O'Keeffe, Batt

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 684 No. 1

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Confidence in Government: Motion.

The political background to this motion is the outcome of last week’s local, European and by-elections, which the Taoiseach acknowledged today produced poor results by Fianna Fáil’s standards. It was...More Button

Aside from the political instability a general election would cause, it is perhaps worth recalling what might be in store for the Irish people should Fine Gael and Labour form a coalition Government. ...More Button

——contrasts sharply with a Fine Gael Dáil motion suggesting a one point increase on both tax rates and a cut in tax credits.More Button

Meanwhile, Labour dodges saying where savings would be made and yet wants to spend more. From where would the tax revenue come? The party would risk putting Ireland at loggerheads with the European ...More Button

The reality is that Fine Gael and Labour are trying to hoodwink the Irish people with a set of populist con-job policies that would drive the country into deeper recession. They are abusing their pos...More Button

These are just some of ways in which the dividend of a decade of economic growth was invested in communities across this country. The fact is that no one predicted that Lehman Brothers would crash and...More Button

No one can claim that Ireland, as an open and small economy, should be immune from a 13% fall in world trade or that we could have avoided the impact of the credit crunch arising from a global banking...More Button

Written Answers - Capitation Grants.

Was asked: the amount that is granted per student to schools which have swimming on their curriculum; the amount of money that has been allocated for a school (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he wi...More Button

My Department does not provide specific grants to schools for swimming. Schools, such as that referred to by the Deputy, have flexibility to prioritise their needs and to use their general capitation ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the action he will take in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; 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 Refurbishment.

Was asked: the schools in the Dublin 15 area which have made applications to have works carried out under the summer works scheme 2009; the applications which have been successful; the details and amount of eac...More Button

The details sought by the Deputy relating to schools in the Dublin 15 area whose applications were approved for funding under the current Summer Works Scheme are included in a tabular statement relati...More Button

Written Answers - School Completion Programme.

Was asked: the latest figures for school retention rates to leaving certificate in Dublin, broken down by Dublin postcode; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in County Kildare will proceed to tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The project to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of Architectural Planning. As the Deputy will be aware, in February, I announced details of 43 major building projects to proceed to tender...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if the new generic classroom dimensions are based on the revised curriculum or the old curriculum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The standard size of a classroom being delivered for primary schools, whether through the generic repeat design (GRD) concept or traditional design, at primary level is 80 sq metres, including wet are...More Button

Written Answers - Special Education Needs.

Was asked: when the general allocation classification will be revised in view of the fact that supports given to schools may no longer be in line with the number of students that attend the school as in the cas...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the general allocation model was introduced in primary schools in September 2005 to ensure that each school has learning support/resource teaching support available to mee...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will clarify whether school chaplains in community schools are paid by the State; if this is the case in other types of non-fee paying second level schools; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Historically the State funds chaplains in Community and Comprehensive schools and designated Community Colleges under the VEC. It does so in accordance with agreements reached with Church Authorities...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of the application by a school (details supplied) in County Donegal for capital development which was made in September. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that an application for an extension/refurbishment was received from the school to which he refers. The application was assessed in accordance with the published prioritis...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

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

I wish to assure the Deputy that there will be no pupil with a special educational need who will be without access to support from a special needs teacher as a result of the decision to apply the norm...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Dublin has not been relocated to alternative premises as was intended nearly ten months ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department procured the premises to which the Deputy refers initially to act as a temporary home for a special school pending the delivery of a building project for that school and then to accommod...More Button

Was asked: if he will meet with a delegation from a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Due to other diary commitments, I will not be in a position to meet with this delegation for several weeks but I have asked officials in my Department to contact the school directly to arrange a meeti...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated with equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has sanctioned the purchase of a Laptop, Scanner and Printer for the use of the pupil referred to by the Deputy. The school was advised of this by letter issued by my Department on the ...More Button

Written Answers - School Closures.

Was asked: his plans to re-open a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the cost involved to the community; the time frame for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has not received any application from a Patron to open a school in the area referred to by the Deputy. The Forward Planning Section of my Department is in the process of identifying the...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the progress to date on the construction of a school (details supplied); when the school will progress to the next stage of its building project; 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 advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this...More Button

Written Answers - School Placement.

