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Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

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Written Answers - Public Procurement Contracts

Was asked: the reason a construction company must have a turnover of €700,000 or greater in order to tender for the construction of primary schools; in view of the overall reduction in construction costs...More Button

Public procurement guidelines direct that the principles of fairness and openness apply when Public Bodies acquire goods or services. The following information must be made available as part of a ...More Button

The Department’s guidelines provide proportionate minimum standards for qualification and advocate the use of open procedures for projects valued less than €2.5m. This ensures that indig...More Button

Was asked: the steps being taken to ensure that the schools built under the school building programme, and the replacement buildings for prefabs, provide jobs for tradespeople local to the construction being...More Button

It is a key principle, enunciated in the Public Procurement Guidelines, published by the NPPPU, that the public procurement function is discharged honestly, fairly, and in a manner that secures bes...More Button

The Guidelines require a competitive process carried out in an open, objective and transparent manner to achieve best value for money in public procurement. This is in line with EU Treaty principl...More Button

Essential principles to be observed in conducting all procurement functions include non-discrimination, equal treatment, transparency, mutual recognition, proportionality, freedom to provide servic...More Button

In common with the rest of the Public Sector, capital works projects in schools are tendered under the standard Public Works Contracts as required by the Department of Finance and the Government Co...More Button

Written Answers - An Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge

Ag eascairt as an obair a rinne an Grúpa Ardleibhéil, tá oifigigh as an Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna ag comhoibriú go dlúth le hoifigigh as an Roinn Eala&iacut...More Button

Written Answers - Back to Education Initiative

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the back to education initiative; the number of the available 3,000 places that were taken up; the number in each county; and the progress and potential for the part...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Was asked: the reason for a delay in construction of a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Dublin is not responsible for the delays in the building project, that as the only non-fee paying Protestant s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 200 and 210 together.More Button

The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy was included in the five year construction programme and is listed to proceed to construction in 2015/2016.More Button

For the purposes of the 5 Year construction programme new school building projects as well as major extensions have been prioritised on the basis of meeting demographic needs in areas where such ne...More Button

Due to the financial constraints imposed by the need to prioritise the funding available each year for the provision of new school accommodation to meet the increasing demographic requirements it h...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the funding for a much needed extension to a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The delivery of the proposed extension at the school in question has been devolved to Co. Kilkenny VEC and I understand that the VEC will shortly commence the process of appointing a Design Team.More Button

Was asked: if he is continuing to allocate devolved grants for extensions to school buildings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that as outlined in the Five Year Plan and in view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a physical school place, the delivery of major school projects to...More Button

I also wish to advise the Deputy that where an immediate enrolment need in an area has been identified e.g. the appointment of an additional teacher and where school’s existing accommodation ...More Button

Any applications for grant aid for additional school accommodation can only be considered in the context of the challenges that I have outlined above.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a building project at a school (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The building project referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of Architectural Planning. More Button

The Design Team was recently appointed and commenced Stage 1 (Preliminary Sketch Design) of the design process. My Department is awaiting a status update and completion of preliminary design works ...More Button

Was asked: the position [387]regarding a request by a school (details supplied) in Cork for an increase in the size of a general purpose room as part of the design stage of a plann...More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. My Department is currently considering the school’s request for an increase in t...More Button

Was asked: the stage of the proposed development of a new building for a school (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a school place, the delivery of major school projects to meet the demographic demands nationally will be the main focus for capital inve...More Button

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. The Stage 1 submission, which incorporates Preliminary Design, was recently l...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the community of Knocknacarra, County Galway, are in the main supportive of upgrading and providing an extension for a local school (details supplie...More Button

The basis for the decision to open a new school in Knocknacarra was made following a detailed study of the available demographic data for this area. I am aware that my officials had a meeting with ...More Button

For purposes of the Five Year School Building Plan announced recently, new school building projects as well as major extensions have been identified and prioritised on the basis of meeting demograp...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Was asked: the options available [370]for furthering their education in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under my Department’s Free Fees Scheme, students who have previously pursued but have not completed a course of third level study and subsequently resume third level studies are not eligible ...More Button

To satisfy the terms and conditions of the student grant scheme in relation to progression, a student must be moving from year to year within a course having successfully completed the previous yea...More Button

The objective of this policy is to help as many students as possible to obtain one qualification at each level of study. Given the level of demand on the student grant budget from first time stude...More Button

