O'Keeffe, Batt

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 683 No. 3

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 23 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008: Report Stage.

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008: Report Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages.

Question put.
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Written Answers - Third Level Courses.

Was asked: if he will confirm that it is intended that Cork Institute of Technology will continue to provide a course in speech, drama and theatre studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Institutes of Technology are autonomous institutions and my Department does not have any function in their day to day operational affairs or in relation to decisions concerning course provision. T...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will expand on a works proposal at a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The development of a building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of architectural planning. I recently met with the school authorities and discussed with them the c...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if every primary school in County Donegal will be reviewed by the special educational needs organiser in the near future for assessment of special needs assistants posts; the number of SNAs working i...More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring to the review of all Special Needs Assistant (SNA) posts in primary, special and post-primary schools by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). I wis...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: his Department’s annual spend on tackling problematic alcohol and illegal drug use respectively for each of the past three years. More Button

My Department provides funding for 38 projects in Local Drugs Task Force areas. The projects are located in very disadvantaged areas and, through a variety of programmes and activities, seek to encou...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will ensure that special needs pupils and their special needs assistants currently being accommodated at a centre (details supplied) will be facilitated at another location. 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 - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the long-standing need for an extension at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; if he will announce progress on this project in the near future; and if he ...More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received a major capital application from the school to which the Deputy refers. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: his plans to make the facilities, such as multipurpose halls, playing pitches, basketball courts and so on, of those primary and post-primary schools, owned by his Department, available for community...More Button

My Department has a general policy of encouraging the use of school facilities by community and other groups where this is possible and where appropriate arrangements are made to reimburse the school ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: his views on the need for additional classroom accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; the stage of consideration this project is at; his views on whether the school, its board...More Button

The building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. The project will provide for a 16 classroom extension and refurbishment of the...More Button

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in County Laois which was allowed proceed to tender over three years ago, will see the commencement of its refurbishment and extension; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

The development of a 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...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 500 of 10 March 2009, when a school (details supplied) in County Offaly which has applied for the replacement of its old building and prefabricated buildings on ...More Button

The building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning. As the Deputy will be aware, in February, I announced details of 43 major ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will intervene with the Health Service Executive to ensure the provision of a special needs assistant in a school for a child (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement ...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 - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if he will clarify the way a formal appeal regarding a decision made on a higher education grant application can be submitted to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

If an individual applicant considers that she/he has been unjustly refused a maintenance grant, or that the rate of maintenance grant awarded is not the correct one, she/he may appeal, in the first in...More Button

Written Answers - National Education Welfare Board.

Was asked: the position regarding plans to absorb the home school liaison service and Traveller support services into the functions of the National Education Welfare Board; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason for the continuing delay in permitting a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 to apply for planning permission and for his continuing failure to sanction the construction of the new scho...More Button

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

Written Answers - Schools Amalgamation.

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

I am pleased to advise that the patron and management authority of the schools referred to by the Deputy have agreed to amalgamate from 1 Sept 2009 forming a new school called the Holy Child National ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason a home tuition grant was refused for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20; if he will re-consider the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the home tuition scheme provides a grant to parents to facilitate the provision of education at home for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, ar...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in County Clare will receive full recognition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers was granted provisional recognition for a period of one year from September 2008 subject to compliance with a number of terms and conditions. In general, to be c...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: further to parliamentary Question No. 172 of 4 March 2009, if a meeting will be arranged for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has made application for capital funding for an extension to their school. The project has been assigned a band rating of 2.2. The next step is the appointment ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will ensure that a temporary replacement teacher will be appointed to replace a teacher who will soon be going on maternity leave at a school (details supplied) in County Sligo; and if he will ...More Button

The recruitment and appointment of teachers to fill vacancies in an individual school is a matter for the Board of Management of the school concerned. Under present arrangements a teacher on maternity...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the stage of development of a new school (details supplied) in County Wexford for pupils with special needs is at; when it is envisaged that construction will commence. More Button

The project referred to by the Deputy was included in my announcement, earlier this year, of 25 high priority projects to commence architectural planning. My Department will shortly be in contact with...More Button

Was asked: if officials from his Department, in their routine meetings with officials in the planning department at Kildare County Council, have discussed the building requirements of a school (details supplied...More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received a major capital application from the school to which he refers. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if the necessary educational provisions will be made in respect of a child (details supplied) in County Mayo for the academic year 2009-2010 in view of the fact that they were not made for the academ...More Button

