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Quinn, Ruairí

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Student Grant Scheme Applications

Was asked: if a Student Universal Support Ireland grant will be allocated in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that further documentation was received from the student referred to by the Deputy on 1st December 2012 and t...More Button

Was asked: when a third level grant will issue to a person (details supplied) in respect of their application to Student Universal Support Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision on eligibility for new student grant applications from the 2012/13 academic year is a matter for the new centralised grant awarding authority, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland)....More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a top-up grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, her student grant application was unsuccessful and that she appealed the decision to the appeals officer in SUSI and their or...More Button

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by SUSI, and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlin...More Button

Was asked: the options open to a person (details supplied) in County Cork in terms of financial assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, his student grant application was unsuccessful and that she appealed the decision to the appeals officer in SUSI and their or...More Button

Where an individual applicant has had an appeal turned down, in writing, by SUSI, and remains of the view that SUSI has not interpreted the scheme correctly in his/her case, an appeal form outlin...More Button

Was asked: if he will expedite a student grant application in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that, in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, a grant has been awarded and an award letter issued on 1...More Button

Home Tuition Scheme Provision

Was asked: the position regarding home tuition in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; if same will be extended; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the purpose of the Home Tuition Scheme is to provide a compensatory educational service for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable t...More Button

As home tuition takes place outside the school environment it is a general condition of the scheme that the tuition provider where possible should be a qualified teacher who is registered with th...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Was asked: when students (details supplied) in County Mayo may expect to have their higher education grant applications processed; the reason for the delay in making a decision in respect of their application...More Button

In relation to the first named candidate officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI that further supporting documentation was requested on 11th December 2012. When the documentation is ret...More Button

In relation to the third named candidate officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, that the student has been requested to submit his Final Course Acceptance Form. When the document is...More Button

In relation to the fifth named candidate officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI that further supporting documentation was requested on 3rd December 2012. When the documentation is re...More Button

In relation to the seventh named candidate officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI that the application of the student referred to by the Deputy has already been awarded a grant and a...More Button

Was asked: when the overdue grant payment will be processed by Student Universal Support Ireland in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with SUSI, the new centralised grant awarding authority, that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy a decision has now been made and a lette...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who has been awarded and paid the higher education grant has yet to receive the confirmation letter that they require for their college from St...More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that, in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, a revised grant award letter issued on 11th December 201...More Button

Disadvantaged Status

Was asked: if he will clarify the situation regarding a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government has protected frontline services in schools to the greatest extent possible in the recent budget and there will no reduction in teacher numbers in primary schools and in free second ...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Was asked: the cost to his Department if the income threshold for liability to pay the registration fee was increased by €10,000 and €20,000 respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In order to estimate the potential savings arising from the 3% reduction in income thresholds for the 2013/14 academic year announced in the Budget, an analysis of the available information on the ...More Button

However, in order to carry out the exercise requested by the Deputy, related to the estimation of the potential cost involved in increasing the income thresholds for payment of the Student Contri...More Button

Was asked: the cost of setting up the Student Universal Support Ireland third level grant administration body; the envisaged running costs up to the end of 2012; the envisaged cost for 2013; and the cost of a...More Button

The total set-up cost for Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) to end of

December 2012 is €1.6m. The estimated operational cost to the end of December 2012 is €5.1m and the estimated ...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Payments

Was asked: if he proposes to increase the funding for the student assistance fund, to €12 million per annum, in view of the high demand for this fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The objective of the Student Assistance Fund is to assist students, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise, due to their financial circumstances, be unable to continue their t...More Button

My Department has recently received an up to date report on the demand for the scheme from the HEA and this report is currently being considered.More Button

Student Support Schemes Issues

Was asked: if he intends to negotiate a low-interest loan scheme with credit unions that would be guaranteed by the State for postgraduate students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have no plans at present to negotiate a State-guaranteed loan scheme for postgraduate students with the credit unions.More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Was asked: following his budget announcement of 2013 and his Department’s decision in relation to a teacher-student ratio of 1:19 in PLCs and colleges of further education, if his attention has been drawn to ...More Button

Was asked: if he will respond to concerns that up to 40 plus teaching posts have been placed at risk as a result of the decision announced in budget 2013 to increase the pupil-teacher ratio to 19:2, 19:1 in p...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Was asked: in view of announcements made in budget 2013, if he will give assurances to students in receipt of a maintenance and top-up grant for the academic year 2012-2013 under the category NA1-T, that seco...More Button

