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Woods, Michael

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 Nbr. 4


Written Answers. - Child Abuse.

Was asked: if a North-South child protection working group has been established to consider the issue of child abuse; if so, the terms of reference of the group; the work being undertaken by the group; and th...More Button

A working group to consider the issue of child protection has been established under the auspices of the North-South Ministerial Council, education sector.More Button

The terms of reference of the group are: to develop proposals, in consultation, as necessary, with other British and Irish Government Depart ments and to establish a confidential mechanism across b...More Button

The following members have been appointed and are serving on the group:More Button

It is expected that the group will provide me with detailed proposals early this year.More Button

Written Answers. - All-Irish Schooling.

Was asked: if an application has been made to his Department by a school (details supplied) in County Offaly for funding to run an all-Irish section within the school; when this project will be considered; an...More Button

An application to establish an all-Irish unit with effect from September 2002, at the school referred to by the Deputy, has recently been received from County Offaly VEC. This application is under ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the situation regarding an application for funding by Arklow Community College, Arklow for works to the college; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for post primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation ...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of investment in the post primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and mino...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is to receive additional accommodation as part of the Government's programme and is currently at stage two in architectural planning. This submission is being...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals for new primary schools for No. 1 School, Blessington and St. Mary's School, Blessington; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in pri...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor build...More Button

The building project at St. Mary's School is being dealt with as part of the Government's programme. The project will continue to architectural planning, as soon as possible, under the expanded bui...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted for a new primary school at Lacken, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The property management section of the Office of Public Works has been asked to report on the possibility of acquiring a site for Lacken national school. When this report has been received and cons...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted by Grangecon National School, County Wicklow for building remedial works; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in pri...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor build...More Button

The building project at Grangecon national school, is being dealt with as part of the Government's programme. The project will continue to architectural planning, as soon as possible, under the exp...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted for a new primary school at Stratford on Slaney, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in pri...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor build...More Button

The building project at Stratford on Slaney, is being dealt with as part of the Government's programme. The project will continue to architectural planning, as soon as possible, under the expanded ...More Button

Was asked: the status of the building project at Clara national school, County Kilkenny; if funding will now be allocated to the project; and a date set for commencement of the work involved; and if he will m...More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in prim...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building p...More Button

Clara national school, County Kilkenny is being extended and refurbished as part of the Government's programme and is currently in architectural planning. The project will continue to the preparati...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Castledermot national school and the proposed purchase of a site for the new development.More Button

The property management section of the Office of Public Works is acting on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions generally and is currently exploring the possibility of acquiring...More Button

Was asked: the way in which his answer to Parliamentary Question No. 1292 of 30 January 2002 explains the instruction to the management of Tullow community school to cease dealing with the selection of a desi...More Button

The allocation for post primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation i...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of investment in the post primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor bui...More Button

I would like to clarify the position for the Deputy. The board of management of Tullow community school did not receive any instructions regarding the appointment of a design team. As community sch...More Button

Question No. 228 answered with Question No. 225.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for funding by a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in prim...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building p...More Button

The building project at the school referred to by the Deputy is being dealt with as part of the Government's programme. The project will continue to architectural planning, as soon as possible, und...More Button

Was asked: when permission will be given to a primary school (details supplied) in County Mayo to proceed to Stage III of the building of an extension.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in pri...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building p...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy is being refurbished as part of the Government's programme as is currently in architectural planning. It will continue to the preparation of tender documents an...More Button

Was asked: when work will commence on a building project at a school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in pri...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building p...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy is being extended and refurbished as part of the Government's programme and is currently in architectural planning. It will continue to the preparation of tende...More Button

Question No. 234 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an extension for a school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in prim...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building p...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy is being refurbished as part of the Government's programme and is currently in architectural planning. It will continue to the preparation of tender documents a...More Button

Was asked: if he has granted approval to the Loretto secondary school, Bray, County Wicklow to seek tenders for the construction of a physical education hall; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will give approval to Loreto secondary school, Bray, County Wicklow to seek tenders for the construction of a physical education hall; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 and 240 together.More Button

The allocation for post primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation i...More Button

Due to the greatly increased level of investment in the post primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor bui...More Button

The school to which the deputies refer is to receive a physical education hall as part of the Government's programme and is currently at stage five in architectural planning. The question of inviti...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted by St. Kevin's College, Dunlavin, County Wicklow for additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for post primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation ...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of investment in the post primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and mino...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is to receive additional accommodation as part of the Government's programme and is currently at stage 3 in architectural planning. This submission is being ex...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted by St. Mary's College, Blessington County Wicklow for additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The application referred to by the Deputy is being examined in the planning and building unit of my Department. As part of this process, all relevant factors, including enrolment and demographic tr...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted for additional accommodation at Templeraney primary school, Arklow, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in pri...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor build...More Button

A building project at Templerainey National School is currently in architectural planning as part of the Government's programme. The project will continue to the preparation of tender documents and...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted for additional accommodation at St. Bridget's secondary school, Carnew; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for post primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommo dation situation...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of investment in the post primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and mino...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is to receive additional accommodation as part of the Government's programme and is currently at stage four/five in architectural planning. This submission is ...More Button

Was asked: the situation regarding proposals submitted for additional accommodation at St. Thomas' secondary school, Bray, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation for post primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates this Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation ...More Button

