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Byrne, Thomas

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there has been engagement with teaching principals on easing their workload; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In light of the increased workload for teaching principals, has the Minister for Education and Skills had any engagement with the Irish Primary Principals Network, IPPN, or the new organisation set...More Button

I acknowledge a little bit of progress has been made on this issue. However, many teaching principals in small schools feel they are at breaking point. The Government is very much focused on Dubl...More Button

I have met with teaching principals - I am sure the Minister has even met some from time to time - who feel they cannot continue to absorb the stress and overload associated with the work and the...More Button

The exclusion of special education teachers when calculating teaching principals' salaries is unfair as well. The way it is set up acts as a disincentive to principals who wish to set up ASD units...More Button

A strong case has been made by many of the teaching principals that one release day a week is a point which should be examined. Is the Minister considering it? I accept it has to be considered ...More Button

The Minister should introduce a pathway for principals to be appointed on a temporary contract basis. For example, a school could offer a principal a contract for six or ten years. After that t...More Button

Student Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to bring forward proposals to improve student accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

What is the Minister doing about student accommodation, what proposals he is making and is there a plan? Can he tell students that their rent will be lower? Can he tell them they will have accomm...More Button

I am sure the Minister of State responsible for higher education has been unavoidably detained but, looking at the delegation order for her powers, I believe the Minister has retained most of the p...More Button

The issue of rent pressure zones is one important aspect of the problem. My party and other Opposition parties published legislation in this regard. The solution is as simple as the Minister go...More Button

The rents are already very high. Rent pressure zones do not cover new accommodation, which is now being offered at very high prices. It will in the main be offered to very wealthy students comi...More Button

Student Accommodation (Continued)

We could also have a capital plan for student accommodation.More Button

The issue of licence distinction is one of the first things one learns when studying law in college and it is a red herring in regard to this particular issue. There is no reason that the rent pr...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision (Continued)

Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony raised a point that I mentioned last week and which was made in written questions yesterday. It relates to nursing. The written reply concerned the concerns of the...More Button

Leaders' Questions

The Minister did not bring them forward.More Button

The Government was opening new hubs.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The population has decreased.More Button

Pathway to Redress for Victims of Convicted Child Sexual Abusers: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

That is not what the European Court of Human Rights said.More Button

I wish to share time with Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin.

  I thank my colleague, Deputy Willie O'Dea, for bringing forward the motion. On behalf of the victims of sexual abuse who hav...More Button

Vótáil.More Button

Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I regret I was not able to speak last night. I had a public meeting to attend. I spoke strongly against this Bill on Second Stage because the original intent was an abominable tactic by the then ...More Button

I hope the Ceann Comhairle gives me a little latitude. I am speaking about section 7 and Deputy Tóibín's amendment. The truth is that the Minister must introduce regulations to give effect to t...More Button

I had concerns when I studied section 8 and I have looked closely at the amendment. The section seems to codify existing law. I hope that much of the debate up to this point, apart from the ear...More Button

I agree with Deputy Tóibín that it is a complete oxymoron to describe this legislation as a heritage Bill. I have no doubt the Minister, Deputy Madigan, would not have introduced the Bill if she...More Button

I have worked closely with my colleague, Deputy Ó Cuív. I pay tribute to him for listening to the wide range of views in the Fianna Fáil Party on this issue. We support the protection of our wi...More Button

This Bill has changed to the point of emasculation. I hope I am right in that regard. If that is the case, as I believe it is, it is welcome. I thank Deputy Ó Cuív, the Green Party, Deputy Tói...More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of the expansion to primary school provision in Ashbourne, County Meath.More Button

University Global Rankings

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on the decline in Irish universities’ ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Establishment

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of plans announced in April 2018 to establish 42 new schools over the next four years (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the action being taken to avoid non-teachers being hired to correct State examinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Capitation Grants

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: when the programme for partnership Government commitments on increasing capitation will be honoured; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button