Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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International Agreements: Motion

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Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if he will respond to a query regarding FETAC (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Legislation providing for the dissolution of the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) and its amalgamation with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Higher ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: his views in relation to the written documented recommendations of a Health Service Executive psychologist in respect of a child (details supplied) with autism in view of the fact that the recommenda...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide this Deputy with details received of research completed that shows that an ABA approach is more effective in educating some children with autism compared with an eclectic model; an...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 155 together. The Deputy will be aware of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that all children with special educational needs, including those with autism...More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services

Was asked: what the average waiting time is nationally for placement on a Youthreach programme; the average waiting time in Dublin; and what each of these figures was in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who was placed by FÁS in the Cherry Orchard Community Training Centre in October 2011 has not yet been paid by FÁS; if he will take steps to en...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if the following reports relating to issues in FÁS north east have been published in full (details supplied); the cost of each report; the actions of each report; the actions taken arising from each ...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: the average amount of money now owed by every man, woman and child in this country exceeding €30,000, the reason our schools do not teach our youth about money management; his plans to introduce comp...More Button

The Department of Education and Skills participated in the work of the National Steering Group on Financial Education established by the Financial Regulator. The Report of the Group, Improving Financi...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: if he will investigate the possibility of facilitating, at no additional cost to the service, the transporting of children from a particular location rather than the location from which they are now ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Buildings Projects

Was asked: the progress made in relation to the provision of a replacement building for a school (details supplied) in County Galway; when it is likely that this project will go to tender; and if he will make a...More Button

The major building project at the school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The Design Team are currently working on finalising the Stage 2(b) Submission (De...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Donegal will lose 50% of its teaching staff if proposed budget measures are implemented; and the immediate steps...More Button

Given the scale of our economic crisis, adjustments have had to be made across all areas of the public sector. Despite this challenge, the Government has sought to do this in as fair a way as possible...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the impending loss of a teacher at a school (details supplied) in County Donegal and the impact this will have on this small school under the patronage of the Presb...More Button

Was asked: when details of the appeals process pertaining to the new staffing schedules for one, two, three and four teacher primary schools will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 157 and 191 together. My Department will be notifying schools in the coming weeks of the new staffing arrangements for the 2012/13 school year. It will include detail...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding an allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Circular 3/2012 issued on 31 January 2012 provides that, pending the outcome of a review by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, allowances are not payable to new beneficiaries; ie those w...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the reason a spelling waiver was refused in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6W; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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 - Departmental Bodies

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

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

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

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

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

Was asked: his views on a mater (details supplied) regarding SOLAS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Schools Buildings Projects

Was asked: the procedure to be followed to bring the new school premises for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin into being; and the timelines involved in this process, in view of the fact that approva...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Office of Public Works acting on behalf of my Department are engaged in the process of acquiring the site. An Outline Planning Permission has been obtained by the...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Education

Was asked: his position on proposals concerning the idea of a technological university comprised of Athlone, Dundalk, Letterkenny, Sligo and Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology; and if he will make a statement...More Button

In May of last year, I formally asked the Higher Education Authority to provide advice to me on draft performance criteria for a process for the designation of technological universities. Draft crite...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: if he will provide details of redundancy entitlements for teachers employed exclusively to deliver the modern languages in primary schools initiative following the discontinuation of the programme; a...More Button

The persons referred to by the Deputy are employed on a part-time basis by the Boards of Management of the schools under the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative. I am unable at this time t...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: the number of conventional primary schools with 13 pupils and fewer in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested is provided in the National School Annual Census. The census for the current school year (2011/2012) is being finalised at present and results will be published on my Departm...More Button

Written Answers - School Patronage

Was asked: when an announcement on the allocation of new primary schools for 2012 and 2013 will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In June 2011, I announced that 20 new primary schools are to be established in the next six years across a number of locations. My Department invited patrons and prospective patron bodies to make app...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Laois will receive a travelling allowance. More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the review currently being carried out into DEIS schools, if consideration has been given to teachers being placed on the redeployment panel list; and if the publication of the panel list will be def...More Button

My Department is currently finalising the report, which I requested, on the impact of the withdrawal of posts under these older schemes on DEIS Band 1 and Band 2 primary schools only. I will then mak...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration

Was asked: the entry grades and salary scales of new entrant teachers affected by the Department’s Circular 0003/2012. More Button

In his address to Dáil Éireann on December 5th 2011 the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced that Public Service bodies will have to achieve a reduction of 5% in the cost of allowances...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: the criteria that will be applied when evaluating the nearest school for members of minority faiths who apply for school transport from September 2012; if it will be the nearest school regardless of ...More Button

