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Fleming, Sean

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

School Meals Programme

I welcome the opportunity to raise this important issue. I also welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kevin Humphreys, who is taking it on behalf of the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection...More Button

The motion is straightforward and concerns the need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the funding of the school meals project at Scoil Bhríde, Knockmay, Portlaoise, Co...More Button

I asked two parliamentary questions on the issue, on 25 June and 2 July 2014, respectively. I received answers at the time which were unsatisfactory, which is why I have sought to raise the matter...More Button

An additional €2 million was allocated to the scheme in 2013 to provide for an additional 100 new schools which were being brought into the scheme. It was decided that each school would receive ...More Button

School Meals Programme (Continued)

While the funding provided for school meals is welcome, certain schools, including Scoil Bhríde, receive a low level of funding under the school meals programme because they entered the scheme earl...More Button

Last July I tabled a parliamentary question seeking a breakdown of payments per pupil under the school meals programme across the school system. I asked how many schools were receiving payments ...More Button

I ask that Scoil Bhríde's application for additional funding be given favourable treatment. Furthermore, the inequity in the system, whereby schools that have been in the programme for a long ti...More Button

I welcome the opportunity to meet the Minister of State to discuss this matter. I will provide him with the information I have received at that point.More Button

The purpose of the school meals scheme is to help children to get to school. Many but by no means all of the children in Knockmay are from low income families and do not receive a breakfast. In...More Button

Scoil Bhríde receives funding to provide lunch for two children in each class of 30 pupils. This means that the principal or someone acting on the principal's behalf must choose the two children...More Button

The reason I have so much information on this issue is that, in addition to submitting parliamentary questions, I sent a detailed letter outlining the position to the Secretary General of the Dep...More Button

The essential point is that there is a structural flaw in the system. The official indicated that if the funding provided for Scoil Bhríde were to be increased to the average figure, other schoo...More Button

It should be noted that Scoil Bhríde is a DEIS 1 school and that many of the pupils come from families on low incomes. Let us try to feed these children in order that they can be educated a litt...More Button

Water Sector Reforms: Motion (Continued)

The Leas-Cheann Comhairle could suspend the sitting.More Button

Suspend the House.More Button

Prison Staff

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if her attention has been drawn to the change in the work practices in the Prison Service (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button