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McConalogue, Charlie

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Educational Research Centre

I thank the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Deputy Cannon, for taking this Topical Issue. I wish to be clear from the outset that I am raising this matter in a non-adv...More Button

There is much to welcome in the report. Irish pupils are more likely to feel safe in school and less likely to experience bullying. Irish parents almost universally agree that their child's sch...More Button

There is an ongoing debate about the future of rural schools in Ireland and there are some interesting findings in the document published yesterday. The report states that the demographic contex...More Button

Educational Research Centre (Continued)

Nonetheless, the report says that "fourth class pupils in Ireland living in smaller rural areas did better on average in reading, mathematics, and science than those attending schools in more popul...More Button

The report also poses challenges with regard to science and maths. Irish pupils spend considerably less time than the international average in science lessons, regardless of whether the official...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his response. As he suggested, this report reminds us of the importance of participating in international studies, benchmarking where we are at with where other c...More Button

There are things we need to continue to address. The Minister of State mentioned the importance of feedback from schools to parents as we try to ensure parents are as involved as possible in the...More Button

Further Education and Training Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

I apologise for missing the passing of the first few amendments. I was delayed. Like the previous speakers, I commend the Minister of State for his co-operative and engaging approach to this Bill...More Button

I also welcome the fact that the Minister of State has explicitly included an obligation on the part of SOLAS to consult with the various actors within adult literacy and community and further ed...More Button

I endorse the amendments. I note the importance of taking the steps to expand the board slightly in order to cater for additional members and particularly the specific amendment to ensure a repres...More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

Rural Development Policy

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the new initiatives taken by him to assist rural development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Regeneration Projects Status

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the plans he has developed for the revitalisation of town centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Site Acquisitions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a site has been purchased in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pyrite Resolution Board Remit

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the reasons County Donegal is not included in the pyrite resolution board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: his policy regarding the State paying for hospital bills when Republic of Ireland patients present at a Northern Ireland hospital for treatment for an injury incurred in the Republic but where the ...More Button