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Bruton, Richard

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Medical Products (Continued)

I thank Deputy Sherlock for raising this issue. I extend my sympathies to Adam and his family for the difficulties he is experiencing. I understand that his case was considered at today's fortnig...More Button

I will ask the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, to specifically request that the HSE, in undertaking this improvement programme, take account of the comments made by Deputy Sherlock in regard ...More Button

I can sympathise with the Deputy saying that waiting lists are inappropriate. In many ways, they are. Every day in this House a new procedure or application is highlighted that could be funded an...More Button

Special Educational Needs

I thank Deputy Funchion for raising this matter. As I did not get notice of the details on the individual child, I can only respond to the Deputy in a general way. However, I will undertake to ge...More Button

As the Deputy will see from the general departmental response, there is an approach for all children with special needs, whereby it will be determined whether the best placement is in a mainstrea...More Button

In order for the NCSE to determine that a special class is appropriate for a child, that child has to undergo a professional assessment which would designate the type of disability, such as ASD, ...More Button

The expansion of provision in this area has been very rapid, as evidenced by the six additional special classes every year in Deputy Funchion's constituency. Typically if a school submitted an a...More Button

I do not have any information relating to the specific schools mentioned by Deputy Funchion or relating to James's particular needs. However, I will alert my officials to this particular case to...More Button

Special Educational Needs (Continued)

The NCSE is an independent body that has been given the power to make decisions in this area. It is not my Department that makes these calls. The NCSE has the power to allocate resource teachers ...More Button

That said, I will certainly seek a report on what is being done in this case. There appear to be seven early intervention settings in Carlow and Kilkenny, although I do not know where they are l...More Button

I will ensure that this matter is examined. I offer my apologies that I genuinely did not know that any suggestion of an individual case was submitted to my Department. That was not brought to ...More Button

Public Sector Pay

Was asked: the timeframe for re-establishing equal pay for teachers (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The public service agreements have allowed a programme of pay restoration for public servants to start. I negotiated together with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, a 15-...More Button

As a result of the changes I negotiated together with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, the current starting salary of a new teacher is €35,958 and from 1 October 2020 ...More Button

Differential pay scales were introduced by the then Government in 2010. It must be borne in mind that the pay reduction for post-2011 entrants to the public service applied to all public servants...More Button

To have gone further than the pay increases that have been negotiated for 2018 would mean I would have had less money available to hire over 1,000 extra SNAs and over 1,000 extra teachers in 2018. More Button

Any further negotiation on new entrant pay is a cross sectoral issue, not just an issue for the education sector. The Government also supports the gradual, negotiated repeal of the FEMPI legislat...More Button

A commitment is included in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 to consider the issue of newly qualified pay within 12 months of the commencement of the Agreement. That process has n...More Button

In addition, under the terms of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is required, within 3 months of the passing of the Act, to prepare and...More Button

Apprenticeship Programmes

Was asked: his plans to expand to a new shared apprenticeship scheme for the construction sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the possibility of introducing a national accreditation programme for car mechanics; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the types of mechanics apprenticeships that are currently in operation; the number of persons availing of such schemes; and his plans to expand these schemes.More Button

EU Funding

Was asked: the funding allocated here to a fund (details supplied) in each of the years 2014 to 2020; and the amount spent in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018 in tabular form including the b...More Button

Teachers' Remuneration

Was asked: his plans to address an anomaly (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to amend circulars 29/2007 and 29/2010 in order that incremental credit for recognised teachers will include private schools outside the EU (details supplied); and if he will make a state...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 122 together.More Button

The criteria for the award of incremental credit (including teaching service in equivalent schools/colleges in the European Union) for recognised post-primary teachers under Circulars 29/2007 and...More Button

Where a party to the TCC has a concern regarding the terms of a Department Circular they may request that the matter be placed on the agenda of a TCC meeting. It should be noted that claims by or...More Button

School Transport Expenditure

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a school (details supplied) raising funds at a greyhound track to cover the cost of a school bus; his views on whether it is appropriate that schools have to fund...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: the status of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of the tender process. The school was recently authorised to issue the Letter of Intent to the preferred tenderer. Subject to no issues...More Button

Was asked: the status of a new school building (details supplied) in County Kildare with particular reference to demographic demand in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has issued approval for the pre-qualification of contractors for the project in question.  Once this process has been completed, the project wil...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to correspondence regarding a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the status of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building project in question is being delivered by the local Education and Training Board (ETB).

