Quinn, Ruairí

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 742 No. 1

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Leaders’ Questions

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Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: when he expects to be advertising in the European Journal for tenders in respect of works at a college (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A major project for the school to which the Deputy refers was included in the Ministerial announcement on 24 January 2011. The Brief for this project is currently being finalised. The next step would...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: if grant aid is available for primary schools to improve their insulation levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department introduced a €20 million scheme in 2009 to improve roof and cavity wall insulation levels in school buildings across the country. The devolved energy efficiency scheme, which was implem...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the rights or entitlements a recently dismissed resource teacher (details supplied) has, who has been employed by him for 22 years with the last 11 full-time in the same school and who is only nine ...More Button

The appointment of teachers to fill teaching posts is a matter for the individual school authority subject to agreed procedures and must take account of all appropriate legislation. The Board of Mana...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the number of times the implementation group for the new further education and training authority SOLAS has met since the group was established; when it intends to meet next; and if he will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: the number of students attending all fee paying second level schools each year for the past three years. More Button

The number of pupils attending fee paying second level schools, and aided by my Department, for the past three years is as follows: 08/09 = 26,504; 09/10 = 26,277; 10/11 = 26,219.More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the location of a headquarters for Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Vocational Education Committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am at present finalising my consideration of where the headquarters will be located and I expect to in a position to communicate my decision for all of the mergers in the near future.More Button

Written Answers - Outdoor Education Centres

Was asked: if he will ensure that the agreed Labour Court settlement (details supplied) of February 2009, directing his Department to introduce a pay scale to the directors of the 12 vocational education commit...More Button

My Department gives support and funding to a number of VECs to operate Outdoor Education Centres. There are 12 centres in all. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) lodged a claim with my Department ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the number of retired teachers who are holding down jobs on a casual and substitute basis; his plans to address same; the number of qualified teachers on the live register; the number of teachers who...More Button

At the end of the 2010/2011 school year there were 328 retired teachers employed on a temporary or substitute basis in Primary, Secondary and Community/Comprehensive schools. This does not include sc...More Button

Written Answers - In-service Training

Was asked: if the professional development for teachers support service intends to have an Irish version of the website; the reason there remains an English only version of the website; and the way he intends t...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied that he is complying with the Official Languages Act 2003 in view of the fact that the professional development for teacher support website remains only in English; if he is satisf...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 70 together. The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) is in the process of developing its website. The current website is a holding page and is...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that on the professional development for teacher support service there are post-primary tutors giving in-service to primary teachers and, vice versa, prima...More Button

A national cross-sectoral Professional Development Support Service for Teachers was established in September 2010 to support the sharing and development of expertise, best pedagogical practice, skills...More Button

Was asked: if the feedback forms which are completed by the attendees on the professional development for teachers support in-service course are read and analysed by either the staff on PDTS or by his Departmen...More Button

The aim of the continuing professional development (CPD) provided by all support services is to enhance and maintain the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. In designing its continuing p...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: if he will meet with a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8. More Button

I would like to inform the Deputy that I have asked officials in my Department to examine possible improvements to ensure that the procurement process for school building projects is as efficient as p...More Button

Written Answers - Labour Market Activation Fund

Was asked: his plans for the future of the labour market activation fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the criteria required for persons wishing to provide training under the labour market activation fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Safety in School Laboratories

Was asked: if he has an inventory of chemicals, both in standard use and in long-term storage, in secondary schools here; his views on the fact that many schools may contain long-term stocks of chemicals such a...More Button

My Department does not hold an inventory of the chemicals held in stock by individual schools, and the management of such stock is a matter for the school authorities. A once off disposal of chemicals...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: if higher education grants are available for students who wish to study in European universities outside the common travel area; if any supports are available; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Students pursuing full-time undergraduate courses of at least two years duration in publicly-funded institutions in other EU Member States may be eligible for a maintenance grant under the Student Gra...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which higher education grants remain available in households with more than one student in third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no limit on the number of students in a household that may qualify for a student grant provided that all applicants satisfy the terms and conditions of the student grant scheme. Under the sch...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for higher education grant or other support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The student grant scheme is administered on behalf of my Department by local grant awarding authorities — local authorities and VECs. The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the rele...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the position regarding the special needs assistance provision for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that 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 - Road Safety

Was asked: if he has any responsibility for the provision of certain facilities (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In general, individual school authorities are responsible, in the first instance, for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their care, including traffic management measures. The ...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if he will commit to maintaining the pupil-teacher ratio in respect of primary school classes for the 2012-13 school term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

At this point I do not propose to give any specific commitment on the allocation of teachers to schools for the 2012/13 school year. The number of teaching posts that we can afford to fund in schools ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the position regarding an application for the provision of educational assistance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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


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