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McHugh, Joe

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

This is an issue on which I have worked closely with political representatives and school principals. Deputy Mattie McGrath is aware that I met the principals. He is also aware that the Departmen...More Button

The matter was the subject of a public meeting a few days before the local elections. An issue has arisen with respect to the architect, of which Deputy McConalogue will be well aware. We have re...More Button

I confirm that the report has been forwarded. I am in the middle of reading it and I will consider its findings.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Gabhaim buíochas leis an Teachta fá choinne an t-ábhar seo a ardú inniu. Ábhar iontach tábhachtach atá ann. Tuigim na deacrachtaí agus na míbhuntáistí atá i gceist agus tuigim an frustrachas atá ...More Button

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter, as it gives me the opportunity to provide an update to the House on the current position regarding Holy Family primary school, Mullingar, previously kn...More Button

It is in the nature of any building project that difficulties can arise. The objective always is to deal with these as efficiently as possible in order to minimise delays as well as costs. Howe...More Button

The initial delays with this school project arose primarily because the contractor encountered bad unforeseen ground conditions together with severe weather events.More Button

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

As the Deputy may be aware, agreement in principle has been reached with the vendor for the acquisition of a site at Clonard, Co. Wexford. This site is proposed to facilitate the permanent accommod...More Button

In the meantime, I can inform the Deputy that the school project in question is being devolved for delivery to Waterford and Wexford ETB (WWETB).More Button

My Department will shortly be making the necessary arrangements to enter into a Service Level Agreement with WWETB in that respect.  This is the first step to initiate the delivery of the project...More Button

Questions Nos. 175 to 178, inclusive, answered with Question No. 117.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status (Continued)

In addition, as with any building contract, issues may arise that form disputes between the design team and the contractor. There is nothing unusual about this and the public works contract provid...More Button

Let the House be in no doubt that I consider that the delays which have arisen in recent months are completely unacceptable for all concerned, particularly as the school will have to continue to ...More Button

In the meantime, my Department has met and worked closely with the patron and school authorities of Holy Family in order to put in place contingency arrangements to ensure that the needs of the s...More Button

I will not repeat myself. I am sure the parents of children in the school do not want to hear the same thing over and over again. One thing I can say for certain is that this project is not out o...More Button

On the Deputy's question on equipment, departmental officials asked the school to evaluate or assess which items of equipment and furniture, including ICT equipment, can be transferred to the new...More Button

I hope that decanting from the old school to the new one will take place in October. I do not like setting deadlines as too many have been missed, but we must do so in order to keep the pressure...More Button

I again acknowledge the board of management, the parents' association and the various stakeholders. The role of the clerk of works is of great importance. Last October, Deputies raised the issu...More Button

Apprenticeship Data

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; if he will seek equality of ...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; the number of new apprentice...More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled by apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020 will be allowed; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017 to date; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if a new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017. More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances will be sought for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017.More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances will be sought for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; and the estimated cost in this regard.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; the number of new apprentice...More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances will be sought for apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances will be sought for apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 are and will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017.More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeship courses developed since 2017; and the number of apprentices enrolled by year.More Button

Was asked: if he will seek equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in the forthcoming Budget; and if so, the estimated cost of same.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; the number of new apprentice...More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be provided in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

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

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will seek for equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be introduced in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices that have participated on each apprenticeship programme since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017; his plans to roll out more programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the new apprenticeship programmes rolled out since 2017 will have the same allowances as apprentices attending college; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce similar allowances for all apprenticeships; if so, the estimated cost for such allowances; the estimated additional costs that will be incurred in ensuring equality of allowa...More Button

Was asked: if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the number of new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017; the number of apprentices that participated and completed these new apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017, in tabular form.More Button

Was asked: his plans to seek equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Staff

Was asked: if a DEIS primary school (details supplied) will not lose a teacher in the forthcoming academic year in view of the exceptional circumstances of the case; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous 30th Se...More Button

School Accommodation Provision

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

I can confirm that my Department received an application in March 2019 for a general purpose room from the school referred to by the Deputy.