  I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has issued approval t...More Button

Was asked: the status of planning for the proposed site for a new school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The project for St. Teresa’s Special School will provide a replacement six classroom special school to cater for up to 36 children and is included in the Department’s 6 Year Capital Programme.
...More Button

Was asked: the position with regard to the tenders for a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

The building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b – Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission...More Button

The Design Team is currently finalising the stage 2b documentation and expects to submit the finalised Stage 2b Report to my Department shortly. More Button

Upon receipt and review of this outstanding documentation and providing no other issues arise, my Department will then revert to the Board of Management with authorisation to complete pre-qualifi...More Button

Was asked: if work on a school (details supplied) which was identified as a location for a new build in 2015 and at which a site has been identified for the new build will commence in 2018; and if he will mak...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school to which she refers is included in my Department's 6 Year Capital Programme.More Button

My Department officials have been working closely with officials in the relevant local authority under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites with a view to securing ...More Button

Was asked: the exact date for the commencement of extension works to a school (details supplied) in view of the fact same were to commence in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning - Stage 2(b), which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Certificate and Di...More Button

In February 2017 the Stage 2b (Detailed Design) was approved, pending the completion of the process to carry out a short-listing of suitably qualified building contractors. The prequalification p...More Button

On completion of the prequalification process, the Department will be contacting Cork ETB to inform the ETB of a timeframe for progression to tender and construction stages.More Button

Was asked: the status of construction on the grounds of a Gaelscoil (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Design Team for the School to which the Deputy refers has recently been authorised to proceed to tender.  Subject to no issues arising, it is anticipated that construction will commence in the ...More Button

Was asked: the contingency plans in place for the new build for a school (details supplied).More Button

The building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b – Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission...More Button

The Design Team is currently finalising the stage 2b documentation and expects to submit the finalised Stage 2b Report to my Department shortly. More Button

Upon receipt and review of this outstanding documentation and providing no other issues arise, my Department will then revert to the Board of Management with authorisation to complete pre-qualifi...More Button

The school has submitted an application to my Department for additional temporary accommodation.  This application is currently being assessed and a decision will be conveyed to the school author...More Button

The school should continue to submit applications to the Department for required additional temporary accommodation pending construction of this new school.More Button

Question No. 158 answered with Question No. 156.More Button

Was asked: when the reappraisal of a school building project (details supplied) will be completed; when a decision will be made on the proposed extension of the school; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I wish to advise you Deputy that a review of the needs of the school is currently being carried out in the context of the projected demographic position in the Athenry area.  Once this review is co...More Button

Departmental Agencies Data

Was asked: the number of vacancies on the board of organisations or agencies under his remit; and the date on which the position became vacant in tabular form.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy in regard to the number of vacant positions on the board of State agencies under the aegis of my Department is provided in the table.

  Al...More Button

Question No. 122 answered with Question No. 118.More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff

Was asked: the status of an application by a school (details supplied) in respect of the provision of a special needs assistant; if his Department will award additional SNA services to this school; and if he ...More Button

Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) are provided to assist recognised schools to cater for pupils with disabilities, who have additional and significant care needs, in an educational context and where ...More Button

EU Directives

Was asked: the details of the EU directives not yet transposed into law; the deadline imposed by the EU for the transposition of same; the estimated date for the transposition into law; and if he will make a ...More Button

My Department does not have any outstanding EU directives that have yet to be transposed into law.More Button

Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: when two new members will be appointed to the board of Caranua to replace members that recently resigned; and his plans to appoint to a new board to manage the day to day operations of Caranua.More Button

Notwithstanding the recent resignation of two members, the Caranua Board currently has seven members, two of whom are former residents.  I will be seeking to replace the Board members who resigned ...More Button

Departmental Advertising Expenditure

Was asked: if his Department paid for advertorials titled Action Plan for Education 2018 in a newspaper (details supplied) in recent weeks; the cost of these advertorials; his views on whether this use of mon...More Button

The Action Plan for Education 2018 provides a roadmap to achieve the ambition to make the Irish Education and Training service the best in Europe by 2026  and to transform peoples lives and to help...More Button

