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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 142 - 158
 Header Item Housing Statistics
 Header Item Public Services Provision
 Header Item Tax Code
 Header Item Budget 2013
 Header Item Departmental Staff Rehiring
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Issues
 Header Item Mortgage Interest Relief Eligibility
 Header Item Tax Code
 Header Item FÁS Training Programmes
 Header Item FÁS Training Programmes
 Header Item School Transport Provision
 Header Item Student Grant Scheme Applications
 Header Item State Examinations Issues
 Header Item Schools Recognition
 Header Item Special Educational Needs Staffing

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 142 - 158

Housing Statistics

 142. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if he will provide in tabular form the estimated number of residential properties in the State in market value bands of €50,000, that is between €0 to €50,000, between €50,000 to €100,000 and so on; and if he will provide the source or basis for these estimates. [55394/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan No database exists as yet containing the valuations of the housing stock in the State. The estimated percentages of residential properties per valuation band based on (a) the property price register and (b) data used in the Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on the Design of a Local Property Tax, chaired by Dr Don Thornhill (the “Thornhill report”) are as follows:

Bands
Property Price Register
Thornhill Report
0-100000
27.4%
7.20%
100001-150000
21.0%
33.70%
150001-200000
19.2%
32.00%
200001-250000
11.2%
14.90%
250001-300000
6.7%
6.21%
300001-350000
4.4%
2.72%
350001-400000
2.6%
1.37%
400001-450000
1.7%
0.72%
450001-500000
1.3%
0.39%
500001-550000
1.0%
0.23%
550001-600000
0.6%
0.12%
600001-650000
0.5%
0.10%
650001-700000
0.4%
0.07%
700001-750000
0.3%
0.03%
750001-800000
0.2%
0.03%
800001-850000
0.2%
0.03%
850001-900000
0.2%
0.02%
900001-950000
0.1%
0.03%
950001-1000000
0.1%
0.01%
>1000000
1.0%
<1%
Total
100%
100%


  [The figures above have been rounded, so the columns may not total 100%.]

  In the absence of a property price register at the time of the Thornhill group, the group used unpublished Central Statistics Office (CSO) data based on mortgage transactions and the CSO’s property price index to estimate a distribution of property values.

  In Autumn 2012, a national register of property values was published for the first time based on actual transactions in the years 2010 to 2012. The register is published by the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PRSA) based on Stamp Duty data from the Revenue Commissioners and is updated on an on-going basis. The distribution from the register results in a higher incidence of higher value properties. However, caution should be applied to this approach given the low number of transactions, the high percentage of non-mortgage transactions (i.e., cash transactions) and the possible bias in recent transactions towards transactions of higher quality housing stock which may not represent the generality of housing valuations in the State.

Public Services Provision

 143. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011. [55431/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan As the Deputy will be aware my Department is policy focused and does not have a large number of transactional staff and as such my Department does not immediately lend itself to external service delivery. My Department has not introduced any new service since March 2011. Notwithstanding the nature of activity in my Department they are working closely with their colleagues in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the Banking and Accounting , Human Resources and Payroll Shared Services Projects which may offer an opportunity for some external service delivery.

Tax Code

 144. Deputy Michael Moynihan Information on Michael Moynihan Zoom on Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if a person had reached a tax settlement with the Revenue Commissioners under the 1994 tax amnesty, would this have included PRSI as well as PAYE; and if so, would stamps be owed as a result of any such settlement including PRSI. [55459/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan The Tax Amnesty Scheme, provided for in the Waiver of Certain Tax, Interest and Penalties Act 1993, operated on a self assessment basis and comprised two distinct parts, an incentive amnesty and a general amnesty. The incentive amnesty related to outstanding tax, levy and health contribution liabilities in respect of income and/or capital gains of individuals for the period up to and including 5th April 1991. The incentive amnesty did not cover PAYE or PRSI liabilities. Any PRSI liabilities had to be paid directly by the individuals concerned to the then Department of Social Welfare.

The general amnesty applied to all outstanding taxes in respect of individuals and companies for the period up to and including 5th April 1991. PRSI liabilities were covered and were payable with the other tax arrears to the Revenue Commissioners. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the person making the disclosure under the general amnesty should be aware of whether or not they had included PRSI in the disclosure and payment made

Budget 2013

 145. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if a poverty impact assessment has been completed on Budget 2013; if a poverty proof report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55558/12]

 146. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if an equality impact assessment has been completed on Budget 2013; if a gender impact assessment report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55559/12]

 147. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if a regulatory impact assessment has been completed on Budget 2013; if a regulatory impact assessment report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55560/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 to 147, inclusive, together.