Was asked: if he will assist in securing a suitable place in a post-primary school for a pupil (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The question of enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of those schools and the Department does not seek to intervene in decisions made by schools in such ma...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the number of companies that were invited to tender for the bundle of schools that included the two new primary schools for Gorey, County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will list the tender prices of unsuccessful bidders for the school bundle which included the two new primary schools at Gorey, County Wexford and itemise in full detail the tender price by the ...More Button

Was asked: the number of other occasions a company (details supplied) has been contracted by his Department to build schools for the past 20 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if a company (details supplied) has done previous construction work for his Department; if so, if he is satisfied that all sub-contractors were fully paid for that same 20 year period; and if he will...More Button

Was asked: the contract price agreed between companies (details supplied) for the four primary schools in the bundle which included the two new primary schools in Gorey, County Wexford; the price per school; an...More Button

Was asked: if a company (details supplied) was contracted by the State to build other facilities on behalf of the State; the unsuccessful bidders and their prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 617 to 622, inclusive, together. A total of 12 companies tendered for the bundle of schools (which included the two primary schools for Gorey) under the rapid delivery...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the outstanding remedial works at a school (details supplied) in County Wexford for which applications for funding have been made to his Department; when these works will be sanctioned; and if he wil...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school in question has been approved for funding under the Emergency Works Grant scheme to carry out major roof works to the school building. The approval le...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the timescale envisaged for the provision of the secondary school to serve the expanding population in the area covered by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council action area plans for Stepaside an...More Button

Forward Planning Section of the Department is in the process of identifying the areas where significant additional accommodation will be required at primary and post-primary level over coming years. ...More Button

Was asked: the progress made in the past six months on a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and the progress that he expects will be made in the next six months. More Button

The school to which the Deputies refer was included in my announcement on 12 February of 43 major building projects to proceed to tender and construction during 2009. Representatives from the board o...More Button

Was asked: the progress made in the past six months on a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and the progress he expects that will be made in the next six months. More Button

Officials in my Department have been in touch with the Patron and the school authorities recently. I can confirm that detailed designs for the school to which the Deputy refers are finalised and a pre...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: the position in regard to the request from Educate Together to become a patron of second level schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is currently considering a number of broad policy issues relating to the recognition process for second level schools. To facilitate full consideration of all of the issues involved, my ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the reason home tuition has not been sanctioned for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if he will review this matter in view of the fact that reports, stating that this person requires home ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has been denied 20 hours of home tuition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 628 and 639 together. 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 w...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments.

Was asked: if he will make a statement regarding a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the enrolment of a child in a school is a matter in the first instance for the parents of the child and the Board of Management of the school concerned. My Department ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the priority accorded to the construction of a permanent school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 to replace the dangerous building in which children with severe mental and physical disabilities are cu...More Button

The proposed building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is currently awaiting the appointment of a Design Team. In accordance with the published prioritisation criteria of my Departme...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the situation with respect to the application for accommodation enforcement works at a school (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the condition of a school (details supplied); if, in view of the poor condition of this school, a new building is now an urgent matter; the action he will take to h...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 631 and 655 together. The building project for the school referred to by the Deputies is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large ...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he will confirm that in 2008 a school (details supplied) in County Meath was offered temporary accommodation free of charge for the purposes of four specific classrooms, but that his Department ch...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers received an offer of second hand temporary accommodation. However, on investigation of the offer further by the school, it was discovered that substantial ancilla...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if children (details supplied) in County Mayo will be provided with a school transport service. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the timeframe for the refurbishment works at a school (detail supplied) in Dublin 20; if the application for tenders has been completed; if a tender has been accepted; and if he will make a statement...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 has reviewed the Stage 2b (detailed...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the schools at which he will spend the €48 million for prefab accommodation; if it is open to schools to apply; the procedure in relation to the application; the criteria for which it will be applied...More Button

Was asked: the procedure if a school wished to place prefab accommodation on a new site; if this would require a new application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the legal size of classrooms which must be supplied when there is prefab accommodation in schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if a school board of management can make an application for funding in respect of prefabs needed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 635 to 638, inclusive, together. My Department estimates that approximately €48m will be spent this year on the rental of school accommodation. The funding is to cover...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that parents at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 15 have been notified that two classes are to be housed in another school building from September 200...More Button

