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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: There is no doubt but that this has dragged on for far too long. I welcome the progress that has been made. I appreciate that the Minister is working on this and that negotiations are continuing. I urge her to continue to engage and try to ensure a fair and equitable solution. The fact is that schools would come to a halt without caretakers and secretaries. It is vital that caretakers...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: I appreciate the points the Deputies have made. They do not have to tell me the value of school secretaries and caretakers. I have worked all my teaching life in the school sector and I am very familiar with the work of school secretaries and, indeed, caretakers. Specifically on some of the points that have been made, a phased approach is being taken to these discussions. The first...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Questions Nos. 90 to 92, inclusive, replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

School Equipment

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

Brendan Griffin: 93. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding air quality monitors in classrooms; if they are working; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45695/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

Brendan Griffin: I am raising this question today because many parents have been in contact with me because they want to know more about the air quality monitors, the carbon dioxide monitors. They want to know whether they are working and effective. A concern people have is that, as we move into the winter months and as windows are closed and classrooms have to be kept warmer, the monitors will not be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: Managing ventilation is just one of a suite of public health measures in place to keep our schools safe. Updated guidance on practical steps for the deployment of good ventilation practices in schools was provided at the end of May, following the work of an expert group that carefully considered the role of ventilation in managing Covid-19. A copy of the guidance is published on the website...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

Brendan Griffin: It is important that all classrooms have these monitors in place. It is regrettable that some have not been able to avail of them to date. I acknowledge, however, the work done on providing these important pieces of equipment for the vast majority of classrooms in a relatively short period. It is important that the Department try, where possible, to monitor the data, including data on...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Equipment (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy. There is international demand for carbon dioxide monitors. We ordered them more than four months ago. We are moving into the fifth month now. Ninety-six percent of our primary schools are in possession of their allocation of carbon dioxide monitors. All of our special schools have received their allocation, and all of our post-primary schools have a minimum of ten...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I appreciate the Minister outlining the extra supports for schools, but the question is not about that. The question is about the DEIS programme. For as long as the DEIS programme has been in place, schools have been excluded from it by very strict criteria that are difficult to understand by principals, teachers and politicians. I accept there have to be objective criteria, but it is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I know the Minister is passionate about this issue and that there is a cross-party desire to resolve these matters. The criteria are dated. I can think of numerous examples of schools affected. Two that occur to me immediately are Togher boys and girls schools. They are in a RAPID area. Around 200 additional units of additional social housing have been built there in the last three...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Schemes (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: In the first instance, I acknowledge, as Deputy Ó Laoghaire stated, that there is enormous cross-party support for, and recognition of, this area. I appreciate the points that Deputy Connolly made. I must say that for all the reasons outlined by the Deputy, a new DEIS identification process and mechanism based on statistical information will be found going forward. The important point...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

School Staff

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Claire Kerrane: 89. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of and position regarding ongoing talks regarding pay and entitlements for school secretaries and caretakers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45575/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Claire Kerrane: I ask the Minister for an update on ongoing talks regarding pay and entitlements not just for school secretaries, but also for caretakers. I appreciate and understand that talks are ongoing but perhaps the Minister will outline what she can tell us in relation to the matter.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: School secretaries and caretakers are valued members of the school community and the Department is fully aware of the vitally important role played by them in the running of our schools. I welcome the significant progress that has been made through the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, in recent days. This builds upon previous recommendations of an independent arbitrator for a cumulative...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Claire Kerrane: I, too, acknowledge the work of school secretaries and caretakers. Without them, our schools simply would not function. They have obviously had to battle not just for fair pay and equality, but also fair terms and conditions. They have been in a most unfair system for some time. I also acknowledge the work of Fórsa in bringing this dispute to the position that it is in now. I...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Norma Foley: Again, I acknowledge, as the Deputy has done, that considerable work has been done and it has demanded the co-operation of all involved. I acknowledge that in respect of the union, the Departments, given that this involves the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform as well as my Department, and the WRC. To give some background, on 13 September the parties engaged at the WRC, whereby...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: School Staff (23 Sep 2021)

Claire Kerrane: Perhaps I have missed it and it is included in what has been agreed, but I refer specifically to pension and sick leave entitlements, which are very important terms and conditions that other school secretaries enjoy. That has been a major part of the issue as regards equality. I ask the Minister to outline specifically what is happening in relation to those entitlements. The Minister...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (23 Sep 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I welcome the comments of the Minister of State, particularly in respect of the report being published by the end of the year, which will be most welcome. I note that the former Minister, Deputy McHugh, stated that each child should be educated with his or her mainstream peers wherever feasible. That is very much reflected in what the NCSE has stated in its progress report. The former...

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