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Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Special Educational Needs Services Provision

Was asked: the position regarding the allocation of funding to a school(details supplied) in County Kerry to provide an autism unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that devolved funding for the provision of a 2-classroom ASD Unit was approved in October 2012 under my Department's Additional Accommodation Scheme for the school...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide copies of the minutes of meetings held between is Department and professional bodies representing behaviour analysts over the past decade, as his Department researched and devise...More Button

I am assuming that the Deputy is referring to the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) which is a professional body with a division of behaviour analysis. I can inform the Deputy that there is no...More Button

  Question No. 209 answered with Question No. 199.More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if any concerns have been conveyed to him in relation to non-payment, underpayment or late payment for work done on projects funded by his Department since his appointment in March 2011.More Button

My Department although it is the primary funding agency, is generally not the contracting authority on building projects in the Education Sector. As such it has no legal authority to intervene in l...More Button

In general when bodies in receipt of funding from my Department seek payment by way of grant aid, my Department processes payments in time to enable for those organisations to meet their contract...More Button

A building project is a complex arrangement of contractual relationships between the client, the main contractor, specialist sub-contractors, domestic sub-contractors, suppliers of materials, sup...More Button

Maternity Benefit Issues

Was asked: if he will provide the background to the maternity leave in lieu arrangements for teachers that he is proposing to abolish in 2013; the number of teachers that will be affected in a calendar year; ...More Button

Was asked: further to his statement following Budget 2013, if it is his intention to reduce entitlement of teachers and special needs assistants to maternity leave-in-lieu arrangements; if it is his intention...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 and 209 together.More Button

Under previous arrangement teachers and SNAs who had been absent on maternity leave could avail of a maximum of 30 additional paid absence days in lieu of any school closures which overlapped wit...More Button

These additional days, which were taken during a period when the school was open, required the school to employ a substitute teacher or SNA to cover the absence at considerable cost to the taxpay...More Button

Statistics are normally provided by my Department on a school year basis and, for the 2011/12 school year, 2378 teachers and 294 Special Needs Assistants availed of maternity leave in lieu.More Button

The Government has decided it is no longer justifiable to provide additional paid days off for those on maternity leave and this arrangement has been ended. This will not affect a teacher or SNA...More Button

A similar change has been made to adoptive leave in lieu.More Button

I am conscious that teachers may be already planning their maternity leave arrangements and I have given the sector as much notice as possible before implementing this change. It will take effec...More Button

My alternative choice in this Budget was to increase the pupil-teacher ratio for all mainstream schools and I decided to retain the existing ratio in order to avoid having larger class sizes for ...More Button

Public Sector Staff Grades

Was asked: the date on which he intends to review the salary grading structure of the public service as it affects his Department as committed to in the Programme for Government.More Button

While the Programme for Government includes a commitment for a review of the grading structure of the Public Service, this review is primarily a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Public Exp...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Was asked: when a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; 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 17th December, 2012 a request for further documentation was issued to the student refe...More Button

Was asked: when a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; 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 in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy her application is currently being asses...More Button

Was asked: if an application for a student grant in respect of a person (details supplied) County Kilkenny will be processed without delay; 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 the application of the student referred to by the Deputy is currently under review and SUSI w...More Button

Was asked: if a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be issued without delay to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; 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

Was asked: when grants will issue to persons (details supplied) in County Cork; 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 grants have been awarded to both students. An award letter issued on 17th December to the f...More Button

Was asked: when a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Laois; 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 the application of the student referred to by the Deputy has already been awarded a grant and...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a student application grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; 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 in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy her application is currently being asses...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for third level grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and when a decision will be made on same.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that on the 4th December, 2012 a request for further documentation was issued to the student refer...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a student grant application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; 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 further documentation was received from the student referred to by the Deputy on 3rd December 2012 and t...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a student grant 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 SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy a decision has now been made and a lette...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for third level grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal and when it is likely that a decision may be made on same; and if he will mak...More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that on the 17th December, 2012 a request for further documentation was issued to the student refe...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made in respect of a Student Universal Support Ireland application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan; if he will process this application as a mat...More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy a decision has been made and a letter wi...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County KilkennyMore Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that on the 10th October, 2012 a request for further documentation was issued to the student refer...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Payments

