Order of Business.
I see that the Cathaoirleach delivered the Limerick vote to open Croke Park.
We do not know what they are. The last ones were not even implemented.
I support the proposal to invite the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to attend the House as soon as possible to explain these guidelines fully. The last guidelines proposed...
The Government withdrew them all.
A lot done, more to do.
There will have to be another day for this.
Were there doubts in some quarters?
Special Educational Needs: Motion.
Therefore, it was greater in 1997.
I move amendment No. 1: To delete all words after “Seanad Éireann” and substitute the following: “Aware of the real difficulties that parents of children with special educational needs face in accessi...
Not a single step has been taken by the Government to achieve that target in the three years which have passed since the promise was made even though, for the first time in many years, there are many ...
Approximately €3.162 billion, or 4.7% of gross domestic product, was spent on education in Ireland in 1997. The Estimates for 2005 have indicated that €7.21 billion, or 4.6% of GDP, will be spent on e...
She cannot do so. I would like to refer to the cases of two small rural schools in County Galway which are about to lose a few students. I ask the Minister to do something about the schools’ problems ...
I will. The two schools will lose teachers in the coming years if the Minister does not use her discretion to give the schools an advantage for a few years, thereby ensuring they do not lose out. If t...
It is unacceptable that schools which have disadvantaged students will be affected in such a manner.
The Senator had enough time.
Only to some special needs pupils.
So it is a selective response.
One would have to respond to that.
The Senator is at it again.
Senator Minihan is getting “McDowellitis”.
Not for all. Provision is selective as the Senator has admitted here tonight.
The Progressive Democrats Party goes along with it.
Three years on and nothing to show for it.
We will wait to see if there are any resources available.
Let others go without.
The Minister got such a soft reception at the teachers’ conferences she is being carried away.
Tell the truth, some will have to go without.
It will take her more than six months to get used to the reality of——
It was only aspirational, not a promise.
The Minister’s own words were “it is not a promise but an aspiration”. She is getting forgetful, just like the old people——
Three years gone and still no moves on class size. What can we expect for the next two years?
Roll it out.
The second highest level in Europe.
Live horse, eat grass.
We do indeed.
And remain an aspiration.
There are still no plans to change class sizes.
The same happened in the west.
It should be published.
They know exactly where they stand because opportunities have been taken from them.
People are being left without.
They know exactly how they stand because they are being denied.
It is just as well the Minister has left.
It is hard to get that through to the Senator.
People were left to go without.
Qualified by the availability of resources.
Only if the money is there.
The Senator should read it again. The loopholes are there. There is an opt-out clause.
The Senator will be resting for another two years. After that his party can go into perpetual rest.