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Woods, Michael

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 Nbr. 3


Written Answers. - Industrial Relations.

Was asked: the reason no investigation was initiated into complaints by a construction trade union of serious breaches of the laws concerning workers' entitlements and Revenue matters on the major constructio...More Button

All State bodies in receipt of Exchequer funding for capital purposes must comply with Government and European Union procurement procedures, as appropriate.More Button

Industrial relations issues are a matter for resolution between contractors and relevant trade unions.More Button

Written Answers. - Construction Contract Inquiry.

Was asked: if he will institute an inquiry into the widespread use of black economy practices in a major construction contract at Dublin City University.More Button

All third level institutions in receipt of state funding for capital purposes must comply with Government and European Union procurement procedures, as appropriate. The Higher Education Authority h...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in progressing the new building for Scoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc Meánscoil Cheatharlach where 400 pupils are in prefab classrooms.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 accommodation in primary schools. ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a new school by Cahergal national school, Tuam, County Galway; 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 accommodation in primary schools. T...More Button

A proposed building project for Cahergal national school, Tuam, County Galway will proceed to architectural planning and to the preparation of tender documents, as soon as possible, under the expan...More Button

Was asked: when he intends to approve the commencement of construction for the new school at Annacarty, County Tipperary.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

A project to provide a new school building in Annacarty is included as part of the Government's programme and is currently in architectural planning. The project will continue to the preparation of...More Button

Was asked: when the proposed building project for Scoil Chlochar Choca Naofa, Kilcock, County Kildare will proceed to architectural planning; the time scale for the various procedures; if this takes cognisanc...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

Was asked: the reason work on the extension to Schull Community College has not commenced; if there will be a continuing delay; the length of the delay; the reason for such delays; and when the project will g...More Button

My Department has approved in principle the provision of an extension and refur bishment at Schull Community College, Schull, County Cork. The architectural planning of this project is currently at...More Button

Was asked: the action he is taking regarding a submission (details supplied) to alleviate the major concerns expressed by the Parent's Council; 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 accommodation in primary schools. T...More Button

Was asked: the number of new primary schools which were approved in County Mayo in each of the years from 1992 to 2002; the schools constructed for each of the aforementioned years; and the primary school ext...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled at present in my Department and will be forwarded directly to him.More Button

Was asked: when formal approval to go to tender will be transmitted to a school (details supplied) in County Roscommon; the reason for the delay; 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 school referred to by the Deputy is being refurbished-extended as part of the Government's programme and a building project has completed architectural planning. Tenders will be invited, as soo...More Button

Was asked: if the necessary funding will be provided to build eight classrooms, eight offices and canteen facilities at Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The planning section of my Department is carrying out an examination of the future accommodation requirements of each of the post-primary schools in the Tralee area. As part of this examination, fa...More Button

This examination is nearing completion and a decision will be then be made on how best to meet the long-term accommodation needs of each post-primary school, including the Mercy Secondary School, M...More Button

Was asked: if he will proceed with the implementation of the McCarthy report on the future development plans for primary and second level education in Portlaoise in accordance with the McCarthy report as pres...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department is proceeding with the implementation of the recommendations provided for in the McCarthy report in respect of educational provision at both pri...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Health Matters.

Was asked: the procedures in place where it emerges that some or all children in a school are infested with head lice; if this problem has increased in recent years; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The director of community care and medical officer of health is the appropriate person to decide on matters of public health. The management authorities of primary schools were advised of this by D...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for upgrading and refurbishment of Barnaderg national school, Tuam, County Galway; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that unacceptable levels of rado...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

Barnaderg national school is being refurbished-extended as part of the Government's programme and architectural planning has been completed. Tenders will be invited, as soon as possible, under the ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the gross overcrowding at Killeeneen national school, Craughwell, County Galway; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that a development plan for t...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

A building project Killeenen national school, Craughwell, County Galway, is currently in architectural planning as part of the Government's programme. The project will continue to the preparation o...More Button

Was asked: if he has received proposals from St. Brendan's College, Woodbrook, Bray, County Wicklow, for accommodation improvements; if the request will be granted; and if he will make a statement on the matt...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 accommodation in post-primary...More Button

The building unit of my Department is in receipt of a request for additional accommodation and refurbishment from St. Brendan's College, Bray, County Wicklow, to cater for a long-term projected enr...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: when he intends to appoint an employee of the Tipperary institute to the governing body of the institute as provided for in the Articles of Association of Tipperary Rural and Business Development I...More Button

My Department is currently considering correspondence received from the Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute Limited in relation to the appointment of an employee member to the board ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: when he will confirm the appointment of two permanent teaching posts to Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh as announced to Government Deputies on 19 December 2001 but not confirmed to the school to date, des...More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that I have reviewed the staffing position of the school for the 2002-03 school year and have again sanctioned the two additional temporary teaching posts. The sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Library Facilities.

