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Dempsey, Noel

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 Nbr. 4


Order of Business.

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Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the adequacy of his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 511 of 9 October 2002; if he will address the concerns of the parents, schoolchildren, and teachers of this school (details supplied) in Dubl...More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. The school to which the Deputy ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the approval for tenders for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The pre-qualification of suitable contractors for the works in the school to which the Deputy refers is under way. When this process has been completed the question of allowing the works to proceed...More Button

Was asked: the situation with respect to the proposals for additional accommodation at Glendalough national school, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present and this includes a large number of projects at various stages of architectural planning, details of which are ...More Button

Was asked: the situation with respect to the proposals for a new school at Lacken, County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has recently informed the school authorities that it will not be in a position to proceed with the acquisition of a site for a new school building at Lacken in the foreseeable future....More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the need for additional-refurbished accommodation at Bishop Shanahan national school, Orwell Park, Dublin 6W.More Button

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. In view of the extensive nature...More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the action he is taking to ensure that young people from disadvantaged communities are given every opportunity to attend third level colleges.More Button

There is a provision within the national development plan for a third level access fund totalling €120 million over the period 2000 to 2006 to tackle disadvantage at third level. In line with ...More Button

Special rates of maintenance grant – usually referred to as “top-up” grants – payable to disadvantaged grant holders were introduced with effect from the 2000-01 academic year. Followin...More Button

A new millennium partnership fund for disadvantage was introduced with effect from 2001. The fund provides assistance to partnership companies and community groups to develop their support schemes ...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Projects.

Was asked: the distinction between the two initiatives, Breaking the Cycle, and Giving Children an Even Break; if one is senior to the other; the reason for two-tiered funding; and if he will make a statement...More Button

The Breaking the Cycle pilot project was launched in 1996 and seeks to discriminate positively in favour of primary schools in selected urban and rural areas which have high concentrations of child...More Button

The survey outcome forms the basis of the new disadvantage programme, Giving Children an Even Break, a major initiative which was launched in January 2001 to tackle educational disadvantage at prim...More Button

All schools included in the Breaking the Cycle pilot project and those that were previously designated as disadvantaged will retain the resources allocated to them under those programmes and may al...More Button

Written Answers. - Appropriations-in-Aid.

Was asked: the details of the appropriations-in-aid raised by his Department in 2000 and 2001; his estimate for the outturn for 2002; and the percentage yearly increase in each subhead.More Button

Summary details of the appropri ations-in-aid for the Education group of Votes are provided in the following table:More Button

Appropriations-in-aid for Education Votes (euro million)More Button

The appropriations-in-aid figures for 2000 and 2001 are based on the outturn. The figures for 2002 are as published in the revised Estimates volume for 2002. The 2002 appropriations-in-aid are bein...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Charges.

Was asked: the revenue from charges related to public services which his Department approves to be raised by agencies under his aegis, which are not included in appropriations-in-aid for 2000, 2001 and 2002.More Button

Data on revenue from charges related to public services raised by agencies under the aegis of my Department are not maintained in the Department and it would take an inordinate amount of official t...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the basis on which a request by a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9 for a teacher was turned down by his Department; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that one teacher must now take a...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that I recently established an independent appeals board to adjudicate on appeals from boards of management on mainstream staffing allocations in primary schools. The appeal...More Button

Was asked: the details of the release scheme for principals in national schools; and the plans in place to provide trained substitute teachers to service the principals release scheme.More Button

The release scheme to which the Deputy refers was introduced in the 2000-01 school year to allow release time for principals in primary schools with six or less mainstream class teachers. The relea...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: if he will review the operation of the third level grants and free fees systems to allow a second and final chance for students who switch courses after their first year to avail of these schemes; ...More Button

In general, under the terms of my Department's higher education grants schemes, vocational education committees' scholarships scheme and free fees initiative a student will not receive grant aid or...More Button

However, the third level maintenance grants scheme for trainees, which applies to approved national certificate and national diploma courses in the institutes of technology, provides that, subject ...More Button

The issue in question will be considered in the context of the review of student support pro visions, which my Department is at present carrying out.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the total estimated cost of changes, including the disuse of old stationery, the purchase of new letterheads, stationery, and changes to websites and so on and all other costs incurred as a result ...More Button

No change occurred in the name of my Department on the formation of the current Government. Consequently, there was no requirement to change letterheads on stationery or any of the other items list...More Button