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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 367-378
 Header Item School Transport Eligibility
 Header Item Education and Training Boards Places
 Header Item Schools Recognition
 Header Item Minor Works Scheme Eligibility
 Header Item Departmental Funding
 Header Item Broadband Service Provision
 Header Item School Transport Applications
 Header Item Education and Training Boards
 Header Item Schools Building Projects Status

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 861 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 367-378

School Transport Eligibility

 367. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan where families had previously relied on the medical card for school transportation purposes for children; if these families will be in a position to avail of the free service if a parent has been granted a medical card but a child has not; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47145/14]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Damien English): Information on Damien English Zoom on Damien English The purpose of my Department's Primary and Post Primary School Transport Schemes is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school or education centre.

The annual charge for children availing of school transport services is €100 and €350 for primary and post primary children respectively; the charge is subject to an annual family maximum of €650. Charges may be paid in two instalments in July and December.

Only children who are eligible for school transport and who hold valid medical cards (GMS Scheme) are exempt from paying the annual charge; charges are not waived in cases where a parent only holds a medical card.

Education and Training Boards Places

 368. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan if and when a place on the Naas technology project FÁS course level 5 will be offered in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47249/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan This is an operational matter for the Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board and I have asked them to contact the Deputy directly to clarify the position.

Schools Recognition

 369. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the names of primary schools in each county with temporary recognition; the year in which temporary recognition was granted to those schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46735/14]

 372. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the steps her Department requires a school to undertake to achieve permanent recognition; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46738/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan I propose to take Questions Nos. 369 and 372 together.

For the Deputy's convenience, I have enclosed a table outlining the primary schools with temporary recognition and the year in which they were established.

  Newly established schools are generally required to undergo a period of provisional recognition, during which the operation of the school and the growth in pupil numbers are monitored. Among the factors considered in determining if permanent recognition is to be awarded are the long-term viability of the school, current and projected enrolments and that the school is operating in accordance with the Rules for National Schools and complies with relevant legislation including the Education Act.

  Primary Schools with Provisional Recognition

CountySchool NameDate Established
Dublin CityJohn Scottus NS, Northumberland Road, Dublin 41999
DonegalGaelscoil Cois Feabhaill, Moville2001
DonegalGaelscoil an Eirne, Ballyshannon2002
CorkGaelscoil an Mhuscrai, Blarney2003
LimerickLimerick City East ETNS, Rosbrien2003
LaoisGaelscoil an tSli Dara, Borris-in-Ossory2005
LimerickChildren’s Ark NS, Midwest Regional Hospital, Limerick City2006
WicklowBlessington ETNS, Blessington2006
Dublin 5St Michael’s Special School, Kilbarrack2007
GalwayGS na bhFilí, Gort2007
LouthSt Francis NS, Dundalk2007
LeitrimGael Scoil Chluainín, Manorhamilton2007
ClareRaheen Woods, Tuamgraney 2008
ClareMol an Oige, Ennistymon2008
CorkScoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown2008
KildareMaynooth ETNS, Maynooth2008
CarlowSaplings Carlow Town2010
CorkCork CABAS (Scoil Aislinn), Boreenmanna Road Cork City2010
Dublin 24ABACAS Kilnamanagh, 2010
Dublin 14Saplings Rathfarnham2010
Dublin 5ABACAS Kilbarrack2010
Co. DublinRed Door, Monkstown2010
Dublin FingalScoil Chormaic, Castlelands, Balbriggan2010
GalwayMerlin Woods NS, Doughiska, 2010
GalwayAbalta Special School, Bishop O’DonnellRoad, Galway City2010
KildareSaplings, Kill2010
KilkennySaplings, Goresbridge2010
KilkennyJonah Project, Kilkenny Town2010
LouthABACAS Drogheda, Drogheda2010
LaoisPortlaoise ETNS, Portlaoise2010
MeathStepping Stones, Kilcloon2010
Dublin FingalPowerstown ETNS, Mulhuddart2011
Dublin FingalBlanchardstown West ETNS, Blanchardstown2011
MeathGaelscoil na Mí, Ashbourne2011
Dublin 14Ballinteer ETNS, Ballinteer2012
DublinCity West ETNS, City West2012
DublinCity West Community NS, City west2012
DublinStepaside ETNS, Stepaside2012
Dublin FingalGaelscoil an Chuilleann, Mulhuddart2012
KildareKildare Town ETNS, Kildare Town2012
MeathAshbourne ETNS, Ashbourne2012
CorkDouglas/Rochestown ETNS, Douglas, Cork2013
Dublin 24Firhouse ETNS, Firhouse2013
Dublin 8Portobello ETNS, James’s Street2013
Dublin 24Gaelscoil Teach Guise, Tallaght2013
Dublin 18Gaelscoil Sliabh Rua, Kiltiernan2013
Co. DublinScoil Oscar, Lucan2013
KildareGaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Kildare Town 2013
CorkMallow Community NS, Mallow2014
Dublin FingalMalahide/Portmarnock ETNS, Swords2014
Dublin 4Shellybanks ETNS, Ballsbridge2014
Dublin 24Scoil Aoife Community NS, Tallaght2014
GalwayKnocknacarra ETNS, Knocknacarra2014
MeathTrim ETNS, Trim2014
WaterfordTramore ETNS, Tramore2014

Minor Works Scheme Eligibility

 370. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the reason payment of the minor repairs grant is confined to schools with permanent recognition; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46736/14]

 371. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the reason schools with temporary recognition will not be paid the minor repairs grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46737/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan I propose to take Questions Nos. 370 and 371 together.

