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Bhreathnach, Niamh

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 Nbr. 5


Written Answers. - Opinion Polls.

Was asked: the number of opinion polls commissioned by her since December 1994; the purpose of each poll; and the overall cost of the polls carried out to date by her Department.More Button

No opinion polls have been commissioned by the Minister for Education since she came into office in December, 1994.More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Grant Aid.

Was asked: the current position regarding the proposed extension to De La Salle College, Dundalk, County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Architectural planning of the proposed extension at De La Salle College, Dundalk is proceeding.More Button

Stage V — Bill of Quantities has been submitted to my Department and is now being examined by my Department's technical staff.More Button

Was asked: the reason the extension which a school (details supplied) in County Donegal applied for has not gone to tender in view of the fact that it was told that it would be going to tender in February to ...More Button

A building project at the school mentioned by the Deputy, was included on the 1995 capital programme. The decision to include the school in the programme must be seen as the beginning of a process...More Button

Contract documentation in respect of this project is currently being prepared. A decision on the timing of this process can only be taken after the contract documentation is complete and in the lig...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to give a grant towards computer equipment at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 22 which has been selected to introduce the new leaving certificate applied programme ...More Button

An annual resource grant for equipment and materials is provided in respect of schools approved to provide the leaving certificate applied. The grant is calculated on the basis of £125 per l...More Button

A review of the financial support for schools providing the leaving certificate applied is currently taking place and will be completed shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if she will provide alternative arrangements for children with special needs in the Dungarvan area, County Waterford, who cannot take up places provided for them in the Presentation primary school,...More Button

I am aware of the case referred to by the Deputy. My Department is currently engaged in urgent efforts to put suitable transport arrangements in place for the children in question.More Button

My Department makes every effort to provide school transport for children attending special schools and classes on either scheduled or special services. However, in some instances this is simply n...More Button

The children in question have been enrolled at a special class for pupils with speech and language disorder which has been established at the school mentioned by the Deputy. A total of eight child...More Button

Because of the dispersed locations of the children in relation to the special class, it has not proved possible to arrange a transport service to the class. Neither have the children's parents foun...More Button

In view of these developments and in order to facilitate the children in question, my Department is urgently examining ways of overcoming the present difficulty. I hope a satisfactory solution can...More Button

Written Answers. - Tallaght (Dublin) Gaelscoil.

Was asked: her views regarding the proposals to build a permanent gaelscoil at the designated site on the corner of Tymon Park and Greenhills Road, Dublin 12; her views on the current debate between South Dub...More Button

The site owned by the Department at Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24 has been designated as a suitable location for Coláiste de hÍde. I understand the site is at present being used b...More Button

The Department and the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee are negotiating with the county council with a view to ensuring that permanent accommodation is provided for the school as quickl...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: if she will waive fees for a third level student (details supplied) in County Limerick who wants to study medicine at UCC.More Button

Was asked: if she will give fees to a third level student (details supplied) in County Kildare who has just completed first year of medicine at Trinity College, Dublin.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.More Button

The students in question already have a degree. They are therefore ineligible to avail of the free fees initiative.More Button

Written Answers. - Certificate Examinations.

Was asked: if she has satisfied herself that all procedures have been properly complied with in regard to certificate examinations 1996.More Button

I am satisfied that the procedures were operated in an effective and cohesive manner.More Button

Strengthened and better integrated procedures were put in place this year in line with the recommendations made by the consultants Price Waterhouse in their report on the 1995 leaving certificate a...More Button

Written Answers. - Beatification of Edmund Rice.

Was asked: if she will award a supplementary free day to those schools which might wish to avail of it in connection with the Beatification of Brother Edmund Rice.More Button

The maximum period for which a national school may be closed for vacation in any school year is 56 days. All schools must close for summer vacation for the complete months of July and August. The...More Button

Closure on special days not occurring during school vacation is at the discretion of the board of management, subject to meeting the requirement of 183 teaching days per year.More Button

At second-level, schools are required to be open for teaching on 167 days. School management has discretion in the planning of the school year to allow for holidays and other closures which do not ...More Button

Written Answers. - Swimming Hall of Fame.

Was asked: the discussions, if any, she has had with the Dublin International Sports Council regarding the establishment of the European Headquarters of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ireland; whe...More Button

Extensive and detailed discussions have taken place between my Department's officials and technical advisers with representatives of the Dublin International Sports Council and the International Sw...More Button

As I have stated in previous replies to parliamentary questions a project of this scale requires very careful consideration because of the implications for Exchequer funding of the overall capital ...More Button

These issues are presently being examined in the context of the sports strategy which is due to be completed later this year. It is expected that a decision in the matter will be made following co...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Feasibility Study.

