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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Schools.

Wednesday, 26 January 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 2

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75.

Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan Zoom on Richie Ryan asked the Minister for Education if he will state for the latest date for which figures are available the number of (a) boys and (b) girls in industrial schools, and the number thereof who (i) have not been convicted of any offence, (ii) have been convicted of offences other than ones relating to non-attendance at school, and (iii) were committed to industrial school because of non-attendance at ordinary schools.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley There were 1,527 boys and 1,567 girls in the industrial schools on the 30th September, 1965. Of these, 1,293 boys and 1,308 girls were committed by the courts, 25 boys and 96 girls were resident in the schools on a voluntary basis and 209 boys and 163 girls were placed in the schools under section 55 of the Health Act, 1953. Of the children committed by the courts, 1,069 boys and 1,288 girls were not convicted of any offence, 149 boys and 12 girls were convicted of offences other than non-attendance at school and 75 boys and eight girls were committed under the School Attendance Act, 1926.

76.

Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan Zoom on Richie Ryan asked the Minister for Education the number of places for inmates of industrial schools, and their location; and the number of teaching staff in each such school.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley There are 42 industrial schools.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to give the remainder of the information sought in the form of a tabular statement, which will be circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

[227] TABLE showing the location of the 42 industrial schools and the number of teachers on the staff of each school.

NOTE:—In 17 out of the 42 industrial schools, instruction in primary education is given on the premises. In the remainder, the children attend local national schools. Particulars of the teaching staff relate to the schools in the former category.

  Number of places available Number of teachers on the staff.
Recognised national school teachers Other teachers for extra subjects such as Wood-work, Gardening, Music, Domestic Science and Commercial Subjects
Senior Boys:      
Upton, County Cork 300 4 5
Artane 830 11 4
Letterfrack, County Galway 190 4
Salthill 145 6
St. Joseph's, Tralee 150 2 1
Glin, County Limerick 220 3
Clonmel 200 5
Junior Boys:      
Passage West, County Cork 80
Killarney 50
Kilkenny (St. Patrick's) 186 4 1
Drogheda 150
Cappoquin 75 2
Rathdrum, County Wicklow 110 3 2
Girls:      
Cavan 100
Clonakilty 180 2 2
Rushbrooke, Cobh 60
Mallow 80
Sunday's Well, Cork 200 3 6
Booterstown, County Dublin 96
(a) Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 207 6 5
Lakelands, Sandymount, Dublin 110
Whitehall, Dublin 100
(a) Loughrea 100
(a) Ballinasloe 100
(a) Clifden 140 3 3
(a) Lenaboy, Galway 88
Killarney 98 3 1
Pembroke Alms, Tralee 85
Kilkenny (St. Joseph's) 130 3
St. George's, Limerick 170
St. Vincent's, Limerick 180
Newtownforbes, County Longford 240
Dundalk 100
Westport 117
(a) Ballaghaderreen 100
(a) Benada Abbey, Ballymote 106
Cashel 125
Dundrum, County Tipperary 80 3 2
Waterford 200
Moate 102
New Ross 100
Wexford 146

(a) These schools have also been certified as fit for the reception of boys of tender years.

NOTE:—A number of children detained in Industrial Schools attend Secondary or Vocational schools.

77.

Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan Zoom on Richie Ryan asked the Minister for Education the amount paid weekly by the State or by a local authority in respect of each child in an industrial school.

[228]Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley Capitation maintenance grant is paid at the rate of 67/6 per week in respect of each child committed to an industrial school. The State's share is 35/- and that of the local authorities is 32/6.

[229] In addition to the capitation grant, my Department pays the entire salaries of the primary teachers employed in the schools and the major part of the cost of the national school buildings concerned. No grant is paid by my Department in respect of children placed in the schools either by private arrangement between parents and the school or by the health authorities. I may add that in the latter case a capitation grant at the rate of 67/6 per week is paid, the amount of the grant being shared equally between the health authorities and the Department of Health.


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