As I have stated recently in response to a number of related parliamentary questions, when focusing on the primary objectives of reducing the deficit and returning sustainability to the public finances, it has been of vital importance to the Government to spread the burden of the adjustments made in as fair and equitable a manner as possible, while also seeking to minimise their negative impact on economic growth.

I would like to make the Deputy aware that the Programme for Government does contain a commitment to require all public bodies to take due note of equality and human rights in carrying out their functions. Furthermore, the Cabinet handbook requires a statement on the likely effects of the decision sought on equality and persons experiencing or at risk of poverty or social exclusion to be included in Memoranda to Government. Consequently, Government does consider each of these important issues at an individual policy or programme level. I would also remind the Deputy that the State and its bodies take the provisions of equality legislation into account in the development and delivery of its policies and services.

In addition, a distributional analysis of proposed budget measures is performed each year based on various income levels for the different categories of income earners, for example single individuals, married one-earner couples with no children and married one-earner couples with children. A distributional analysis which models the impacts on disposable income by income decile using SWITCH, the ESRI Tax-Benefit model, is also undertaken in evaluating various budgetary options. Illustrative examples are contained in the Budget 2013 document.

With regard to Regulatory Impact Analysis, although it can potentially benefit all policy areas/regulations, it is not compulsory to apply RIA to the Finance Bill. Generally speaking, the revenue measures I introduced as part of Budget 2013 will be given legislative effect through the forth coming Finance Bill. As detailed in the guidelines the publication of a RIA may not be appropriate in the case of tax law/regulations or the imposition of charges because of their sensitivity and the need to guard against possible evasion or avoidance.

Nonetheless, the Revenue Commissioners have an ongoing focus on minimising the administrative burden on business and have recently reported to Government that they have reduced the burden by 25%, saving business over €85 million a year. Furthermore the latest World Bank report shows that Ireland continues to be the easiest country in the EU in which to pay business taxes.

The primary objective of Budget 2013 was to reduce further the deficit in our public finances in line with our commitments, since it is not sustainable to continue running such large deficits. The measures introduced within the Budget are deemed necessary in order to reduce further the deficit in the public finances and so as to ensure continued adherence to fiscal targets set as part of the EU/IMF Programme.

The Government has sought to implement the measures required to reduce the deficit in a manner that was as fair and equitable as possible and in a manner that would protect the emerging economic recovery. While this is a difficult task and one which has required that difficult decisions be made by Government, I am satisfied that we are implementing the necessary adjustments in such a manner.

Departmental Staff Rehiring

 148. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if he has made an external appointment of an economist to head up his Departments Budget and Economic Policy Division. [55565/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan To date, no individual has been appointed to the Role of Chief Economist in my Department.

Consultancy Contracts Issues

 149. Deputy Joanna Tuffy Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if he will provide the following information in relation to IT consultants and IT external resources contracted to undertake IT related work for the Revenue Commissioners, the total number and names of companies working on such projects in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the number of persons supplied by these companies to work on such projects in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the amount paid to each company for these services in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the invoicing contract payment mechanism used, if it is by hour, by project, by person or by a combination of these mechanisms; the verification mechanisms in place to ensure that the invoicing/contract payment mechanisms reflect work actually carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55599/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the total number and names of companies working on IT related work in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 along with details of the amounts paid to the companies, and the payment basis used, are set out in the following tables. Where the work was undertaken on a “per person per day” basis, details of the number of persons engaged are not available in the time permitted. Information regarding the number of persons engaged is not available where companies were engaged to deliver a specific body of work or project. It should also be noted that the amount paid may not relate to work done solely in that particular year e.g. some work delivered in 2009 may not have been paid until 2010.

  The work undertaken by external resources is supervised and authorised by Revenue managers. Payments in respect of resources working on per diem rates are based on the work-days reported by the relevant Revenue managers. Payments in respect of project work are based on invoices certified by the relevant Revenue managers. External resources working in Revenue are obliged to adhere to the Revenue Delivery Method (RDM) which is a comprehensive guide to the activities required to deliver high-value ICT solutions and services for Revenue. It provides Revenue ICT teams with proven processes, deliverables and techniques that enable them to define what to do and how to do it.

