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Bruton, Richard

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 2: Capital Gains Tax (Continued)

The existing provision is very narrow. It was introduced solely as an anti-avoidance measure to prevent certain behaviours where abuses where occurring in the transfer of assets while seeking to a...More Button

This measure was agreed with the European Union and is part of a broad range of anti-avoidance taxes we are introducing, including measures against controlled foreign companies, measures against ...More Button

Deputy Howlin asked why we are not projecting significant revenues from this measure.More Button

It is believed that most of the intellectual property now located in Ireland is not rising in value. Most of the intellectual property situated here includes items such as patents on pharmaceutica...More Button

This is a measure we should have in our tax code. If we are going to have such a measure, we should have it and introduce it cleanly. Revenue did not predict an amount of revenue to be raised t...More Button

I hope that has helped to address the concerns.More Button

This is a new tax. It is the first time there will be a tax of this general nature applying to people who decide to move intellectual property but not realise those gains. This is a tax on exit, ...More Button

Allow me to put this in another way. Suppose we did what the Deputies suggested and, having signalled the introduction of this tax, waited for several weeks and allowed companies to reorganise t...More Button

What the Minister is proposing here is prudent. The measure, which would be effective from tonight, will give certainty. It will not lead to gaming of the regime by people seeking to artificial...More Button

This is a correct measure. It is part of the approach which has been outlined in Ireland's corporation tax roadmap, whereby we are progressively dealing with elements of our tax code that have b...More Button

The Deputies are presenting this as if we are taking a capital gains regime of 33% and cutting it to 12.5%. This is not the case. The old regime the Deputies have spoken about was designed to sto...More Button

This is now a broad-based tax. Deputy Howlin explained why it is being levied at 12.5% and not 33%. He explained very clearly that this is a tax not based on the realisation of a capital gain but...More Button

The same tax regime is being applied as if it continued to remain in Ireland, which is using the corporate tax rate that would have applied had its contribution to generating an income stream remai...More Button

The Deputy is saying he is in favour of an exit tax but he wants to signal that an exit tax will arrive. The Oireachtas will not------More Button

-----knowing that it is imminent, allow companies time to avoid paying their dues.More Button

As the Finance Bill passes through the House this can be fully discussed with the Minister.More Button

To withdraw this now would be to clearly signal to companies that we are giving an open invitation-----More Button

-----to make arrangements to avoid the impact of this exit tax. That is what we would be doing. There will be opportunities for Deputies to seek to change the Finance Bill in due course. It is a...More Button

The reason we are not predicting a revenue stream on which we would set out spending proposals is that Revenue has advised it would not be prudent.More Button

That is the case. Deputy Sherlock understands that many pharmaceutical companies are on patent incomes that decline and do not rise in value. Much of what we have on the basis of intellectual pro...More Button

Literacy Levels

Was asked: his views on the fact that over 500,000 people do not have above level four reading ability; his further views on the fact that half of these persons are in employment; if he has met Solas to discu...More Button

Was asked: the involvement of his Department in tackling adult literacy; if a financial allocation is provided for same; if so, the way in which it is utilised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the level of adult literacy above level four; his further views on whether 2030 targets will be met; the improvements required in order to meet these targets; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: the number of adults that sign up to National Adult Literacy Agency, NALA, reading courses; the average number of hours of tuition they receive; the length of time it takes to be able to read profi...More Button

Was asked: if the statistics are accurate on adult illiteracy; if so, the way in which childhood illiteracy will be addressed; the way in which childhood illiteracy is measured; the number of young children w...More Button

Skills Development

Was asked: the action plan developed for addressing unemployment if caused by adult illiteracy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the numbers achieved from 2011 to 2017 under the national skills strategy by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the age targets (details supplied) achieved from 2011 to 2017 under the national skills strategy in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason a target (details supplied) was not achieved within the 2011 to 2017 timeframe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for a paid learning leave programme for employees with literacy, numeracy and digital needs or who have less than a level four qualification, to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills...More Button

Was asked: if he has considered options to support a paid learning leave programme for employees who have literacy, numeracy and digital needs or who have less than a level 4 qualification, to develop basic l...More Button

