Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 747 No. 3

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Twenty-Ninth Amendment of the Constitution (No. 2) Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

Question put: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.”
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Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: the reason a further 12 weeks must be completed post-Christmas 2011 in respect of a FÁS course already undertaken by a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath in view of the fact that they have...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: if the institutions of the vocational education committee are exempt from freedom of information requests; if so, should a situation arise whereby the vocational education committee is requested to a...More Button

Vocational Education Committees (VECs) are not currently covered by the Freedom of Information Act. However, the Programme for Government provide that the Government will legislate to extend its remit...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: if the redundancy apprentice scheme to enable young apprentices to finish their trade and financed through FÁS has been abolished; if the scheme has been replaced with another similar scheme; and if ...More Button

Was asked: if the redundancy apprentice scheme to enable young apprentices to finish their trade and financed through FÁS has been abolished. More Button

Was asked: the financial options available to young apprentices to enable them to finish their apprenticeship when they do not meet the criteria for the internship scheme. More Button

Was asked: the financial options available to young apprentices to enable them to finish their apprenticeship when they do not meet the criteria for the internship scheme. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project (details supplied) in County Mayo; when it will be allowed to proceed to tender. More Button

The project referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of Architectural Planning. The Deputy will note that this project was not included in the 2011 school building work programme an...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

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

My Department introduced an energy efficiency scheme in 2009 to improve roof and cavity wall insulation levels in school buildings across the country. The scheme which was implemented with the help of...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: if he will verify the media reports that emerged over the weekend which stated that the grant scheme for postgraduate students will be scrapped for the coming year; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the preparation of the Estimates for any Budget is carried out on a strictly confidential basis. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on media speculation or ...More Button

Written Answers - Information Technology

Was asked: the number of computer servers that are leased by his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department; and the amount of capacity on each server; the cost of maintaining these serv...More Button

Was asked: the number of computer servers that are owned by his Department and each State agency under his aegis; the amount of capacity on each server; the cost of maintaining these servers; the steps being ta...More Button

I propose to respond to Questions Nos. 154 and 155 together. My Department does not currently lease any computer servers. In order to reduce ongoing costs my Department is currently undergoing a stor...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when a payment will issue to a former special needs assistant (details supplied) who is currently unemployed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for redundancy from the person referred to by the Deputy was received by my Department on 9th September 2011. Applications are processed in date order of receipt and every effort is bei...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if he will support the proposals for developing provision for students of post-primary age with multiple disability and visual impairment at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9. More Button

I wish to confirm to the Deputy that a proposal in relation to provision for mobility training at the school referred to by the Deputy has recently been made to my Department. This proposal is current...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

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

The school in question was allocated devolved funding for the provision of a mainstream classroom under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme in 2010. The school subsequently requested furth...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for emergency works to be undertaken at a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the matter. More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department recently approved emergency funding for repairs to a gas leak at the school in question.More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the status of an appeal application for a third level maintenance grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An appeal was received in my Department on 9 November 2011 from the student referred to by the Deputy. The appeal is appropriate to the independent Student Grant Appeals Board and a decision will iss...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork is being asked to submit documents in respect of a student grant application when they have already submitted same; and if he will make a stateme...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 her...More Button

Written Answers - Skills Development

Was asked: the supports available to ensure that graduates of non-performing industries have the option of returning to education for further graduate or undergraduate studies; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

It is open to any individual to apply for a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate higher education programme in the publicly funded higher education sector and, depending on their previous level o...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: when the FÁS training centre at Baldoyle, Dublin, will be in a position to organise repeat examinations for phase 2 of the construction plant fitting apprenticeship (details supplied); and if he will...More Button

Written Answers - School Closures

Was asked: the status of a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 190 together. Last week, the Department was advised by the Patron’s office that it is the Bishop’s intention to close the school in question with immediate eff...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 254 of May 2011, when he will address the health and safety issues pertaining to a school (details supplied) in County Kerry in which 120 students have to cross ...More Button

A major project for the school to which the Deputy refers was included on the work programme for 2011, where an accommodation brief will be formulated and the appointment of a Design Team will commenc...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 60 of 12 May 2011, when he will provide a replacement school (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

The Government’s Medium Term Infrastructure and Capital Investment Framework, which was published on 10 November 2011, sets out the demographic challenge facing the education system in the coming year...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Policy

Was asked: if he is planning on establishing a national academy for the enhancement of teaching and learning in third level education; the role this organisation will have; the staff levels required to operate ...More Button

As part of the implementation process for the National Strategy for Higher Education, the HEA issued a consultation document to higher education institutions on 4 October in relation to proposals to e...More Button