The project to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of Architectural Planning and the school in question has recently been authorised to progress this project to Stage 2A — Developed Sketch Sc...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will reconsider his decision to fund the cross-Border autism centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I have been anxious to develop this Centre to provide for the promotion of excellence in the development and harmonisation of education and associated services for childr...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: his views on changing the date for calculation of teacher numbers from September of the previous year to 31 May of the current year, if necessary getting the board of management and the parents to ce...More Button

In terms of the position at individual primary school level the key factor for determining the level of resources provided by my Department is the pupil enrolment at 30 September of the previous schoo...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will audit a school (details supplied) in connection with an application of directives to be used to reduce special needs assistant cover at this school. More Button

Was asked: if, in relation to special needs assistants, audits of these roles are being used to reduce or remove positions from schools; if he is satisfied with directives in relation to the tasks of special ne...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 643 and 644 together. I wish to advise the Deputy that the National Council for Special Education has been requested by my Department to arrange for its Special Educat...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: when a reply to correspondence relating to an application for a pension quote will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department received a written request on 28 May 2009 from the person in question for an estimate of pension benefits should she decide to retire at this time. A detailed written response issued to...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: if placements supervised by the State of persons in foster homes have been covered by the investigation and redress process established for the investigation of child abuse in institutional care; his...More Button

People who were in foster care as children were covered by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act, 2000 and had access to both the Investigative and Confidential Committees of the Commission. ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position regarding the provisions being made to ensure that a unit in a school (details supplied) in County Dublin will be operational by September 2009 and that sufficient funding is being made ...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 - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: the reason a former orphanage (details supplied) in County Galway did not come under the remit of the redress board. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department did consider the inclusion of this institution on the Schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002. This particular institution, as with m...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he has received correspondence from persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has received correspondence from the persons to whom the Deputy refers. The building project for the above school is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. I met with a deputa...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: if he will publish the terms of the protocols referred to in paragraph 10 of the deed of indemnity dated 5 June 2002 (details supplied) between him and the Minister for Finance and certain religious ...More Button

I have asked officials at my Department to compile the information requested and furnish it to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 451 of 26 May 2009 confirming the difference in pupil-teacher ratio for DEIS schools in rural and urban areas, the way this difference can be justified for rural...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Louth cannot be enrolled in a school in County Louth despite repeated assurances by the principal; if he will make arrangements to accommodate this p...More Button

The question of enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of those schools and the Department does not seek to intervene in decisions made by schools in such ma...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: his views on extending the period for the making of late applications for compensation to the redress board by survivors of abuse in residential institutions (details supplied); and if he will introd...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that Section 8(1) of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 provides that all applications should be made to the Board within 3 years of the establishment date. Con...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of primary schools that appealed the decision of his Department to reduce the number of teachers in such schools from September 2009 in view of the recent change in the staffing schedule; ...More Button

The Primary Staffing Appeal Board met on 14th May 2009 to consider staffing appeals for the 2009/2010 school year. The Board will hold its second meeting on Thursday next 11 June, 2009. Following this...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: the status of the Educate Together philosophy application towards the development of secondary level educational services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is currently considering a number of broad policy issues relating to the recognition process for second level schools. To facilitate full consideration of all of the issues involved, my ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the names and locations of schools in north Tipperary whose application for funding under the summer works scheme has been unsuccessful; the reason for their applications being unsuccessful; the work...More Button

Was asked: the number of north Tipperary schools currently waiting on summer works scheme funding; the number of applications in total that have been made from this constituency; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 657 and 658 together. The details sought by the Deputy relating to schools from the area in question whose applications were approved for funding and those that were u...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the average class size in north Tipperary schools; the pupil/teacher ratio in schools in the same constituency; the way it compares with international best practice; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Information in relation to average class size and pupil teacher ratio is provided in the annual census of primary schools. The details for the current school year (2008/2009) are currently being compi...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Education.