As announced in the Budget, the income thresholds for student grants will be reduced by 3% for the 2013/14 academic year. This change will not affect Special Rate students, who are the most vulnera...More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a student maintenance grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that, in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, a fee grant has been awarded and an award letter issued ...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if he will provide details of each service in his Department that is currently outsourced; the company that provides such services and the total cost for these services; the other services which ma...More Button

My Department procures a broad spectrum of goods, services and works in support of its role in administering the wider education sector. These goods, services and works are not procured centrally. ...More Button

The external delivery of services is one of the key areas highlighted in the Government's Public Service Reform Plan published in November 2011. Arising from a Government Decision in July, Depar...More Button

For the information of the Deputy my Department outsourced the provision of security services for the Marlborough Street complex in June 2011. This service was previously provided by the Office ...More Button

Psychological Services

Was asked: his views on correspondence regarding a psychological assessment in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

I can inform the Deputy that an official from my Department's National Educational Psychological Service has been in communication with the authorities in St. Pauls Secondary School in relation to ...More Button

Computerisation Programme Expenditure

Was asked: if he will make funding available for computer upgrading or replacement to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As you will be aware, integrating ICT into teaching and learning in schools is a major priority for this Government. My Department's ICT in Schools programme sets out a clear agenda to be pursued ...More Button

On the infrastructure side, the Department has distributed more than €90m in ICT Infrastructure grants to schools nationwide since 2009, including allocations of €22,663.65 and €24,809.74 in 2010...More Button

Work has commenced on the development of a new ICT Strategy for schools. The first step in this process is the completion of an ICT Infrastructure census in schools. Drafting of the census is c...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will outline the full list of cuts to the education budget in 2013 including cuts that were announced as part of budget 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Details of the savings measures for the Education and Skills Vote announced as part of Budget 2013 are available on my Department's website as follows:

My Department's Budget Press Release...More Button

Back to Education Allowance Payments

Was asked: if he has had any discussions with the Department of Social Protection in relation to cuts to the back to education allowance and to the cost of education allowance and the impact these would have ...More Button

The Back to Education Allowance and decisions in relation to funding for that scheme are a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Social Protection. Officials in my Department are in ongoing con...More Button

Vocational Education Committees Staff

Was asked: the impact that the budget cuts to the vocational education committee sector will have on the delivery of services and how VECs will be able to maintain services at the same level in view of such s...More Button

I want to clarify for the Deputy that while the budget measure I announced in relation to VEC funding involves a reduction in the allocation for 2013 it is not a cut in real terms. This is because ...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Was asked: the number of students that will be affected by the 3% reduction in the income threshold for student maintenance grants in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the 3% reduction in the qualifying income threshold for grants will affect students currently in the system or only those entering the system next year; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 85 and 86 together.

  As announced in the Budget, the income thresholds for student grants will be reduced by 3% for the 2013/14 academic year....More Button

Further Education and Training Programmes Provision

Was asked: how he can justify a cut to training allowances for young persons in the vocational training opportunities scheme, Youthreach and FÁS at a time when he is meant to be encouraging persons to upskill...More Button

Further Education and Training Programmes Places

Was asked: the number of persons currently in receipt of training allowances under further education and training programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Staffing

Was asked: if the loss of 75 teachers in small schools in 2013 will result in the closure of any of these schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The staffing arrangements in small primary schools are considerably more favourable than other medium to larger schools. The measure that was announced in Budget 2012 is focused on dealing with thi...More Button

Institutes of Technology Issues

Was asked: if Dundalk Institute of Technology will suffer any cuts to funding or resources as a result of spending cuts in budget 2013. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the recurrent provision for the higher education sector has reduced as announced in Budget 2013.    The recurrent provision made available for 2012 t...More Button

Early Retirement Scheme

Was asked: when a decision on early retirement will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Officials in my Department have made enquiries with the employer of the person to whom the Deputy refers and established the facts of the case. An application for ill health retirement pension ben...More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if he will confirm that his Department has been given sanction to make s...More Button

The Government agreed on 20 December, 2011, that some additional resources would be required to carry out the responsibilities of the EU Presidency which included the provision of temporary acting-...More Button