Written Answers - Early Retirement Scheme

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the number of public sector workers including teachers who have availed of the Croke Park early retirement scheme including their grade and place of employm...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not compiled in the format sought. Officials in the Pension Unit of my Department are currently fully occupied addressing the pension benefit entitlements for t...More Button

Was asked: if he will list the number of staff, their grade, and locations seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not compiled in the format sought. Officials in the Pension Unit of my Department are currently fully occupied addressing the pension benefit entitlements for ...More Button

Was asked: if he will list the number of staff within County Meath and their grade seeking to avail of the early retirement scheme. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not compiled in the format sought. Officials in the Pension Unit of my Department are currently fully occupied addressing the pension benefit entitlements for ...More Button

Was asked: the number of teachers who have availed of the early retirement scheme in County Donegal with details on the schools affected. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not compiled in the format sought. Officials in the Pension Unit of my Department are currently fully occupied addressing the pension benefit entitlements for ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the non-capital allocation to each vocational educational committee in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Details of the non-capital allocation to each Vocational Educational Committee in 2011 are included in the following table. These allocations enable the VECs to provide a broad range of educational se...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide figures detailing the capital allocation budget to each vocational educational committee in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As requested by the Deputy, the amount of capital funding provided to each of the 33 Vocational Education Committees in 2011 is set out in the following table:More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the approved staffing level for each vocational educational committee in 2011 together with the grades of staff for whom approval was in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In regard to executive, administrative and maintenance posts funded from the VECs’ pay allocation, each VEC is now set an annual target under the Employment Control Framework (ECF). These targets are ...More Button

Written Answers - Teacher Recruitment

Was asked: the way the interview panel for replacing teaching positions in a national school in County Kerry is chosen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure document 2011 sets out the procedures for appointment of teachers, including the composition of the selection board. These rules were agreed by the e...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staffing

Was asked: if he will provide a list of the assistant secretaries on his Department’s payroll; and details of their salaries, allowances and expenses. More Button

A list of assistant secretaries in my Department, along with details of their salaries, allowances and expenses is set out in the attached table: List of Assistant Secretaries in the Department of Edu...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the stage of a project (details supplied); if this project will proceed to the next stage during 2012; the likely timescale for the project to reach construction stage; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

The 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 Stage 2(a) which involves the detailed ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the continued disruption of school activities, having regard to the loss of the building structure (details supplied) damaged by fire 12 years ago; if the project o...More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. Stage 1 was approved in November 2011 and the design team are currently working ...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: his plans to review the way in which mathematics is taught at second level; if he is satisfied that the qualifications of all maths teachers are sufficient to meet the county’s needs as a centre for ...More Button

The results of a survey of mathematics teaching undertaken by the Teaching Council shows that 66.4% of maths teachers are fully qualified to do so, 31.1% have undergone some studies in maths and only ...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if he will review a profile of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 10; the issues therein; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I fully acknowledge that the reduction in resources to second level schools will be challenging for schools. However, the change must be seen in the context of the major challenges we have as a Gover...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Longford who is a repeat leaving certificate student, is being compelled to sit their exams in the school in which they are studying for their repea...More Button

Written Answers - School Patronage

Was asked: the media, if there are any plans to divest a primary school in the Malahide, Portmarnock or Kinsealy area of north Dublin of its Catholic patronage; if this is the case, is there a consultancy pro...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector — a key objective of the Programme for a National Government 2011-2016 — was officially launched by me in April l...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: when his Department’s circular will issue in respect of the provision for career guidance and counselling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department will be issuing a circular to schools in the coming weeks for the 2012/13 school year. Schools will have autonomy on how best to prioritise its available resources to meet its requiremen...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage

Was asked: when the review of teaching and teaching support services for DEIS schools will be finalised; when such schools will be notified of their allocations; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

My Department is currently finalising the report which I requested, on the impact of the withdrawal of posts under these older schemes on DEIS Band 1 and Band 2 primary schools only. I will then make ...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: if he will reply to issues raised in a document (details supplied) regarding maths teaching. More Button

The issues raised in the document in question are many and varied and relate to the teaching of Maths and the qualifications of Maths teachers. I have arranged for its content to be considered and I ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of teachers who have availed of the Croke Park early retirement scheme from schools in Santry, Whitehall, Finglas, Cabra and Ballymun, Dublin. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not compiled in the format sought. Officials in the Pension Unit of my Department are currently fully occupied addressing the pension benefit entitlements for ...More Button


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