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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects Status (22 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 231. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of a permanent building for a school (details supplied); the reason for the delay in progressing the project in view of the fact that planning permission was granted in December 2018 and construction is not due to commence until quarter 2 of 2020 and in further view of the fact that the school has been more than...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Apprenticeships: Discussion (22 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: I thank the delegates for their presentations. As a former secondary school teacher, I am very interested in this issue. I worked in a DEIS school which offered a leaving certificate applied programme to children who were very suited to apprenticeships. Sometimes I believe the success that can lie ahead for those who pursue apprenticeships is not widely known and that that message is not...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Apprenticeships: Discussion (22 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: I asked a question on the IGC's suggestion, with which I agree, that engagement needs to happen earlier than fifth year and in first, second and third year. Do our guests think we should actually be reaching into primary schools? Is there engagement on this with parents or students? How could it be done?

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Budget 2020 (17 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 41. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if additional core funding has been provided for the third level education sector in budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42439/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Budget 2020 (17 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 43. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the additional funding provided for higher level student supports in budget 2020, in particular for SUSI; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42440/19]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: The Minister has not answered my question.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: There are a number of commitments in A Programme for a Partnership Government regarding student accommodation. Yesterday, I received a reply to a parliamentary question I asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government regarding properties availing of tax relief under section 50 of the Finance Act 1999 to provide student accommodation. I asked the Minister how many of the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Online Safety (16 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 56. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeline for the introduction of legislation for a digital safety commissioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42274/19]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Reliefs Data (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 128. To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 108 of 17 September 2019, the number of properties that have been converted from purpose-built student accommodation to private rented accommodation following the end of the ten-year stipulation under section 50 of the Finance Act 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42202/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: National Educational Psychological Service Data (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 230. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of assessments completed under the scheme for the commissioning of psychological assessments for the 2018-19 academic year for which the certification of completion of assessment forms has been submitted by school principals between 4 September 2018 and 30 September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42192/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects Status (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 231. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason there has been a delay in tendering for the building contract for the permanent school building for a school (details supplied) in view of the fact it received planning permission in the middle of 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42195/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects Status (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 232. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the tendering process for a school (details supplied) will take place; when the tender will be awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42196/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation Provision (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 233. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures that will be put in place for a school (details supplied) while it is awaiting the building of its permanent school, given the delay in commencing the tendering process for the new school building and the fact that it is under pressure to leave its temporary accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42197/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network Expansion (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 561. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the progress of the feasibility study of high speed rail between Dublin and Belfast, Dublin and Limerick Junction and Cork; if an evaluation of its economic benefits against improvements to existing line speeds will be carried out against relevant appraisal processes and value-for-money tests required under the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network Expansion (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 562. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the feasibility studies for improvement to rail infrastructure that have been carried out in the past five years; and if copies of such studies will be made available. [42199/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network Expansion (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 563. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the feasibility studies for improvement to rail infrastructure being carried out or about to commence; and if copies of the terms of reference for such studies will be made available. [42200/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network Expansion (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 564. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the planned feasibility studies for improvement to rail infrastructure to be carried out in the next five years; and if documents giving details of areas the studies are to cover will be made available. [42201/19]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Tenancy Protection Scheme (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 643. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to introduce regulations to provide for a deposit retention scheme under section 61 of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015; the timeline for same; if not, the reason therefor; the measures he is taking to strengthen tenants’ rights in respect of deposits; and if he will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Departmental Bodies (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 662. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the creation of a national night-time culture steering committee in her Department; the membership of the committee; the expected frequency of meetings; the envisaged ongoing relationship with the pilot night-time culture groups in Dublin and Cork; the need for the inclusion of balanced input from rural and smaller...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Cultural Policy (15 Oct 2019)

Catherine Martin: 663. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the planned national survey of venues for night-time cultural activity; the expected format of the survey; the methodology of the survey; if there is a need to include the views of venue users in the survey; the types of venues envisaged to be surveyed; and the expected timeline for completion of the survey [42194/19]

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