Because of the greatly increased level of investment in the post primary buildings area since this Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and mino...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is to receive additional accommodation as part of the Government's programme. The senior inspector of my Department is currently preparing the schedule of over...More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Was asked: if, under current Department of Education guidelines, all children who are autistic or who have severe and profound difficulties are now centralised in specialist classrooms in special schools arou...More Button

Students with special needs up to the age of 18 years have a constitutional entitlement to special education services to enable them to reach their potential.More Button

Students who have been assessed as having the disabilities referred to by the Deputy have access to a variety of special support services. The services range from special schools dedicated to parti...More Button

A classroom teacher and two special needs assistants are allocated for each group of up to six pupils with autism or severe/profound general learning disability. Additional special needs assistant ...More Button

The organisation of this support within the school setting is a matter for the management of the school, having considered the needs of each individual pupil. The advice of my Department's inspecto...More Button

Special needs assistants are provided specifically to assist in the care of pupils with disabilities. The allocation of special needs assistant posts is based on the assessed level of need of each ...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if he will reconsider his refusal to award a grant to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department funds three means-tested maintenance grant schemes for third level education students in respect of attendance on approved courses in approved third level insti tutions: the higher ed...More Button

The statutory framework for the higher education grants schemes is set out in the Local Authorities (Higher Education Grants) Acts, 1968 to 1992. It is the local authorities which, on behalf of my ...More Button

It is the relevant local authority or VEC to which application for a grant must be made. Decisions on applications are taken by these bodies based on the terms of the schemes which issue from my De...More Button

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by the relevant local authority or VEC, and remains of the view that the body has not interpreted the schemes correctly in h...More Button

Apart from the maintenance grants schemes and the free fees initiative, under which my Department meets the cost of tuition fees for eligible undergraduate students in approved institutions, financ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the means test which has a threshold of approximately ?25,000 for third level students does not take into account mortgage repayments; and if he wil...More Button

Under the terms of the student support schemes, a candidate's reckonable income for the purposes of the means test is his-her gross income from all sources and the gross income of his-her parents o...More Button

The terms of the student support schemes, which are uniformly applied, do not allow for personal expenses such as mortgage or loan repayments to be taken into account when assessing income.More Button

Written Answers. - Land Transfers.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the delay in the transferring of post-primary land in Kenmare from the Department of Education and Science to Kerry County Council for social housing; and if he w...More Button

Officials in the building unit of my Department are currently examining documentation forwarded from the Chief State Solicitors Office in connection with the transfer of the land in question. It is...More Button

Written Answers. - Health and Safety Measures.

Was asked: if protection is available for teachers in second level schools under the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2001 against possible intimidation and harassment in both publicly owned and privatel...More Button

It is a matter for each school authority, as employer, to ensure the health and safety of its employees in accordance with its statutory obligations. I understand that the representative body of ma...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 451 of 9 October 2001 and Department correspondence of 21 November 2001, he will re-examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow.More Button

My Department is currently re-examining the position regarding transport for the pupil concerned. The Deputy will be advised of the position as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Riachtanais Scoile.

Tá na roghanna éagsúla cóiríochta á mheas sa Roinn faoi láthair. San áireamh anseo tá ceist foirgneamh nua a thógáil, n&...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if a full-time learning support teacher will be provided for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the appointment of a full-time learning support teacher to a school (detail supplied) in Dublin 12.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 228 together.More Button

The school in question currently has the services of a learning support teacher post which it shares with one other school. I can assure the Deputies that the needs of the school in question will b...More Button

Was asked: if an extra teacher will be provided at a school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The board of management of a primary school may apply to the primary branch of my Department for an additional teaching post if there are 14 or more non-national pupils with a significant English l...More Button

If there are less than 14 non-national pupils enrolled in a primary school the board may apply to the primary administration section of my Department for funding to provide additional teaching ass...More Button

In the case of second level schools, the school authorities may apply for an additional allocation of teaching hours to meet the needs of non-national pupils with significant English language defic...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the help which is available for an eight year old with special needs, who has recently moved here; the help available from his Department and other agencies.More Button

Details of the range of supports provided by my Department to assist special needs pupils in primary schools were outlined to the Deputy in a Parliamentary Question on Tuesday, 5 February 2002.More Button

Should the Deputy wish to provide my Department with details of the special needs of the child in question, my officials will be happy to outline the services available to the child from my Departm...More Button

Was asked: if he will sanction a request for additional tuition for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

My Department allocates resource posts, special needs assistant posts and concessionary teaching hours to second level schools and vocational education committees to cater for the needs of special ...More Button

An application for additional resources to cater for the needs of the pupil referred to by the Deputy was received from the school authorities. The psychological service has reported that the pupil...More Button

Question No. 240 answered with Question No. 237.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he will abolish the requirement for a 10% local contribution towards the building or refurbishment work in primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the new funding arrangements for building projects introduced in January, 1999, the amount of the local contribution for school extensions was reduced from 15% to 10% and, in addition, the co...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if his Department operates term time; the number of persons who applied for this in 2000, 2001 and 2002; the number of per sons who were accepted and availed themselves of the scheme; if persons we...More Button

My Department operates the scheme for term time working. The number of staff who availed of this scheme in the past two years and the number of applicants for the current year is as follows:More Button