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Smith, Brendan

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Schools Amalgamation

I am glad that the Minister of State, Deputy Mitchell O'Connor, is here to reply.More Button

In November 2018, the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board made a shock announcement that it proposed to close two schools, namely, St. Bricin's College, Belturbet and St. Mogue's Coll...More Button

It is an area that I know well because I am from Bawnboy. There was no indication of any such proposal being considered by the education and training board. Packed public meetings were held in ...More Button

The meetings were representative of the school community in both cases. Speakers on the night included students, past pupils, former teachers, representatives of local sporting and voluntary org...More Button

I have received correspondence from numerous past pupils of both schools who outlined clearly their appreciation of the schools' role in their education and in preparing them for careers. It was...More Button

Both Bawnboy and Belturbet are located in north-west Cavan, as the Acting Chairman, Deputy Eugene Murphy, would know. Students travel over considerable distances to attend both schools. One has...More Button

Detailed submissions have been made to the Department and the Minister, Deputy McHugh, in respect of the role of the schools and their accomplishments over the years. Those submissions detailed ...More Button

I am anxious that the detailed submissions are given very serious consideration by the Department of Education and Skills. I fully believe that if an amalgamated school were to proceed in Ballyc...More Button

Schools Amalgamation (Continued)

I thank the Minister of State for her reply. It is obvious from her response, particularly when she went off script, that she understands that amalgamation can only be brought about when there is ...More Button

I appeal to the Minister of State to go back to the Minister as she stated she would. For a relatively small capital investment at each school, a range of additional facilities could be provided...More Button

Cross-Border Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which he plans to tackle the delays in reimbursing patients who have availed of the cross-border treatment directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans

Asked the Minister for Health: the measures in place to reduce waiting times for orthopaedic assessments and procedures for patients in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to ensure that more home supports are provided through direct employment by the HSE rather than through agencies or private companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if he has considered the recent proposal by a company (details supplied) in relation to the provision of broadband nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button