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Thursday, 14 January 2021

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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

Given the events that took place in the Chamber yesterday, today might be a good day to highlight promises in previous State apologies that are as yet unfulfilled. I refer in particular to the apo...More Button

Covid-19 (Education): Statements (Continued)

The fact that I was not called for my allocated slot gives me an opportunity to challenge some of the revisionism and scapegoating that I have heard in the past 11 minutes. I hope to take the oppo...More Button

In the week from 20 to 26 December, 412 cases of Covid-19 were detected among children or students between the ages of 13 and 18 years. In the week from 3 to 9 January, the week just past, 2,827...More Button

The Minister reiterated on many occasions in her media engagements and in the letter she sent to schools yesterday to be sent out to parents that schools were safe. Given the current situation, ...More Button

I have the point. If I can finish, the Minister can come back in.More Button

Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire. I appreciate the engagement. The letter referred to by the Minister from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, from 5 January states, "While the experience f...More Button

The Minister also will be aware that international evidence has changed. I raised this with the Minister in our meeting last Monday. Advice from the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies...More Button

I will ask the Minister again. The new variant and the current epidemiological situation represent a greater danger than that existing up until the point when we had this evidence. What evidenc...More Button

I want to talk once again about the engagements with some of the stakeholders last week. It is welcome that today we have an announcement that schools for special educational needs students will...More Button

Last week, the Minister's intention was to reopen schools for 61,000 leaving certificate students between the ages of 17 and 19 years and for students with special educational needs. I will refe...More Button

We have already reached the point where, having had engagement with the unions and the other stakeholders this week, we have come to a satisfactory conclusion, but that was not what happened last...More Button

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (Continued)

I thank the Minister and welcome the opportunity to interact with him today. I have said several times that although the leaving certificate examination is important and that all of those facing S...More Button

I am very conscious that at this point that there would be a drop off in all university settings of students in first year who leave education for a variety of reasons. Can the Department captur...More Button

A matter I will discuss further with the Minister is the potential of a no-detriment policy. I am very conscious of students in receipt of SUSI grants who, like everybody else, have four years o...More Button

Any clarity and assurance the Minister can give to students would make a big difference. They need more information on what the next academic year will look like so that students and parents kno...More Button

While acknowledging the autonomy of higher education institutions, some uniformity, consistency and consensus across the sector with regard to services, exam policies and what is deemed essential...More Button

I am also very conscious of the very welcome €250 the Minister has given to students for their educational needs this year. One particular cohort will not benefit from that, namely, foundation c...More Button

I greatly welcome the announcement of the eduroam network, but this process needs to be accelerated to address digital divides. For example, students in study spaces at home or those in rural ar...More Button

We have spoken previously about the digital divide. I would have raised it earlier with the Minister for Education if the opportunity had presented. The work being done across the university sect...More Button

I welcome the review of the SUSI payment and I hope it will be swift and will account for inflation. I urge the Minister to look, in particular, at the issue of the binary labelling of students ...More Button

I have raised a lot of points and would be grateful for whatever answers he can give.More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: if a deadline will be committed to by which a decision and communication will be made regarding the method by which the leaving certificate examinations will take place in 2021.More Button

Personal Public Service Numbers

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when a person (details supplied) will receive a PPS number.More Button

Labour Activation Programmes

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if the review of the gateway scheme has been completed and published; and if the link to the publication will be provided.More Button