Quinn, Ruairí

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 745 No. 2

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Order of Business

Question again put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 14 be agreed to.”
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Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: if he is proposing changes to the Bachelor of Education programmes currently being provided in the colleges of education for primary teachers; his plans to introduce a fourth year to the Bachelor of ...More Button

Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020, which I launched in July of this year aims to ensure that...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: when he will release funding to the National Council for Special Education for a grant of resource hours in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who has changed primary schools an...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

Was asked: when he will release funding for and approve a grant of resource hours in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow, who has changed primary schools and has applied for their resource ...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 - Grant Payments

Was asked: if he will commit to ring-fencing, and bringing forward into next year, the grant awarded to a project (details supplied) in this financial year due to the process, involving other agencies, taking l...More Button

Written Answers - European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

Was asked: if he will be making an application to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund on behalf of the former employees of a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: the decision that has been made regarding the location of the proposed Louth-Meath Vocational Education Committee; the criteria used to decide the location; the amount the new location will cost to m...More Button

Earlier this month, I announced and published the headquarter locations where VECs are being merged as a result of the Government decision to reduce the number of VECs from 33 to 16. In arriving at m...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if he will review the decision to reduce two teaching posts at a school (details supplied) in County Donegal in view of the fact that the school is in a disadvantaged area and taking into account the...More Button

Teacher allocations to secondary school are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment. In addition to this, schools can be allocated c...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status

Was asked: if a school (details supplied) in County Donegal can be considered for DEIS status. More Button

In 2005, following an independent identification process, 875 schools were selected for inclusion in DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), the Department’s initiative to combat educati...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if he will review the decision to remove two permanent teachers at a school (details supplied). More Button

The standardisation of the staffing schedule for Gaelscoileanna so that it is the same as that which applies to primary schools generally was one of a number of measures introduced in Budget 2011 to c...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: the position regarding an ill health retirement payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. More Button

The person in question has initiated an application for retirement with pension on grounds of ill-health. The application process has two parts. One part is sent to the Department for administrative...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities

Was asked: when a secondary school (details supplied) in County Carlow will receive funding to construct a sports hall, in view of the fact that it is the only secondary school in County Carlow without such a f...More Button

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy submitted an application for large scale capital funding for the provision of a Sports Hall to my Department. The application has been assessed...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Cork has lost two teaching posts despite the stated position that special schools would not be affected by a reduction in the numbers of teachers or s...More Button

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 teaching staff and S...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the nationality requirements with which an applicant must comply in order to be deemed eligible under the student grant scheme 2011-12; if a stamp 2 visa qualifies a person; if the applicant will qua...More Button

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for the relevant grant awarding authority — local authority or VEC. The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the relevant d...More Button

Written Answers - Equality Issues

Was asked: the submission by Equality For Fathers to the UPR Secretariat (details supplied) for the recent report to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review, which made him aware of a number of Equality Tr...More Button

The selection and enrolment of pupils in schools is the responsibility of the authorities of the individual school. Under section 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, each school is legally obliged to...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the reasons for a refusal to grant a higher education grant to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the action that will be taken in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I can confirm that an appeal from the candidate in question was received in the Higher Education — Equity of Access Section of my Department on 25th October, 2011. This appeal is currently under cons...More Button

Written Answers - Physical Education Facilities

Was asked: the position regarding a club (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

My Department was advised that meetings were recently held between the City of Dublin VEC and the KUBS Basketball Club to discuss the draft user agreement which recognises the Club’s current position ...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: the annual saving to the State if all public sector pensions currently paid by him were capped at €35,000 per year. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is being collated and will be forwarded as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing a new school building in respect a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; the stage of progress this application has reached and when he estimates inclus...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing a new school building for a school (details supplied); when this application commenced; when he expects approval to build under the schools’ building programme; ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 63 together. The Deputy may be aware that the project to which he refers was tendered in 2009 and a preferred bidder was identified to do the works. Unfortunate...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: his views on a matter (details provided) regarding student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department provides grant of €13,842 per annum to the school to which he refers for the rental of one classroom.More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) County Limerick can use their current employment in Australia to satisfy the conditions for completion of their training and awarding of their City and Guilds qualifica...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: his views regarding a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will take immediate action to tackle the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy applied for funding under the 2011 Summer Works Scheme. A list of 453 successful schools was announced on 30 March 2011. Applications from scho...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: his plans to put the school transport scheme out to public tender for the year 2012/13; or if such a move might be considered. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: if it will be possible for a school (details supplied) in County Cork to engage local builders to construct the additional two classrooms for which he has provided funding; and if he will make a stat...More Button

All works to be allocated funding under my Department’s Devolved Schemes must be offered to the market in accordance with EU and National procurement guidelines. This includes the Additional Accommod...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the widespread concerns of students on the postgraduate diploma in education course due to it being changed from level nine to level eight when the students had alr...More Button