  The immediate priority of my Depart...More Button

Education and Training Boards

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

The proposed development of Shielbaggan Outdoor Centre on Forth Mountain, County Wexford is by means of a partnership between Waterford and Wexford ETB and Wexford County Council. More Button

The Forth Mountain Outdoor Education and Training Centre referred to by the Deputy is being purpose built by Wexford County Council and there has been consultation between Waterford and Wexford E...More Button

My Department is not directly involved in the building project but we have received a copy of the proposal from the ETB to relocate the services and facilities of Shielbaggan Outdoor Education an...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a child (details supplied) with special needs who will be five years of age in July 2019 and has no appropriate school place for September; and if he ...More Button

It is the policy of my Department that all children with Special Educational Needs, including those with Autism, can have access to an education appropriate to their needs, preferably in school set...More Button

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

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

Schools Building Projects

Was asked: when the policy under review for hiring clerks of works on additional accommodation schemes will be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that it is standard practice that a Clerk of Works is appointed on all major school building projects when the project is progressing to site. The current position with res...More Button

National Training Fund

Was asked: the amount of revenue collected by the national training fund levy in each of the years 2000 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the amount spent from the national training fund in each of the years 2000 ...More Button

Was asked: the amount in the national training fund, including funds held in reserve and carried over from underspends in previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Building Contractors

Was asked: the timeline for the construction of the permanent building for a school (details supplied) in view of the fact that planning permission has been granted; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Permanent accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy is being delivered under the Department’s Design & Build Programme.  This delivery programme uses a professional Project Manager to ...More Button

The brief for this project is to provide a 16 classroom primary school with a 2 classroom special educational needs unit.  More Button

A planning application for the project was lodged in January 2019.  Additional information sought by the local authority was provided and a notification of decision to grant planning permission w...More Button

Third Level Institutions

Was asked: if he will engage with a college (details supplied) in County Tipperary that wishes to provide a course for the provision of home economics teachers in view of the fact that the only course nationa...More Button

My Department is currently considering a submission in relation to the provision of a Home Economics Programme in the Higher Education Institution (HEI) referred to by the Deputy.   ...More Button

School Transport

Was asked: if an extension to a school bus route (details supplied) is under consideration; if so, when the outcome will be decided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Universal Support Ireland Expenditure

Was asked: the reason €2 million less was spent on the SUSI grant in 2019.More Button

In the published Revised Estimates Volume (REV) for 2019, the allocation for student support and related expenditure is €404,450,000. This figure will cover costs associated with SUSI grants and re...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the SUSI grant scheme, SAF and FSD are all demand led schemes and expenditure can vary from year to year, depending on demand. The figures for SUSI grants are not ye...More Button

As in previous years, the level of expenditure and demand on each of the schemes will remain under review throughout the year. It is anticipated that the 2019 REV allocation will meet the anticip...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: if the income thresholds for the SUSI grant will rise in 2020 to make it more accessible for students and families.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, approved c...More Button

The eligibility criteria for student grants including the income thresholds reviewed annually in my Department and approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. As the Deputy will ...More Button

The aim of the student grant scheme has always been to make a contribution to the cost of going to college, covering the full cost has never been a feasible option.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

Questions Nos. 192 to 203, inclusive, answered with Question No. 117.More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: if consideration will be given to the request of an organisation (details supplied) in Budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My aim for Budget 2020 is to progressively deliver on the commitments set out in the Programme for Government, the Confidence and Supply Arrangement and my Department's Statement of Strategy and Ac...More Button

Over the past number of years, the Government has invested significant additional resources in education and training, which has delivered thousands of extra teaching and Special Needs Assistant ...More Button

In looking at the competing demands for the next Budget, I must have regard to the level of resources which will be available to my Department, in the context of the continuing need for the Gover...More Button

The economic, fiscal and budgetary context for these decisions have been set out in the 2019 Summer Economic Statement, which was published on 25 June by the Minister for Finance and Public Expen...More Button

It will be in that context that I will formulate specific budgetary priorities, having regard to the views of the education partners and all concerned stakeholders.More Button