. More Button

My Department received an appeal from the candidates referred to by the Deputy. The appeal was made on the grounds of a change in circumstances. My Department examined the appeal and it was determine...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he proposes to continue with the rental arrangement of a number of prefabs for use at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 15. More Button

A new 16 classroom school building with a 2 classroom ASD Unit was opened in 2007 for the school referred to by the Deputy. My Department is not currently paying any rent in relation to prefabs for...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 441 of 12 May 2009, if the outstanding document has been received; and if the letter of acceptance has issued. More Button

I can confirm that the outstanding document referred to has been received from the preferred bidder and is in order. The Letter of Acceptance will issue as soon as legal title to the site has been co...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the average time, as of the end of April 2009, for payments to be made by his Department and each individual agency of his Department to outside businesses in respect of goods and services received; ...More Button

A review of payments made by my Department during the first four months of 2009, to bodies classified as being outside of the public sector, showed that approximately 84.5% of payments were made withi...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the action which has taken place over the past 12 to 18 months regarding the substantial extension proposed for a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if he will clarify the way such a project ...More Button

The project to which the Deputy refers to is at an early stage of architectural planning. The school’s application for Major Capital Grant Aid has been assessed in accordance with the prioritisation c...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the way eligibility for a higher education grant is determined for holders of stamp four residency status; if this is done by individual authorities, vocational educational committees or if specific ...More Button

Under the terms of the maintenance grant schemes, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which relate to nationality, residency, means ...More Button


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