The government approved a number of priority information campaigns which included the Action Plan for Education 2018. In launching the Action Plan a special pull-out was produced by a national da...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff Contracts

Was asked: his plans to offer permanent or semi-permanent contracts to SNA bus escorts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Clár Tógála Scoileanna

Is áthas liom a rá leis an Teachta gur ceadaíodh cistiú i bprionsabal don scoil dá dtagraíonn sé chun na fadhbanna taise agus caonach san fhoirgneamh aici a leigheas. I ngeall ar aois agus nádúr an...More Button

Cuireadh na moltaí ar fáil do mo Roinn i lár mhí Eanáir agus tá siad athbhreithnithe ó shin ag foireann ghairmiúil agus theicniúil na Roinne. Is ceist chasta í ceist an fhoirgnimh seo, agus mar s...More Button

School Staff

Was asked: the status with regard to the loss of allocation of a teacher to a school (details supplied).More Button

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school ...More Button

Was asked: the status of an application for extra teacher by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school ...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: the assistance available to a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon with regard to the educational needs of their child; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ensuring that children with special educational needs are supported and given the opportunity to reach their full potential is a key priority for this government.

  My Departmen...More Button

Was asked: the reason a school (details supplied) has refused to refer a child for an assessment for special needs supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following a pilot which demonstrated strong support from principals, teachers and parents, my Department introduced a new model to support pupils with special educational needs in our schools.  The...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that my Department’s National Educational Psychological Service provides educational psychological support to all primary and post-primary schools. This involves direct su...More Button

In common with many other psychological services and best international practice, NEPS has adopted a consultative model of service. The focus is on empowering teachers to intervene effectively wi...More Button

This system allows psychologists to give early attention to urgent cases and also to help many more children indirectly than could be seen individually. It also ensures that children are not refe...More Button

I have made enquiries with my Department's National Educational Psychological Service in respect of   the child, the subject of the Deputy’s question and can inform him that as late as last week ...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the status of the application for an ASD unit by a school (details supplied); if a decision will be expedited; if it has been refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for organising and planning provision for children with Special Educational Needs, including the establishment of special classes in...More Button

Was asked: if an application by a school (details supplied) to add a special class will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for organising and planning provision for children with Special Educational Needs, including the establishment of special classes in...More Button

Psychological Assessments

Was asked: the protocol that schools must use in relation to referring a child for an educational psychology assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can inform the Deputy that my Department’s National Educational Psychological Service provides educational psychological support to all primary and post-primary schools. This involves direct supp...More Button

In common with many other psychological services and best international practice, NEPS has adopted a consultative model of service. The focus is on empowering teachers to intervene effectively wi...More Button

This system allows psychologists to give early attention to urgent cases and also to help many more children indirectly than could be seen individually. It also ensures that children are not refe...More Button

Should the parents of a given child have specific concerns about his/her educational progress they should, in the first instance, speak to the Principal of the school concerned, with a view to ra...More Button

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Special Educational Needs Expenditure

Was asked: the allocation made to a school (details supplied) in funding for the special needs programme and supports in the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ensuring that children with special educational needs are supported and given the opportunity to reach their full potential is a key priority for this government.

  My Departmen...More Button

School Closures

Was asked: if he will provide an update in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Louth; and the future viability of the school and deployment of staff.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the outcome of a meeting that was scheduled to take place in September 2017 between his Department, school authorities and the patron of a school (details supplied) in County L...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 and 138 together.

  The decision making authority for a school closure rests with the Patron of a school, and this is subject to the agreemen...More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Was asked: his plans with respect to the review associated to the accommodation needs of a school (details supplied); when a decision can be expected; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that my Department recently received a request to review an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.  This is currently under consideration ...More Button

Was asked: if an emergency task force can be set up to include all patronage bodies and senior officials from his Department to tackle the primary school places crisis in Fingal, particularly in Swords and Ba...More Button

My Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The system uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey ...More Button

In relation to the Balbriggan school planning area, my Department’s main responsibility is to ensure that the existing schools in the Balbriggan area can, between them, cater for the demand from ...More Button

In this regard, my Department will continue to monitor the position in the Balbriggan area, but considers that there is adequate accommodation between the existing primary schools in the Balbrigg...More Button

