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McConalogue, Charlie

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Community Employment Schemes Funding

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her plans for community employment schemes in budget 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Education Funding: Motion [Private Members]

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Education Funding: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

The Minister and the Taoiseach claim these students will somehow be paid by Christmas. If the Minister teased out the issue as the education committee did today, he would ask how we can process th...More Button

This is the type of crisis that has been under way in SUSI while the Minister has paid it no attention. I hope in this debate the Minister will finally take responsibility for this. Has he met ...More Button

How will the Minister ensure those students who need their grant payments will get them between now and Christmas? From looking in great detail at the way SUSI has operated, it seems it does not...More Button

SUSI is only processing first-time applicants while county council and vocational education committee staff process existing students. The latter are almost finished those applications. There i...More Button

It is unfortunate this is the first time the Minister has discussed this matter in the Chamber. The first and only time I ever heard the Minister comment on it was on "Morning Ireland" last week...More Button

That was the Minister’s second comment on this matter.More Button

We do not need the Minister absolving himself of responsibility in this matter.More Button

Our motion refers to promises made by the Minister to students when in opposition and in the midst of an election campaign. These are similar promises he made on delivering an efficient grants s...More Button

It is time we saw a different approach from the Minister, one that is not about grand stunts and big announcements but one about taking responsibility for his decisions, delivering on his commitm...More Button

It has never been as bad as this before.More Button

A comment like that proves that the Minister has not assessed the situation properly.More Button

Is the Minister satisfied that the 30,000 applicants will be processed by Christmas?More Button

The Minister should have been asking these questions a long time ago.More Button

There was.More Button

If he had listened to students he could have responded to the issue before it became a crisis.More Button

Public Sector Staff Retirements

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on media reports that there has been a miscalculation within his Department's budget regarding the cost of retirements and the impact that this will have on cuts to the education budget i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the amount by which his Department has miscalculated the cost of recent retirements within his Department; if he will clarify any other costs which were miscalculated and which will impact upon cut...More Button

Third Level Funding

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide a breakdown of postgraduate fees being charged in each university in 2012 and the details of fees in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on whether the 2% cut in core funding for the higher education sector implemented as part of Budget 2012 has been passed on to students in the form of increased postgraduate fees this yea...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there has been an increase in postgraduate fees this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will outline the postgraduate fees schedule for non EU and EU students for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the per student funding formula or ratio used to calculate the Higher Education Authority grant provided to each HEA funded institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the Higher Education Authority block grant provided to each HEA funded institution for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will outline the list of efficiencies achieved over the past year by the Higher Education Authority following the reduction in core funding for higher education in Budget 2012; and if he will...More Button

Higher Education Courses Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of students who began a postgraduate course for 2012/2013; the number that commenced a postgraduate course in 2011/2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on whether students who have yet to receive their student grant approval are having difficulty accessing important student services as a result; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: of the total number of student who have started a third level course this year, if any students have subsequently left these courses due to the delays in decisions being made on grants by Student U...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of students in third level education that have yet to pay the first instalment of this years increased fees; the way this compares to last year; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

School Patronage

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the response rate to date to the survey of parents in Whitehall, Trim, Tramore, Castlebar and Arklow as part of the survey on primary school patronage; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bullying in Schools

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the progress made to date of the Working Group on Bullying; when he expects this group to complete its work and publish new recommendations regarding tackling bullying; and if he will make a statem...More Button

School Transport Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if junior and senior infant children who have a school day which is one hour shorter than the length of the normal school day and who avail of concessionary school transport entitled to remain on s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if junior and senior infant children who have a school day which is one hour shorter than the length of the normal school day and who are eligible for school transport entitled to remain on school ...More Button

Third Level Fees

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the undergraduate fees schedule for non-EU and EU students for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he intends to increase the student contribution fee by €250 this year and each year between now and 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will ensure that there are no further cuts to student grants and no further changes to the eligibility criteria for student grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of students that applied for a student grant this year; the number that applied last year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Third Level Participation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the steps he has taken to improve access for students from low income backgrounds to third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: when a reply will issue in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Safety Issues

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to establish an additional commercial vehicle testing centre in Inishowen, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of counties across the country that have a full time road safety officer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if it is his intention that every county council has a full-time road safety officer in the future; his plans for ensuring same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button