Was asked: when a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be paid in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; 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 14th December, 2012 a request for further documentation was issued to the student refe...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 258 of 20 November 2012, if he will give assurances to students in receipt of a maintenance and top up grant for the academic year 2012/2013 under the category...More Button

There was no change in Budget 2013 to the non-adjacent or adjacent rates of grant, including the higher special rate of grant for the 2013 financial year, therefore there will be no reduction in th...More Button

Students entering approved postgraduates courses who meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant will be eligible to have their post-graduate tuition fees paid up to the maximum ...More Button

Budget 2013 provided for a 3% reduction in grant income thresholds in 2013 grant scheme. The measure will apply to both new and renewal. This reduction in thresholds does not apply to the thres...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the circumstances outlined by a person (details supplied) in relation to their student grant; if he will outline the options available to them and if he will inte...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 postgraduate fee contribution has been awarded and an ...More Button

If the applicant considers that the grant awarded is not the correct one, he may appeal, in the first instance, to SUSI. The 30 day period provided for the submission of an appeal may be extended...More Button

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by SUSI, and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlin...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Was asked: the number of student grant applications that have been received by Student Universal Support Ireland on a county basis; the number that have been processed, awarded, paid, refused or awaiting deci...More Button

The table provides a breakdown on a county basis of the status of student grant applications received by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The data provided is at a point in time on the 18...More Button

Was asked: in comparison to last year's figures the number of new or first time grant applications have been received this year.More Button

I understand from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that, as at the close of business on the 16th December, it has received 67,029 student grant applications for this academic year.More Button

A survey completed by the grant awarding authorities in January each year provides details in relation to processing of grant applications as at the third week in January. The processing positi...More Button

Emergency Works Scheme Applications

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to an application for emergency works for a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the reasons this application was refused; if his attention has been drawn ...More Button

An application for funding under my Department's Emergency Works Scheme to replace the fire and intruder alarm systems along with upgrading the exterior security lighting and CCTV system has been r...More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if he will bring forward any derogation for fee-charging protestant secondary schools from the two point increase in pupil teacher ratio, in view of the fact that the ultimate impact of this change...More Button

Was asked: the impact of the teacher/pupil ratio on costs to families in a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13.More Button

Was asked: his views on the impact of increasing the pupil teacher ratio in fee paying schools (details supplied) in Dublin 13.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 210, 211 and 221 together.

  The Government has protected frontline services in schools to the greatest extent possible in the recent budget and...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: his views on the fact that farming families receive more educational grants than urban or PAYE families.More Button

The Higher Education Authority gathers Equal Access information each year from new entrants at undergraduate level on their socio-economic background, disability and ethnicity. The survey however ...More Button

Was asked: if he will investigate if a student (details supplied) in County Laois is eligible to receive the special rate of maintenance of €5,915, having being approved a standard rate full maintenance grant...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 4...More Button

If the applicant considers that the grant awarded is not the correct one, he may appeal, in the first instance, to SUSI.More Button

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by SUSI, and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlin...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the entitlements regarding financial support towards the cost of fees of students from here studying in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matt...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 which relate to nationality, residency, approved c...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Was asked: with regard to the change over to Student Universal Support Ireland, the amount by which the costs will exceed the savings for year one and two.More Button

During the transition period which migrates the administration from the local authorities and VECs to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), staff resources and associated staffing costs will co...More Button

Was asked: in future years will there be an overall reduction in the moneys allocated for student grants and the proposed figures for same.More Button

The funding allocation for student grants for future years will be determined in the context of the overall Estimates and Budgetary process undertaken by all Government Departments. It is not, th...More Button

The funding allocation for student grants for future years will be determined in the context of the overall Estimates and Budgetary process undertaken by all Government Departments. It is not, th...More Button

Post-Leaving Certificate Courses

Was asked: if he will outline the impact of changes to pupil-teacher ratios on PLC courses and the total number of teaching posts in the Cavan/Monaghan area in view of Budget 2013; if he will detail the impac...More Button