Was asked: if he will set out the allocation of funds under the strategic innovation fund from its inception; the amount that has been allocated in each year to each higher education institution here; and if he...More Button

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) was established in 2006 with a major emphasis on promoting inter-institutional collaboration in bringing about substantial change and quality improvement within the...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will sanction the assistance of a reader for a person (details supplied) in County Cork with a mild general learning disability who is doing the leaving certificate applied. 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 procedu...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will confirm that his Department’s forward planning unit has received an application to erect a new primary school at Rathwire Killucan, County Westmeath; the status of this proposal; and if he...More Button

I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application for major capital funding from the school to which the Deputy refers. I recently met with a deputation from the school to discuss its ...More Button

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

The new post primary school project in County Westmeath referred to by the Deputy is included in the list of seven schools which I approved for inclusion in the 3rd Bundle of schools to be procured vi...More Button

Written Answers - School Services Staff.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 208 of 27 May 2009, in respect of the junior certificate school programme demonstration library programme, if he will provide a commitment to maintain the JCSP s...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, Library staff, like other public servants in the Education Sector, other than teachers and SNAs, are subject to the public sector recruitment moratorium at the current time. M...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will approve an application by a school (details supplied) in County Cork for the provision of laptops; 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 (SENO) for allocating resource teachers...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: the position regarding fees in third level institutions (details supplied). More Button

Under the terms of my Departments Free Fees Initiative, the Exchequer meets the cost of tuition fees of eligible students who are attending approved undergraduate courses in the State. One of the mai...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he will confirm having received correspondence from a principal of a school (details supplied) in County Longford, seeking additional funding in respect of the cost of window replacement and a con...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that a letter dated 13th May from the Principal Teacher of the school in question relating to additional funding has been received in my Department. As part of the expansi...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Education.

Was asked: the reason applications by mature students for the Central Applications Office entry process to third level close on 1 May 2009, while the deadline for non-EU citizen applications is 1 July 2009; the...More Button

The application procedures for entry to third level undergraduate courses including the closing dates applicable to different classifications of applicant are determined by the individual third level ...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: his views on spreading the times at which school transport fees must be paid over monthly periods, rather than the current twice yearly requirements at September and Christmas, two of the most costly...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: when a special needs assistant designated to a child (details supplied) in County Roscommon will commence employment; 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), through the local special educational needs organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: the status of an application by a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is currently considering a number of broad policy issues relating to the recognition process for second level schools. To facilitate full consideration of all of the issues involved, my ...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Charges.

Was asked: the reason there is no centralised application process in place for masters degrees, as currently each application made on line to individual colleges costs €40, which restricts the number of program...More Button

The online application fee for post graduate courses varies between universities and is currently in the range of €35.00 to €37.50. In general the fee charged will cover applications for between 3 an...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: the position in relation to the school transport fee for students which has been increased so that it is almost doubled to more than €300; if, in view of the hardship that this will cause for parents...More Button

Written Answers - School Maintenance.

Was asked: if he has received an application in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny for school maintenance; the progress made on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

My Department has no record of an application for capital funding from the school to which the Deputy refers. Officials from my Department are contacting the school authority to discuss this matter f...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: the cost to the State of property transferred to it (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the properties referred to are two of the properties included in the Indemnity Agreement. The cost to the State of the transfer of these properties are in the main le...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 450 of 26 May 2009, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a crisis exists in relation to places for September 2009; the action he will take to resolve...More Button

As I previously advised the Deputy, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through the local special educational needs organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from p...More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date in relation to the negotiation of the pilot programme for ABA schools; the reason a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow has been excluded from this process; and if h...More Button

Officials in my Department have met on a regular basis with the relevant groups in relation to the commitment in the current programme for Government to long-term funding for the centres that are in t...More Button

Was asked: if he will facilitate the allocation of additional hours for a special needs assistant in a school to assist in the education of a child (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a state...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 - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will address the situation whereby a school (details supplied) in County Roscommon will lose a teacher from 1 September 2009; if his attention has been drawn to the impact that this will have o...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has in fact been allocated an additional mainstream class post under the staffing schedule for the coming school year, 2009-2010. The Board of Management of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: if he will facilitate a school (details supplied) that wishes to use its school lunches budget to retain its special needs assistant, and its non-DEIS scheme shared rural co-ordinator; and if he will...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if he will explain the purpose of the recent change in the certification of completion of assessments under the scheme for the commissioning of individual psychological assessments whereby individual...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware all primary and post-primary schools have access to psychological assessments either directly through the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) or through the S...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount his Department and its agencies spent on the use of taxis in 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The amount spent on taxis in 2007 and 2008 was €30,184.37 and €26,996.34 respectively. The total spent to date in 2009 is €8,453.54. Taxis used by my Department’s officials are strictly for business...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will address the situation at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin at which three classes have been merged into two classes because of the loss of teachers; and if he will make a statem...More Button

