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Wolfe, George, O'Brien, Joe, Byrne, Malcolm, Ward, Mark, O'Sullivan, Pádraig

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Covid-19 (Education): Statements (Continued)

I would like to acknowledge the work the Minister and Minister of State have done over the past few weeks to ensure that children with special educational and complex needs can return to school sho...More Button

I welcome that the Minister and Minister of State have engaged extensively with all stakeholders, having recently met Inclusion Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland and AsIAm abo...More Button

On special education, I ask the Minister to elaborate or comment on what additional support measures are being examined in the interim to facilitate a safe return for the students. I would also ...More Button

The announcement regarding a return for primary school pupils is to be welcomed but what is the arrangement for second level students? Are similar talks progressing with all stakeholders at second...More Button

Second, I want to refer to the leaving certificate examination. As teachers, the Minister and I know the importance of the examination and how it ideally should proceed. Questions surrounding t...More Button

My third question relates to repeat students. If we find ourselves in a predicament where predictive grading is deemed the optimum model, we will need to be able to facilitate students who may h...More Button

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

I welcome the Minister and the Minister of State to the House. I will first address some topics for discussion to the Minister. Many third level students have not received an authentic college ex...More Button

That said, will the Minister comment on the well-being of our third level student population? The demand for additional mental health supports is well-documented in newspaper articles or studies u...More Button

The Minister mentioned earlier that the 50808 helpline, a HSE 24-7 service, is available for people suffering with mental health difficulties. Are other additional resources allocated to third l...More Button

My second question leads on from the first. I suppose the Minister might say I am being a little optimistic but I will ask all the same. It relates to return to on-campus activities in a staged...More Button

My third question relates to dropouts numbers from college courses. Does the Minister have any details about whether this might suggest that the impact of Covid-19 or being off campus has led to...More Button

My fourth question is for the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. Earlier he referred to apprenticeships and upskilling, especially as we try to recover after Covid-19 in terms of strengthen...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: when a house (details supplied) will be connected to fibre broadband given the infrastructure is there and that it is the only house not connected; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if patients with cystic fibrosis will receive the Covid-19 vaccines; if they will be a prioritised group bearing in mind their vulnerability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button