Was asked: the number of posts that will be lost in PLC schools as a result of the changes to the pupil teacher ratio in budget 2013 in view of the fact that a significant number of teachers in the further ed...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons teaching in PLC schools; the number that are in full time permanent posts and the number that are employed on part time fixed term contract posts; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: in view of the fact that many of the 200 posts to be lost in PLC schools next year are specialist posts, the impact that this will have on cuts to specialist courses and the specialist courses that...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the number of posts that will be lost in each of the colleges of further education next year following cuts to PLC schools in Budget 2013; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: his views on the claims (details supplied) of the CEO of Cork City and County Vocational Education Committee that changes announced in Budget 2013 to the pupil teacher ratio will mean a reduction o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 218, 239 to 242, inclusive, and 262 together.

  The pupil-teacher ratio for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses - which are mainly geared at school l...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Was asked: in view of the delay in the administration of student grants in 2012, if he will consider reverting to the old system whereby the grants were administered through the local authority; and if he wil...More Button

The old system of student grant administration involved 66 awarding authorities - 33 local authorities and 33 VECs. This arrangement was widely acknowledged as not being an effective means of admin...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide additional resources to address the crisis in processing applications in the student online grant awarding authority City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee and Student Uni...More Button

SUSI is staffed to the level that has been requested and the resources have been put in place to enable them to process applications to completion, subject to all the necessary documentation having...More Button

European Council Meetings

Was asked: the formations of the EU Councils of Ministers on which he sits; the number of meetings of that Council held from 9 March 2011 to date in 2012; the number of those meetings he attended; the number ...More Button

The Minister for Education & Skills sits on the EYCS (Education, Youth, Culture & Sport) Council of the European Union. From March 9th, 2011 to date, there have been 5 meetings of the Council. Th...More Button

Date: 20 May 2011 Ministerial attendance: Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD Official attendance: Ms. Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU Mr...More Button

Date: 28 November 2011 Ministerial attendance: Minister of State for Education, with responsibility for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD Official attendance: Mr. Tom Hanney, Deputy Permanen...More Button

Date: 10 February 2012 Ministerial attendance: Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD Official attendance: Mr. Tom Hanney, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU Mr. Séam...More Button

Date: 11 May 2012 Ministerial attendance: Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD Official attendance: Mr. Tom Hanney, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU Mr. Séamus Mc...More Button

Date: 26 November 2012 Ministerial attendance: Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD. Official attendance: Mr. Tom Hanney, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU Mr. Ron...More Button

  Question No. 221 answered with Question No. 210.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: when construction will commence on a project (details supplied) in County Laois; 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.

  The Design Team is currently working on the Stage 2(...More Button

Was asked: when construction will commence on a project (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Contractor has been appointed and that construction on the project commenced earlier this month. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a school building project (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; the timeframe involved should the school or his Department have to go to tender again; and if he will make a ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that some essential works were recently carried out at the school to which he refers. The remaining works are due to be re-tendered by the school and their Design Team. It...More Button

Public Procurement Contracts Expenditure

Was asked: if he has considered the impact of the loss of employment that will arise in various areas as a result of all primary and secondary schools having to obtain their hygiene supplies from certain supp...More Button

The Government's Public Service Reform Plan recognises the key strategic importance of public procurement and provides for the development of a new policy framework for procurement. The Departmen...More Button

The NPS is supporting Small and Medium Business Enterprises (SMEs) through its education and guidance strategies and many Irish SMEs have been successful in winning NPS frameworks in areas such...More Button

While I appreciate the Deputy's concerns, given the budgetary pressures under which we all now operate, savings on the procurement of goods and services across the public sector can go some way...More Button

Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta

Tá sé de rún agam Ceisteanna Uimh. 226 and 227 a fhreagairt le chéile. Bheinn ag súil le COGG a bheith ag cur a chuid feidhmeanna reachtúla i gcrích i gcónaí de réir mar a bhaineann leis an nGaeil...More Button

Departmental Budgets

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the €25 million in cash reserves in the third level institutions which he identified as part of his savings of €90 million in his Departments budget for 2013; if h...More Button

A Comptroller and Auditor General special report on a variety of matters arising from recent audits of financial statements of higher education institutions was published earlier this year. The re...More Button