Under Circular 0062/2013 the Minor Works Grant is issued to schools with permanent recognition. This is a continuation of the position which existed in earlier Minor Works Grant circulars.

  Since 2008 schools opening for the first time are given a once-off capital allocation of €5,000 in addition to the start-up grant. Newly established schools are generally required to undergo a period of provisional recognition, during which the operation of the school and the growth in pupil numbers are monitored. Among the factors considered in determining if permanent recognition is to be awarded are the long-term viability of the school, current and projected enrolments and that the school is operating in accordance with the Rules for National Schools and complies with relevant legislation including the Education Act.

  It is a matter for schools with provisional recognition to apply to the Department seeking permanent recognition. Any school which attains permanent recognition during the course of the school year 2014/2015 will be issued with the 2014/2015 Minor Works Grant.

  Question No. 372 answered with Question No. 369.

Departmental Funding

 373. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the financial contribution her Department makes to running the Irish Primary Principals Network; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46744/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan The Irish Primary Principal's Network (IPPN) is a professional body which provides support and services to school Principals in their role as school leaders and engages with the Department on issues relevant to this area. As a body, it provides Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to Principals and this programme is supported by the Department. The Department also facilitates the secondment of a teacher from a school to act as director of the IPPN.

The funding provided by my Department in this regard was approximately €179,000 in 2013.

Broadband Service Provision

 374. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the reason students attending courses run by Solas and the education and training board do not have access to the enhanced broadband deals through campus which are available to most other third level organisations; and her plans to deal with the matter. [46746/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan Special offers from private service providers for students undertaking Further Education and Training courses - which are provided by Education and Training Boards and others, and funded by SOLAS - are a policy/marketing matter for the companies in question. SOLAS and Education and Training Boards Ireland would welcome special deals for FET learners from private service providers.

School Transport Applications

 375. Deputy Brian Stanley Information on Brian Stanley Zoom on Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan when the special transport grant will be approved in respect of a person (detail supplied) in County Laois to enable them to attend the closest school to them that accepts them. [46752/14]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Damien English): Information on Damien English Zoom on Damien English I am pleased to advise the Deputy that my Department has sanctioned a Special Transport Grant for the family in question for the 2014/15 school year.

Education and Training Boards

 376. Deputy Paul Murphy Information on  Zoom on  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the policies and procedures for staff of the County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board on bullying and harassment in work; the way these policies are reviewed; and the procedures her Department has in place for any reviews of the policies. [46783/14]

 377. Deputy Paul Murphy Information on  Zoom on  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan if she will provide the number of members of staff in the County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board who have made complaints of bullying and-or harassment against other members of staff and the number of these complainees who have been transferred to another section of the CDDETB following their complaint. [46784/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan I propose to take Questions Nos. 376 and 377 together.

The ETBI/Unions' Consultative Forum provides a forum through which the discussion and drafting of agreed policies and procedures applicable to the sector is facilitated. The Forum comprises at least one nominee from all the relevant stakeholders - management and unions. The ETBI/Unions' Consultative Forum is the architect of the nationally agreed policies and procedures currently in place in the sector. The Forum reviews the policies and procedures as required and is the channel through which issues of interpretation and clarification are addressed. Each Education and Training Board is responsible for implementing these policies to counter bullying and harassment in the workplace.

The current "Bullying Prevention Policy – Complaints Procedure for ETB Staff" was agreed by the ETBUI/Unions' Consultative Forum. The policy has been implemented in the sector since 1 September 2013. It replaced a Code of Practices for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment, issued in September 2006.

A copy of the policy and accompanying guidance notes are available to download from the website of Education and Training Boards Ireland www.etbi.ie.

Education and Training Board are not required to report incidents of bullying and harassment to my Department. Therefore, the information requested by the Deputy in respect of the number of members of staff in the County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board that have made complaints of bullying and/or harassment against other members of staff and the number of these complainees that have been transferred to another section of the DDLETB following their complaint is not available in my Department.

Schools Building Projects Status

 378. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan the status of the new building project for a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow; if the site has been purchased; if planning permission has been applied for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46789/14]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O'Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan The school to which the Deputy refers is to be delivered as part of the Schools Bundle 5 PPP project. This bundle comprises one primary school, four post primary schools and one Institute of Further Education.

  The site acquisition process for the school in question is underway, however, due to commercial sensitivities associated with property acquisitions generally, I am unable to provide further information at this time. The planning documentation is almost complete and this will be lodged as soon as my Department is in a position to do so.

  The school is currently on schedule for delivery by the end of 2016.


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