  Expenditure on external IT resources is required by Revenue to engage computer experts to develop, support and maintain critical IT projects, such as Integrated Taxpayer Processing and Revenue On-Line Services. The software developments that result from such expenditure are tangible assets and are recognised as such in Revenue's Annual Appropriation Account. Contracts are awarded following appropriate Request for Tender procedures.

Total number of companies
Names of the companies
Amount paid (€)
Payment Mechanism
16
Year 2011    
  Accenture
11,690,379
Per person per day.
  Deloitte
3,824,320
Per person per day.
  Ergo Services Ltd
788,607
Per person per day.
  Fujitsu (Ireland) Limited
993,011
Per person per day.
  SQS Software Quality Systems (Ireland) Limited
714,848
Per person per day.
  Version 1 Software Limited
2,667,121
Per person per day.
  Advance Business Solutions
17,584
Per project.
  Bull Information Systems Ireland
44,757
Per project.
  Computer Associates Plc
13,310
Per project.
  Gartner Group Ireland
30,967
Per project.
  IBM Ireland Ltd
46,658
Per project.
  Innovative Systems Inc.
21,772
Per project.
  Janacon Solutions Ltd
2,541
Per project.
  Luminary Solutions
13,510
Per project.
  Microsoft
66,908
Per project.
  National University of Ireland Maynooth
12,100
Per project.
       
19
Year 2010    
  Accenture
25,436,483
Per person per day.
  Deloitte
4,090,874
Per person per day.
  Distinct
164,121
Per person per day.
  Ergo Services Ltd
194,604
Per person per day.
  Fujitsu (Ireland) Limited
2,248,093
Per person per day.
  SQS Software Quality Systems (Ireland) Limited
97,956
Per person per day.
  System Dynamics
316,096
Per person per day.
  Version 1 Software Limited
799,100
Per person per day.
  Advance Business Solutions
2,647
Per project.
  Bull Information Systems Ireland
7,079
Per project.
  Computer Associates Plc
5,103
Per project.
  ESRI
1,815
Per project.
  Gartner
82,882
Per project.
  IBM Ireland Ltd
20,644
Per project.
  Inpute Technologies Ltd
28,556
Per project.
  Microsoft
115,416
Per project.
  SAS Institute Ltd
9,079
Per project.
  Topsec Technology
4,617
Per project.
  WCC Services
6,790
Per project.
       
21
Year 2009    
  Accenture
22,466,705
Per person per day.
  Ergo Services Ltd
365,064
Per person per day.
  Fujitsu (Ireland) Limited
9,343,927
Per person per day.
  System Dynamics
4,452,885
Per person per day.
  Adobe Systems Software Irl Ltd
785,353
Per project.
  Bull Information Systems Ireland
307,233
Per project.
  Arekibo Ltd
48,531
Per project.
  BearingPoint (KPMG Consulting)
63,945
Per project.
  Computer Associates Plc
23,919
Per project.
  Distinct Business Consulting Ltd
78,437
Per project.
  Gartner Group Ireland
22,639
Per project.
  Group 1 Software
3,452
Per project.
  Innovative Systems Inc.
8,334
Per project.
  Intalio Inc
66,743
Per project.
  iQ Content Ltd
12,703
Per project.
  JasperSoft
7,192
Per project.
  Mule Source Inc
10,619
Per project.
  National Council for the Blind
8,400
Per project.
  SAS Institute Ltd
14,975
Per project.
  Source Sense
2,374
Per project.
  Sterling Commerce
20,972
Per project.
       
21
Year 2008    
  Accenture
28,927,781
Per person per day.
  Fujitsu (Ireland) Limited
7,136,495
Per person per day.
  System Dynamics
1,290,027
Per person per day.
  Adobe Systems Software Irl Ltd
889,937
Per project.
  Arekibo Ltd
172,779
Per project.
  Gartner Group Ireland
111,486
Per project.
  SAS Institute Ltd
111,241
Per project.
  Bull Information Systems Ireland
35,070
Per project.
  Computer Associates
85,547
Per project.
  Group 1 Software
352
Per project.
  Innovative Systems Inc.
12,203
Per project.
  Inpute Technologies Ltd
73,476
Per project.
  Intalio Inc
12,100
Per project.
  J A Nagle Consulting
2,662
Per project.
  JasperSoft
33,183
Per project.
  Luminary Solutions
70,957
Per project.
  McKinsey & Company
36,300
Per project.
  Mule Source Inc
25,873
Per project.
  Rational Commerce
2,783
Per project.
  Robiac
726
Per project.
  Sterling Commerce
14,097
Per project.