This matter has been discussed in detail by my Department with the Higher Education Authority (HEA). I am seeking more prudent management of existing cash balances by the Higher Education Instit...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the €13 million in cash reserves in the vocational education committee sector which he identified as part of his savings of €90 million in his Departments budget f...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my decision to reduce the VEC allocation for 2013 took account of the capacity of VECs to utilise cash balances on a once off basis. The balance in each VEC will be taken ...More Button

Capitation Grants

Was asked: if he will provide information on the availability of emergency funds for primary schools who are under severe financial pressure at present and cannot maintain basic day to day costs; if there is ...More Button

The running costs of primary schools are discharged by making funds available through my Department's capitation grant scheme. Given the scale of our economic crisis, I have no scope to introduce ...More Button

School Accommodation

Was asked: if he will provide an update on an application for additional accommodation by a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to confirm that my Department has approved funding to the school referred to by the Deputy to provide a new mainstream classroom. The school has since applied for additional funding towards...More Button

Schools Building Projects Expenditure

Was asked: if he has ensured that all schools being constructed under public private partnership proposals will have inbuilt wifi and CCTV as part of their development.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that all schools being constructed under my Department's Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme are provided with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infr...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Reform

Was asked: his plans to introduce a capital assets test for means testing eligibility for third level student maintenance grants; the budget savings, if any, he has factored into his 2013 budget figures from ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that, following agreement in principle by the Government to broaden the current means testing arrangements for student grants by way of inclusion of the value of capital as...More Button

I have received a draft report from the implementation group. This is currently under consideration and I will be consulting further with my cabinet colleagues in the coming weeks. The budgetar...More Button

Teacher Training Provision

Was asked: if attendance on gaeltacht placement is a required element of programmes of initial primary teacher education and a requirement for registration; the cost of such placements and the financial assis...More Button

Was asked: in view of the cost of Gaeltacht placements particularly to students in receipt of higher education grants, if he intends to provide grant aid to attend these courses; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: the proposals in the 20 year Strategy for the Irish Language in relation to Gaeltacht placements for primary school teacher education students; the steps he has taken to ensure the implementation o...More Button

Was asked: if any level of subsidy will be provided for students in first year in 2012-2013 towards the cost of their two week teacher training courses over the Easter term break; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the level of subsidy that was provided to each student undertaking primary teacher training courses in 2011-2012 towards their mandatory two week Irish training courses in a Gaeltacht college; and ...More Button

Was asked: if he has decided to discontinue subsidising two week Irish training courses in the Gaeltacht, which are mandatory for first year students who are studying to become primary education teachers; and...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, and 243 to 245, inclusive, together.

  Attendance on the Gaeltacht placement is a required element of programmes of initia...More Button

  Questions Nos. 239 to 242, inclusive answered with Question No. 218.More Button

  Questions Nos. 243 to 245, inclusive answered with Question No. 236.More Button

Was asked: if a decision has been made to retain the bachelor of education degree programme at a college (details supplied) in County Sligo and if so, when this was decision taken. More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the HEA has been requested to consult with the relevant parties and to prepare a detailed plan on how to implement the recommendations made by an international panel of ...More Button

Irish Language Issues

Was asked: if in view of its being moved into the aegis of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta will continue to be facilitated in con...More Button

I would see An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta continuing to carry out its statutory functions as they relate to Irish, through Irish.More Button

School Staffing

Was asked: his views on whether the current system of subbing lists in use in primary schools, in particular insofar as the way in which substitute teachers are selected for positions in schools and offered c...More Button

The recruitment and appointment of teachers to fill teaching posts is a matter for the individual school authority, subject to procedures agreed under Section 24(3) of the Education Act 1998 (as am...More Button

From 1 December 2011 all advertising of teaching and special needs assistant positions at primary level must be through one of the four listed websites, which include sites run by the Irish Prima...More Button

I issued Circular 31/2011 in May of last year which requires that, from September 2011, schools at primary and post-primary level maintain a list of appropriately qualified registered teachers wh...More Button