I would advise the student in question to apply to his local grant awarding body to establish his eligibility or otherwise for a grant.More Button

Section 473A, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, as amended by Section 11 of the Finance Act 2011, provides for tax relief, at the standard rate of tax, for tuition fees paid in respect of approved cou...More Button

Was asked: the procedures to be followed when a person wishes to appeal a higher education grant refusal when this decision has also been upheld on appeal to the local authority; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Where the appeals officer from the awarding authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department or the independent appeals board, as appropriate.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a maintenance grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4. More Button

To satisfy the terms and conditions of the student grant scheme in relation to progression, a student must be moving from year to year within a course having successfully completed the previous yea...More Button

The objective of this policy is to help as many students as possible to obtain one qualification at each level of study. Given the level of demand on the student grant budget from first time stude...More Button

In the scenario presented by the Deputy, a student who already holds a Level 8 undergraduate qualification and intends to pursue a second undergraduate degree at the same level is not considered to...More Button

However, tax relief at the standard rate of tax may be claimed in respect of tuition fees paid for approved courses at approved colleges of higher education including approved undergraduate and pos...More Button

In relation to the issue of independent living, the position is that a student may be assessed as an independent mature student if he/she has attained the age of 23 on the 1st of January of the yea...More Button

Was asked: the grants available to Irish students who have been accepted for postgraduate study at universities in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the context of the necessary but difficult expenditure reduction measures announced in Budget 2012, new students entering postgraduate courses, including those in Northern Ireland, from the 2012...More Button

However, those students who meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant will be eligible to have their post-graduate tuition fees paid up to the maximum fee limit under the Student...More Button

In access terms, the requirement to pay a fee is considered to be a greater obstacle to entry than lack of maintenance support at postgraduate level. This is why I opted to maintain the fee-paymen...More Button

In addition, a further limited number of students who would previously have qualified under the standard grant thresholds will qualify to have a €2,000 contribution made towards the costs of t...More Button

In addition to this, the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) provides funding to higher education institutions for the provision of services and supports for full-time students with disabilit...More Button

While it is regrettable that any changes need to be made to student supports, I believe this approach will continue to provide resources for a relatively wide number of post-graduate students and a...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding grants for postgraduate students in the coming academic year; if he will review the decision to end maintenance payment under the student grant scheme for students entering n...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that, in the context of the necessary but difficult expenditure reduction measures announced in Budget 2012, new students entering postgraduate courses from the 2012/13 aca...More Button

Existing postgraduate students will not be affected. In addition, a further limited number of students who would previously have qualified under the standard grant thresholds will qualify to have ...More Button

In access terms, the requirement to pay a fee is considered to be a greater obstacle to entry than lack of maintenance support at postgraduate level. This is why I opted to maintain the fee-paymen...More Button

The Student Assistance Fund will continue to be made available through the access offices of third-level institutions to assist students in exceptional financial need. Tax relief is also available...More Button

As the Government had factored in the savings from the changes in the student grant scheme to the public expenditure programme for 2012 onwards, I regret that I am not in a position to reverse or v...More Button

Was asked: the reason a third level student (details supplied) was treated in such a manner. More Button

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for the relevant grant awarding authority.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that in the absence of all of the relevant details that would be contained in an individual’s application form and supporting documentation, it would not be possibl...More Button

Was asked: when the result of an appeal will be known in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An appeal from the person in respect of whom details were supplied by the Deputy is due for consideration at the next sitting of the Student Grants Appeals Board which is scheduled for the 7th June...More Button

Was asked: his plans to reintroduce postgraduate grants or if there is a plan to bring in a student loan scheme to finance postgraduate studies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the context of the necessary but difficult expenditure reduction measures announced in Budget 2012, new students entering postgraduate courses from the 2012/13 academic year onwards will not be ...More Button

In making these changes, I have provided for fee support for those students who meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant — they will continue to be eligible to have their ...More Button

In addition, a further limited number of students who would previously have qualified under the standard grant thresholds will qualify to have a €2,000 contribution made towards the costs of t...More Button

Tax relief is also available on postgraduate tuition fees. Details in relation to this relief are available from the Revenue Commissioners.More Button

In addition to this, the Student Assistance Fund will continue to be made available through the access offices of third-level institutions to assist students in exceptional financial need. Also the...More Button

