Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

McConalogue, Charlie

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


School Enrolments

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the discussions she has had in relation to the inclusion of provisions excluding denominational schools from using a child's religion in selection criteria for school admissions in the forthcoming ...More Button

The question seeks an update from the Minister on the discussions she has had with her coalition partners on the need for a change to the current situation with regard to school admissions policy, ...More Button

I find it objectionable that we can read in today's newspapers a clearer explanation from the Minister as to the current status of the school admissions Bill than she has outlined in her reply to m...More Button

The Minister is being defeatist rather than realistic, because this is something that was very much within the Minister's grasp. It was within her power to ensure the Bill went through the Dáil an...More Button

School admissions are one of the key issues, along with junior certificate reform and divestment, that the Minister and her predecessor, Deputy Quinn, flagged as priorities for the Labour Party i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the discussions she has had on the inclusion of provisions excluding denominational schools from using a child's religion in selection criteria for schools admissions in the forthcoming schools adm...More Button

Childhood Obesity

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: her views on the challenge by schools (details supplied) in County Wicklow to the locating of a fast-food restaurant close to their premises on public health grounds, and the progress in implementi...More Button

I ask the Minister for her views on the challenge by a school in Greystones, County Wicklow, to the location of a McDonald's restaurant close to its premises on public health grounds, and for an up...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his response. The context for this, as I outlined in my question, is a secondary school in Greystones which brought a legal challenge to a planning application fo...More Button

There is a disconnect between what parents and communities want in terms of the appalling health status of our young people, what the Government hopes to achieve through Healthy Ireland, and the ...More Button

Will the Minister of State agree to set up in interdepartmental group to design planning guidelines for "no-fry zones" close to schools? Will he agree to a ban on vending machines in schools sel...More Button

I thank the Minister of State. He and the Minister, as Department of Education and Skills leads, should be more proactive in taking a national policy approach to this, rather than confining the is...More Button

What, if any, plans, does the Department have to improve the situation in schools? Will the Minister of State look again at the need for a national policy approach to ensuring that there is guid...More Button

Childhood Obesity (Continued)

The bulk of the food is sold from vending machines in all our schools yet the Department refuses to do away with it and issue a guideline and a requirement that schools not serve that food and repl...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if she will address concerns regarding the new system of allocation of resource and learning supports that is being piloted in 2015; and if she will address the long waiting times for special needs...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision (Continued)

As the Minister knows, there is real concern in schools across the country as to what system will face them next September and what allocation model will be used to decide on the number of resource...More Button

Can the Minister give any indication as to what the planned model for the allocation of resources will be this coming September? There are only two or three months left before schools start applyi...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The Minister for Education and Skills indicated this morning that the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill will not be brought to the Dáil during the Government's term. Will the Taoiseach explain...More Button

-----which had been put forward as reform in the Department of Education and Skills under the Labour Party.

  The minimum wage legislation is a related topic. The national minim...More Button

-----to their workers who will be due that payment in January? I understand Pobal is refusing to pay the funding required to the organisations so they can pay the increased minimum wage to workers.More Button

School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of the implementation of junior cycle reform; the level of participation of teachers in training for the new curriculum and assessment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Promotion

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: her views on the challenge by schools (details supplied) in Greystones in County Wicklow to the location of a fast-food restaurant close to their premises on public health grounds; and the progress...More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: why, under the current staffing schedule, mainstream schools with 15 to 27 teachers require 37 extra pupils to gain or retain a teacher, while schools with more than 27 or fewer than 15 teachers on...More Button

Water Conservation Grant Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection: if she will accept a late application for the water conservation grant as the person was not aware of the closing date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

State Examinations Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the latest data from the State Examinations Commission and her Department on the percentage of school leavers from all 192 secondary level schools with DEIS status who sat the leaving certificate, ...More Button

Schools Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 500 of 1 December 2015, the number of primary schools, by county, by ethos and denomination, in tabular form.More Button