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

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will provide a school bus service for pupils travelling from Palmerstown, Dublin 20 to a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the grants available to persons or families who seek to provide extra curricular activities for children who are dyslexic; the grants his Department pays to groups who assist in such activities; if t...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware a key focus and priority of my Department is to provide for resources in schools to support pupils with special educational needs, including those with dyslexia. For mainst...More Button

Was asked: the funding available from his Department to meet the demands of a child (details supplied) in County Kildare who needs special equipment for the development of their education; the means available t...More Button

My Department provides for a scheme of grants towards the purchase of equipment for the use of students in second-level schools who have been diagnosed as having serious physical and/or communicative ...More Button

Was asked: if a reader will be provided in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite a response. 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 procedu...More Button

Written Answers - Education Projects.

Was asked: if he will re-appoint the learning support resource teacher attached to a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny and the homework club of a centre; if he will make the appointment for a three y...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Meath is entitled to receive special needs assistance hours for the 2009-10 academic year. 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 - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Was asked: his views on the case made by a person (details supplied) regarding the award made by the redress board to their spouse, now deceased, has been abated by stamp duty, brokers’ commission and exit tax ...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that under Section 22 of the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002, income consisting of an award under this Act shall be disregarded for the purposes of income tax as...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in allowing permission for a school (details supplied); when it will it be given; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers commenced operation, with provisional recognition from my Department, in September 2007. It has a current enrolment of 21 pupils. When granting provisional recog...More Button

Written Answers - Education Research Schemes.

Was asked: the date on which he received the recommendations of the International Assessment Board in relation to the IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2009; the date on which he was ...More Button

The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), which was established in 2000, provides funding for cutting-edge research in the humanities, social sciences, including bu...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the provisions he has made to provide new school places in Balrothery, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Department has provided significant additional school accommodation in that general area, which should relieve pressure on enrolments at the school to which he refers. ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will respond to an inquiry regarding the phasing of a new school development (details supplied) in County Cork from a procurement perspective. More Button

The Department will deliver a new 8 classroom building this year, as the first phase, to meet the needs of the school to which the Deputy refers. The Forward Planning Section of my Department is in t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of banking charges paid by his Department over the past three years; the breakdown of these charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department of Education and Science operates a number of bank accounts with commercial banking organisations. These accounts are principally used to make payments by Electronic Funds Transfer or...More Button

Was asked: the amount spent by his Department each year for the past three years on bottled water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The amount spent by my Department on bottled water for the last three years was €5,869.74 in 2006; €2,998.32 in 2007 and €3,259.74 in 2008. My Department’s policy is to replace bottled water dispens...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: if he will clarify the status of the millennium partnership fund as administered by the Higher Education Authority; if the level of funding for this scheme has changed in recent budgets; if he is com...More Button

The Millennium Partnership Fund has been in operation since 2000. It forms part of the European Social Fund-aided package for education disadvantage. Funding for the scheme in 2001-02 was €1m. This ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will review the tender conditions on a project (details supplied) in County Roscommon as per correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The correspondence to which the Deputy refers relates to the requirement for contractors to demonstrate economic capacity to carry out a project. Economic and Financial Standing is one of the criteria...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on a matter (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a special needs assistant in respect of a person (details supplied); 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), through the local special educational needs organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding a new building for a school (details supplied) in County Galway; if this is included in the next public private partnership bundle and when it is expected that this will be pub...More Button

I am pleased to confirm that my Department has recently provided funds to the Galway City Vocational Education Committee to enable them to close the sale on the site for the school mentioned by the De...More Button

Written Answers - Student Support Schemes.

Was asked: his proposals to provide additional assistance to third level students who have to leave home to attend college; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The three third level student support schemes, administered by the Local Authorities and the Vocational Education Committees on behalf of my Department, offer financial assistance to eligible students...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the situation of a school (details supplied) in County Galway which took in 48 pupils in 2008 after being told that was the figure needed in order for it to qualify...More Button

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


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