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Halligan, John

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


School Transport Provision

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

  Currently almost 116,000 children, including some 12,000 children with special e...More Button

Education and Training Boards Administration

This is an operational matter for Cork Education and Training Board (CETB).  I have made arrangements for CETB to reply directly to the Deputy.More Button

My Department has been made aware in the last week of an issue in relation to the delivery of training by a centre contracted by an Education and Training Board (ETB).  The ETB in question is curre...More Button

SOLAS Training and Education Programmes Expenditure

The training allowance, funded by my Department through SOLAS, paid to participants on Further Education and Training (FET) courses, is based on Department of Social Protection payment rates. In t...More Button

Youthreach Programme Review

As part of the detailed implementation plan in relation to the Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019, SOLAS has committed to organising a schedule of independent evaluations of programm...More Button

Literacy Programmes

Education and Training Boards, funded through SOLAS, provide a range of programmes to cater for literacy and learning needs of adults, details of which are published in the annual FET Services Plan...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available. My Department and SOLAS will collate the information and forward it directly to the Deputy. 

 The following defer...More Button

Post-Leaving Certificate Courses Fees

The 2011 Budget provided for the introduction of a €200 annual Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programme participant contribution. This was introduced at the start of the 2011/2012 academic year an...More Button

Full medical card holders, in their own right as well as their dependent children, those eligible under the student grant scheme and those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or ...More Button

The PLC participant contribution is set against the amount to be paid in enhanced capitation grants to ETBs. The estimated cost of removing the PLC participant charge is approximately €3 million...More Button

In relation to Apprenticeship fees an Annual Student Contribution is levied on all students attending Institutes of Technology (IoTs). Previously this Annual Student Contribution was paid by FÁS...More Button

The amount charged to apprentices is calculated on a pro rata basis of the time which they spend in IoTs during the academic year. This cost would typically be one third of the Annual Student Co...More Button

The cost of not charging the Annual Student Contribution to apprentices in 2017 is estimated as €3.8 million.More Button

I have no plans to abolish either the PLC participant charge or the Annual Student Contribution for apprentices.  More Button

School Transport Data

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

  Currently almost 116,000 children, including some 12,000 children with special e...More Button

Education Schemes

I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 to 164, inclusive, together.

  The information is being compiled by my Department and Solas and will be sent to the Deputy as soon as it is a...More Button

School Transport

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

  Currently almost 116,000 children, including some 12,000 children with special e...More Button

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

  Currently almost 116,000 children, including some 12,000 children with special e...More Button

School Transport Eligibility

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.More Button

Currently almost 116,000 children, including some 12,000 children with special educational needs, are being transported in over 4,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools...More Button

The purpose of my Department’s School Transport scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest schoo...More Button

The child in question is not eligible for school transport as he is not attending his nearest school.More Button

Children who are not eligible for school transport may apply for transport on a concessionary basis only which is subject to a number of terms and conditions including the availability of spare s...More Button

Spare seats on school transport services are generally allocated during the first week in August; this child was not included in this allocation process as Bus Éireann did not receive payment unt...More Button

The above information regarding this school transport application has previously been relayed to the family in question by both my Department and Bus Éireann.More Button

National Training Fund

The consultative paper explains that the operation of EU Fiscal Rules and the inclusion of National Training Fund (NTF) in my Department's overall annual expenditure ceiling means that additional e...More Button

The increased rate of contribution referred to is the proposed increase in the rate of the training levy.  The fiscal rules allow public expenditure to increase when new discretionary raising mea...More Button