Regarding the position in the Swords school planning area, my Department has recently contacted all of the primary schools in the Swords area to review their projected enrolments for September 20...More Button

Was asked: the reason his Department's planning and building unit has not contacted primary schools in Balbriggan to assess capacity needs for the 2018/2019 school year; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: if there are enough primary school places in the Balbriggan area to cater for the demand for the 2018/2019 school year in view of the fact that a school (details supplied) has completed its junior ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.More Button

My Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The system uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Surve...More Button

In relation to the Balbriggan school planning area, my Department’s main responsibility is to ensure that the existing schools in the Balbriggan area can, between them, cater for the demand from ...More Button

In this regard, my Department will continue to monitor the position in the Balbriggan area, but considers that there is adequate accommodation between the existing primary schools in the Balbrigg...More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Was asked: the position regarding a site for a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

My Department is in the process of acquiring the site for a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers.  The site acquisition is well advanced.  At this point it is not anticipated that...More Button

The project is being  advanced for tender preparation while conveyancing is being completed. My Department recently wrote to the school in this regard and outlined the timeframe for progression o...More Button

Was asked: if permission from the Charities Regulator is required prior to sale of property for the new build of a school (details supplied); if so, the timelines involved; and if this will present a problem ...More Button

Was asked: if there are other issues that may delay the legal process of transfer of property for the new build at a school (details supplied); and if so, the details of same.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 and 158 together.More Button

My Department is in the process of acquiring the site for a new building for the school to which the Deputy refers.  The site acquisition is well advanced. It would not be appropriate to provide ...More Button

The project is being  advanced for tender preparation while conveyancing is being completed. My Department recently wrote to the school in this regard and outlined the timeframe for progression o...More Button

Schools Building Projects Data

Was asked: the active school building projects and refurbishments and or retrofits here by county; the stage of the process they are at as of the end of February 2018; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: the active school building projects and refurbishments and or retrofits by county; the stage of the process each is at as of the end of February 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 150 together.

  I wish to advise the Deputy that details of smaller scale capital projects that have been approved devolved funding under...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the funding provided for capital projects for scouting organisations by his Department in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has not provided capital funding for projects for scouting organisations during the past five years.More Button

Student Support Schemes

Was asked: if his Department offers further supports for students from Gaeltacht and island areas (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

To satisfy the terms and conditions of the student grant scheme in relation to progression, a student must be moving from year to year within a course, having successfully completed the previous ye...More Button

A student holding a Level 8 qualification would not satisfy the progression requirements of the Scheme on commencing another undergraduate Level 8 degree programme.More Button

However, tax relief at the standard rate of tax may be claimed in respect of tuition fees paid for approved courses at approved colleges of higher education including approved undergraduate and p...More Button

I understand that a student from another European Union (EU) country studying in Northern Ireland can apply for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. Further information is available ...More Button

Some third level colleges provide supports to their students. The student in question may wish to contact the relevant college in Northern Ireland for advice on the type and range of supports tha...More Button

School Enrolments

Was asked: the options available for the parents of a child (details supplied) to continue their education based on the advice of health professionals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the options available for a child (details supplied) to undertake the leaving certificate applied in a local school; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 149 together.More Button

It is the responsibility of the managerial authorities of all schools to implement an enrolment policy in accordance with the Education Act, 1998. The enrolment policy must be non-discriminatory ...More Button

Parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a sel...More Button

Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 provides for an appeal by a parent or guardian to the Secretary General of my Department, or in the case of an Educational Training Board (ETB) school to the...More Button

The Educational Welfare Service of the Child and Family Agency (EWS) is the statutory agency which can assist parents who are experiencing difficulty in securing a school place for their child. T...More Button

In relation to the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme, the programme is one of the three leaving certificate options made available by my Department for senior cycle students. The LCA is...More Button

It is a matter for each individual school to decide whether or not to put in place the LCA programme in its own school. More Button

My Department’s National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) provides educational psychological support to all primary and post-primary schools. It is open for the parents of the student con...More Button

  Question No. 150 answered with Question No. 142.More Button

Physical Education

Was asked: the system in place for students who wish to avail of swimming lessons when the nearest facility is 50 km away (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At primary level, Physical Education is one of seven curriculum areas within the revised Primary School Curriculum which was introduced in 1999. A minimum of one hour of physical education per week...More Button

