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Quinn, Ruairí

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Student Grant Scheme Applications

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on the Student Universal Support Ireland grant application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that the application of the student referred to by the Deputy is currently being assessed and that SUSI will ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their Student Universal Support Ireland application; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that the application of the student referred to by the Deputy is currently being assessed and that SUSI will ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in view of new information supplied.More Button

I understand that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, his student grant application was unsuccessful and that he appealed the decision to the appeals officer in SUSI on 30th Novem...More Button

Was asked: if an application for a student grant has been processed in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy a grant has been awarded and an award letter issued on 24t...More Button

Was asked: when an application for an education grant will be processed and the person (details supplied) in County Clare notified of the outcome; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that on the 2nd December, 2012 a request for further documentation was issued to the student refer...More Button

Special Educational Needs Services Provision

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) in Dublin 1 was excluded by the special education needs unit of his Department for special education needs resource support this year; and if he will make a s...More Button

The facility to which the Deputy refers in his question provides a two-year pre-school programme which caters for 3-5 year old children. The Pre-School project referred to is not a designated Spec...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Pre-School referred to him in his question is in receipt of significant supports from my Department. In 2012 my Department has provided support to the value o...More Button

Was asked: the level of engagement that the National Council for Special Education has with members of the deaf community here as part of the recent review of issues relating to deaf education; if the members...More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to the Policy Advice on the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Ireland, which was published by the National Council for Special Education (N...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: the position regarding a building project in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The Board of Management of the school has recently been authorised to progress...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning. Due to competing demands on my Department's capital budget, imposed by th...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Was asked: if applications for student grants to Student Universal Support Ireland will be granted without delay in view of the fact that students need to sit exams and cannot do so until they have received t...More Button

SUSI has indicated that it is on target to progress all applications received to date with the necessary supporting documentation between now and the end of the year. The Higher Education Authorit...More Button

Was asked: the number of student grants broken down on a county basis approved to date by the higher education grant Student Universal Support Ireland system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of students broken down on a county basis that have been approved for a student grant by Student Universal Support Ireland and who have begun to receive their payments; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: the number of students grants broken down on a county basis that have yet to be approved by the higher education grant Student Universal Support Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the number of grants broken down on a county basis that have been refused by Student Universal Support Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of appeals broken down on a county basis received to date by Student Universal Support Ireland for student grants; the length of time it is taking to assess and make a decision on an app...More Button

Was asked: the current waiting time for an application to the higher education grant Student Universal Support Ireland system to be processed; the current waiting time for the processing of appeals to same br...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 to 31, inclusive, 33 and 35 together.

  The first table below provides a breakdown on a county basis of the status of the student grant applic...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Was asked: the reason a resource teacher has not been allocated to a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; if his attention has been drawn to the hardship, distress and upset being caused to the affe...More Button

The NCSE has notified all schools of their allocation of resource hours for low incidence special needs for the 2012/13 school year. The arrangements for how schools access these resource hours in...More Button

These resource posts are allocated on a permanent basis and the teachers in them will undertake NCSE approved (low incidence) resource hours in the base schools or in neighbouring schools. School...More Button

Site Acquisitions

Was asked: if he will outline the criteria used for the donation of a school site from Ballymun Regeneration Limited, Dublin, to his Department; and the rationale for the development.More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that Ballymun Regeneration Ltd., operating under the aegis of Dublin City Council, has agreed, in principle, to lease for 500 years, the site in question to my Departmen...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Reform

Was asked: in view of the selection panel criteria the reason Student Universal Support Ireland was specifically chosen; the cost saving the State has incurred to date by centralising the student grant award ...More Button

On the basis of the review carried out by the independent selection panel at the initial stage of the Expressions of Interest process, four of the ten proposals received were short-listed for oral ...More Button

Initially, during the transition period, which migrates the administration from the local authorities and VECs to SUSI, costs are estimated to exceed savings for years one and two, as the 66 gran...More Button

The composition of the independent selection panel was as follows: 1. Mr. Pat McLoughlin (Chair) - Chief Executive of the Irish Payment Services Organisation (former Chief Executive of the Easter...More Button

School Accommodation

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied); if there is any mechanism that the person can follow or investigate in seeking to resolve their problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware the prefab replacement initiative that I announced earlier this year is in the main to replace rented prefabs. Once these prefabs are no longer required by schools they are r...More Button

The first four schools listed earlier are also replacing old purchased prefabs as part of the initiative and I suggest that the person referred to by the Deputy may wish to contact these schools ...More Button

Departmental Agencies Issues

Was asked: the number of students' grants applications that have been processed by Student Universal Support Ireland for the past three months broken down on a daily basis; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The table provides a breakdown of the number of student grant applications processed by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), on a weekly basis since September. It is broken down into new appl...More Button

  Question No. 33 answered with Question No. 28.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff currently working on clearing the backlog of student grant applicaitons in Student Universal Support Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In total, there is now 96 staff working in Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), 33 of which are permanent and 63 of which are temporary. To date 149 temporary staff have been approved in the o...More Button

  Question No. 35 answered with Question No. 28.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if back-to-education allowance recipients are entitled to third level grants in respect of the student contribution and the criteria they need to fulfil to be eligible. More Button

Eligibility for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and associated payments is determined and administered by the Department of Social Protection. Students who qualifiy for the BTEA, may be cons...More Button

Was asked: if an education grant is available in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the terms of the student grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those relating to nationality, residency, previous acade...More Button