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Enright, Olwyn

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


National Development Finance Agency Bill, 2002: Second Stage (Resumed).

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the proposed creation of the national development finance agency. Like my party colleagues, I have a number of concerns in regard to the Bill. It creates anot...More Button

The aims of the Bill appear laudable. Some of the terms used in the explanatory memorandum and the introduction to the Bill were lost to the Government up to now. One such phrase is “cost-effective...More Button

The Bill does nothing to tackle the real issue at stake. An agency whose purpose is to raise money to finance projects under the national development plan ignores the mess in which the plan is curr...More Button

The national development plan has been in operation for the past three years and this adds another layer to it. The Government is only now deciding on which areas to focus in regard to the national...More Button

Previously, the biggest problem the Government faced was not the raising of finance but the choice of project, its design and operation, although that is no longer the position. My colleague, Deput...More Button

We all accept the huge problems created by the slow rate of delivery under the national development plan. It is a massive problem for the country and is having serious effects on every Department. ...More Button

The scenario is akin to my experience of a year and a half ago as a county councillor. No elected representative could do anything about any issue under the national roads building project. It was ...More Button

The Bill provides that State authorities are obliged to seek advice from the agency on the types and size of projects being developed. It is great that it can do so, but there is not much point in ...More Button

The Bill outlines who is disqualified from being on the board. This is an area with which I have great difficulty and it is a feature of much of the legislation that passes through the House. Among...More Button

Likewise, members will be appointed by the Minister of the day, but it is important that he or she should receive advice on those whom he or she proposes to appoint and that strict criteria are obs...More Button

I welcome the aspiration to ensure gender balance on the board with regard being paid to “relevant experience”. Relevant experience, however, is a requirement on the basis on gender balance, but no...More Button

I hope when the Minister makes the appointments, he does not adopt a similar attitude to the Minster for the Environment and Local Government, who appeared on “Questions and Answers” last night, re...More Button

I have not closed my mind to public private partnerships in general because that would be wrong. There are circumstances in which they could work effectively, but the decisions on which projects ar...More Button

Previous speakers referred to the new school project in Tubbercurry which has been welcomed as a fantastic facility because principals and staff have been freed to teach. However, we do not have ex...More Button

I am concerned that we should not put ourselves in the same position with standards slipping in a few years. It is easy to open a fine, new school today, but what it will be like tomorrow is anothe...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Schools Refurbishment.

Thank you, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, for the opportunity to raise this matter.More Button

We can all recall last April when people in every constituency were angered – I would not say shocked because many people were aware of the state of many of our school buildings – by th...More Button

The position today is very different from the expectation created last April and May. At meetings held during the election campaign significant pressure was placed on all candidates. People were to...More Button

In the Estimates much play was made of the fact that extra funding has been provided to appoint more resource teachers. While this is welcome news, resource teachers cannot work unless they have a ...More Button

I asked to be directed to the staff room. On stepping into it, I discovered there was no space for me to stand. Two teachers were seated having lunch and there was another seat for a further teache...More Button

We should commend teachers on enduring the conditions in which they work. It is a miracle they remain in their jobs. I would not be able to work in the conditions under which they work. It is not a...More Button

We have to decide how we will proceed with schools building. It must be prioritised and we must get value for money. Tubbercurry school, which opened yesterday, is a fine example of a public privat...More Button

Allowing 401 schools to proceed to the architectural planning stage when the reality is that they will be stuck in that stage for time immemorial constitutes a huge waste on the part of the Departm...More Button

Written Answers. - National Education Welfare Board.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: the number of staff which will be appointed to the National Education Welfare Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: the responsibilities of the staff appointed to the National Education Welfare Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Education (Welfare) Act, 2000.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: when he intends to provide information and guidance on the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, to schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Relations Negotiations.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: when he intends to hold negotiations with unions on the practical implementation of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Inservice Training.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if he intends to provide in-service training for primary school teachers to deal with developmental co-ordination disorder; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if he intends to review the timetable for the junior and leaving certificate examinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Capitation Grants.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if the capitation grant for national schools will be paid before Christmas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if he intends to increase the capitation grant for national schools, to bring spending on national schools more closer to the OECD average; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: the amount of curriculum grant which will be paid to schools in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button