Was asked: the amount of funding which his Department has made available to the Kildare library service to ensure proper facilities for literacy, computer and audio training in all of the libraries of the cou...More Button

My Department makes a grant available to each local authority on an annual basis to enable local authority librarians select, purchase, and deliver books to the primary schools in its area. The gra...More Button

It is a matter for each local authority to provide a library service for the schools in its area. My Department has no involvement in the operation of this service. Nor does my Department have an i...More Button

However, in the implementation of Branching Out, the comprehensive review of public library policy that was published in October 1998, a working group was established in May 2000 to explore all of ...More Button

I am very conscious of the need to ensure that all schools have access to proper library facilities and resources. In this regard, in addition to the funding that my Department provides to local au...More Button

A second grant was issued to all primary and post primary schools in December 1999 as part of the national reading initiative. Under the terms of this grant, primary schools received a payment of &...More Button

Written Answers. - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Meath has not received the freedom of information reply that this person has sought on a number of occasions by letter and by telephone from his Dep...More Button

I regret the delay in responding to this application under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997. The delay arose because of the very large number of freedom of information request...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if there are proposals in place to provide a second school for profoundly deaf children possibly to be based in the Munster region to assist children who must currently travel to Cabra, Dublin 7, f...More Button

There are no proposals at present to establish a school for profoundly deaf children in the Munster area. At present, there are three special schools catering for deaf pupils, two in Cabra, Dublin ...More Button

I recently established an Advisory Committee on the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The committee will review the adequacy of the current range of educational support services available ...More Button

Was asked: the training which is available for special needs assistants; if such assistants are required to be trained; the plans his Department have to commence training of special needs assistants.More Button

Was asked: if he will direct that special needs assistants be allowed to access training centres throughout the country for training purposes or other such uses.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 and 246 together.More Button

A national training programme for special needs assistants is in the process of being designed. It is envisaged that this programme will commence on a pilot basis in the coming school year. The in-...More Button

The design process has already begun. Mary Immaculate College has organised two training courses for special needs assistants. Further courses are planned in the near future. These courses form par...More Button

In the meantime, and pending the introduction of a national programme of in-career development, the unit is funding as an exceptional matter, the course fee for special needs assistants attending t...More Button

The location of venues for training purposes is a matter for the course organisers, having regard to suitability and availability. To date, special needs assistants have attended courses arranged i...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider paying part-time special needs assistants for the summer months as these people are specially trained and are vitally needed; and the amount this would cost.More Button

Part-time special needs assistants are contracted to deliver a specified number of hours service per week in the schools in which they are employed and are paid accordingly. The duration of the ser...More Button

Special needs assistants employed on a part-time basis are paid at an hourly rate. Under current legislation 8% of total earnings is paid to each part-time special needs assistant in respect of hol...More Button

I am very much aware of the vital role which special needs assistants play in the special education system. My Department has no plans at present to pay part-time special needs assistants through t...More Button

Question No. 246 answered with Question No. 244.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the necessity to educate more speech therapists in view of the number which are required to fill the present vacancies in order to provide adequate and necessary ...More Button

The Department of Health and Children commissioned a report from Dr. Peter Bacon and Associates on current and future supply and demand conditions in the labour market for physiotherapists, occupat...More Button

An inter-agency working group has been established comprising representatives of my Department, the Department of Health and Children and the Higher Education Authority to pursue the issues arising...More Button

Was asked: if his Department will provide education services or facilities for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who is not receiving formal education at present.More Button

I am aware of the child referred to by the Deputy. Enrolment in second level schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of individual schools and my Department does not interfere in ...More Button

The national educational psychological service – NEPS – is available to all post primary schools recognised by my Department. NEPS can advise on the management of any difficulties which...More Button

In order to progress this case further a questionnaire issued to the child's mother which has helped identify his educational needs and pro vides my Department with her written permission to contac...More Button

Was asked: the proposals which exist for the transfer of responsibility of care and education of children and young people with severe to profound intellectual disability from the Department of Health and Chi...More Button