The Department is in receipt of an application for capital funding to provide an ASD unit at the school to which the Deputy refers. On foot of this application the Department authorised the school to...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Was asked: if he will report on his efforts to secure a site for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The OPW has been recently instructed to recommence negotiations up to contract stage for a site for the school. Due to commercial sensitivities attaching to site acquisitions generally, the Deputy wil...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the response he has received from South Dublin County Council on the feasibility of additional lands to be included in the Liffey Valley special area amenity order; the status of...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Department has sought and received clarification from South Dublin County Council in relation to prospective lands for a site for a school in the Lucan area. The L...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will report on the retendering progress and the timeframe for building works at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 20; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is one of ten projects announced in January to be re-tendered with a view to going on site as soon as possible. My Department reviewed the Stage 2B (detailed des...More Button

Was asked: the timeframe for the construction of the new building for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The provision of a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers necessitates the acquisition of a site. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that County Dublin VEC has agreed to make a site ava...More Button

Written Answers - Further Education.

Was asked: the number of participants in further education for the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; the breakdown of these participants according to the category of institution attended; and if...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Was asked: if he will ensure that relevant exam supports are in place in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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 proce...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of prefab buildings being used as classrooms at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the cost in 2008 for rental of these buildings; if plans are in place to build a new school o...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy is currently using prefabricated accommodation pending the provision of a major building project. This school was included in my announcement on 12 February last...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if an audit of the special needs service has been completed; the recommendations that have been made as a result of the audit; if changes are envisaged in this service; and the way he will consult wi...More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has arranged for its Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) to review Special Needs Assistant (SNA) allocations in all schools with a view to e...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the caretaker of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare is retiring at the end of the 2008-09 school year; the arrangements in place to enable ...More Button

Circular 0023/2009 outlines the impact on community and comprehensive schools and VECs of the Government decision to implement a recruitment and promotion moratorium in the public sector. As the De...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress that has been made on the construction project for a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received a major capital application from the school to which the Deputy refers. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisatio...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that under current practice his Department will not appoint a special needs assistant for a child (details supplied) in County Wexford who has been diagnos...More Button

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

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the action he is taking to upgrade primary schools in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In Mayo, at the moment, a major project involving two special schools is nearing completion. The new building should be ready for occupation by September of this year. Two other major primary school p...More Button

Was asked: the amount which has been spent on the schools building programme in each county for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The amount spent in capital funding to primary and post-primary schools in each county for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 is contained in the table. Capital Funding for Primary and Post Primary Schools...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities.

Was asked: if, following the sod turning by himself, a contractor has been appointed to build the new sports hall in a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the project to which he refers is currently out to tender. Subject to the necessary technical and financial approvals, it is expected that I will be in a positi...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

Was asked: when allowances including travel allowances are expected to be increased for vocational training opportunities scheme students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of school secretaries, special needs teachers and school principals who are operating in rooms that are converted broom cupboards and storage rooms in schools throughout the State; the co...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department and depends on the utilisation by schools of available accommodation and may vary from year to year. Minor works require...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the level of support available from his Department for a child (details supplied) in County Cork who has recently been diagnosed as autistic; if this level of service provision is equivalent to the ...More Button

The Deputy is aware of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that all children with special educational needs, including those with autism, can have access to an education appropriate to their needs...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: the reason there is a difference in the implementation of the DEIS programme for rural and urban schools in respect of pupil/teacher ratio (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding the provision of a new primary school at Blennerville, Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received a major capital application from the school to which he refers. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteri...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the shortage of places for pupils intending to commence secondary education in a school (details supplied) in County Offaly, in particular, pupils from north west ...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 future school...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will review his decision to increase school transport costs to parents, many of whom are facing financial hardship as a result of this cut-back; if he has plans to review this decision in the n...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: if a working group was established to address physical education as a subject for the leaving certificate; if this group was abolished; if so, the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Following a joint initiative of my Department and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, three draft syllabuses in Physical Education (PE) were submitted to my Department by the Council f...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to ensure that a primary school (details supplied) in County Waterford will not lose a teacher in September 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am committed to providing information in relation to the allocation of teachers to schools as a new feature on my Department’s website. The process has begun with the provision earlier this year of...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if special needs assistants will continue to be provided in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he 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 - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when a project at a school (details supplied) in County Laois which is at stage 2A will progress. More Button

A building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of architectural planning. A stage 2A submission for this project was recently received by my Department and is curre...More Button


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