Was asked: his plans to follow the European Commission in its promise to have a concrete plan on upskilling pathways for adults with low skills levels or no upper secondary education by 2018; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: the reason the net target for the national skills strategy has not increased for 2025 based on population in view of the fact that the population has increased since 2007; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs published a report in 2007, "Tomorrow's Skills, Towards a National Skills Strategy" which contained a target that the percentage of the labour force at level...More Button

This indicator was carried over into Ireland's National Skills Strategy 2025 which was published in January 2016. On inclusion in the strategy, the baseline figure was 15%, and the 7% target for ...More Button

School Management

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to concerns expressed by the parent body in relation to the board of management of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department’s inspectorate conducted a Whole School Evaluation (WSE) Inspection in Castleknock Educate Together and the report was published on my Department’s website on 04 September 2018. The ...More Button

Responsibility for the implementation of improvements identified in the WSE lies in the first instance with the Board of Management of the school. In carrying out this duty the Board is obliged t...More Button

School Transport

Was asked: when a school transport service will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if, following the closure of a school (details supplied), an undertaking was given to the parents of children who were in the catchment area that school transport would be provided for their childr...More Button

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

Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: when a response will issue to an interim reply (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Meeting requests and/or invitations to attend events in schools are managed in conjunction with visits by the Minister to the relevant areas. The request from the school referred to in this questio...More Button

Education Centre Network

Was asked: if he will address a matter regarding funding for issues at a centre (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Education Centres are independent statutory bodies under Section 37 of the Education Act (1998) and are managed by voluntary Management Committees elected annually and comprised mainly of teachers. More Button

My Department is the main source of funding for Education Centres through direct budget allocations towards administrative staff pay and operating costs. All funds held by Centres are subject to ...More Button

The Centre is question has been allocated €233,244 in 2018 for core funding, local course funding, minor works and ICT grant. More Button

In addition, the Centre receives funding from the support services which are funded by my Department for the purpose of designing and delivering continuing professional development courses and ot...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that officials of my Department have been engaging with the Education Centre in question regarding its funding and how it can be utilised. .More Button

Special Educational Needs

Was asked: if and when a school place will be found to meet the needs of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is the policy of the Department that all children with Special Educational Needs can have access to an education appropriate to their needs, preferably in recognised school settings through the ...More Button

Was asked: the change in special education investment since 2011; the impact this has had; the number of children with special educational needs participating in mainstream schools; the number progressing thr...More Button

This Government is committed to ensuring every child with special educational needs has the opportunity to fulfill their full potential. More Button

Department of Education and Skills funding for special education provision in 2018 will amount to some €1.75 billion, up 43% since 2011 and equivalent to 18.7% of the gross overall current alloca...More Button

- The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), which is a separate statutory agency, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing a...More Button

- National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) delivers a consultative, tiered service delivery model to schools, in line with international best practice for the effective and efficient del...More Button

- Over 13,400 Special Education Teaching posts under the Special Education Teaching allocation model, introduced in mainstream primary and post primary schools for the 2017/2018 school year, provid...More Button

- 15,000 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) available from September 2018, providing additional adult support staff to schools to cater for the additional care needs of pupils with disabilities in an ...More Button

- Over 7,900 students in 124 special schools with 1,490 teachers, increased from 6,848 students with 1,141 teachers in 2011. More Button

- Approximately 1,456 special classes in place with 155 new Special Classes opened in September 2018 in mainstream primary and post primary schools. This compares to 548 special classes in 2011. More Button

- Assistive technology/specialized equipment. Under the Assistive Technology scheme, as set out in Circular 0010/2013, the Department of Education and Skills provides funding to schools towards th...More Button

- Special School transport arrangements. The purpose of the scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children with special educational needs a...More Button

- Enhanced capitation grants for special schools and special classes attached to mainstream primary and post primary schools, based on disability categories, are paid to special and mainstream scho...More Button

- Modification of school buildings. More Button

- Special Arrangements for State Examinations facilitates access to the certificate examinations by candidates who would have difficulty in accessing the examination or communicating what they know...More Button

