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Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: The Labour Party welcomes this legislation, which is coming from the High Court ruling on court presenters. I am taken by the letter written by the Minister, Deputy McEntee, to the Ceann Comhairle. She states that on a single day, 2 June, more than 2,131 cases were before the District Court throughout the country. Notwithstanding contingency measures put in place, hundreds of cases had to...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Should we thank Fianna Fáil for every tribunal we ever had?

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Attendance (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 1030. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children currently on reduced timetables who have been notified to her Department under the new guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30400/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Attendance (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 1031. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children with disabilities who are currently on reduced timetables who have been notified to her Department under the new guidelines, by each diagnostic category; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30401/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Attendance (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 1032. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of young persons who have had suspensions or expulsions notified to her Department in this academic year since January 2022; if she will provide the comparable data for the period 12 months previously; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30402/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 1033. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the current status of the proposed front-loading model for special education needs assistants; the modelling or algorithm that informs the front-loading model; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30403/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 1045. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will review the reduction of allocation from 14.5 special needs assistants, SNAs, to 12.5 in a school (details supplied) and the reduction from six to four SNAs allocated to one of its centres, given the particular circumstances of the school and the impact the reduction will have in enabling pupils in the special classes to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 1056. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans, if any, there are for a multi-denominational secondary school for the Pelletstown-Ashtown area in Dublin 7-Dublin 15. [30778/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Education and Supports Provision for Displaced Ukrainian Students: Discussion (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I believe it is relevant.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Education and Supports Provision for Displaced Ukrainian Students: Discussion (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Does the representative of Barnardos want to make reference to the displacement issue? Perhaps Mr. Henderson would like to make reference to his earlier comment on levelling up.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Education and Supports Provision for Displaced Ukrainian Students: Discussion (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: That was my experience. We can appreciate that moving to temporary accommodation to more permanent accommodation is preferable, but at issue is the overnight element.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Education and Supports Provision for Displaced Ukrainian Students: Discussion (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I thank all the witnesses for their presentations. I was reading their statements last night and this morning and it is worth noting the invaluable work they do all year round and the invaluable service they provide for children and for those on the margins. It should not be just in times of crisis that we acknowledge their work. The Ministers came before the committee two weeks ago, when...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Education and Supports Provision for Displaced Ukrainian Students: Discussion (14 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: The lack of information for schools was not great either. Does Mr. Henderson wish to respond further on the levelling up issue?

Higher Education Investment and Costs: Statements (2 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: First, I am disappointed that this is the conversation we are having this afternoon. The Labour Party had asked that we discuss special education. Nobody in the Opposition asked for this debate. We will not have an opportunity for another two weeks to discuss the fact that 270 children do not have a school place for September. Having said that, the issue we are discussing today is an...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Review of Out-of-School Provision Report and Education and Supports Provision for Ukrainian Students: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I thank the Minister and the Minister of State. We have all been very impressed with the Cork Life Centre, in particular. It has been in front of the committee and we have met the representatives on a number of occasions. I do not think there was one member of the committee who was not incredibly impressed by the service it provides. I met Mr. Don O' Leary yesterday and he was anxious...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Review of Out-of-School Provision Report and Education and Supports Provision for Ukrainian Students: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I notice the Minister did not use the phrase "alternative education". I do not know if that was deliberate or not. Regarding the Cork Life Centre and the fears and concerns they have, is the Minister in a position to give them comfort as to their future?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Provision of Education Supports for Ukrainian Students (1 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I know the Department, the Minister and the Minister of State will join me and other members of the committee in thanking and congratulating school communities around the country. Those communities came out of the traumatic period of the pandemic and all the challenges that had to be overcome in that regard and are now embracing the new challenge of thousands of children without English as a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Provision of Education Supports for Ukrainian Students (1 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I hope that in the circumstances of the settling down period this person has had with the supports around them, it will be considered best not to move to a different part of the country because a break in the resource the child is getting is not ideal.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Provision of Education Supports for Ukrainian Students (1 Jun 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I appreciate that.

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