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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate (30 Jul 2020)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Direct Provision System

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Paul Murphy: Anyone who has heard about what is happening in the Skellig Star is utterly horrified. It was so bad that it drove people to engage in a hunger strike. Coronavirus spread like wildfire through this direct provision centre. As I understand it, it has still not yet been inspected. Food and water were rationed. At one stage, people were limited to 1 l of water per day. A letter I received...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: I congratulate the asylum seekers at the Skellig Star hotel in Cahersiveen. They have been treated appallingly since the first day they were put in there in the middle of March. There were 110 people accommodated in 56 rooms. Imagine what that means in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic. When there was a boil water notice in the town, the residents were limited to 1 l of water per...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Pringle: I acknowledge that the Minister has intervened in the hunger strike in the Skellig Star. It is over, which is important. For anybody in Ireland to be on hunger strike sends a strong message to us. For the asylum seekers concerned to feel that was the only way they could have their voices heard is telling. It is time to resolve the issues and deal with them fairly and quickly. In her...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: Fifth year students, the leaving certificate class of 2021, lost close to three months of face-to-face teaching time this year. I know that the Government and the Minister accept that changes must be made to take account of that lost time. I was going to say that I had an exchange with the Minister earlier today but it was yesterday at this point. In that exchange, she indicated that the...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy for raising the question. I appreciate where the Deputy is coming from when he said he did not know whether to refer to yesterday or today. I am not sure which it is, we have been here so long. I appreciate that the Deputy has raised an important issue and it is a matter of concern for the students who will comprise the leaving certificate class of 2021 and for their...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: I want to be clear that I understand the answer. I think the Minister said that the students should know about the changes as soon as they go back to school. That implies that they will know in the first week that they go back. Is that the position? Could the Minister indicate if I have got that right with a "Yes" or "No" answer?

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: It is my intention that teachers will be informed of the changes to the assessment aspect of the leaving certificate prior to their return to school and, obviously, they will inform students, as they normally would.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: That is helpful; I thank the Minister. Earlier, I mentioned to the Minister that in an exchange I had during the week with the Taoiseach, he said there would be consultation with all of what he described as the stakeholders on the proposed changes in next year's leaving certificate about which the Minister has just spoken about. He laid particular emphasis on the fact that he considered it...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I will repeat what I said to the Deputy earlier about the roadmap. He will appreciate that the roadmap covered quite an amount of aspects, including cleaning, panels of substitution, additional posts or whatever. As I previously outlined to the Deputy, all of those aspects, including curriculum and assessment, were discussed at great length with the partners in education and the broadest...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: I am concerned by that answer and I think that many fifth year students who will be going into sixth year in September will also be concerned. The Minister said that the consultation has taken place. I am not sure if many of those students to whom I referred will agree with that. I know that there is a representative organisation and I respect the good work it has done. I understand that...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I note the Deputy's concern and thank him for it. There was full engagement in bringing forward many and all of the initiatives that are in the roadmap. I confirm to the Deputy that the guidelines will be available. I believe those guidelines are in the best interests of the students. I have not heard at any point that students are not happy with the proposals, which are very fair. It...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: I will conclude by saying that it may well be the case that what the Minister says does not contradict the Taoiseach's line that there will be maximum consultation and a need for consent. It is possible that it will contradict that. If it does, the Minister will need to review that position. We will leave it at that.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Pringle: I am sharing time with Deputy McNamara. I am will limit my questions because time is limited and I have only five minutes. This issue has already been raised by several speakers, but the Minister needs to clarify the Department's view on the issue of special needs teachers. Will they be redeployed to provide cover within their schools? What will happen to those children with special needs...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy for his questions. I assume the Deputy is asking what will happen when substitution is not available in a school. There are several streams or options within schools regarding substitution. I repeat that there is a national roll-out of a substitute panel. Importantly, and perhaps I did not say this already, it was piloted first in six places and a number of posts are...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: Did Deputy Pringle have another question?

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I am sorry, will the Deputy repeat his final question?

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Pringle: I also asked about new buildings.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: We are living through an extraordinary time and I appreciate that extraordinary measures had to be brought in, but work on new buildings will proceed. More than 200 buildings were to be completed this year and they will proceed as intended.

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