- Specialised Training for people with disabilities is funded by the National Training Fund The target group for STPs comprises unemployed people with disabilities, in receipt of a disability payme...More Button

- Adult Education – once off projects for disability in education. More Button

- The Fund for Students with Disabilities supports students to participate fully in their academic programmes and aims to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability. Eligi...More Button

The HEA do not collect data on the progression of students with special educational needs to higher education but collect data on entrants with disabilities, and in addition, collate data on the ...More Button

The continued increase in investment by this Government to support students with special educational needs across the education system would indicate that it is having a positive impact on their ...More Button

School Funding

Was asked: the grant schemes available from his Department or other Government bodies to a primary school in order to build a school hall; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department provides a number of mechanisms through which improvements are carried out in schools. Through the 6 year Capital Programme, the investment plan is a...More Button

The recent launch of Project Ireland 2040 included an announcement of a major package of investment in education for the next decade with the school building budget increasing by 70%. This major...More Button

In addition, in terms of other Government bodies, it is open to any school to explore any funding options that may be available under the Sports Capital Programme administered by the Department o...More Button

Was asked: if extra funding is available for primary schools that have a split campus in view of the additional costs involved in running buildings in two separate locations; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Funding for all primary schools in the free education scheme is dealt with on a per capita basis.

  The two main grants are the capitation grant to cater for day to day running c...More Button

State Examinations

Was asked: if second level students are permitted to sit a subject as a junior certificate examination where they are studying that subject outside of school time and as a subject that exceeds the school's cu...More Button

The Junior Cycle Framework presents a dual approach to assessment that supports student learning over the three years of junior cycle and also measures achievement at the end of those three years. ...More Button

The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) is a school based award issued by recognised schools which draws upon and reports on achievement across all elements of assessment including ongoing...More Button

Where students take extra subjects outside of their recognised school setting these subjects cannot satisfy the requirements for ongoing, formative assessment by recognised schools and cannot, th...More Button

School Transport Provision

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

Was asked: the services that can accommodate a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the delays in the payment of the bus escort grant to school (details supplied) and the subsequent difficulties the current situation is causing for the students, ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some children attending ASD units in mainstream schools and who were entitled to special school transport are not receiving such transport and that ...More Button

Was asked: when a school transport service will be provided for a person (details supplied).More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Was asked: the progress being made on securing a new school building for a school (details supplied).More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, a building project for the school in question is included in my Department's capital programme.

  Officials in my Department have identified a preferr...More Button

Was asked: the status of the building projects for schools (details supplied).More Button

The major building project for the schools referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statu...More Button

Was asked: when a building programme for a school (details supplied) will commence; and when a timeline for its completion will issue.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a major capital project for the provision of permanent accommodation for the school in question is being addressed through my Department's Capital Programme.More Button

It is envisaged that permanent accommodation for the school will be provided through a campus arrangement with a local Institute of Further Education on its current site. This project will also i...More Button

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

The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department's six Year Construction Programme.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the project is progressing to the architectural planning stage and is expected to be delivered by an external agency to my Department. Arrangements are currently ...More Button

Was asked: if a design team has been appointed for the construction of a school (details supplies); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The project to which the Deputy refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB). My Department recently gave approval to the ETB to proceed with the appointmen...More Button

Was asked: when construction will commence on a new school (details supplied); when phase 1 of the construction project will be completed; when is it expected phase 2 of the construction project will be compl...More Button

The school building project to which the Deputy refers is currently on site.

  The initial phase is the construction of the new 8 classroom school. Unless there are any unfore...More Button

Was asked: the progress to date with the construction of a school (details supplied) which commenced construction in May 2017; when construction will be completed; when the new school will be ready for occupa...More Button

Phase 2 of the project referred to by the Deputy includes the demolition of the existing school and construction of the permanent 32 classroom school. This particular phase of the building project ...More Button

Was asked: the status of the major building project for a school (details supplied); if consideration has been given to an earlier profile for commencement of construction than Q3 2019 in view of the urgent n...More Button

The major building project for St. Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) – Detailed Design.

