Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 744 No. 4

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Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if he will provide the following information regarding the agencies operating under the aegis of his Department (details supplied); the number of whole time equivalent staff; the number of board memb...More Button

Information is provided in the table that follows this reply in respect of certain bodies currently under the aegis of my Department. The information relates to WTE Staff (as of 3rd Quarter 2011); Nu...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: the position regarding grants on minor works in first level and second level schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

No decisions have yet been taken regarding the payment of the primary school minor works grant in the current school year. Payment last issued in November 2010 in respect to the school year 2010-11. ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all non-commercial State agencies under the aegis of his Department. More Button

The following non-commercial State agencies are under the aegis of my Department: FÁS, the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETA...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: the measures FÁS has put in place to enable person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 and approximately 20 young persons currently receiving work experience with Dublin City Council to finish their carp...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: the position regarding a devolved grant application in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is currently reconsidering an application for funding from the school referred to by the Deputy for the works in question. A decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the reasons a school building project has not been advanced in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Waterford despite being included in the school building programme 2009, 2010 and 2011 a...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that the project to which he refers was tendered in 2009 and a preferred bidder (contractor) was identified to do the works. Unfortunately, a number of issues outside my Depar...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions

Was asked: the position regarding an application for regularisation of land at a location (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

My Department is aware of the proposed land swap which will facilitate the future development of new changing rooms for the school referred to by the Deputy. My officials will make contact with the r...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the position regarding teaching posts at a school (details supplied) in County Cork; 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, for allocating teaching staff and Spec...More Button

Was asked: the number of primary schools that are in line to lose a development school teacher in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to schools is published annually on my Department’s website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual sch...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Courses

Was asked: if staff at University College Dublin were aware of the plans to downgrade the postgraduate diploma in education from level 9 to level 8 when students were applying for entry to the course through t...More Button

Was asked: his views on the views of students who believe they have been misled when enrolling in the level 9 postgraduate diploma in education in University College Dublin when plans were in place to downgrade...More Button

Was asked: the reason the decision was taken to downgrade the postgraduate diploma in education at University College Dublin from level 9 to level 8; the reason this decision imposed on students after they had ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153, 154 and 158 together. Universities are autonomous institutions within the meaning of the Universities Act 1997. My Department does not have any function in relat...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if all non-commercial State agency employees under his Department’s aegis are paid directly from the Exchequer. More Button

Employees of all non-commercial State agencies under the aegis of my Department are paid directly from the Exchequer with the exception of the Teaching Council and Skillnets Ltd. The Teaching Counci...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: when higher education grants in respect of persons (details supplied) currently with County Mayo Vocational Education Committee will be processed; and the amount that each applicant will be awarded. More Button

The processing of student grants is carried out by local grant awarding authorities — VECs and local authorities. In this case, the students in question should contact County Mayo VEC to ascertain the...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: his views on whether there are impediments to national schools being used by communities for local events. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has a general policy of encouraging the use of school facilities by community and other groups. In 2005, my Department issued a circular letter to all p...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: if he will advise of his future proposals for the vocational education committee offices in County Longford; and if he will consider opening a sub-office for the new amalgamated Longford Westmeath VE...More Button

Was asked: if he will be seeking any redundancies following the amalgamating of Longford and Westmeath vocational education committees. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 and 160 together. In determining Mullingar as a headquarter location, I was aware that both Co. Westmeath and Co. Longford VECs are very closely matched. However,...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: if he will confirm that the establishment of Qualifications and Quality Assurance Ireland under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Bill 2011 will result in significant ...More Button

Many education and training providers currently incur fees in the course of their interactions with IUQB, HETAC, FETAC and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI). For example, HETAC a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide details for the years 2006 to 2011, inclusive, of the arrangements entered into by him, any body under his aegis or State agency for which he has responsibility for the obtaining o...More Button

It is not possible to provide the information requested in the time available. A reply will issue to the Deputy as soon as the information is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the position regarding an application for funding made by a school (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. The Design Team are currently working on the Stage 2a submission (Develop...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