Mortgage Interest Relief Eligibility

 150. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if he will address the practical problem posed for first time buyers who wish to avail of enhanced mortgage interest relief in order to make their mortgage repayments affordable by drawing down their mortgage before the deadline of the 31 December next but find that their lending institution owing to its Christmas holiday arrangements will not issue loan cheques after mid-month and the first time buyer is unable to draw down by that date and is consequently precluded from qualifying for the relief and if he will make arrangements to accommodate first time buyers who are discommoded by this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55657/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan The position is, as I have stated in my Budget 2012 speech on 6 December 2011, and on many occasions in this House since, that mortgage interest relief for principal private residences will no longer be available to house purchasers who purchase after the end of 2012 and will be fully abolished from 2018. This means that a loan will have to be drawn down on or before 31 December 2012 in order to qualify for this relief. I have no plans to review this decision and I believe that more than adequate notice of this decision has been provided. As with all time-limited reliefs, there will always be people who just miss out, and that is why I have been as flexible as possible with the legislation within the current budgetary constraints. However, I do not intend to extend the parameters of the measure any further.

As you will appreciate, I receive numerous requests for the introduction of new tax reliefs and the extension of existing ones. You will also appreciate that I must be mindful of the public finances and the many demands on the Exchequer given the current significant budgetary constraints. Tax reliefs, no matter how worthwhile in themselves, reduce the tax base and make general reform of the tax system that much more difficult.

Tax Code

 151. Deputy Eoghan Murphy Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan if he has considered the merits or demerits of a tax initiative (details supplied). [55682/12]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan The Deputy’s question, essentially, is whether everyone might be required to submit a tax return. The position is that in general, individuals whose income is taxed under the PAYE system are not required to submit a tax return annually because by and large it is not necessary. As the Deputy will be aware, the PAYE system successfully operates to deduct the correct amount of tax in a seamless way from the vast bulk of PAYE employees and pensioners, and their taxable income is reported to Revenue by the employer/pension provider after the end of the tax year. In addition, I am advised that the current practice of the Revenue Commissioners is to issue annual returns to specific groups of PAYE taxpayers whom they regard as potentially higher risk cases. To my mind, this is an efficient and appropriate approach to this matter. The alternative would require up to 2 million people to prepare and submit tax returns for no obvious benefit, and I would be concerned about the administrative and cost burden on both taxpayers and Revenue if the law was changed to make it mandatory for all PAYE employees to file an annual tax return.

Regarding State pensioners, I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the majority of taxpayers do report details of their State pension entitlements to Revenue, even though they are not obliged to file an annual tax return but, in any event, Revenue now receives information on pensions paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP). This data exchange allows for the automatic deduction of tax by employers and pension providers on these pensions in appropriate cases.

Finally, mandatory tax returns would be unlikely to remove the need for means testing, given that means and income are not necessarily the same. However, the Revenue Commissioners further advise that they are currently working with one Government Department and one public sector agency, both of whom conduct means-testing for State benefits to develop an interface that will allow those organisations get a full picture of all income returned to Revenue by the person concerned.

FÁS Training Programmes

 152. Deputy Micheál Martin Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will arrange for FÁS to offer language courses to unemployed persons in Tallaght, Dublin 24; if he appreciates the importance of such courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55594/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciarán Cannon Zoom on Ciarán Cannon I am informed by FÁS that their Training Services in Tallaght focus on delivering vocational training and do not deliver programmes which solely focus on language skills.

I understand that students at third level currently have access to a wide range of foreign language courses that can be taken as core subjects or in combination with a range of other disciplines. Almost 150 places were made available on language courses under the Springboard 2012 programme in this regard. Information on all language courses is available on the Qualifax website: www.qualifax.ie.

Furthermore, under the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI), County Dublin VEC is providing 2 "English for speakers of other languages" (ESOL) courses at FETAC level 3 and 1 ESOL course at FETAC level 4 which are based in the Adult Education Service, Tallaght. They are also providing 2 ESOL courses at FETAC level 4 and 1 ISOL course at FETAC level 5 in Killinarden Enterprise Park, in partnership with Dodder Valley Partnership.

In addition unemployed people may also access Language Training programmes with assistance from the Training and Education Support Grant (TESG) which is administered by the Department of Social Protection.

FÁS Training Programmes

 153. Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn has his attention been drawn to a delay in the organisation of FÁS training courses for apprentices usually run in January (details supplied), when a decision will be made in relation to whether these courses will go ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55680/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciarán Cannon Zoom on Ciarán Cannon This is an operation matter for FÁS. I am informed that the company in question has four apprentices at present. The position as regards their training is as follows:

  Two apprentices will be scheduled to attend Metal Fabrication training in Cork Training Centre starting 14th January, 2013.