  The Design ...More Button

Was asked: when construction will commence for a school (details supplied) in County Wexford; 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. Subject to no issues arising the project is on target to commence construction in the fourth quarter of 2018.More Button

Was asked: the status of a building project for a school (details supplied); if it can be considered for rapid build status; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the project to which he refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board.

  This means that it is a matter for the E...More Button

Was asked: the status of a building project for a school (details supplied); if it can be considered for rapid build status; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included on my Department's 6 Year Construction Programme.

  I wish to inform the Deputy that the p...More Button

Was asked: the status and delivery time of the provision of a new primary school in Donabate; if the first of four schools to be provided as set out in the local area plan in Donabate is on the Spires East si...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years. This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the ...More Button

Following on from the announcement, the locations for all of the schools, including the new primary school announced to serve Donabate, will be determined as part of the site process. Decisions ...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the proposed extension of a school (details supplied); the status of the project; the timeline for completion of the works; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The project to which the Deputy refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB).

  Under this arrangement, it will be a matter for the ETB t...More Button

Was asked: the status of the proposed extension to a school (details supplied); the status of proposed works; the timeline for the completion of the building project for the school; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department's 6 Year Construction Programme. In the context of progressing the building project, offi...More Button

The building project for this school will be devolved to Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) for delivery and my Department is currently engaging with KWETB in this regard.More Button

Schools Facilities

Was asked: the progress being made on upgrading facilities at a school (details supplied) while the school awaits a new building.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has no record of receiving an application for funding from the school in question for upgrading works to the school's existing facilities.

&n...More Button

  Questions Nos. 94 to 96, inclusive, answered with Question No. 78.More Button

School Patronage

Was asked: if patronage for a new second-level school in an area (details supplied) has been awarded; if not, when it will be awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years.  This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the ...More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Was asked: if documents submitted to his Department as part of an additional accommodation stage 2b report will be returned to a school (details supplied) as a matter of urgency in order to be included in a t...More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers recently submitted its stage 2b report to my Department together with an application for additional funding.

  A decision on this will iss...More Button

Was asked: the funding that has been secured for a school (details supplied) in 2018; the way in which this funding is to be used; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that funding was recently approved to enable the school in question to build two mainstream classrooms with en-suite toilets and a separate assisted users toilet.<...More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter regarding a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my Department approved the provision of additional permanent accommodation, at the school in question, to replace prefabricated accommodation in poor condition.More Button

Subsequently, the school submitted options to my Department to deliver additional specialist accommodation in addition to the accommodation previously approved. Having considered the school's pr...More Button

Following further communication from the school the relevant Department Inspector was asked to visit the school and to report on the school’s accommodation needs, having regard to the project app...More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Was asked: the site chosen for the new primary school due to open in Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow in 2019.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years. This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the ...More Button

Following on from the announcement, the locations for all of the schools will be determined as part of the site acquisition process. More Button

In line with the policy on the use of state assets (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circulars 11/15 and 17/16), my Department will be seeking to maximize the use of sites already in m...More Button

In addition as part of my Department's ongoing engagement with Local Authorities in respect of statutory planning processes and under the MoU on school site acquisitions, my Department will be ex...More Button

Taking into account all of the above, decisions will then be made as part of the site acquisition process in relation to appropriate sites for all the schools announced including the new primary ...More Button

Was asked: if the required clarifications have been received from the vendor of the site for schools (details supplied); if satisfactory, if a design team can be appointed for both projects; and if he will ma...More Button

Engagement with the vendor is still ongoing in respect of outstanding clarifications regarding the proposed school site acquisition. Therefore, the appointment of a design team cannot be progressed...More Button

Student Assistance Fund

Was asked: the financial supports available to assist a single parent who was in full-time employment, is over the income limit for SUSI and is now returning to full-time education in order to become a qualif...More Button

Apart from the Student Grant Scheme, students in third-level institutions experiencing exceptional financial need can apply for support under the Student Assistance Fund. This Fund assists students...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Design

Was asked: the way in which the SUSI grant is calculated (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The means test arrangements of the Student Grant Scheme are applied nationally. Student grant applications are means tested on gross income from all sources earned inside and outside the State with...More Button