My Department is continuing to explore a range of possibilities for the provision of supports to assist students pursuing studies at postgraduate level.More Button

As the Government had factored in the savings from the changes in the student grant scheme to the public expenditure programme for 2012 onwards, I regret that I am not in a position to reverse or v...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: if he will outline the composition and persons involved in the Department’s legislative council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department does not have a Legislative Council.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for additional accommodation has been received from the school referred to by the Deputy. This application is currently being assessed and my Department expects to convey a decision ...More Button

Written Answers - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding payments in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

The Education Finance Board is an independent statutory body established pursuant to section 23 of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act 2005. My officials have forwarded your...More Button

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the Residential Institutions Redress Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The correspondence, inter alia, calls for the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill 2012 to be voted down and suggests that not one survivor will benefit directly from the Fund only s...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Second Stage Debate on the Bill commenced last week. The Fund will be operated by a Board, whose membership will include four former residents. The Bill provides ...More Button

The classes of services from which the Board can determine the approved services to be provided comprise:More Button

mental health, counselling and psychological support services;More Button

health and personal social services;More Button

educational services; andMore Button

housing support services, including adaptation or improvement of real property but not including financial aid for the purchase, mortgage or charge of real property.More Button

In determining criteria, the Board will take account of the individual circumstances of eligible former residents and it will assess the likely effects of the provision of the service on the health...More Button

I do not accept the suggestion that the Fund will only benefit service providers, clearly the services provided must be targeted to the specific needs of the individual applicant to the Board.More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Was asked: the position regarding staffing arrangements in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

When the moratorium on the filling of posts of responsibility was introduced the Government exempted Principal and Deputy Principal posts in all primary and post-primary schools and these posts con...More Button

Some further limited alleviation was announced in August 2011 for schools that are acutely affected by the impact of the moratorium at Assistant Principal level. The alleviation arrangements are s...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 84, if whistle blowers can be facilitated with respect to reporting appointments of retired teachers; as set out in Circular 0031/2011; and if he will make a s...More Button

Under Circular 31/2011 each principal must report to his or her board of management on a regular basis on the fact that a list of unemployed registered teachers is being maintained, and the circums...More Button

Was asked: if a resource teaching post will be allocated to a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The NCSE will be notifying schools in due course of their allocation for the 2012/13 school year of resource hours for low incidence special needs. The arrangements for how schools access these res...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy did not meet the criteria for a base school but it will be able to access its allocation of NCSE approved resource hours in accordance with the arrangements out...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an appeal in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Louth; the number of teachers the school will have for September 2012; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The Primary Staffing Appeals Board met on 18th and 19th April. A total of 367 schools submitted appeals to the Appeals Board. These appeals were considered in accordance with the appeals criteria s...More Button

The next meeting of Staffing Appeals Board is due to be held on 14 June 2012. The latest date for other schools to submit appeals is 1 June 2012. The final staffing position for all schools will u...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Staff

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of all unauthorised allowances to each of the senior academics for the 2005 to 2011 period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I would like to refer the Deputy to the letter from the Secretary General of my Department to the Public Accounts Committee of 28 November 2011.More Button

The letter states that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has conducted an exercise to determine definitively the quantum of monies at issue in respect of unauthorised payments to senior staff in...More Button

The following table sets out the extent of unauthorised allowances based on information provided to the HEA by each university. The amounts identified in each case should be treated as provisional...More Button

Question No. 210 answered with Question No. 200.More Button

Written Answers - Adult Education

Was asked: if the appropriate funding will be provided for the continuation of the services being provided at a centre (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status

Was asked: if he will consider a review of schools concerning DEIS status and the mechanisms he has in place for schools to qualify for DEIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A key priority for my Department is to prioritise and target resources in schools with the most concentrated levels of educational disadvantage. That challenge is significant, given the current eco...More Button

The process of identifying primary and second-level schools for participation in DEIS was managed by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) on behalf of my Department and supported by quality assura...More Button

Furthermore a review mechanism was put in place in 2005 to address the concerns of those schools that did not qualify for inclusion in the School Support Programme under DEIS but regarded themselve...More Button

A Report on the First Phase of the Evaluation of DEIS was published by the Education Research Centre, on behalf of my Department, in January 2012. In addition, a national composite report on the ef...More Button

