469. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school build that a company (details supplied) was working on; the implications the examinership of the company will have for the build in terms of potential delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16637/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building project to which the Deputy refers is continuing to progress to schedule.  My Department and the local ETB, to whom the project has been devolved for delivery, are closely monitoring the project in the context of the main contractor recently entering examinership.
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483. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills if schools can offer core curriculum subjects as alternatives for students that opt out of religious instruction (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16798/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Curriculum)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the Constitution and in accordance with section 30 of the Education Act, 1998 parents have the right to have their children opt out of religion classes if they so wish.
In relation to religious instruction in certain second level schools my Department recently published Circular letter 0013/2018 “Religious instruction and worship in certain second level schools in the context of Article 44.2.4 of the Constitution of Ireland and sec...

2. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the review of autism spectrum disorder, ASD, places available to children in both primary and post-primary schools in counties Carlow and Kilkenny, as promised on 1 February 2018. (Question 14557/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Deputy Kathleen Funchion: What is the timeframe for the review of ASD places available to children in primary and post-primary schools in my constituency, Carlow-Kilkenny? On the previous occasion on which he took questions, the Minister promised a review in the area and I want to know the progress made in respect of it.
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34. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary which has been awarded RAPID status has been designated DEIS status but has yet to receive DEIS funding. (Question 14458/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As I have previously advised the Deputy, we have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage. The methodology adopted to assess levels of disadvantage in schools is based on centrally held data wit...

41. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will be signed off; and when it will open in view of the collapse of the main contractor. (Question 14459/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school referred to by the Deputy forms part of Schools Bundle 5, the PPP project which has been impacted by the liquidation of Carillion.  
The Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), representing the PPP Company responsible for delivery of Schools Bundle 5, is currently implementing a rectification plan to secure service commencement on the five school buildings and one further education college as soon as possible.  
DIF has indicated tha...

258. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there are plans from a new co-educational, multidenominational, non-fee-paying, second-level school for children attending primary schools of such an ethos in Dublin 6, Dublin 6W, Dublin 8 and Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13778/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Schools Establishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 258 to 260, inclusive, and 262 to 264, inclusive, together.
As the Deputies may be aware, 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 to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. This system uses data from a range o...

259. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has identified a methodology and timeframe for the determination of a catchment area for a proposed school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13779/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Schools Establishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 258 to 260, inclusive, and 262 to 264, inclusive, together.
As the Deputies may be aware, 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 to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. This system uses data from a range o...

260. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the patronage of a proposed school (details supplied) will be decided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13780/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Schools Establishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 258 to 260, inclusive, and 262 to 264, inclusive, together.
As the Deputies may be aware, 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 to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. This system uses data from a range o...

209. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the payments made to members of the Houses of the Oireachtas under the Oireachtas leave scheme for teachers in each of the years 1985 to 2000, by school, in tabular form. (Question 13185/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Teacher Career Breaks)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I understand that the leave and pay arrangements applicable to teachers who were members of the Houses of the Oireachtas during the period referred to by the Deputy were 
(i) the teacher members of the Oireachtas were entitled to the payment of full salary and increments as recognized teachers by the paymaster;
(ii) fully qualified replacement teachers were appointed on a temporary basis and were paid salary by the paymaster;
(iii) the t...

240. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills whether a school is allowed to withdraw an offer of a school place to a child (details supplied) on learning that the child has a disability. (Question 12369/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - School Admissions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available, the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary.
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may resul...

241. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the measures his Department will take to ensure a child has secured a place at a school (details supplied). (Question 12370/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - School Admissions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available, the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available a selection process may be necessary.
This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may resul...

170. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to open teaching opportunities to persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11492/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Teaching Qualifications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Teaching Council is the statutory body with responsibility for professional standards at all stages of the teaching career. It has established standards for post-qualification professional practice, as set out in Droichead, the new model of induction and probation for newly qualified primary and post-primary teachers.
As such, individuals in the scenario outlined by the Deputy should get in touch with the Teaching Council to ascertai...

474. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an organisation (details supplied) is seeking to have the number of work permits for non-EU nationals increased specifically for persons that would be employed as truck drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11111/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Work Permits Eligibility)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Following a review carried out by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, during which my Department was consulted, non-EU/EEA HGV drivers were removed temporarily from the Ineligible Categories of Employment list, subject to a maximum quota of 120 General Employment Permits under the Employment Permit Regulations 2017 effective from 3 April 2017.
It is my understanding from the Department of Business, Enterprise and I...

101. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department will seek a long-term lease for 100 years on the building leased for a school (details supplied); if the purchase of the property is being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8903/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Schools Property)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school concerned is located in a former primary school building that was secured as part of Government policy on school divesting. 
The property is subject to a 10 year lease between the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) and the Minister for Education and Skills and my Department will continue to work with the school and its patron body in relation to the current and future accommodation needs of the s...

102. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding will be provided to engage a design team to design, procure and construct the new accommodation required by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8904/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was recently given approval to install temporary accommodation to facilitate the school’s expansion. A letter devolving authority for the installation of this accommodation to the Board of Management has issued to the school.
The letter indicated that where a Board of Management finds it necessary to engage the services of a consultant, the Department is prepared to reimburse the cost of the fees in...

103. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills when funding will be made available to a school (details supplied) to resolve problems with the existing school, heating, toilets, windows, school yard and the external appearance of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8905/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Emergency Works Scheme Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In January 2017 the school applied for funding under my Department’s Emergency Works Scheme for window, toilet and heating works. However, this application was unsuccessful as the Emergency Works Scheme is strictly to deal with sudden and unforeseen emergencies in schools. The works sought were upgrade works and these are appropriate to any future Summer Works Schemes
My Department has allocated funding to the school to carry out Fire ...

188. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the rationale behind the decision to place a restriction on five schools (details supplied) for enrolments for junior infant classes to up to half a stream for 2018-2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8327/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - School Enrolments Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188, 190 and 201 together.
As the Deputies may be aware, the 2012 Report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector recommended that demand for patronage diversity should be met in areas of stable population by divesting patronage of existing schools where there is evidence of parental demand for change.
In this context, in 2012/13, my Department undertook surveys ...

199. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) has not been awarded extra resources under the DEIS scheme; when it will be awarded the extra resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8558/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - DEIS Eligibility)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage.
The key data sources used in the DEIS identification process are the DES Primary Online Database (POD) and Post-Primary Online (PPOD) Databases,...

287. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the number of persons from County Tipperary using the inpatient services in the department of psychiatry, St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny. (Question 8095/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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288. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the occupancy of inpatient services in the department of psychiatry, St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny. (Question 8096/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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289. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the occupancy of inpatient services in the acute psychiatric unit, Ennis regional hospital, County Clare. (Question 8097/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Patient Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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290. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the number of persons from County Tipperary using the outpatient services in the department of psychiatry, St. Luke’s General Hospital, County Kilkenny. (Question 8098/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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291. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the number of persons from County Tipperary using the outpatient services in the acute psychiatric unit, Ennis regional hospital, County Clare. (Question 8099/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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299. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in County Tipperary using the inpatient services in the acute psychiatry unit, Ennis regional hospital, County Clare. (Question 8139/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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378. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Health if there have been changes to the assessment of needs process specifically that it would no longer include a specific diagnosis; if full assessments are no longer being carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8556/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Disabilities Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...