The Student Grant Scheme provides for higher income thresholds for larger families. In addition to this, further increases in the income thresholds are provided for where additional family member...More Button

School Staff

Was asked: his plans to end the two-tier system under which some school secretaries are employed as public service staff with full entitlements by his Department while others are employed by school boards of ...More Button

To answer the Deputy, though schemes were initiated in 1978 and 1979 for the employment of Clerical Officers and Caretakers in primary and secondary schools, where staff employed on these schemes a...More Button

Under these schemes, the majority of primary and voluntary secondary schools in the Free Education Scheme now receive assistance to provide for secretarial, caretaking and cleaning services. With...More Button

My Department has recently made significant efforts to improve the pay of school secretaries who are employed using capitation grant assistance. In 2015 my Department engaged with the Unions repr...More Button

Was asked: if a selection process has commenced or if the appointment of a principal for the Gaelcholáiste for north County Kildare has occurred in view of the fact that the principal was due to be appointed ...More Button

My Department allows for appointments of Principals to all new schools from 1 September of the school year prior to the opening of a new school.

  The recruitment and appointmen...More Button

Was asked: if consideration will be given to a request made in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Cork.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

The criteria for the appointment of an administrative principal to a school, which are enrolment related, are set out in Appendix B of Circular 0010/2018. There is no scope to deviate from these...More Button

The enrolment required for the appointment of an administrative principal in ordinary schools is 176 pupils on 30th September 2017, or 113 pupils if the school is operating a specialist autism un...More Button

The staffing schedule operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of schools equally irrespective of location.More Button

In Budget 2019, school leadership is again supported with an additional release day for teaching principals in primary schools and a further four additional release days for teaching principals i...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if his Department has investigated difficulties experienced by mature students in availing of a student grant; his plans to relax the criteria applied to independent students (details supplied); an...More Button

Very significant numbers of third-level students move out of home to go to college and continue to be supported by their parents while in full-time education. Confirmation that a student is living ...More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost of reversing the budget 2011 decision to increase the SUSI grant non-adjacency qualifying distance from 24 km to 45 km; if reversing same has been considered in advance of budget...More Button

The cost of reversing the change to the distance criteria in the Student Grant, is estimated to be in the region of €26m.

  The above costing assumes that a change to the distan...More Button

Was asked: the way in which the distances for adjacent and non-adjacent third-level grants were arrived at; his plans to reform the calculation of distances to one of a mean average for the journey; his furth...More Button

The student maintenance grant is a contribution towards the living costs of a student. It is not intended to cover the full costs of attending college. The student grant scheme does however, prov...More Button

Budget 2011 provided for a number of student grant measures which came into effect for the 2011/12 academic year, including the change in the assessment of the qualifying distance criterion for t...More Button

The 24km distance criterion was originally set in 1968 and had not been updated in more than 40 years. Since then, significant improvements have taken place in the road and rail network and it is...More Button

The current qualifying distance of 45km for the higher non-adjacent rate of student grant takes into account a reasonable radius within which students may commute on a daily basis. More Button

Any decision to review the distance criteria would have to be considered in the context of the overall priorities and financial resources available for higher and further education..More Button

Schools Data

Was asked: if he will provide a map of the 314 school planning areas.More Button

Was asked: when a map of the school planning areas was last revised.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the previous school planning maps for Dublin.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 to 112, inclusive, together.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy around the individual maps of the 314 school planning areas is not readily available and would represent a significant administrative burden to compile. Ho...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data in a way that takes account of the significant local and regional variations in demogr...More Button

Using school planning area boundaries within my Department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) allows data within those boundaries, including data for enrolments in schools, child benefit and o...More Button

In most areas, school planning areas were based on traditional school catchment areas where all primary schools were assigned to a post-primary feeder area (typically a population centre or town)...More Button

These school planning areas are used in the demographic exercise as a basis for the assessment of areas of growth and to inform recommendations on the establishment of any new schools required in...More Button

Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: if a design team has been appointed for the refurbishment and extension to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the project brief for the school in question has been finalised and the Schedule of Accomodation has been furnished to the Patron who I understand has provided the ...More Button

Schools Building Projects Data

Was asked: if he has received the revised pre-qualification report from the design team in relation to a school (details supplied); if it has been reviewed; when tenders will be invited from the shortlist of ...More Button

The major building project referred to is now at an advanced stage of Architectural Planning - Stage 2(b) – Detailed Design.

