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Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Tá, leis na Teachtaí Martin Browne agus Patricia Ryan.

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: Does the Deputy want answers to his questions?

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Yes. I will speak in one passage and the Minister can then respond. Before I begin on my main topics of the reopening of schools and provision, I want to touch briefly on two other issues. The first is external candidates. I have written to the Minister in the past week giving him two very tough examples of students who will likely not get calculated grades. I echo Deputy McAuliffe's...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: We move on to the Fianna Fáil spokesperson, Deputy Thomas Byrne, who is sharing time.

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Thomas Byrne: I would have been happy to let the Minister continue because some of the stuff is important for parents to hear but that is the decision.

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: Who is the Deputy sharing his time with?

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Thomas Byrne: Tá mé ag roinnt mo chuid ama leis na Teachtaí Browne agus McAuliffe. The issue of social distancing in school, which the Minister has addressed, is obviously a key issue and a key determinant of what happens physically in schools when children go back. The second issue, about which we have not heard a huge amount and about which we need to hear more in general, concerns the...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: It is up to the Deputy.

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Thomas Byrne: Yes. I have asked previously that good-quality expert academic research be done on the learning losses, which I see and that we all know of anecdotally, over the last number of weeks and months in order that teachers and the State know in September what is the position regarding children. Most people would say there has been a learning loss. I believe it is obvious. While some people...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: I thank the Deputy for his contribution. One of the obvious gaps was in relation to special needs, so there was regression. That is anecdotal and measured through contact and interaction between our inspectorate and schools in terms of where the gaps were. One clear message right across the sector, whether tertiary, post-primary or primary, is that computers cannot replace teachers....

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Thomas Byrne: It should be a primary function of the Department to carry out this research fairly urgently. We have had limited research but I know that it is being carried out by some people. The emerging evidence from the UK is that pupils working from home are doing a lot less learning than was previously thought. That is despite the best efforts of all involved: teachers, parents and children...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

James Browne: I want to raise the issue of the importance of the July provision programme, which cannot be underestimated. I have been contacted by numerous parents of children with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities, attending both St. Patrick's special school, Enniscorthy, and Our Lady of Fatima, Wexford town, on the issue of transport. A lot of parents are finding it difficult to accept...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: That is a very good question and I thank the Deputy for raising it. One thing that we did not have on our side, and I will probably be accused of not getting guidelines in quickly enough, was that schools were allowed to open as recently as last Friday week. We have been working on this for two weeks. We are working continually on the school transport issue with a focus on August and...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Paul McAuliffe: This is the first opportunity I have had as the parent of two children to acknowledge the work that many principals, teachers and special needs assistants, SNAs, have done during the pandemic. In many cases it was done without the assistance of a national online learning platform, which is something we need to look at very speedily. We also need to look at the issue of the digital divide,...

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: I ask Members to indicate at the commencement of their contributions if they intend to try to elicit answers from the Minister, if they intend to allow time to do so, if they are sharing time and how that time is to be divided.

Reopening of Schools and Summer Provision 2020: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Chathaoirleach agus leis na Teachtaí uilig as an seans labhairt leo arís inniu ar chúrsaí oideachais agus na dúshláin atá ann ina leith. I take this opportunity to provide an update on the planned summer provision and the preparatory work towards reopening our schools. When I was last in the House I advised that I would...

Post-European Council Meetings: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Marian Harkin: What about Brexit?

Post-European Council Meetings: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Helen McEntee: Again, there has been no change in terms of state aid or any of the parameters for the negotiations.

Post-European Council Meetings: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Cian O'Callaghan: With regard to the proposed digital tax, the Irish position for a number of years has been that it should be decided through the OECD. Given that the US has withdrawn from negotiations on the tax, it makes an OECD decision less likely. There is a growing head of steam around Europe for a digital tax. Is the position that we will agree to it under no circumstances, or are there some limited...

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