The Physical Education curricula at both primary and second level have been developed on the understanding that facilities available to schools vary. Consequently, they offer a level of flexibili...More Button

Where schools decide to provide pupils with swimming classes in school time, they are expected to fund them from resources already available to them. Under the Rules for National Schools, while v...More Button

Lease Agreements

Was asked: the amount his Department is paying the diocese of Cork and Ross for the leasing of the building for a Gaelscoil (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that funding provided by my Department, to the school management authority, to meet the rental costs of the premises occupied by the Gaelscoil concerned, amounts to almo...More Button

Teaching Council of Ireland

Was asked: if he will address a query with regard to the Teaching Council regarding a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Teaching Council is the independent regulatory body with statutory authority for the professional regulation of teachers in this State. My Department does not have any direct involvement in the...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: his plans to extend eligibility to third level educational maintenance and fees grants to the offspring of persons who meet residency conditions in the State and that hold a stamp 4 visa; and if he...More Button

Under the terms of the student grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which relate to nationality, residency, previous a...More Button

The Department of Justice and Equality adjudicates on a person's entitlement to remain in the State and on the stamp that is awarded where permission to remain is sanctioned. I understand a 'stam...More Button

Article 32 of the Student Grant Scheme 2017 provides for a review of eligibility for the award of a grant in the event of a change of circumstances in the academic year, including a change in rel...More Button

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down in writing by SUSI and remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlining...More Button

Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Was asked: the status of discussions with the teacher unions on addressing pay inequality among post 2011 entrants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The public service agreements have allowed a programme of pay restoration for public servants to start. I negotiated together with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, a 15-...More Button

As a result of the changes I negotiated together with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, the current starting salary of a new teacher is €35,958 and from 1 October 2020 ...More Button

Differential pay scales were introduced by the then Government in 2010. It must be borne in mind that the pay reduction for post-2011 entrants to the public service applied to all public servants...More Button

To have gone further than the pay increases that have been negotiated for 2018 would mean I would have had less money available to hire over 1,000 extra SNAs and over 1,000 extra teachers in 2018. More Button

Any further negotiation on new entrant pay is a cross sectoral issue, not just an issue for the education sector. The Government also supports the gradual, negotiated repeal of the FEMPI legislat...More Button

A commitment is included in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 to consider the issue of newly qualified pay within 12 months of the commencement of the Agreement. That process has n...More Button

In addition, under the terms of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is required, within 3 months of the passing of the Act, to prepare and...More Button

School Patronage

Was asked: if the Catholic patron in schools (details supplied) was requested to make an existing school building available to a group; if so, the response in each case; his response to the recent proposals b...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the 2012 Report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector recommended that demand for patronage diversity should be met in are...More Button

In this context, in 2012/13, my Department undertook surveys of parental preferences in 43 areas of stable population to establish the level of demand for a wider choice in the patronage of prima...More Button

In the majority of the 28 areas surveyed where sufficient demand emerged, the level of parental demand for a wider choice indicated a size of a four classroom school being required to accommodate...More Button

Following completion of the surveys consultations took place with the main Catholic patrons in each area to discuss patronage divesting options.  Under the patronage divesting process, a school c...More Button

To date, ten new schools have opened under the patronage divesting process.  Of the five schools referred to by the Deputy, one is operating from a State-owned building and one is located in a fo...More Button

In order to facilitate the opening of the schools, their initial establishment, as with most new schools, has been in temporary start-up accommodation, pending a permanent school building being m...More Button

The initial establishment of these schools as four-classroom schools and the need to be cognisant of managing the available accommodation has been reflected in my Department’s engagement with the...More Button

My Department is currently carrying out nationwide demographic exercises at primary and post-primary level to identify areas of demographic growth and determine where additional school accommodat...More Button

I have announced a new Patronage Reconfiguration process, which will accelerate the delivery of multi-denominational and non-denominational schools, to reach 400 live schools by 2030. Unlike the ...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Was asked: if a SUSI grant for a person (details supplied) will be expedited.More Button

Was asked: if a SUSI grant will be issued to a person (details supplied).More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 176 together.More Button

I understand that the student to which the Deputy refers has exhausted her statutory based appeals within SUSI and to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board. The Deputy will appreciate that...More Button