Written Answers - Vocational Education Committees

Was asked: when he intends to issue a circular to provide for by-elections for staff representatives to vocational education committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department proposes to proceed with by-elections to fill vacancies for representatives of staff and parent representatives in a number of vocational education committees as early as possible in ...More Button

Written Answers - Education and Training Boards

Was asked: the provision he intends to make for learner/service user representation on the boards of the new education and training boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In October 2011 the General Scheme of an Education and Training Boards Bill was referred to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education. The General Scheme was also pub...More Button

The General Scheme has now been referred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the Government for formal drafting. The issue of the composition of the new bodies is being considered as par...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Courses

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the strategy on internationalisation of Irish education; if he is satisfied that sufficient progress is being made; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

The Government is strongly committed to promoting Ireland as a centre for international education. The Programme for Government sets out an ambitious target of doubling international student numbe...More Button

Significant progress is being made in implementing the strategy. Some key recent developments include:More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations

Was asked: if all examination superintendent invigilator work is remunerated at the same rate per hour per day regardless of level of exam or location of venue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations including organising the holding of examinations, determining procedu...More Button

In view of this I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you.More Button

Written Answers - Institutes of Education

Was asked: the role being played in the educational system here with the development of Chinese Confucius institutions; the funding streams available to universities and colleges through these institutions; i...More Button

The Confucius Institutes are an initiative of the Chinese Government, intended to promote study and awareness of Chinese language and culture worldwide. There are two such Institutes in Ireland, bo...More Button

I welcome and support the role played by the Confucius Institutes in promoting awareness of Chinese language and culture in Ireland, in particular the work they are doing locally and nationally wit...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Was asked: the annual allocation of funds to the National Behaviour Support Service; the nature of resources required by this service; if any qualitative analysis has been undertaken by the National Behaviour...More Button

The allocation of funds to the National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS) is €2,041,927 for 2012 . This funding covers the full cost of the service including the employment of 1 National Co-or...More Button

No overall qualitative evaluation of the NBSS has taken place. However qualitative research has been undertaken in the areas of the Behaviour Support Classrooms and Academic Literacy, Learning and...More Button

Was asked: when an examination reader will be supplied to a student (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations including organising the holding of examinations and determining proc...More Button

In view of the above I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you. I wish to inform the Deputy that in all cases where a school/parent or student is diss...More Button

Was asked: the number of special need hours in total, relating to the number of pupils, that have been authorised for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12 for the forthcoming academic year 2012/2013; and ...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that all primary schools, including the school referred to by the Deputy have been advised of their revised General Allocation Model (GAM) allocation for the coming scho...More Button

Schools have been advised to make applications to the NCSE for low incidence resource teaching and SNA support for the 2012/13 school year by 16th March, 2012. Schools will subsequently be advised ...More Button

Was asked: if he will direct the chief executive officer of the National Council for Special Education to respond to the questions raised by e-mail to the CEO (details supplied) dated 21 March 2012. More Button

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) was set up as an independent statutory body to improve the delivery of education services to persons with special educational needs arising from di...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in Schools

Was asked: if he will provide a list of the organisations and individuals invited to participate in the forum on bullying; the issues related to bullying that are expected to be examined; if he will provide a...More Button

I recently announced details of a forum to explore ways to tackle the problem of bullying in schools. This Anti-Bullying Forum is due to take place on the 17th of May 2012 and will bring together a...More Button

The objective of the Forum will be to explore with all the relevant stakeholders how best to tackle bullying in schools and to consider what changes or updating of existing practices and procedures...More Button

I have also established a working group on tackling bullying in schools, including homophobic bullying, cyber bullying and racist bullying. The outcomes and recommendations from the Forum will assi...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments

Was asked: the number of pupils that are expected to need school places in junior infants in September 2012 in Ashbourne, County Meath. More Button

Was asked: the number of junior infants classes expected to be needed to accommodate junior infants in September 2012 in Ashbourne, County Meath. More Button

Was asked: if there will be enough places in the various ethos based multi-denominational and non-denominational schools to cater for the needs and requirements of parents in Ashbourne, County Meath, for pupi...More Button

Was asked: the reason research was carried out among parents of prospective pupils in Ashbourne, County Meath, to ascertain their preference with regard to the ethos of schools in the town. More Button

Was asked: the reason the projected school enrolment needs for Ashbourne, County Meath over the next ten years. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 229 to 233, inclusive, together.More Button

