Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Topical Issue Debate
We received notification at 11.20 a.m. from the Ceann Comhairle that this issue had been selected for debate. I only received a call at 1.20 p.m. to inform me that nobody from the Department of Education and Skills was available to take it. Why was there a delay in telling us that nobody would be available? Our staff had left when the call was received but we were told we could take the debate today if we so wished. It is a very serious issue and we deserve a bit more respect than that.
The Minister for Education and Skills is attending a meeting of the education committee. I request that the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, take the issue next Tuesday. It is her direct responsibility and it is very important for her to be here to answer our concerns.