With regard to the general issue of assessment of income under the Student Grants Scheme, student grant applications are means tested on gross income from all sources earned inside and outside th...More Button

Students in third-level institutions experiencing exceptional financial need can apply for support under the Student Assistance Fund. This Fund assists students, in a sensitive and compassionate ...More Button

Also, tax relief at the standard rate of tax may be claimed in respect of tuition fees paid for approved courses at approved colleges of higher education. Further information on this tax relief i...More Button

School Accommodation

Was asked: when the portacabins adjacent to a centre (details supplied) in Dublin 15 will be removed.More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB has agreed to manage this project for my Department. I understand that the ETB will be submitting to my Department shortly details of the ...More Button

Education and Training Boards

Was asked: the status of training initiatives (details supplied); the future restructuring for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: his plans to open teaching opportunities to persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Teaching Council is the statutory body with responsibility for professional standards at all stages of the teaching career. It has established standards for post-qualification professional prac...More Button

As such, individuals in the scenario outlined by the Deputy should get in touch with the Teaching Council to ascertain their requirements for registration.More Button

It should be noted that where an individual holds full registration with a competent authority in another EU state that the EU Directive 2005/36/EC applies. This directive deals with the recognit...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: the reason a decision was taken to lease a building (details supplied) without prior consultation with all stakeholders, including local primary schools.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the management responsibility for the building referred to, owned by my Department, continues to remain with Dublin Dun Laoighaire ETB (DDLETB).  In that regard, th...More Button

Was asked: if the removal of dilapidated pre-fabricated units at a school (details supplied ) will be ensured in view of the fact that it is now a health and safety matter; if the units will be removed before...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB has agreed to manage this project for my Department.  I understand that the ETB will be submitting to my Department shortly details of the ...More Button

Home Tuition Scheme Administration

Was asked: his plans to double the grant and increase the hours of tuition granted for a single child under the home tuition grant scheme in cases in which there are two children in a family eligible under th...More Button

Ensuring that children with special educational needs are supported and given the opportunity to reach their full potential is a key priority for this government. More Button

My Department's policy aims to ensure that all children with Special Educational Needs, including those with Autism, can have access to an education appropriate to their needs, preferably in scho...More Button

Such placements facilitate access to individualised education programmes which may draw from a range of appropriate educational interventions, delivered by fully qualified professional teachers, ...More Button

Some students, although academically able to access the curriculum in mainstream, may find it too difficult to manage full-time placement there. This can be due to significant difficulties in are...More Button

Other children may have such complex needs that the recommendation in their professional reports state that they are best placed in a special school. More Button

Where there is no placement available for a child with Special Educational Needs, my Department will consider applications under the Home Tuition Grant Scheme, where a student can receive up to 2...More Button

Home Tuition Grant allocations to siblings generally reflect the school grouping principle. This is where one teacher is allocated to a class of six pupils at the appropriate educational level, p...More Button

It is expected that Home Tutors should have the capacity to develop and deliver tuition in an environment which includes other children. More Button

However, my Department recognises that it may be difficult to cater for the significant differentiated needs of some siblings through a differentiated approach in tuition at Home. To provide for ...More Button

In addition, my Department will consider applications for separate allocations where evidence is provided that siblings cannot be tutored together due to their significant differentiated needs. A...More Button

As outlined above, my Department’s Home Tuition Scheme makes provision for the needs of siblings. I do not intend to make changes to the 2017/18 Home Tuition scheme. More Button

The cost of providing funding for 1 child towards the provision of 20 hours home tuition per week for the current school year is approx. €31,000 per annum.More Button

Question No. 176 answered with Question No. 164.More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Was asked: the number of staff assigned in his Department to the press office, public relations or communications roles in each year since 2015; the positions by staffing grade and designated role; when each ...More Button

The following tabular statement contains details of the staffing cohort at my Department's Press Office as at the 31st December in 2015, 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018.

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Departmental Staff Recruitment

Was asked: if a panel has been established in his Department for communications officers; if a Civil Service position of head of communications or similar role or description has been appointed in his Departm...More Button

No panel has been established at my Department for the position of communications officer as mentioned by the Deputy. Similarly no civil service position as head of communications has been appointe...More Button


 

 

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