Was asked: whether the feasibility study recently undertaken by officials from her Department at St. Michaels Diocesan School, Trim, County Meath, is complete; and if so, when she will make an announcement wh...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, private consultants have been engaged by the Department to undertake a feasibility study of the Diocesan School in Trim.More Button

The feasibility study is now nearing completion and is expected to be submitted to my Department's building unit shortly. When the final report has been examined in full by the technical staff of ...More Button

Was asked: the progress, if any, being made on the provision of a new community school at Ferrybank, Waterford, which involves the amalgamation of Slieverue vocational school in County Kilkenny and the neighb...More Button

The post-primary building unit of my Department is currently making arrangements to appoint a consultant architect to carry out a feasibility study of the Sacred Heart secondary school site. As so...More Button

My Department is aware of the urgent need for the new community school and every effort will be made to ensure that there is no delay in providing the new premises.More Button

In the meantime, an application for the replacement of prefabricated accommodation at Slieverue vocational school is under consideration and a decision on the matter will be issued to the vocation...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Diploma Subjects.

Was asked: the subjects which are allowed for study and teaching practice for students studying the Higher Diploma in Education.More Button

Students engaged in teaching practice for the Higher Diploma in Education may teach any subject on the approved second-level curriculum.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Aid.

Was asked: if she will approve a grant in respect of a sports capital programme for the Presentation Convent, Ballingarry, Thurles, County Tipperary.More Button

In general, school projects are not eligible for national lottery funding under either the recreational facilities scheme or the major facilities scheme. However, a limited number of school sports...More Button

An application from the organisation in question could be considered in the context of the limited funds available and the many hundreds of applications from sport and community groups already on h...More Button

Was asked: if she will approve a grant in respect of a sports complex at Ursuline secondary school, Thurles, County Tipperary.More Button

My Department has received an application under the sports capital programme from the school in question.More Button

In general, school projects are not eligible for funding under either the major sports capital programme or the recreation facilities scheme. However, a limited number of school sports facilities ...More Button

Was asked: whether she has received an application for grant assistance from Clontarf football club; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that my Department has received a completed application form from Clontarf football club seeking grant-aid under the sports capital programme.More Button

Every consideration will be given to the application for grant assistance when decisions are being made on grant allocations this year.More Button

Written Answers. - Site Purchase.

Was asked: when a site for a school (details supplied) in County Cork will be purchased from the vocational education committee: if her attention has been drawn to the deplorable conditions of the prefabricat...More Button

I am not in a position at this point to indicate when a site will be purchased for the school referred to by the Deputy. My Department is currently examining the overall national school accommodat...More Button

I am aware of the unsatisfactory condition of the prefabricated classrooms in the school. I assure the Deputy that every effort is being made to ensure that the needs of the school are addressed a...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if she will agree to the retention of a fourth teacher at a national school (details supplied) in County Cork in view of the fact that the school is only short three pupils to make up the required ...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question did not lose a post at the end of the 1995-96 school year. The current authorised staffing is based on the school's enrolment of 94 pupils ...More Button

The staffing arrangements which will apply to primary schools for the 1997-98 school year will be determined at a later date.More Button

Was asked: if she will provide an additional teacher to a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The staffing of a national school for a particular year is determined by the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year.More Button

The enrolment of the school in question on 30 September 1995 was 82 pupils, which warrants a staffing of a principal and two assistant teachers for the 1996-97 school year. The existing staffing a...More Button

Was asked: the number of pupils enrolled in Derryglinna school, County Galway, in September 1995.More Button

Was asked: if she will appoint a second teacher to Derryglinna school, for the school year 1996/1997, in view of the number of pupils currently attending this school and in view of the fact that this is a one...More Button

I propose to Question Nos. 169 and 170 together.More Button

The enrolment of Derryglinna national school on 30 September 1995 was 20 pupils. This warrants a staffing of a principal only for the 1996-97 school year.More Button

I understand that the current enrolment at the school is 21 pupils. The maximum class size guideline for one teacher schools with more than four standards is 28 pupils. In the circumstances, ther...More Button

Written Answers. - Award of Contract.