Job-seeking teachers at primary level may also register with the IPPN's www.educationposts.ie website for both permanent and temporary roles and with SubSearch, a facility which is run by the INTO.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to retired teachers doing substitution work, in particular the supervision of trainee teachers in schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The staffing arrangements for the supervision of students undertaking their School Placement is a matter for the initial teacher education providers. I understand that supervision of students on S...More Button

School Transport Provision

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not been facilitated with school transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Funding

Was asked: if he will make representations to ensure that schools will not have to pay the same fixed energy costs as small and medium business; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy may be aware that in October 2012, Minister Rabbitte and I jointly launched the new 'Energy in Education' initiative to help schools manage energy costs and potentially save €6m over the...More Button

Developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), in collaboration with my Department, the web-based initiative provides a vital service to help schools make energy savings requiri...More Button

The programme, available to all schools who sign up to workshops and online supports via the website www.energyineducation.ie, takes participants through a five step process to implement energy m...More Button

The Deputy may also be aware that the National Procurement Service (NPS) has put in place a large number of framework agreements for use by Departments and public bodies when procuring a range of...More Button

It would not be appropriate for me to intervene in the setting of tariffs for the supply of energy.More Button

Schools Numbers

Was asked: the total number of post primary schools throughout the country and fully operational in the current academic year; the number, if any, in the DEIS category; the extent to which the remainder are f...More Button

The information request by the Deputy is as follows:

  Total number of post-primary schools in 2012/13 - 722. Total number of DEIS post-primary schools - 195. Total number of f...More Button

Student Support Schemes Issues

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the way the student assistant fund was distributed across higher education institutions, in tabular form, for the most recent academic year for which figures are a...More Button

The attached table provides a breakdown of the distribution of the allocation of funding under the Student Assistance Fund for the 2011/12 academic year. This data has been supplied to my Departme...More Button

Student Assistance Fund Issues

Was asked: if safeguards will be put in place to maintain the student assistant fund after 2013 when the funding from the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme ceases; ...More Button

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 t...More Button

No decisions have yet been taken on the amount that will be allocated to Ireland or the programmes to be funded in the next round of EU Structural Funds for the period 2014-2020. I have no plans ...More Button

Public Private Partnerships Data

Was asked: the extent to which schools built under the public private partnership system are fully equipped to meet the needs of their student intake; for example, is it determined that science labs, language...More Button

I would like to assure the Deputy that schools constructed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme are fully furnished and equipped in compliance with my Department's specifications. ...More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 152 of 8 November 2012 if teachers employed in substitute positions and in possession of a Masters Degree prior to 4 December 2011 are entitled to the qualific...More Button

A person employed as a substitute teacher in the public sector on or before 4 December 2011 may be entitled to a qualification allowance for a masters degree awarded on or before 4 December 2011. ...More Button

Further information is expected to be issued from my Department shortly. Once published, it may be accessed on www.education.ie.More Button

  Question No. 262 answered with Question No. 218.More Button

Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta

I propose to take Questions Nos. 264 and 265 together.More Button

Táim ag déanamh mo dhícheall chun a chinntiú go mairfidh COGG. Rinne mé an cinneadh COGG a chomhtháthú isteach sa CNCM, ní hamháin i gcomhthéacs na Straitéise 20 Bliana ach i gcomhthéacs Acht na...More Button

Vocational Education Committees Amalgamation

Was asked: the timeline and stages of plans to amalgamate Cavan and Monaghan vocational education committees; if he will confirm that the incoming newly amalgamated board is to have only two staff representat...More Button

In June of 2011, I announced that the existing 33 VECs would be amalgamated into 16 new Education and Training Boards (ETBs). In October 2011, I announced the locations of headquarters and sub-off...More Button

Following enactment of the Bill, it is my intention to move as quickly as possible to establish all of the Education and Training Boards, including the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training B...More Button

The Bill provides for an 18 person board composed of 10 local authority representatives, 2 staff representatives, 2 parents' representatives and 4 others to be co-opted by that "core" board from ...More Button

In arriving at the proposed 18 member Board, with 10 local authority members, two parental representatives, two staff representatives and four representatives from bodies to be nominated by the M...More Button

The board composition envisaged under the new legislation will not come into effect until after the local elections, scheduled for June 2014. In the interim, all existing members of the VECs will...More Button