The need for additional school provision in Ashbourne was identified by analysis carried out by the Forward Planning Section of my Department, using enrolment data and demographic trends. My Depart...More Button

Applications for patronage of the new schools were received from An Foras Patrúnachta and from Educate Together, both of whom are well established national patron bodies. Both patron bodies ...More Button

Prior to September 2011 there were three primary schools in Ashbourne town, all of which were under Catholic patronage. During 2010 and 2011 the Department had been examining the question of increa...More Button

With the commencement of the two new primary schools in Ashbourne there will be capacity for at least seven junior infant classes across the five schools in Ashbourne for September 2012. Five of th...More Button

Written Answers - Regulatory Impact Assessments

Was asked: the number and description of any regulatory impact assessments that have been undertaken by his Department on legislation or proposed legislation since 9 March 2011; the stage in the legislative/p...More Button

The Department has carried out work on two RIAs in the period since 9 March 2011. The Education (Amendment) Bill 2012 was published on 9 January 2012. A screening RIA for this Bill was finalised i...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Remuneration

Was asked: the different salary scales for the different grades of lecturer in the National University of Ireland Maynooth; and the increments or reductions they have received since 2008 More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is in the table:More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Qualifications

Was asked: in relation to the teaching of mathematics, his views that school management should deploy teachers who do not meet the qualification criteria for teaching mathematics as set down by the Teaching C...More Button

Was asked: in schools in which pupils are set by ability in mathematics, across both junior and leaving certificate programmes, resulting in a division between honours and ordinary level classes and also furt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 240 and 241 together.More Button

In the first instance, I would point out that the deployment of teaching staff in the school is a matter for the school management authorities. I acknowledge, however, that the proportion of Mathe...More Button

Last September proposals were announced to introduce a course for teachers of Mathematics who may not have a formal qualification in the subject to upskill to the recognised levels. The tendering c...More Button

It will provide unqualified maths teachers with the opportunity to up skill their knowledge of mathematics and study the strategies best suited to the new Project Maths syllabuses. Providing for hi...More Button

I believe that class grouping should be designed to enhance the students’ appreciation and understanding of mathematics and should serve to provide all students with an appropriate level of c...More Button

Was asked: the engagement he has had or intends to have with teachers in relation to the progress of project maths; if teachers are satisfied with the content of the course and that their professional develop...More Button

Implementation of the revised mathematics syllabuses began in all schools in 2010. The syllabuses were developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), which has a representa...More Button

A comprehensive programme of professional development for teachers is in place and a wide variety of resources are available. In relation to professional development workshops, I am happy to be abl...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the appointments made by him to State boards under the remit of his Department since March 2011 that were advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In accordance with Government policy, expressions of interest have been sought through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) from suitably qualified and experienced persons for consideration for ap...More Button

To date, appointments have not been made to Leárgas or to the Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland. Vacancies on other boards of Bodies under the aegis of my Department...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum

Was asked: his views on a report [388]by a person (details supplied) which criticised the subject matter of project maths and the inadequate training of teachers; and if he will ma...More Button

Was asked: his views on the recommendations from a recent report on project maths from a college (details supplied); which, if any, of these recommendations he will implement; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 248 together.More Button

The detailed comments in the “Interim Report on Project Maths” prepared by the School of Mathematical Sciences in UCC will be considered by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment which...More Button

While there will always be differing views on curricular reform, Project Maths has been welcomed by FORFAS, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Engineers Ireland and industry interests. Imple...More Button

In addition, the Department has tendered for the development of a post graduate course for teachers who need more intensive support. A wide range of resources for the project are available on ww...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Was asked: if he will report on the experience of his Department this year in terms of the new approach to small buildings and improvement works which would have previously been catered for under the summer w...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that as outlined in the Five Year Plan and in view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a physical school place, the delivery of major school projects to...More Button

In the context, therefore, of the financial constraints imposed by the need to prioritise available funding for the provision of essential school accommodation, it is not possible for me to advance...More Button

Written Answers - School Patronage

Was asked: if, owing to the evidence provided by existing schools in terms of school places on the western side of Galway city which indicated that a new Irish-medium school in Knocknacarra is not required, h...More Button

In June 2011, I announced that 20 new primary schools are to be established up to 2015 across a number of locations to cater for increasing demographics. My Department invited patrons and prospecti...More Button