1644. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if funding will be provided to carry out substantial refurbishment works at a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15653/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): The college to which the Deputy refers in his question has long been recognised as an Irish summer college under the Department’s Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge (Irish Language Learners’ Scheme) and was, therefore, in receipt of the standard subvention provided under the scheme to a number of such residential Irish language summer colleges.
I understand that the possible redevelopment of the buildin...

16. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason no new Gaelscoileanna are due to be opened in September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14271/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In November 2015, 13 new schools were announced to be established in 2017 and 2018; four of these were primary schools.  Following completion of patronage processes for all four schools in May 2017, three of the four were established in September 2017, one as a Gaelscoil in Ballincollig under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta.  The remaining primary school will be established in 2018.
From 2011 to 2017, 30 new primary schools have be...

275. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new Gaelscoil (details supplied); if approval has been given in principle for the provision of this school; if a site has been identified for the school; if not, the reason the demand of 800 parents for a Gaelscoil in this area is being ignored; the criteria applied in assessing the need for a Gaelscoil in an area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10043/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Gaelscoil Issues)

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 carries out nationwide demographic exercises to determine where additional school accommodation is needed at ...

187. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason education and training boards are communicating with Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools in English only; the reason administration materials used by ETBs are in English only; his views on whether schools should be able to conduct their business with the ETBs in the language of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53028/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that Education and Training Boards are public bodies and are therefore obliged to have their own language schemes in place to implement their obligations under Official Languages Act 2003. 
ETBs have responsibilities to support appropriately the all-Irish Schools and Colleges operating under their management. However, individual language schemes are a matter for each ETB and are not collated centrally.
My Depart...

157. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Gaeltacht schools at primary and post-primary level that expressed interest and did not express interest in being designated as a Gaeltacht school under his departmental plan; the anticipated difference in the number of Gaeltacht schools resulting from this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47811/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In April 2017, the Department of Education and Skills issued Circulars 0033/2017 and 0034/2017 inviting the 134 primary schools and 28 post-primary schools located in Gaeltacht language-planning areas to participate in the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme. 106 primary schools and 27 post-primary schools expressed an interest to participate in the Scheme from September 2017. The remaining 28 primary schools communities and the remain...

226. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department carried out a study on the establishment of a support centre within his Department to enable the transition of English medium schools to Irish medium schools; if he will provide the results of such a study; if there is an established protocol within his Department for such a procedure; if he will make these guidelines available if such a protocol exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39241/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has no proposals to carry out a study in relation to the establishment of a support centre for Irish language medium education at this time. However, the Deputy may be aware that, in the context of the Schools Reconfiguration for Diversity process which I announced in January this year, my Department is working to provide more multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the country, in line with the choices ...

291. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs involved in changing the status of English speaking schools, both primary and secondary, to Irish medium schools. (Question 19208/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I assume that the Deputy is referring to the transition of English-medium schools to Irish-medium schools in the context of the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme. Under the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme, which is a key component of my Department’s Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022, schools located in Gaeltacht language-planning areas can apply to seek recognition as Gaeltacht schools. To achieve Gaeltacht school recogniti...

165. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to establish all-Irish language primary schools in north Kildare; his further plans to increase capacity at existing all-Irish language schools in north Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3811/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 165, 186 and 190 together.
Three Gaelscoileanna, located in Kilcock, Leixlip and Naas, currently serve the North Kildare area at primary level.  At post-primary level, as the Deputy will be aware, Maynooth Community College opened in 2014 with an Irish-medium Aonad.  It was stated that should the Aonad demonstrate sufficient viability after four years from its date of establishment, a Gaelcholáiste would ...

186. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is strategically managing the demand for gaelscoileanna and gaelcoláistí places for pupils in the academic year 2017/2018; the method and/or strategy he is using in terms of enabling families to access places in the schools and areas of their choice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4032/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 165, 186 and 190 together.
Three Gaelscoileanna, located in Kilcock, Leixlip and Naas, currently serve the North Kildare area at primary level.  At post-primary level, as the Deputy will be aware, Maynooth Community College opened in 2014 with an Irish-medium Aonad.  It was stated that should the Aonad demonstrate sufficient viability after four years from its date of establishment, a Gaelcholáiste would ...

189. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a group equal to two classes of students in north County Kildare will have been denied access to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if he will re-evaluate the need for additional Gaelscoileanna provision in north County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4037/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that officials from my Department recently met with representatives of the school referred to by the Deputy and it was agreed that a further meeting would be convened within the coming weeks.
It was agreed also that this would allow adequate time for updated demographic data, taking into account overall current and projected pupil numbers in the area, and the enrolment position in the case of the school in que...

190. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which he will provide equality of opportunity to the pupils of north Kildare, wherein it has been demonstrated year on year that there is a demand for increased capacity in both Gaelscoilleana and gaelcoláistí; the way in which he will cater for the needs of these pupils in instances in which they are denied access to education through their chosen language of Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4038/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 165, 186 and 190 together.
Three Gaelscoileanna, located in Kilcock, Leixlip and Naas, currently serve the North Kildare area at primary level.  At post-primary level, as the Deputy will be aware, Maynooth Community College opened in 2014 with an Irish-medium Aonad.  It was stated that should the Aonad demonstrate sufficient viability after four years from its date of establishment, a Gaelcholáiste would ...

222. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Gaelscoileanna at the primary level that did not have the capacity to cater for all applicants to attend them in September 2016; the steps being taken to ensure that all those seeking primary education through the medium of Irish can access same; the criteria used in approving the recognition of new Gaelscoileana; the policy of his Department to ensure that all children here have reasonable access to an Irish-medium primary school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3080/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 to 224, inclusive, together.
For school planning purposes, my Department plans school provision across a framework of 314 school planning areas in order to assess and meet changing demographic needs throughout the country. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Off...

223. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if any national assessment was carried out on the demand for Irish-medium primary school education and the adequacy of the present Irish-medium education schools to meet this demand; if no such assessment has been carried out, his plans to carry out such an assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3081/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 to 224, inclusive, together.
For school planning purposes, my Department plans school provision across a framework of 314 school planning areas in order to assess and meet changing demographic needs throughout the country. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Off...

224. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to devise a system of catchment areas for Gaelscoileanna to ensure that there is State-wide cover by catchment area for Irish language-medium primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3083/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 to 224, inclusive, together.
For school planning purposes, my Department plans school provision across a framework of 314 school planning areas in order to assess and meet changing demographic needs throughout the country. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The GIS uses data from the Central Statistics Off...

253. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for a Gaelscoil in the south Kildare region; and the number of children who attend Gaelscoileanna in Kildare South. (Question 22224/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In Kildare South, 708 children attended the three Gaelscoileanna in Newbridge, Kildare Town and Athy in the 2015/16 school year.
My Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify the areas under increased demographic pressure nationwide. The system uses a range of data sources in carrying out nationwide demographic analyses to determine where additional school accommodation is needed. Following the 2015 demographic analy...

275. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Gaelscoileanna and Gaelcholáistí currently recognised by his Department; the number of students that are receiving their education wholly through the medium of Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22401/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 275, 276 and 277 together.
The are 248 all-Irish primary schools and 48 all-Irish post-primary schools, with a total of 55,241 pupils receiving their education in them (43,275 in primary and 11,966 in post-primary). These all-Irish schools include gaelscoileanna and gaelcholáistí (outside Gaeltacht areas) and Irish speaking schools in the Gaeltacht.
Regarding the Deputy’s queries on the number of Aonad a...

276. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Aonad units that have been established and recognised by his Department; the number of students enrolled in each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22402/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 275, 276 and 277 together.
The are 248 all-Irish primary schools and 48 all-Irish post-primary schools, with a total of 55,241 pupils receiving their education in them (43,275 in primary and 11,966 in post-primary). These all-Irish schools include gaelscoileanna and gaelcholáistí (outside Gaeltacht areas) and Irish speaking schools in the Gaeltacht.
Regarding the Deputy’s queries on the number of Aonad a...

277. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Sruth units that have been established and recognised by his Department; the number of students enrolled in each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22403/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 275, 276 and 277 together.
The are 248 all-Irish primary schools and 48 all-Irish post-primary schools, with a total of 55,241 pupils receiving their education in them (43,275 in primary and 11,966 in post-primary). These all-Irish schools include gaelscoileanna and gaelcholáistí (outside Gaeltacht areas) and Irish speaking schools in the Gaeltacht.
Regarding the Deputy’s queries on the number of Aonad a...

246. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of counties that currently have one or more Gaelscoileanna but no Gaelcholáiste; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20641/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 246 and 247 together.
A list of all primary and post-primary schools including their county, Irish classification and pupil numbers is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Statistics/Data-on-Individual-Schools/. All-Irish classification means that Irish is the normal language of communication with the class for all subjects & activities, exce...

247. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of counties that currently have more than 100 pupils receiving their primary education through the medium of the Irish language that currently have no Gaelcholáiste; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20642/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 246 and 247 together.
A list of all primary and post-primary schools including their county, Irish classification and pupil numbers is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Statistics/Data-on-Individual-Schools/. All-Irish classification means that Irish is the normal language of communication with the class for all subjects & activities, exce...

161. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills how he will work with his colleague the Minister with responsibility for regional development, rural affairs, arts and the Gaeltacht to ensure that parents can access second level education through Irish, especially in areas with proven demand for gaelscoileanna. (Question 19818/16 asked on 05 Jul 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, the Arts and the Gaeltacht and her officials are briefed on education matters as they relate to the Gaeltacht and in particular as they relate to the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and the Gaeltacht Act 2012. The Government has set out its commitments to the Gaeltacht and to the Irish language in the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish language 2010 – 2030. The Policy on Gaeltac...

171. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the application by An Foras Pátrúnachta for a multidenominational Gaelscoil to serve the greater Drumcondra-Marino area in Dublin 1 was unsuccessful; if an appeal can be made in this regard and if he will reconsider this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14330/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 217 together.
Since 2011 new schools are generally only established in areas of demographic growth. 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 own Department’s databases. With t...

217. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a Gaelscoil for the northside of Dublin in order to meet demand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14580/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 217 together.
Since 2011 new schools are generally only established in areas of demographic growth. 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 own Department’s databases. With t...

238. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna an bhfuil sé i gceist Gaelscoil bhreise a chur ar fáil i gceantar Dhroim Conrach/Marino; cad iad na critéir a úsáidtear le haghaidh aitheantas a thabhairt do Ghaelscoil nua agus cén beartas atá ann lena chinntiú go mbeidh dóthain Gaelscoileanna ann chun freastal ar an éileamh ar Ghaelscoileanna ar fud na tíre; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 14816/16 asked on 08 Jun 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Ó 2011 ní gnách scoileanna nua a thógáil ach amháin i gceantair ina bhfuil méadú ar an daonra. Tá próiseas oscailte cinnte pátrúnachta i bhfeidhm ag an Roinn maidir le cé a bheidh mar phatrún ar na scoileanna. Is faoi gach patrún agus patrún ionchasach atá sé iarratas a dhéanamh faoin bpróiseas seo agus is é éileamh ó thuismitheoirí an rud is tábhachtaí.
Tá Córas Faisnéise Geografaí in úsáid ag an Roinn chun na ceantair ar fud na tíre is...

167. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills how he will accommodate the demonstrated significant demand for a Gaelscoil in an area following a recent decision by his Department (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14056/16 asked on 02 Jun 2016 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Since 2011 new schools are only established in areas of demographic growth. 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 carries out nationwide demograp...