Browne, Feargal

Thursday, 26 February 2004

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 175 No. 15

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Order of Business.

Will the Leader ascertain the current position of the discussion document on regional boundaries for new health boards currently before the interim health services executive? Will she arrange for a de...More Button

Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2004: Committee Stage.

How does the six-month ruling apply, for example, to people who go to Australia? Normally people go to Australia for a year. How will they be fixed when they come back? Why is a period of six months s...More Button

Does the Minister agree that people who go to Australia usually go for a full year? Things have changed dramatically since the time, years ago, when people emigrated because they had no other option. ...More Button

I agree with Senator O’Toole. Unfortunately, a B.Ed. degree is of no use outside of the teaching area. People who have committed themselves to teacher training colleges will be snookered by this. If a...More Button

I want to move from that point to teachers. In fairness to them, does the Minister of State know of any case of a newly qualified teacher walking into a job unrelated to education on the day after qua...More Button

Did the Senator hear what I said?More Button

My point was that 99% of graduates with a B.Ed. go into teaching, because unfortunately, the B.Ed. degree is not useful for getting jobs in areas outside of education. That is the specific point I mad...More Button

The possibility is there for a garda also.More Button

As Senator O’Toole pointed out, the principle of an exception has already been established in terms of the gardaí. All this side of the House wishes to establish is that it be extended to new entrants...More Button

I thank Senator Fitzgerald for his contribution. He has certainly reconfirmed my beliefs and has certainly made a valid point about existing Higher Diploma in Education students. They could be include...More Button

I did not say that.More Button

I referred to those doing a Higher Diploma in Education. I actually stated that a BA gives a wider qualification.More Button

I was talking about a B.Ed.More Button

It is fair to say that 100% of B.Ed. graduates will end up teaching at primary level or in another area. I am sure that if a survey was conducted in the college of education and asked B.Ed. graduates ...More Button

The B.Ed. degree consists of education and arts elements. While one may have qualified with a B.Ed. degree including, for example, French, the arts content would only account for, at best, an exceptio...More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2004: Committee Stage (Resumed).

The Minister referred to current public and civil servants. There are also retired public servants who are willing to return to their profession. The Minister for Transport spoke in the Seanad about c...More Button

There is a huge shortage of teachers in the teaching profession and many unqualified teachers have positions in schools. Some teachers who retire on age grounds would love to return to the profession ...More Button

I am wondering and thinking of the context when the Bill is passed. Take for example a teacher who retired last month because he or she was 65 years of age. When the Bill is passed, it will remove the...More Button

It is worth noting that the average length of the career of a politician at national level is only 11 years. I know the Minister of State comes from a very distinguished family. His grandfather, fathe...More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

I mentioned past members of local authorities and pensions for them in our previous debate on this Bill. This is loosely relevant to section 12 of this Bill and I hope the Minister of State will consi...More Button

Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2004: Report and Final Stages.

I thank the Minister of State and his officials for their courtesy and help today during the discussion on various amendments and points of clarification that we sought. Some valid points were raised ...More Button


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