Was asked: the position regarding an application for funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy was allocated devolved funding for the provision of a mainstream classroom under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme in 2010. The school authorities r...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: if he has received the report on funding requirements for the higher education sector from the Higher Education Authority; if he will commit to publishing this report ahead of the budget in December;...More Button

Was asked: when he will make a decision on the recommendations in the Higher Education Authority report on third level funding; if any of these recommendations will be included in Budget 2012; and if he will ma...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 and 166 together. The Higher Education Authority is finalising a report on the sustainability of the existing funding framework for higher education, and I expect...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees

Was asked: if he will commit to no further increases in the student contribution fee in budget 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, is undertaking a Comprehensive Expenditure Review across all areas of Government spending. This process will ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the time frame regarding the construction of permanent structures for schools when the project has been moved on to the architectural planning stage; the position regarding a school (details supplied...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy was included in the School Building Works Programme announced early in 2011, for completion of the brief and subsequent appointment of a design team. The brief for...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the annual cost of the licensed payroll system, CorePay annual, to his Department. More Button

In 2010, payments by my Department in respect of the Corepay system amounted to €209,474. This system is used to pay school employees and pensioners, staff working in my Department, the State Examina...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be allocated sufficient funding to facilitate the needs and rights of a person in County Carlow. More Button

I have arranged for the information provided by the Deputy to be forwarded to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) for their attention and direct reply. The Deputy may be aware that the N...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions

Was asked: the position regarding planning for the development of a new primary school (details supplied) in the Ardee area of County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has recently received an application for a permanent school building from the school referred to by the Deputy. The school is currently in temporary accommodation and the acquisition of ...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

Was asked: the details of the number of schools who are housed in rented accommodation who received summer works grants and emergency works grants in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is not generally a party to individual leases for rented accommodation and would not have the details of how repair and maintenance works are carried out to accommodation rented by indiv...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in Schools

Was asked: if he will give a written report on the way a formal complaint made by a parent about a teacher bullying a child will be resolved in view of the fact that a person has spent three years and has made ...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the 1998 Education Act provides the legal framework for the delivery of education to children through recognised schools. All recognised schools are legally owned by t...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the number of applications received for higher education grants in Galway Vocational Education Committee for 2011-12; the number of applications processed to date; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications received for higher education grants in County Leitrim Vocational Education Committee for 2011-12; the number of applications processed to date More Button

Was asked: the number of applications received for higher education grants in County Mayo Vocational Education Committee for 2011-12; the number of applications processed to date; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications received for higher education grants in County Roscommon Vocational Education Committee for 2011-12; the number of applications processed to date; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: the number of applications received for higher education grants in County Sligo Vocational Education Committee for 2011-12; the number of applications processed to date; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 to 178, inclusive, together. The details requested by the Deputy are contained in the following table: The information has been supplied to the Department by the V...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be given on an appeal regarding the refusal of a third level grant to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The appeal to which the Deputy refers was received in my Department on 7th October 2011. The outcome will issue as soon as a review of the case has been completed.More Button

Written Answers - Home-School Liaison Scheme

Was asked: if he will review a case regarding an overpayment of a home tuition grant calculated and paid by his Department in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Applications under the Home Tuition scheme are made to my Department by the person in whose care the child is at the time of application through their local office of the National Educational Welfare ...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

Was asked: the position regarding the tenancy entitlements in respect of a club (details supplied) in Dublin 5 and in view of the reality of the club’s position and impasse with the vocational education committ...More Button

Following the closure of the school occupying the site referred to by the Deputy in 2007, the City of Dublin VEC was requested by my Department to oversee and manage, on a caretaker basis, the entir...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the schools in County Meath in which prefabricated buildings are in use at primary and second level; the position of each school on the school building project in tabular form; and if he will make a ...More Button

A list of the primary and post primary schools in County Meath that have rented temporary accommodation is attached for the Deputy’s information. The Deputy may wish to note that in cases where school...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: when school transport will be put in place for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if he will commit to appointing a new dedicated national co-ordinator for the leaving certificate applied programme following the recent retirement of the national co-ordinator for this programme; an...More Button

