Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

O'Brien, Jonathan

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Back to School Costs

I ask the Acting Chairman to clarify the times for Priority Questions.More Button

I believe for Priority Questions there is more time.More Button

I understand that, but I-----More Button

For Priority Questions I thought there was more.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to implement the recommendations of the Oireachtas Select Committee on Education who have proposed that pupils should not be obliged to wear crested uniforms and schools should end the pr...More Button

School Curriculum

This issue has been raised on numerous occasions in the Chamber. We have been told consistently that the issue of school uniforms is a matter for individual boards of management.More Button

I welcome the fact the Minister said we need leadership on this issue, but I believe we need leadership from the Minister as well. I imagine the Minister is well aware that under the 1998 Act he h...More Button

The other issue relates to voluntary contributions. The Department's discussion document on enrolment envisages the matter of voluntary contributions being regulated by secondary legislation. A...More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply. Can we get a commitment that if the schools, boards of management and patron bodies do not take on board the recommendations, then the Minister will actively pu...More Button

I will pass on information to the Minister but there is a lack of recommendations coming from the Department and this is the result. Individual boards of management are taking ludicrous decision...More Button

State Examinations Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of resource teachers that will lose their jobs or have their teaching hours reduced in the 2013/14 academic year; if he will confirm that principals and school boards of management have ...More Button

I wish to focus on the position at post-primary level, if possible. When I was researching this matter, I discovered that a circular relating to primary schools and the allocation of learning supp...More Button

I am referring to the latter. As a result of changes in the pupil-teacher ratio, the school was going to lose a mainstream teacher so a decision was taken at local level to retain that teacher who...More Button

Special Educational Needs Services Provision (Continued)

I take it from the Minister's answer that the €22 million potential cost will not have to come from the education budget and that he is in discussion with the Department of Public Expenditure and R...More Button

With regard to how the Cabinet reaches these decisions, every Department is being given a reduced budget and the Minister in question is told to find the savings. That is not the approach that s...More Button

It is hiring additional staff on a reduced budget.More Button

Ambulance Services

Even if by some miracle, the Cabinet decided to ring-fence the education budget this year and not force the Minister to look for savings of €44 million and possibly €66 million, we will still see c...More Button

Is it possible to get a commitment?More Button

Written Answers follow Adjournment.More Button

Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I move amendment No. 3:

    In page 4, to delete lines 6 to 17 and substitute the following:
      "(2) In any proceedings brought by a mortgagee ...More Button

      I apologise again for the absence of Deputy Mac Lochlainn who is chairing a committee meeting. He has indicated he wishes to press the amendment.More Button

      No IndicatorVoted No More Button

      I move amendment No. 5:

        In page 4, line 12, to delete “for a period not exceeding 2” and substitute “for a minimum of 6”.
      More Button

        Question, "That the words proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

        Amendment declared lost.More Button

      I move amendment No. 9:

        In page 5, between lines 20 and 21, to insert the following:

        “3. In any proceedings brought by a mortgagee seeking an order for p...More Button

        I move amendment No. 10:

          In page 5, between lines 20 and 21, to insert the following:

          "3. Where the court grants an order of possession the cou...More Button

          I move amendment No. 11:

            In page 5, between lines 20 and 21, to insert the following:

            "3. Where the court grants an order of possession the cou...More Button

            I move amendment No. 12:

              In page 5, between lines 20 and 21, to insert the following:

              "3. Where a possession order is granted by the court to l...More Button

              I move amendment No. 13.

                In page 5, between lines 20 and 21, to insert the following:

                "3. Where a possession order is granted by the court to l...More Button

                No IndicatorVoted No More Button

                Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

                Tonight, we saw the Labour Party's version of equality, that being sharing the same speech two nights in a row so that both speakers might make the same statement.

                  I will cite ...More Button

                It does not need help from us. We are concerned with proposing constructive solutions and working with Deputies to try to better the lives of Irish citizens. This Bill is an attempt to do so. In...More Button

                As the Ministers of State have criticised the Bill and its drafting, I should point out that it was drafted with the help of some of the legal experts provided and resourced by the Bills Office o...More Button

                I wish to address the points made by the Minister of State, Deputy Sherlock, on criminal convictions. He stated that we were proposing to scrub them. That is not what is being proposed in this ...More Button

                There is no sign of it coming out of the committee. There is no urgency around it. If this Bill does not meet the Government's standards and is to be rejected here, then that is unfortunate. The...More Button

                That will be the challenge following the vote to take place after I conclude speaking. When the Government votes down this Bill it should bring forward its own legislation to ensure that budgets...More Button

                Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

                Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

                Special Educational Needs Services Provision

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will respond to the findings contained in the Education at a Glance 2013 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which shows the proportion of public expenditure ...More Button

                School Staffing

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide in tabular form the number of release days from full-time teaching duties afforded by his Department to teaching principals; his plans to increase these; and if he will make a st...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will list in tabular form the number of release days from full-time teaching duties afforded by his Department to teaching principals; his plans to increase these; and if he will make a state...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the training that was provided for members of boards of management at primary and post-primary level; the funding his Department provided for this training; the evaluation of this training that has...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to reduce the average class size in primary schools in Ireland, which according to OECD Education at a Glance 2013 is the second highest of EU countries; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will list in tabular form the number of assistant principal posts and special duties posts in primary schools in March 2009; the number of assistant principal posts and special duties posts i...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will list in tabular form the number of assistant principal posts and special duties posts in post-primary schools; the number of assistant principal posts and special duties posts in post-pr...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will list in tabular form the number of Assistant Principal posts returned to primary schools and post primary schools each year as a result of the limited alleviation introduced for schools ...More Button

                Student Grant Scheme Appeals

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will instruct his Department to carry out a review of the workload of principal teachers with particular emphasis on the role of teaching principals in view of reports that increasing workloa...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of primary principals between the age of 21 and 30; the number of primary principals between the age of 31 and 40; the number of primary principals between the age of 41 and 50; the numb...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of section 29 appeals against suspension in post-primary schools that were taken by parents of children with special needs; the number of section 29 appeals against expulsion in post-pri...More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the financial support being provided to each of the managerial bodies at primary and post-primary level in each of the past five years. More Button

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the financial support being provided to the National Parents Council Primary and the National Parents Council Post Primary in each of the past five years.More Button