100. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 233 of 27 March 2018, if the tender for appointment of a replacement architect for a building project (details supplied) has been made. (Question 20531/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tender documents for a replacement architect for the major building project at the school referred to by the Deputy are currently being prepared by my Department.
It is expected that the Invitation to Tender for this appointment will issue week ending 18 May 2018.
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128. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress that has been made to organise meetings for groups of survivors of residential institutional abuse. (Question 18603/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Residential Institutions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following a meeting with survivors, I expressed a willingness to have a series of consultation meetings around the country, led by and for survivors of institutional abuse. The purpose of these meetings will be to enable survivors to reflect on their experiences, the State’s response to the issue of institutional abuse and to make any recommendations they wish to make. The detail of how this can happen is being worked out and Departmen...

136. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fund a purpose built ASD unit at a school (details supplied); and when funding will be made available. (Question 17170/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Funding has been approved to provide a two-classroom ASD unit at the school to which the Deputy refers.  The project has been devolved for delivery to the school authority.  The project is in the design stages.  My Department’s Professional and Technical staff visited the school recently and are assisting the school with design options.
Funding is committed to the project.  The first tranche of devolved project funding (70%) is drawn dow...

345. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Topical Issue No. 2 on 21 March 2018 regarding provision for a location for a school (details supplied), the timescale for the delivery of the new site for the school; the impediments regarding same; when the school will be in a position to develop this facility to the next phase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15219/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As outlined in my response to the Topical Issue to which the Deputy refers, a project to provide a permanent school building for the school in question is included on my Department’s capital programme. Officials in my Department are working closely with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable site to facilitate the school...

396. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent 27% year-on-year increase in rent at a student residence (details supplied); and his plans to address exorbitant rents in the student accommodation sector. (Question 15734/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Student Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am aware of the recent price increases for purpose built student accommodation in certain private developments.  
The Government’s housing strategy, Rebuilding Ireland, seeks to address the current shortage of housing supply. The National Student Accommodation Strategy (NSAS) which I launched in July 2017, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education and the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, is an importa...

466. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to cut funding to a centre (details supplied) resulting in its likely closure; if the decision will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16519/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Ensuring every child is supported and given the opportunity to reach their full potential is a key priority for this Government. 
The Department is committed to improving educational outcomes for members of the Traveller and Roma communities.  
St. Thomas’s Clonshaugh is a school with Special School designation dating from a period when separate education provision for members of the Traveller community was the norm.    
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53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that the primary school needs of children in the River Valley, Ridgewood and Boroimhe areas of Swords can be met in 2017 and 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14267/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Enrolments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Prior to the conclusion of the enrolment process in the school planning area referred to by the Deputy, representations were made to my Department indicated that there was a shortage of junior infant places for September 2017.  At that time my Department, based on demographic information available, projected that 760 junior infant places were required and that the 11 schools enrolling junior infants in the area could facilitate this leve...

55. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to sanction new primary schools within the Swords area in the next 18 months; the likely location of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14266/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Enrolments)

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...

233. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a new school building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13525/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals, including Planning Permission, have been secured. 
Lands adjacent to the school site have been purchased from Fingal County Council and a private vendor by the school authority. 
The need has arisen for a...

186. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 28 February 2018, the nature and number of consultations in 2016 referred to in his reply; and if survivor groups were involved in these consultations. (Question 11957/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 188 together.
As the Deputy is aware, Caranua (the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) is an independent statutory body and I as Minister have no role in relation to its day to day operations. The organisation publishes regular updates regarding its activities on its website including minutes of its Board meetings. These updates and Board minutes provide the type of information sought by th...

187. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 28 February 2018, if he has satisfied himself that the changed criteria introduced by the board of Caranua forced some survivors into an opt-in system while others who were above a €15,000 limit were barred from opting in, effectively operating a two-applications system which was not called for in the legislation. (Question 11958/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Caranua is an independent body established under the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012. I have no role in regard to its day to day operations nor do I have any role in relation to the determination of the criteria by reference to which Caranua may make decisions in relation to applications - that is a function specifically assigned to the Board under the legislation.
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188. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 28 February 2018, the evidence that there has been an increase in face-to-face meetings with survivors and Caranua staff or applicant advisers. (Question 11959/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 188 together.
As the Deputy is aware, Caranua (the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) is an independent statutory body and I as Minister have no role in relation to its day to day operations. The organisation publishes regular updates regarding its activities on its website including minutes of its Board meetings. These updates and Board minutes provide the type of information sought by th...

189. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 28 February 2018, when a report of the review, which agreed terms of reference in June 2017, will be published. (Question 11960/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The review of eligibility to apply for Caranua, which is confined to the issue of eligibility of persons who may access the fund, will be published in the coming weeks.
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190. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 28 February 2018, his views on whether the length of time taken by the board of Caranua to review the customer charter is appropriate; and when a new charter will be published. (Question 11961/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware Caranua (the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) is an independent statutory body and I have no role in relation to its day to day operations. I understand that Caranua has published its Customer Service Charter and its Feedback and Complaints Policy on its website (www.caranua.ie).
Caranua has identified a number of areas that it would review, these include: waiting times for first time applicants, its prior...

119. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a school (details supplied) raising funds at a greyhound track to cover the cost of a school bus; his views on whether it is appropriate that schools have to fund raise for basic transport needs in view of the fact that more funding is made available for greyhound racing than for transport; and if funding will be ensured to replace the school bus. (Question 10859/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - School Transport Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
Currently over 115,000 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.
The purpose of my Department’s School Transport Scheme for Children with Specia...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills when two new members will be appointed to the board of Caranua to replace members that recently resigned; and his plans to appoint to a new board to manage the day to day operations of Caranua. (Question 11074/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Notwithstanding the recent resignation of two members, the Caranua Board currently has seven members, two of whom are former residents.  I will be seeking to replace the Board members who resigned as soon as practicable and in accordance with the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012 and the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards.
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171. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason his Department’s planning and building unit has not contacted primary schools in Balbriggan to assess capacity needs for the 2018/2019 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11497/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
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 deter...

172. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there are enough primary school places in the Balbriggan area to cater for the demand for the 2018/2019 school year in view of the fact that a school (details supplied) has completed its junior infant intake for September 2018 and was unable to cater for the applications of 88 children. (Question 11498/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
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 deter...

173. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a decision was taken to lease a building (details supplied) without prior consultation with all stakeholders, including local primary schools. (Question 11499/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Departmental Properties)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the management responsibility for the building referred to, owned by my Department, continues to remain with Dublin Dun Laoighaire ETB (DDLETB).  In that regard, the building continues to be used for education purposes.
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103. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recent resignation of two members of the board of a service (details supplied); and if his Department will respond to the issues raised by its members upon their resignations. (Question 10251/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am aware that 2 members of the Board of Caranua have resigned.  The Board of Caranua has the important job of securing the most beneficial, effective and efficient use of the resources available in the investment account while being fair to survivors, seeking to meet their needs and benefit as many people as possible.  It’s a challenging and demanding role and in accepting the resignations of the two board members, I thanked them for t...

169. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his understanding of the financial relationship between DCU and a university (details supplied). (Question 6811/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - University Governance)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 and 181 together.
My Department Officials have requested DCU to provide details in relation to the relationship of the university with the institute referred to by the Deputy. 
Upon receipt of the details I arrange for the information to be issued directly to the Deputy in a timely manner. 
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181. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his understanding of the financial relationship between DCU and a university (details supplied). (Question 6800/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - University Governance)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 and 181 together.
My Department Officials have requested DCU to provide details in relation to the relationship of the university with the institute referred to by the Deputy. 
Upon receipt of the details I arrange for the information to be issued directly to the Deputy in a timely manner. 
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182. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if payments made by DCU to staff and other workers delivering courses at a university (details supplied) are in keeping with Government pay guidelines. (Question 6801/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - University Governance)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated and will be forwarded in due course.
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183. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether it is appropriate for DCU to publish a job vacancy for an assistant professor in digital marketing (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6802/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - University Governance)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated and will be forwarded in due course.
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184. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether it is appropriate for DCU to advertise for an assistant professor in entrepreneurship in view of the fact that the job advertisement stated only female applicants will be considered for this role. (Question 6803/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - University Governance)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated and will be forwarded in due course.
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