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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (23 Sep 2021)

Pearse Doherty: This is not just a Covid story. Students down through the years have lived in tents, hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation and hostels. There is a housing crisis right across society, as I laid out for the Tánaiste, from mica families to the women we heard yesterday. What they had to say was devastating. I do not know whether the Tánaiste heard them but he should listen to...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (23 Sep 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The Minister will give consideration to any legislation brought forward by the Opposition. I am very aware that we face a housing crisis and I am also very aware of the many personal stories. The Deputy does not have a monopoly on compassion or understanding. He may think he does but he does not. Every Member of this House has constituents and friends and family. Every Member of the...

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

Matt Carthy: I am satisfied that Question No. 94 has been answered previously. Can I move to Question No. 95 please, Acting Chairman?

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

Bernard Durkan: Yes, the Deputy may.

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

Question No. 94 replied to with Written Answers.

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

School Transport

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

Matt Carthy: 95. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps she has taken to ensure that capacity will be available in school transport for all applicants in 2021-22. [44739/21]

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

Matt Carthy: I ask the Minister the steps she has taken to ensure that the school transport system has capacity for all applicants for the current school term.

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

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy for his question. The school transport scheme is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. In the 2020-21 school year, more than 114,100 children, including over 14,700 children with special educational needs, were transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €224.7...

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

Matt Carthy: I thank the Minister for that response. Last year, the biggest issue that my own office dealt with was the issue of school transport. I am aware of parents where one of them had to give up their work because they went through the whole academic year with their child being unable to secure school transport which they were eligible. There are often difficulties arising from the deadlines...

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

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy. I appreciate the issues being brought forward to constituency offices. I am a rural Deputy myself and I understand that and the importance of the school transport system. We have made significant progress in the past year in addressing many of the issues that were problematic last year. This has been helped in no small measure by the review that is in place and as a...

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

Matt Carthy: I thank the Minister again. There are two particular issues I will mention. The Minister referred to 98% of valid and paid-on-time students having secured their place on their school bus. That means that 2% have not. In percentage terms this may be a small number but it is a substantial number in real terms and the impact is very real for those families. I urge the Minister that she...

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

Catherine Connolly: Before I ask the Minister to respond, I notice that Deputy Kerrane wishes to contribute.

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

Claire Kerrane: Gabhaim buíochas, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. The Minister has confirmed that she will review the 50% capacity rule for buses for post-primary schools in line with the 100% capacity that obviously is the case for public transport. Since the roll-out of the vaccinations for younger people, particularly those who are going to post-primary schools, has the Minister sought advice on the...

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

Catherine Connolly: I call Deputy Ó Laoghaire now.

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

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I support what Deputies Carthy and Kerrane have said. It is very clear and the inconsistencies in my constituency are very frustrating for people. Most students who travel to school will do so on public transport where if they get a bus, they will travel on 100% capacity. However, for the minority of cases in my constituency and probably for the majority overall, they are on 50% capacity....

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

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputies. I confirm, once again, that the planning for school transport for the 2021-22 school year has proceeded on the basis that the public health measures in place at schools closed at the end of last year would remain as term began in this new school year. This included the recommendation from public health that post-primary services would operate at 50% capacity and that...

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

Matt Carthy: School secretaries and caretakers are the heartbeat of our school communities in many instances. Beyond the principals, they are the most public faces of our schools. They are the people who keep the schools ticking. It was a travesty that, for so long, they were operating under a set of unfair and insecure conditions. I welcome the progress that has been made. The big lesson for all...

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...

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