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Reilly, James

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Business of Dáil (Continued)

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Confidence in Taoiseach and Government: Motion (Continued)

You were talking about spin a few minutes ago.More Button

Deputy Martin was removed from government because of his proposals.More Button

It is three and a half years - just over 1,300 days - since the Government came to office. It is worth recalling what things were like when we came to power. I refer to an article published in More Button

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School Completion Programme

Was asked: the position regarding funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 and 283 together.

  The School Completion Programme aims to retain young people in the formal education system to completion of senior cycle ...More Button

Youth Work Projects Funding

Was asked: the number of applicants in County Louth by location for the capital funding scheme to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to improve the facilities and equipment available for their w...More Button

In 2014 some €500,000 in capital funding has been made available to my Department for small capital projects in the youth services. Last week, I was pleased to announce the allocation of capital g...More Button

The aim of this capital funding scheme is to provide much needed assistance to youth projects to improve the facilities and equipment available for their work with young people in their communiti...More Button

Four projects in County Louth applied for funding, three from Dundalk and one from Drogheda. Two projects from Dundalk were successful in their applications. More Button

The closing date for applications for Type Two grants under this capital funding scheme for young projects is 27 February 2015. Further details are available on my Department's website at www.dc...More Button

Tobacco Control Measures

Was asked: when legislation to allow for plain packaging of cigarettes will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, on 10 June 2014 Government approved the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 and the presentation of the Bill in the Seanad. ...More Button

On 17 June, formal notification of the publication of the Bill was made to the Commission and to Member States under the EU Technical Standards Directive (98/34/EC) and the Tobacco Products Direc...More Button

Child Care Costs

Was asked: in view of the cost of childcare in this country, if he will alleviate some of the burden on commercial rates on the childcare sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the high cost of early childhood care and education services in this country. The Government did announce in Budget 2015 an increase of €5 per month in child benefit for each eligibl...More Button

My Department provides annual funding in the region of €260 million to the childcare sector to support a number of childcare programmes. These programmes include the Community Childcare Subventi...More Button

Despite the budgetary situation that prevailed in recent years the Government has maintained the funding necessary to support the childcare programmes and has introduced new initiatives to meet t...More Button

Following concerns expressed by childcare providers throughout the country, the issue of commercial rates on pre-school services was raised with the previous Minister for the Environment, Communi...More Button

The Government has recently approved an amendment to the Bill to exempt not-for-profit childcare providers from rates. Private commercial childcare providers are subject to commercial rates excep...More Button

I must emphasise that my Department has no role in determining exemptions to commercial rates and this issue is a matter for the Department of Finance who have responsibility for fiscal policy.More Button

Child Care Services Data

Was asked: if a person on the national internship scheme, JobBridge, is entitled to the community childcare subvention; when this category first became entitled to access it; the number of applicants or paren...More Button

Was asked: the amount allocated in his estimates for the community childcare subvention in 2013 and 2014; the amount spent in 2013; the projected spend for 2014; the number of parents and children it supporte...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form the number of those in receipt of, or qualified for the community child care subsidy in 2013 and 2014; if he will provide a breakdown of the number of parents on ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 287 to 289, inclusive, together.More Button

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme, which provides support for sessional pre-school, full time, part time and after school places, is targeted at disadvantaged or low income famil...More Button

In 2013 an allocation of €44 million was made to provide for the expected demand from eligible parents enrolling their children under the CCS programme. However the demand was in excess of that ...More Button

The number of parents who availed of support under the CCS programme in the school year 2012-2013, from information provided in the parental electronic returns, was 19,844 with 24,907 children e...More Button

The parental returns for the current school year 2014-2015 are presently being submitted and therefore figures for this period are not currently available.More Button

The JobBridge scheme, which is implemented by the Department of Social Protection, is a National Internship Scheme which provides work experience placements for unemployed people. Participants i...More Button

Participants in the JobBridge scheme do not, on the basis of participation in the scheme, automatically qualify for subvention under the CCS programme but qualify on the basis of their underlying...More Button

The first applications from parents participating in the JobBridge scheme were submitted in the parental returns made by childcare providers to this Department in October 2012. More Button

The data in relation to the number of parents who qualified for support under the CCS programme on the basis of their participation in State sponsored schemes or the receipt of allowances as outl...More Button

Child Care Services Expenditure

Was asked: the amount allocated in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the child care employment and training supports scheme; the amount spent in 2013, and projected outturn for 2014; the number of parents supported and...More Button

Was asked: the amount allocated in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the community employment childcare programme; the amount spent in 2013; the projected outturn for 2014; the number of parents supported and children ...More Button

Was asked: the amount allocated in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the after-school child care scheme; the amount spent in 2013; the projected outturn for 2014; the number of parents supported and children cared for ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 290 to 292, inclusive, together.More Button

My Department implements the three Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) programmes - the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programme, the Community Employment Childcare (CEC) pro...More Button

Funding of €16 million was allocated in 2013 under the CETS programme and all of this amount was spent in providing childcare support to Solas and Education Training Board students and trainees w...More Button

The CEC programme was introduced this year to support parents availing of Community Employment (CE) work opportunities. Funding of €7 million was allocated and it is expected that the final spen...More Button

The ASCC programme was introduced in 2013 to support parents returning to the workforce who were deemed qualified for support by the Department of Social Protection. Funding totalling €11.5 mill...More Button

Details of the funding provision in relation to the childcare support programmes in 2015 will be confirmed in the revised estimates for the Public Services which will be published by the Departme...More Button

An Fhoireann Rannach

Tá 6 oifigí (4% den fhoireann) i láthair i mo Roinn atá in ann a gcuid oibre a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge. Bunaíodh mo Roinn i 2011. Dá bhrí sin, níl mé in ann comparáid a dhéanamh idir na figiúiirí sin...More Button