226. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe from when a site is identified and purchased for a new school or an existing school to be transferred to a new site, built and opened; the main stages in the process after land acquisition to school opening; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17727/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has set out on its website, the stages in school building projects and also outlines the current status of existing major projects in the school building programme in a more user-friendly format. The status of projects is being regularly updated to reflect their progress as part of the €8.4 billion investment in school buildings under Project Ireland 2040. Please see here: www.educat...

363. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) relating to appeals under section 29 of the Education Act 1998; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15450/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Appointments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 363 and 364 together.
Section 29 appeal hearing committees have to date been composed of three members, and, as set out in section 29 1 (2) of the Education Act, 1998 “each of which shall include in its membership an Inspector and such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate.” 
The current panel of Ministerial appointees who serve as section 29 appeal committee members are all persons who have...

364. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) relating to appeals under section 29 of the Education Act 1998; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15451/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Appointments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 363 and 364 together.
Section 29 appeal hearing committees have to date been composed of three members, and, as set out in section 29 1 (2) of the Education Act, 1998 “each of which shall include in its membership an Inspector and such other persons as the Minister considers appropriate.” 
The current panel of Ministerial appointees who serve as section 29 appeal committee members are all persons who have...

365. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the success rate for facilitators appointed by the section 29 appeals committees in circumstances in which such committees considered that it may have been possible to facilitate agreement between appellants and school boards of management in brokering agreements between parties to appeals in each of the years 2016 and 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15452/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Management)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A facilitator is generally appointed, within 8 to 10 days, following the receipt of an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998. A facilitator is not appointed in cases where the school in question is managed by an Educational Training Board (ETB) as all section 29 appeals relating to these schools are taken to the ETB, in the first instance.
The appointment of a facilitator provides assistance for both parties to the appeal t...

384. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school transport route (details supplied) will be amended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15577/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Transport Availability)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
Currently over 116,000 children, including almost 12,000 children with special educational needs, are being transported in over 4,500 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually at a total cost of almost €190 million in 2017.
Bus Éir...

271. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide primary schools in Swords; his views on the need for a primary school in the River Valley and Ridgewood area of Swords; the meetings that have taken place with his Departmental officials on this matter in recent months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13902/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has recently contacted all of the primary schools in the Swords area to review their projected enrolments for September 2018. The schools concerned generally commenced their enrolment process for the new junior infants in early January of this year and this process is not yet complete. In that regard, the level of demand for all schools is not available at this point. Each school has issued invitations for enrolment through...

128. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department paid for advertorials titled Action Plan for Education 2018 in a newspaper (details supplied) in recent weeks; the cost of these advertorials; his views on whether this use of moneys is appropriate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11087/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Action Plan for Education 2018 provides a roadmap to achieve the ambition to make the Irish Education and Training service the best in Europe by 2026  and to transform peoples lives and to help everyone achieve their potential in life.  Almost one quarter of our population are learners and there is a huge level of interest in the work of the education and training service due to its wide spread impact.  
The government approved a num...

153. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an emergency task force can be set up to include all patronage bodies and senior officials from his Department to tackle the primary school places crisis in Fingal, particularly in Swords and Balbriggan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11249/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The system uses data from the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection and information from my Department’s own databases. With this information, my Department is currently carrying out demographic analyses to determine where additional school accommodation is needed at...

121. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed changes to the Irish language requirements for PME courses; the way in which they impact on persons planning to take a course (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6183/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Teacher Training Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I understand that the Deputy is referring to the criteria for entry to primary Initial Teacher Education. 
In addition to the CAO points required (in the case of the Bachelor of Education) or the third level award requirement (in the case of the Postgraduate Masters in Education) for entry to programmes of primary Initial Teacher Education, my Department specifies minimum entry requirements in the core subjects of Irish, English and Math...

327. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status and progress of the building project for a school (details supplied); when each stage is expected to be achieved up to and including the completion of the new building; the target date for the opening of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54529/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, the project to which he refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB). 
Planning permission has been received for the project which is at the detailed design stage. In this regard, the Stage 2B submission was recently submitted to my Department for examination. The outcome of this examination will be conveyed to the ETB as soon as it is available. As the project is st...

153. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new and permanent building for a school (details supplied) in view of the traffic and safety concerns being caused for parents and pupils due to its current temporary location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52638/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers is temporarily located in a property in the ownership of Teagasc in Kinsealy, Dublin 17 pending delivery of the school’s permanent accommodation. 
My Department is aware that the school has made contact with Fingal County Council’s traffic engineer and Road Safety Officer and that the Council has completed a report recommending that appropriate parking options need to be identified. In this regard, ...

171. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50095/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Schools Establishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, where a requirement for additional post-primary schools has been identified, details including proposed timelines related to the opening of the schools are made known by a Ministerial announcement. However, patrons may decide for different operational reasons in a particular year that it is in the best interests of a new post-primary school to defer its opening.  In some cases there may be a timing issue, wher...

118. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of new school buildings for a school (details supplied); his views on the acquisition of land; if the extension of the school is a more likely prospect in the short term as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49499/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is currently finalising its plans for capital expenditure in 2018. Building projects, including the project for the school to which the Deputy refers, will be considered in that context. 
Officials from my Department will shortly be in contact with the school regarding the timeframe for progression of its project.
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315. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the construction of a permanent school building (details supplied); the annual cost of the school’s prefabs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45880/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department has been working with South Dublin County Council to acquire the site on which the school is currently located in temporary accommodation in order to facilitate the development of a permanent building for the school.  
The disposal of the site to my Department has been approved by South Dublin County Council. However, title issues were identified with the property and a Compulsory Purchase Orde...

319. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the building of a permanent school building for a school (details supplied); the annual cost to his Department of the school’s prefabricated buildings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45890/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department has been working with South Dublin County Council to acquire the site on which the school is currently located in temporary accommodation in order to facilitate the development of a permanent building for the school.  
The disposal of the site to my Department has been approved by South Dublin County Council. However, title issues were identified with the property and a Compulsory Purchase Orde...

349. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the delivery of a new primary school in Donabate, County Dublin in view of the requirement due to the increase in population; the waiting lists currently for a number of schools in the area; the expected rise in population due to increased development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46180/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Schools Building Projects Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across these areas will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department of Social Protection and my Dep...

171. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the new school building for a school (details supplied); when the work is due to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43386/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school referred to is included in the 6 Year Capital Programme (2016-2021). 
My Department is currently finalising the project brief and once this process is complete, my Department will be in further contact with the school. The project will be progressed into the architectural planning process without delay when the brief has been finalised.
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310. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of spare places in junior infants classes in each primary school in Swords and in the surrounding areas, including schools in the rural hinterland for the 2017-2018 school year; the waiting list for junior infants for each of these schools for the 2017-2018 school year; the way in which these figures compare to both the spare capacity and waiting lists for the 2016/2017 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36915/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - School Enrolments Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware the pupil enrolments on 30 September is the key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level. In that regard, the enrolment position for the year 2017/18 will not be clarified in the area referred to until schools complete their enrolment process in the coming weeks.
A school’s enrolment policy, and the question of waiting lists, is a matter for each individual sc...

162. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a starting date for work to complete the next stage of a school (details supplied) will begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29131/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy referrs was authorised to proceed to tender in October 2016. Tenders are due back in mid-July.  
Subject to no issues arising it is anticipated that construction will commence in late 2017 and the project is scheduled to take approximately 18 months to complete. 
Following requests from other members of the Oireachtas, including Deputy Alan Farrell and Senator James Reilly, to arrange a meeting with repres...

643. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the provision of a new school building for a school (details supplied); the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28960/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Building project at the school referred to by the Deputy has completed Stage 2A - Detailed Design of the Architectural Planning process. 
It became necessary during the course of the design stage to terminate the appointment of the Mechanical and Electrical engineer on this project. The tendering process for a replacement Mechanical & Electrical Engineer is nearing completion. Once the replacement Mechanical and Electrical Engineer i...

218. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if works on a new ASD unit in a school (details supplied) will be completed before September 2017 in time for the new term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24286/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is currently liaising with the school authority in question relating to the matter to which he refers and this contact is ongoing. 
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127. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of the second phase of a second level school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22303/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project referred to by the Deputy was authorised to proceed to tender in October 2016. 
However, as the pre-qualification of contractors had first been conducted by the design team in April 2015, the design team, concerned about the possibility of legal challenges, asked the Office of Government Procurement for advice on this matter. The advice was that it would be prudent to run the pre-qualification again. 
The Design Team has rer...

112. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the provision of a new secondary school in Swords; when it will open; if the patronage has been decided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18949/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The new post-primary school for Swords is due to open in 2017 under the patronage of Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB.  As the Deputy may be aware, the building project for this new post-primary school is included on my Department’s six year construction programme.  
My Department has worked closely with Fingal County Council in respect of this and conveyancing is currently underway in respect of a site for the permanent school accommodation.
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89. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide a solution for the year-on-year problem of over subscription to a school (details supplied); if he will provide a solution as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14709/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - School Enrolments Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is monitoring the pupil enrolment position in the area in question, together with all areas nationally, to take account of updated demographic data. In that regard, my Department is aware of the demand for junior infant places in the area referred to and is liaising directly with the relevant schools.
There are a total of 13 primary schools in the school planning area in question with 11 sc...

239. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11953/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers was authorised to proceed to tender in October 2016. This project is the second phase of accommodation for the school in question and will cater for an additional 650 pupils. 
The Design Team has rerun the pre-qualification of suitable contractors and is currently finalising a shortlist of up to ten contractors who will be requested to tender for the project. 
Subject to no issues arising it is ant...