  As the Deputy will be aware, the project was autho...More Button

Schools Designation

Was asked: if a decision has been made on the application by a school (details supplied) to become co-educational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of correspondence from the Patron of the school in question relating to a proposed change of the school's status.

  T...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: if he will address a matter in relation to correspondence from his Department concerning a person (details supplied); and the way in which the opinion of the HSE can be disregarded.More Button

As this refers directly to an individual person I have referred this query to the National Council for Special Education, NCSE for direct reply to the Deputy.

  The NCSE through ...More Button

Education Grants

Was asked: the estimated amount it would cost in 2019 if the ancillary grant rate increased by €5.50 per pupil; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The estimated full year cost of increasing the rate of ancillary grant by €5.50 per pupil in primary schools is circa €3.1m.More Button

Improvements have been made for the restoration of grant funding that is used by schools to fund the salaries of ancillary staff. The ancillary grant was increased by €6 in 2016, €5 in 2017 and ...More Button

Education and Training Boards

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

I wish to advise the Deputy that factors for membership of a Public Sector Pension Scheme include:

  - Employment in a public service body

  - Access to th...More Button

Schools Administration

Was asked: if he has considered the introduction of a one day per week release for all teaching principals of national schools further to the recommendations at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and...More Button

Building on measures in previous budgets to enhance school leadership, Budget 2018 made €0.4 million available to fund almost 4600 additional release days for teaching principals in primary schools...More Button

I recently announced an extension to the arrangements for schools with teaching principals to cluster their release days into full-time posts, with one teacher covering the release days of all th...More Button

Any additional increase in the number of release days has to be considered as part of the budgetary process, alongside the many other demands from the education sector.More Button

Residential Institutions Redress Scheme

Was asked: when the 2017 annual report of Caranua's appeals officer will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 423 of 20 June 2017 and 33 of 6 December 2017, the allocation of appeals officers at Caranua; the number of appeals officers working at Caranua; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: his plans to establish a contingency fund in the event that Caranua application decisions are delayed by having to take the case to court or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos.138 to 140, inclusive, together.

  Section 21 of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 provides for the appointment by the Minister...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff

Was asked: the estimated amount it would cost to recruit an extra 500 special needs assistants for the 2019/2020 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The cost of employing 500 new Special Need Assistants in the 2019/2020 school year is estimated at €13.8m. This estimated cost includes the pay increases due in 2019 under the Public Service Stabi...More Button

Home Tuition Scheme Funding

Was asked: if the maximum home tuition hours will be allocated to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The purpose of the Home Tuition Grant Scheme is to provide a compensatory educational service for students, enrolled in schools, with a significant medical condition, or school phobia and/or associ...More Button

Eligibility is assessed having regard to, although not limited to, the following criteria: More Button

- The student's attendance levels during the previous school year - A relevant medical/professional report -a separate report may be requested in some cases if required.More Button

Generally, grant aid based on a range of between 2 and 10 hours tuition may be approved with the allocation reflecting the level of attendance in the previous school year and whether the attendan...More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed that an application under the medical strand of the Home Tuition Grant Scheme has recently been received in relation to the person referred to by the Dep...More Button

  Questions Nos. 143 to 145, inclusive, answered with Question No. 79.More Button

Legislative Measures

Was asked: if a plain language Bill will be introduced in order to ensure communication with the general public is in layman’s terms (details supplied).More Button

Ministerial Communications

Was asked: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

My Department does not have a specific policy regarding Ministerial use of private email addresses to conduct Government business. However, as stated in parliamentary responses reference Question N...More Button

The Information Technology Unit of my Department regularly issue emails to Departmental staff reminding them that personally owned mobile devices and removable media devices are not permitted to ...More Button