  As one apprentice was registered on 30th November, 2012, they will not be due to be called to a Phase 2 course until March 2013.

  Finally, one apprentice cannot progress their apprenticeship further at this time as they have to repeat Phase 2 examinations.

School Transport Provision

 154. Deputy Martin Ferris Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn further to Parliamentary Question No. 283 of 6 November 2012, if a person who is in receipt of separate remote area grants for two children attending two different schools who has had one payment stopped is in fact entitled to claim both payments [55065/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciarán Cannon Zoom on Ciarán Cannon Under the terms of my Department's School Transport Scheme the maximum daily allowance payable under the Remote Area Grant is €5.10 per day. The family, in question, are in receipt of this daily maximum.

Student Grant Scheme Applications

 155. Deputy Nicky McFadden Information on Nicky McFadden Zoom on Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if the allocation for the student assistance fund in 2012-2013 will be adequate to support the needs of students; if there are figures available to show the number of students that will require the support of the student assistance fund in the current academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55067/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciarán Cannon Zoom on Ciarán Cannon The objective of the Student Assistance Fund is to assist students, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise, due to their financial circumstances, be unable to continue their third level studies. The Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of my Department and is administered by the individual third level institutions.

My Department has recently received an up to date report on the demand for the scheme from the HEA and this report is currently being considered.

State Examinations Issues

 156. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn his views on the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding localisation of school standards. [55075/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I published the Framework for Junior Cycle on 4th October. One of its features is that the State Junior Certificate examination will be replaced, in a phased manner over the next eight years, by a new school-based approach to assessment in line with best practice internationally. The Framework includes a number of measures to support and quality assure standards for the school based assessment across the three years of junior cycle. The Junior Certificate is no longer a high stakes examination, unlike the GCSE in England and Wales, as the vast majority of Junior Certificate students progress on to senior cycle and present for the Leaving Certificate examination at the end of senior cycle.

The State Examinations Commission will provide final assessment papers and marking schemes for subjects until the new school-based system of assessment is established. For English, Irish and mathematics they will continue in the interim to also mark the examination papers. The NCCA is developing an Assessment and Moderation Toolkit that teachers, students and parents can use to support the new emphasis on school-based assessment. A comprehensive professional development service will be provided from 2013/2014 for teachers of each subject as the new specifications for the Framework are phased in from 2014-2017. The CPD will cover new approaches to teaching and learning but particular attention will be given to assessment modes which include both assessment for learning and assessment of learning.

Schools Recognition

 157. Deputy Joe Carey Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will report on the progress made to date on the move towards permanent recognition of a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55087/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn In the case of the school, referred to by the Deputy, provisional recognition was initially awarded to the school in 2008 and has been extended year on year since. A process is in place under which the school's application for permanent recognition is being actively considered. This process is based on undertakings committed to by the school in 2007. The undertakings reflect the standard criteria applicable to the recognition of all primary schools and they require a satisfactory level of compliance from the school in respect of each criterion. Officials from my Department met with the school concerned in September 2012 and have since confirmed in writing that the school's provisional recognition has been extended for three years to 31 August 2015. This extension will allow the school the time necessary to progress the implementation of the changes in practice required to comply with the undertakings recommitted to by the school. This extension of the school's provisional recognition will not impede the school being granted permanent recognition within that period if the criteria for recognition are satisfactorily met.

Special Educational Needs Staffing

 158. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide details of funding from his Department for a centre (details supplied) in County Dublin in 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012. [55090/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciarán Cannon Zoom on Ciarán Cannon The Further Education Section of my Department provides an annual grant to County Dublin Vocational Education Committee (VEC) towards the non pay costs of the Centre referred to by the Deputy. In addition, the Social Inclusion Unit of my Department provides part-time teaching hours to the Centre through the Special Education Part Time Hours Scheme. Details of the funding provided in the years 2009 to 2012 is included in the table.

Carline Centre of Learning - funding 2009 to 2012

Year
Further Education
Special Education
-
-
non pay grant
part time hours
Total
2009
180,000.00 € 162,964.91 € 342,964.91 €
2010
170,000.00 142,117.69 312,117.69
2011
170,000.00 133,260.73 303,260.73
2012 (to end Nov)
170,000.00 123,754.92 293,754.92


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