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) National Coordinator post for support for the Leaving Cert Applied (LCA) programme in post-primary schools was vacated at the start of this sch...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: when a school’s (details supplied) applications and appeals in respect of special needs assistants and resource hours will be decided by the National Council for Special Education; if he will provide...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 - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all commercial semi-State companies under his aegis. More Button

There are no commercial semi state companies/agencies under the aegis of my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if he will provide a copy of the criteria within which the National Council for Special Education operates when allocating resources to schools to support children with special needs. 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 - National Internship Scheme

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 88 of 28 September 2011, when a circular for the national internship scheme will be prepared for national schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

My Department issued Circular 46/2011 earlier this month for schools wishing to participate in JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme. Schools or VECs who identify a potential internship opportun...More Button

Was asked: if an inspector will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who has applied for the national internship scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if an inspector will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who has applied for the national internship scheme at a national school in County Kerry to complete their diploma in te...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 197 together. Teachers participating in JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme, are eligible to participate in the probationary process subject to the provi...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: when persons (details supplied) will be approved student grants from Mayo Vocational Education Committee. More Button

The processing of student grants is carried out by local grant awarding authorities — VECs and local authorities. The students in question should, therefore, contact Mayo VEC to ascertain the positi...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: if he will review the technical guidance document TGD-008 amended last March which specifically prohibits qualified and competent professionals other than architects to supervise school repairs-build...More Button

Technical Guidance Document (TGD) 008 (Engaging Professional Consultants for Small Works)” which is available on my Department’s website is one of a large suite of guidance documents published by my D...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees

Was asked: if he will consider putting arrangements in place through the Higher Education Authority to enable third level students to pay students’ contributions in instalments in view of the fact that the lump...More Button

A new student contribution of €2,000 was introduced in higher education institutions by the previous Government with effect from the 2011/12 academic year. The student contribution replaces the Studen...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: if he will consider a reversal or amendments to modify the changes in criteria to qualify for the non-adjacent rate for third level students in view of the financial hardship it is causing for some p...More Button

The economic circumstances of the country are such that I regret that I am not in a position to reverse or vary any of the changes to the student grant scheme introduced by the Deputy’s Government und...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the stage it is now at; the timeframe to complete all stages up to construction; the funding granted to date; a...More Button

The Major Building Project referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of Architectural Planning. The Design Team are currently working on finalising the Stage 2a submission (Develope...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if all planning issues relative to the project have now been resolved; if funding for the project will be appro...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a major building project is being advanced for the school in question. The accommodation brief for the project is currently being finalised and the next step, following c...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if he will arrange much needed services to a school (details supplied) in County Wexford. More Button

The Deputy may be aware of the decision of the previous Government to implement a recruitment and promotion moratorium in the public sector, which is binding upon all Government departments, non-comme...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the number of mature independent students awarded a full maintenance grant in 2010 and 2011; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I regret that the grant awarding authorities do not collate information on the number of independent mature students in receipt of the various rates of student grant. The rates of grant effective fro...More Button

Was asked: his plans to address the disparity between the back to education allowance recipients and low income mature independent students who have had their full maintenance grant cut from €3,120 to €1,250 in...More Button

Eligibility for the Back to Education Allowance and associated payments is determined and administered by the Department of Social Protection. The BTEA scheme was established to assist people who ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the total expenditure in 2010 on ICT, including staff costs, support and maintenance services, hardware, software, and external resources, including consultancies, contractors and service providers; ...More Button

The total expenditure in 2010 incurred by my Department on ICT, including staff costs was €8,246,061. This figure represents expenditure by my Department only. The information sought in relation to al...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

Was asked: if he will ensure the views and request of a local community are acceded to in the designation of an area as part of the catchment area for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Catchment boundaries have their origins in the establishment of free post-primary education in the late 1960’s and were determined following consultation with local educational interests. For planning...More Button


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