Written Answers - Infrastructure Investment Plan

Was asked: if he will outline the specific projects that he plans for County Donegal arising from the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Plan 2012-2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government’s Medium Term Infrastructure and Capital Investment Framework, which was published on 10 November 2011, sets out the demographic challenge facing the education system in the coming year...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of absentee rates for primary and secondary school teachers for the past ten years; and, if known, the amount of that absenteeism caused by stress related illness. More Button

The information that is available in my Department relating to the issues raised by the Deputy is being compiled and will be forwarded to him.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if he will outline the monitoring he conducts on the effective use of resource hours for individual students; if he is satisfied with the structures in place in his Department and at individual schoo...More Button

Approximately 9,950 whole time equivalent learning support/resource teacher posts, including those allocated under the General Allocation model, are being provided this year in primary and post-primar...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the position regarding an over-run of costs for a school building project (details supplied); if he accepts the detailed engineering evidence submitted; 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 and a resource room under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme in 2010. The ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: if he will expand the eligibility criteria for the Springboard initiative to include persons in receipt of the back to work enterprise allowance. More Button

To be eligible for a place on a Springboard course an applicant must have a previous history of employment, and at the time of starting a Springboard course must be unemployed and in receipt of Jobsee...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the reason a redundancy payment was not paid in respect of an employee (details supplied) of his Department; if said employee can now apply for redundancy; if they are entitled to redundancy in view ...More Button

An application for compensation for loss of hours (partial redundancy) was received on 28th June 2011 by my Department from the person referred to by the Deputy. Under the terms of my Department’s ci...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: the transfer of the role of transport liaison officer from the vocational education committees to Bus Éireann, if he will confirm which body is now responsible for setting the annual fare for the sch...More Button

Was asked: the number of students negatively affected by changes to the rules for transport catchment areas. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: the position regarding an application for emergency works at a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the application by the school in question for funding to provide roof insulation. My Department introduced an energy efficiency scheme in 2009 to improve roof and ...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status

Was asked: the reason the pupils of a school (details supplied) in County Mayo are being discriminated against due to the fact that he has not granted their school DEIS status despite its location in one of the...More Button

The process of identifying schools for participation in DEIS was managed by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) on behalf of my Department and supported by quality assurance work co-ordinated throug...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: if he will extend the existing primary school bus service to persons (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: the financial help currently available to a young person (details supplied) with family commitments to enable them to take up a position offered to them to finish their apprenticeship. More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if he will clarify the pension entitlements of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Details of the pension entitlements of the person in question are being sent directly to her by the Pension Section of my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme

Was asked: if he will deal with a matter (details supplied) regarding the statutory trust fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The details provided by the Deputy relate to the proposed Residential Institutions Statutory Fund. The Government agreed to the drafting of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill to provide...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare has not been facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for the relevant grant awarding authority. The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the relevant details that would be cont...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the number of persons employed by the Higher Education Authority by grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There are 61.9 full time equivalent (FTE) staff currently employed by the HEA. This includes staffing for two research councils — Irish Research Councils for Science, Engineering and Technology and t...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Courses

Was asked: the number of Irish students, UK students, EU students excluding the UK and non-EU students currently enrolled in each of the third level institutions for the years 2006 to 2010, inclusive, and to da...More Button

A comprehensive range of statistics in relation to students attending higher education institutions are compiled and published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on their website www.hea.ie. The...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Fees

Was asked: the amount of tuition fees received by each third level institution for the years 2006 to 2010, inclusive, and to date in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Details on funding provided in respect of free fees for the years 2006 to 2011 (to date) are set out in the tables. Figures in respect of 2011 are provisional as all claims have not been received yet....More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the portion of the interventions funded by the European Globalisation Fund programme for 9,000 workers made redundant in the NACE 41 Construction of Buildings, NACE 43 Specialised Construction Activi...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: the number of vocational education committees that own their office buildings; and the expiry dates on leases of VEC buildings that are currently being rented. More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: if he will re-examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo who is seeking to be granted recognition of completing an apprenticeship with FÁS; if he will grant the person their appr...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: the reason school transport arrangements are being altered in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; the reason this pupil cannot be facilitated with their existing transport arran...More Button

Was asked: when he will approve an application for school transport for children with special needs (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

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

My Department has sought the assistance of the Local Authority in relation to identifying and acquiring a suitable site for the provision of permanent accommodation for the school referred to by the D...More Button

Was asked: the application he currently has for accommodation works in respect of primary and post-primary schools in County Wicklow and County Carlow. More Button

The current status of all projects on the school building programme, including those in Counties Carlow and Wicklow, may be viewed on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and this will be updat...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if former holders of the Office of Attorney General have been appointed to State boards by the current or former Governments; the details of such appointments to include position taken, name of organ...More Button

There are no former holders of the Office of Attorney General currently on the board of a State body under the aegis of my Department.More Button


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