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Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (2 Dec 2021)

Niall Collins: 202. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the case of a child (details supplied); the steps he will take to provide a solution to the issues in relation to the treatment of children with spina bifida and or hydrocephalus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59607/21]

Workplace Ventilation (Covid-19) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (1 Dec 2021)

Niall Collins: I reiterate that the Government supports the principle, and the objectives behind this Bill. I assure the Deputy Murphy that the Minister of State, Deputy English, and his officials, will work with him on determining the best approach to achieving its objectives. It is important that the objectives of the Bill can be delivered in an effective and efficient way. Officials of the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Natural Resources (1 Dec 2021)

Niall Collins: In my initial response, I outlined the number of contacts between the different State agencies and the mining operators. I will convey the Deputy's request to the Minister with responsibility for the OPW that the OPW make contact with the mining operator to see if any assistance can be offered. There is robust legislation and regulation in place to ensure that mining in this State...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Natural Resources (1 Dec 2021)

Niall Collins: I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Eamon Ryan, who is unavailable this morning. I thank Deputy Guirke for raising this very important matter for his constituency and for County Meath. I concur with his concerns and also with his comments on the workforce, which is very skilled and dedicated and works in a high-pressure...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 136, 137, 138, 139 and 140 together. Officials in my Department have been in direct contact with Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) in relation to this matter and have been informed of the following: The manager appointed will have responsibility for managing all programmes and activities in the Centre which ‘shall be used exclusively and...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: Every way.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: As the Deputy will be aware, meeting the education and training needs of all groups in our society is a long-standing core principle of the Further Education and Training (FET) system. In that context, a fully inclusive FET system is a priority for me in my role as Minister for State and for the Department. Inclusion is one of my Department's six strategic goals in its Statement of Strategy,...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Strategies (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The Adult Literacy for Life, or ALL, Strategy sets out a cross-government, cross-economy, cross-society approach to address this priority. It sets out the detailed pathway to achieve the vision of an Ireland where every adult has the necessary literacy, numeracy and digital literacy to engage in society and realise their potential. I believe that the Strategy can be transformative in...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: State Examinations (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: As the Deputy will appreciate, the CAO is a company whose membership is representative of the higher education sector with the participating institutions retaining full control over their admission policies and admission decisions. Against that background, the developments to the CAO website for the 2022 application process are particularly welcome. A key goal for my Department is to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Strategies (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The National FET Strategy Future FET, Transforming Learning 2020-2024launched in July 2020 concentrates on the three core pillars of building skills, fostering inclusion, and facilitating pathways to deliver a more strategic and integrated FET system. Significant progress has been made to date across the three pillars. With regard to Building Skills, there has been a sizable increase in the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Schemes (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The impact of the pandemic and climate change will fundamentally change the way we all live and work. The significant funding allocated is an unequivocal demonstration of the commitment by Government in investing in meeting priority human capital and skill needs to sustain our national recovery and economic development. The €121m Skills Package allocated in Budget 2022 will allow us to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Youth Services (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: From inquiries made by my officials with Cork Education and Training Board, I understand that the Manager of the Community Training Centre has received a verbal agreement from their landlord to offer a 5 year lease commencing January 2022 and that the ETB expects the matter to be resolved in the coming weeks.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Youth Services (30 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The concept of a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is not provided for in the legislation, but rather is a recommendation of Tusla in Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children in relation to public and private organisations providing services to children. There is no requirement for the DLP to be a mandated person under the Children First Act, 2015....

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education and Training Provision (25 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: In terms of the details of the specific approach adopted to implementing the proposal, SOLAS are publishing the range of financial supports available on their dedicated webpage for the Debenhams Fund at www.solas.ie/programmes/debenhams-training-fund/. These include the following:- - A career transition grant of up to €1,000 for additional occupational guidance and career planning...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (24 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 201. To ask the Minister for Health if he will advise on a matter raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57807/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport (23 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 346. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if further consideration will be given to extending the age permitted for bus drivers and the school transport scheme to above 70 years of age given the acute shortage of drivers in the sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [56963/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (23 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 354. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of school secretaries pay (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [57165/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes (23 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 413. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will address a matter in relation to the community employment scheme (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [56826/21]

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Third Level Fees (17 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter. I have a long written reply before me, but I will only speak to parts of it. Section 21 of the student grant scheme sets out the person whose income is to be considered. Section 21(2) states: "Where the dependent student's parents are divorced or legally separated, or it is established to the satisfaction of the relevant awarding...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Third Level Fees (17 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: It is a fair request and the Deputy has raised a legitimate concern. To nail it down, is he asking about appeals to the independent appeals board that have been found in favour of the applicant in circumstances where the parents were divorced or separated?

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