There are no proposals at present for the transfer of sole responsibility of care and education of children and young people with severe to profound intellectual disability from the Department of H...More Button

Children with severe-profound disabilities are entitled to provision in special dedicated schools or in special dedicated classes attached to schools. Currently there are five dedicated special sch...More Button

Was asked: if he will appoint a learning support teacher to St. Nicholas Primary School, Longwood, County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

St. Nicholas Primary School is currently in receipt of the services of a learning support teacher on a shared basis. The case made on behalf of the school for a full time learning support teacher p...More Button

Was asked: if he has committed to funding half the cost of a child care worker on an ongoing basis at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will now provide the funding.More Button

I am aware of the circumstances of the school referred to by the Deputy. This school is already benefiting under a number of schemes aimed at addressing educational disadvantage. However, there is ...More Button

The Deputy is aware of the major new disadvantage programme, “Giving Children An Even Break” which I launched last year, to deal with educational disadvantage in primary schools. “Giving Children A...More Button

Schools already in receipt of additional resources under the disadvantaged areas scheme, including the school in question, retain their entitlements under that scheme, and also receive extra fundi...More Button

There are separate urban and rural dimensions to “Giving Children An Even Break”. The school in question has been included in the urban dimension and is eligible to receive supplementary capitation...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy is also included in the support teacher project since 1999 and shares the services of a support teacher with another school who works with pupils with disruptiv...More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: his views on the concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied) from the board of management of O'Connell CBS Primary School, Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department provides funding towards ancillary services in schools in the form of assistance to schools towards the cost of secretarial and caretaking services. In line with a PPF commitment to m...More Button

The grant has been increased to €102, £80 per pupil with effect from January of this year. In line with the new arrangements, an amount of €20,604 was lodged to the school's bank ac...More Button

The Deputy is aware of the major new disadvantage programme, “Giving Children An Even Break” which I launched in January 2001, to deal with educational disadvantage in primary schools. There are se...More Button

Schools already in receipt of additional resources under the breaking the cycle pilot project, including the school in question, retain their entitlements under that scheme, and also receive extra ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if uninterrupted and reliable school transport can be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 as the service currently available is entirely inadequate; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

The school transport section of my Department has recently sanctioned a taxi service for the pupil referred to by the Deputy. Bus Éireann have been informed of the sanction and requested to ...More Button

Was asked: if, further to the unsatisfactory replies to Parliamentary Question No. 494 of 19 February 2002, he will clearly state when a remote transport grant payment will be made to the parents of the two c...More Button

Arrangements for the payment of grants to parents of the two children referred to by the Deputy have been finalised by the school transport section of my Department. The payment is issuing this week.More Button

Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the reason the promised funding for the provision of academic staff offices at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, County Kerry has not been provided to date; and when the project is expected to c...More Button

There are some outstanding design issues in relation to the provision of academic staff offices at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. These issues were discussed at a meeting on Monday 25 March b...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he has received a communication from the combined boards of management of St. Thomas and Scoil Áine Naofa, Esker, Lucan, County Dublin, expressing deep disappointment and concern at the c...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

Phase two of a building project for St. Thomas and Scoil Áine Naofa, Esker, Lucan, County Dublin is part of the Government's programme and is currently in architectural planning. It will con...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Amalgamation.

Was asked: the consultation which took place prior to the announcement of the amalgamation of Ballyfin College and Laois VEC with parent representatives and the board of management of Ballyfin College; if all...More Button

Was asked: if all legal and contractual documents have been signed in relation to the amalgamation of the Patrician College, Ballyfin and County Laois Vocational Education Committee for a community college to...More Button

I propose to take Questions 260 and 261 together.More Button

I am not aware of what local consultations may have preceded the decision by the Patrician Brothers and County Laois Vocational Education Committee to amalgamate their existing schools to form a ne...More Button

To my knowledge, the trustees of the Patrician College met both parent and staff representatives and Dr. Tom McCarthy, facilitator, also met both parties. I met a deputation of Patrician College pa...More Button

Community colleges which arise from greenfield developments or amalgamations are given formal effect in articles of agreement between the parties to the new school. In this case, I understand that ...More Button

Was asked: the number of teachers in the Patrician College Ballyfin who have agreed and signed such an agreement to transfer to the new community college to be located in Portlaoise on a site owned by County ...More Button

All teachers appointed in a permanent capacity to the staff of Patrician College, Ballyfin, at least two years in advance of the scheduled date of amalgamation with the Vocational School in Portlao...More Button