Was asked: when the contract will be awarded for work on a school (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is included in my Department's 1995 capital building programme. Detailed drawings and tender documentation have been prepared and a shortlist of suitable cont...More Button

Was asked: when the contract will be awarded for work on a school (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is included in my Department's 1995 capital building programme. Detailed drawings and tender documentation have been prepared and a shortlist of suitable cont...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Application Delay.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in applying for planning permission for the provision of prefabricated classrooms at Naas Convent primary school, County Kildare; and when these prefabs will be provided.More Button

My Department approved grant-aid towards the cost of a double pre-fabricated classroom unit in June 1996.More Button

The Office of Public Works was requested to assist the school in having the accommodation provided. Tenders were subsequently invited for the project and the contract was placed in August 1996. T...More Button

The pre-fabricated unit will be provided as soon as possible after the planning permission and fire certificate are granted.More Button

There has been no unnecessary delay in applying for planning permission for this scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Charging of Fees.

Was asked: if she will have arrangements made to investigate the case of a student (details supplied) in County Tipperary who attended UCD for seven weeks in 1996 and is being charged half fees in 1997; and i...More Button

I have asked officials of my Department to investigate the circumstances surrounding this case. When my officials have had an opportunity to examine the case and report to me I will communicate fu...More Button

Written Answers. - Allocation of Remedial Teachers.

Was asked: when a shared remedial teacher will be allocated to the board of management of Bonniconlon, Carra, Bofield, Attymass and the Church of Ireland school in Ballina national schools in view of the fact...More Button

Was asked: if she will allocate a remedial teacher to a school (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 171 together.More Button

I am not in a position at present to allocate additional remedial teachers to primary schools. When I am next in a position to extend the remediation serice, the needs of the schools in question w...More Button

Since amy appointment as Minister for Education, I have allocated an additional 241 remedial teachers to the primary sector. A total of 1,188 remedial teachers are now in place and the percentage ...More Button

I consider that the substantial improvements which I have already achieved in this area provide practical confirmation of my commitment to the needs of the children in question. However, as Ministe...More Button

In the current year, I have adopted a particular focus on children who suffer from educational disadvantage and have sought to target resources into this area in an effort to break the cycle of dis...More Button

I am satisfied that I have achieved substantial advances across the entire spectrum of special needs, including the remedial area. It is my intention to continue this process.More Button

Written Answers. - Castlebar Regional Technical College.

Was asked: the number of full-time students who have taken up a course in the regional technical college in Castlebar, County Mayo; and the number of part-time students who are attending the regional technica...More Button

The numbers of full-time students and part-time students who have registered for courses in the Castlebar Campus of Galway Regional Technical College in the academic year 1996-97 are as follows: Fu...More Button

A further 90 part-time students are expected to register for part-time courses which will start in January 1997.More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: whether she has received representations concerning the provision of additional classrooms for St. Nessan's national school, Mungret, County Limerick; if so, if her attention has been drawn to the ...More Button

An application for additional classrooms for St. Nessan's national school, Mungret, County Limerick has been received in my Department.More Button

The accommodation requirements of this school are currently being assessed within my Department. When this assessment is completed, my Department will be in contact with the school authorities.More Button

Written Answers. - Employment of Graduates.

Was asked: when the boards of management will commence employing bachelor of education graduates; and when her Department will make finances available in this regard.More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to primary teachers. In this context, I can assure him that the vast majority of primary teachers entering the profession are B.Ed. degree holders.More Button

The matter of providing finances to boards of management to allow boards employ B.Ed. degree holders does not arise because the salary of primary teachers is paid in full by my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - Donegal School Extension.

Was asked: the current position regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

The accommodation at the school referred to by the Deputy consists of two permanent classrooms. The school has requested that each of the classrooms be extended. The Department's planning section ...More Button

Was asked: the current postion regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

The matter of the provision of extra accommodation at the school referred to by the Deputy is currently being examined within the planning section of my Department. When this examination has been ...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Hall Funding.

Was asked: the current position in relation to funding for a community hall (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

An application for funding for a community hall at the school in question is being considered at present by my Department.More Button

County Donegal Vocational Education Committee will be informed of any decision taken in this regard.More Button

Written Answers. - Ionad Oideachais.

Tá athbhreithniú á dhéanamh agam fós ar fhorbairt na n-ionad oideachais agus tá súil agam go mbeidh mé in ann ráiteas a dhéanam...More Button

Beidh suim ag an Teachta a fháil amach go bhfuil an tAonad Forbartha Ionghairme im Roinn tar éis airgead a cheadú do chúrsaí faoi chláracha inseirbhí...More Button