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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Data (5 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. In the 2018/19 school year there were over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Expenditure (5 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. In the 2018/19 school year there were over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Administration (4 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of my Department. The purpose of my Department's School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Provision (4 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Harbours and Piers Development (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: We are aware of the proposals. That is all we are aware of. As I said in my initial response, we understand that this is being led by the local authority in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Having been on a local authority for many years, as the Deputy also has, I imagine that, if he feels something is not right, it would be up to the councillors of that authority to hold people to account.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Harbours and Piers Development (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: It would also be up to the Dún Laoghaire authority to make contact with the Department on the relevant issues, if it believes that is necessary. To be frank, the Deputy and I have both sat on councils to which applications are consistently made which are not referred to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. This happens on many occasions. I will commit to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: The Deputy is incorrect again. I said the unemployment rate in the south east reduced from 11.7% to 7.3%. I said the national employment rate decreased from 10.5% to 5.2%. The Deputy mentioned legislation to provide university status for the institutes in the region. Negotiations are already taking place between Waterford and Carlow institutes of technology.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: Substantial money has been made available by the Government-----

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: -----to join the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT. Both entities are engaged in negotiations. The Government has put several funding streams in place to support regional development in the south east, including the Department's regional enterprise development fund, REDF. As of June 2019, the south east region has secured a total of €10...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Harbours and Piers Development (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: I may not be able to do that and I will tell Deputy the reason. I am aware of the proposal to which he referred. I understand the process is being led by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. I welcome the development of support infrastructures for enterprise development from any quarter. The development in this case does not fall under the jurisdiction of this Department. The...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Harbours and Piers Development (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: As the development referred to by the Deputy is being led by the local authority in Dún Laoghaire, it does not fall within the remit of the Department. To be frank, the Minister and I have not been given any substantial information on the development. As I stated, the Department's REDF, totalling €105 million, was made available to stimulate enterprise growth and job creation...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: Enterprise development and sustainable job creation in the regions is a key policy priority of this Government. A total of 20,900 more people in the south east are in employment in 2019 than in 2015 when the Regional Action Plan for Jobs started and unemployment in the south east has reduced from 11.7% to 7.3% in the same period. Although we have had very good success through the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: It is unfair to say that the Minister has not taken an interest in the south east.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: The Minister has visited the south east on a number of occasions and I speak to her regularly on matters pertaining to the region.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Job Creation (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: I told the Deputy that IDA Ireland jobs in the region have increased by 7% and that both the Minister and I regularly meet IDA Ireland's representatives in the south east, including the representatives of Wexford, Waterford, etc. In 2015, the unemployment rate stood at 11.7% and now stands at 5.3%. The national unemployment rate, which stood at 10.5%, has declined to 5.2% in the same...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Schools Building Projects Status (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: I thank Senator Gallagher for bringing this very important matter to the attention of the Department. I know he has been to the forefront of promoting this project for a long period. On behalf of the Minister, Deputy McHugh, I wish to outline to the House the current position regarding a new building project for Ballybay community college. I can confirm to the Senator that my Department...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Schools Building Projects Status (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: I again thank the Senator for raising this important matter. I assure the House that the CMETB is fully committed to providing this critical new school accommodation and that it will be supported by the Department, particularly in the key stages in the process. The Department remains fully committed to progressing this project.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Provision (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Provision (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Provision (3 Dec 2019)

John Halligan: School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over...

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