Following detailed consultation between the Irish universities and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) in the context of the ongoing process of implementing the National Framework ...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to an unfortunate situation that has arisen in respect of a person and FÁS (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: the reason pupils are being refused entry to their local secondary schools even though they are only a few hundred metres away and have attended the local national school; if he will end this practic...More Button

Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 provides for an appeal by a parent or guardian to the Secretary General of my Department, or in the case of a Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) school to the...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: if the minor capital works grant is still in operation; if a school (details supplied) in County Cork will be in receipt of the payment; if the scheme is not currently in operation, if the scheme wil...More Button

Schools have been informed that they are not to enter into commitments in expectation of the issuing of the primary school minor works grant in the current school year (2011/12). The decision regardi...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: when the review of special needs assistants for the schools in Shankill, Dublin will be carried out; the reason the wait has been so long; and the reason the planned visit of the special education ne...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 - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: the discussions he has had to date with the staff of Longford Vocational Education Committee; when the staff will be advised of the consequences of the proposal to merge Longford and Westmeath VEC; a...More Button

Was asked: if he will make Longford Vocational Education Committee office a sub-office of the new Mullingar headquarters of Longford Westmeath VEC. More Button

Was asked: if Longford Vocational Education Committee could be a sub-office to the new headquarters of Longford-Westmeath VEC in Mullingar, County Westmeath. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 74, 75 and 94 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 - School Transport

Was asked: the position regarding payment for school transport in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: when the school capital appraisal section will sanction a building project for a school (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy submitted an application for large scale capital funding for a new school. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published pr...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the position regarding a third level grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed that the student referred to by the Deputy has made an application to Longford County Council under the Student Grant Scheme. A letter issued from that body...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has only been approved the half rate of third level maintenance grant. More Button

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for the relevant grant awarding authority. The eligibility of an applicant, or the level of the grant awarded, may be re-assessed by the aw...More Button

Was asked: when an application for the third level maintenance grant for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was received; the position regarding same; when payment will issue; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The processing of student grants is carried out by local grant awarding authorities — VECs and local authorities. In the circumstances, it will be necessary for the student in question to contact his ...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the amalgamation of County Wicklow and County Kildare Vocational Education Committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the amalgamation of County Wicklow and County Kildare vocational education committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 82 together. In arriving at my decision in relation to the location of headquarters of the merged VECs, I considered a range of factors including the need to en...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: when the application for a home tuition grant will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The claim for advance payment of a home tuition grant, to which the Deputy refers, was received by my Department on the 20th September 2011. I am pleased to advise the Deputy that the claim has been p...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money yet to be spent under his Department’s 2011 budget allocation before the end of 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Gross Expenditure Allocation for my Department for 2011 is €8,888 million. At end-October 2011 estimated expenditure of €7,181 million had been incurred, leaving a balance of €1,707 million or 19...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: if he has any property leased in private sector in County Westmeath; if so, the type of property; and the annual rent payable. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that I am the registered owner of a number of properties in County Westmeath. I am advised that none of these properties is leased to the private sector.More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: when he will sanction the grant of a full teaching post in respect of an application for resource hours made by a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the m...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 - Schools Building Projects

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

The Deputy will be aware that the building project for this school was included in the 2011 School Building Works Programme for the completion of tender documents and progression to tender in 2011. I ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: when a school (details supplied) in County Cork will receive its allocation of resource hours in respect of students who are new to the school in the current academic year; the reasons for the delay ...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 - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: when a decision on the payment of the primary school minor works grant in the current school year will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Schools have been informed that they are not to enter into commitments in expectation of the issuing of the primary school minor works grant in the current school year (2011/12). The decision regardi...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: when he expects a schools building programme (details supplied) in County Waterford to progress to design stage in order that a design team can be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The building project for this school was listed in the School Building Works Programme announced on 24th January 2011 to commence the design team appointment process this year. The brief and schedule ...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: the waiting time for redundant apprentices for the FÁS competency determination mechanism which enables eligible redundant apprentices to complete their apprenticeships; and the measures being taken ...More Button

Written Answers - School Patronage

Was asked: if he will provide a list of community schools, tabulating their approximate opening date, the names of the participating religious orders and the amount of capital money paid towards the school in e...More Button

Was asked: if he will take into complete public charge the ownership and operation of any community school when the religious interests have not met with their obligations under the deed of trust setting up suc...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 93 together. My Department is compiling the list of community schools and the religious trustees as sought by the Deputy. This will be sent to the Deputy short...More Button

Written Answers - Social Media

Was asked: if he has considered using social media as a way to match up potential jobseekers or those seeking further education opportunities; if any approach has been made with the major social networks based ...More Button


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