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Moffatt, Tom

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 Nbr. 3


Adjournment Debate. - Educational Projects.

I am pleased that the Deputy has given me the opportunity to outline to the House the issue of the resources available to Scoil Íosagáin and the Marist primary school under the Depart...More Button

The schools targeted under the programme were identified through a comprehensive and objective survey of all primary schools carried out in March-April 2000 by the Educational Research Centre, Drum...More Button

The schools referred to have been included in the support teacher project since 1999. They share the services of a support teacher who works with pupils with disruptive, disturbed or withdrawn beha...More Button

There are separate urban and rural dimensions to “Giving Children An Even Break”. The schools have been included in the urban dimension and are eligible to receive supplementary capitation funding ...More Button

Schools categorised as urban under “Giving Children An Even Break” with the highest concentrations of at risk pupils, including the schools in question, are being supported where necessary through ...More Button

In late 2001, the schools applied for funding for their project under the fund for the development of targeted educational supports for certain children at risk which is responsibility of Minister ...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Autism Services.

I would like to thank Deputy Spring for raising this matter and giving me, on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Health and Children, the opportunity to outline the position concerning this ...More Button

Responsibility for the provision of health related support services, including speech and language therapy and psychology to children with special needs in County Kerry is a matter in the first ins...More Button

The filling of posts which provide speech and language therapy and a clinical psychological service to school age children is a priority for the Southern Health Board. There are five specific posts...More Button

I will come to the reason for that. It is difficult to fill these posts.More Button

Perhaps I will get a chance to return to this issue at the end.More Button

There are also six psychologists posts for the county, of which three are still vacant, despite numerous advertising campaigns, both nationally and internationally.More Button

I have been informed by the board that 28.5 posts have to date been allocated to the health related support services for children with autism from the specific funding allocated for this purpose. A...More Button

While significant additional resources have been made available to the health boards in recent years to enhance the level of health related support services available to children with disabilities,...More Button

In response to the concern of my colleague, the Minister for Health and Children, over the current labour shortages affecting the therapy professions nationwide, the Department commissioned a repor...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Martin, is working with the Minister for Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority to increase the numbers in training for these professions in line with the nee...More Button

I assure the Deputy that this Government is committed to the continued development of services for children with disabilities, including the health related support services provided to children in ...More Button

There is a problem in recruiting—More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Community Support for Older People.

I thank Deputy Kenny for raising this issue on the Adjournment. As a representative of the north Mayo area and the Minister of State with responsibility for older people, I am happy to reply to thi...More Button

Since 1996, the Department has operated the scheme of community support for older people, the purpose of which is to provide funding initiatives to improve the security and social support of vulner...More Button

To ensure the scheme continues to address the security needs of the most vulnerable older people in our society, a sum of €4.4 million has been provided for the scheme in the Department's Est...More Button

To qualify for assistance under the scheme, people aged 65 or older must be living alone or in households made up exclusively of older people or older people who are dependent and vulnerable and un...More Button

A fundamental review of the scheme was carried out in 1999 to ensure it was achieving its aims. The review concluded that a large number of people who applied have received genuine benefits in the ...More Button

The question of funding emergency lighting units for areas which experience above average power failure and overall policy for the energy sector is a matter for the Department of Public Enterprise....More Button

I fully empathise with the Deputy in regard to the situation in north Mayo, and I will follow up on some of the suggestions he made in regard to both Departments.More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Swimming Pool Projects.

I thank Deputy Enright for raising this matter and affording me the opportunity to outline the current position in relation to swimming pools in the Offaly area.More Button

The aim of the swimming pool programme is to assist local authorities in the development of swimming pools. However, the type of public swimming pools that were provided and accepted in the 1970s a...More Button

Under the local authority swimming pool programme, which is administered by the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation, there are four stages in a swimming pool project, following an initial s...More Button

Proposals have been received from Offaly County Council and Tullamore Town Council for the development of swimming facilities in Birr, Clara, Edenderry and Tullamore. The Department of Tourism, Spo...More Button

The Government has, to use the well known phrase, “put its money where its mouth is” in support of sport. Our commitment to the development of sport and, in particular to the provision of sporting ...More Button

These increased provisions include a fourfold increase from €3.8 million in 1999 to a total of €57 million in the annual provision for the swimming pool programme for the years 2000, 2001...More Button

I will come to that. The Minister is anxious that the substantial investment of taxpayers' money by this Government provides value for money by ensuring that attractive, viable facilities are built...More Button

Swimming is a sport in which most people can participate from a very early age and continue throughout their entire lives. Swimming is a most basic, natural and efficient way of taking exercise. Th...More Button

It is vital that the promotion of sport and the development of facilities such as swimming pools is carried out in a strategic and focused way, which means establishing priorities, avoiding overlap...More Button

I wholeheartedly agree with the point made in the Deputy's text for discussion tonight that the provision of proper modern swimming pool facilities is essential and that good quality, well managed ...More Button

I thank Deputy Enright for raising this issue and assure him that the Minister, Deputy McDaid, and the Government will remain vigilant in providing funding for modern swimming pool facilities aroun...More Button

The Dáil adjourned at 11.45 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 28 March 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

The Health (Nursing Homes) Act, 1990, which came into effect on 1 September 1993, has two principal objectives. The first is to ensure high standards of accommodation and care in all nursing homes ...More Button

Entitlement to health services in Ireland is primarily based on means. Under the Health Act, 1970, determination of eligibility for medical cards is the responsibility of the chief executive office...More Button

Income guidelines are drawn up to assist in the determination of a person's eligibility and these are revised annually in line with the consumer price index. However, the guidelines are not statuto...More Button