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

Michael McNamara: Earlier this evening, the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Varadkar, told us that he was ashamed to be a Member of this Dáil. Looking around this convention centre, I am a little ashamed to be a Member of this Dáil too, but for very different reasons. We set an appalling example by decamping from Dáil Éireann in Leinster House...

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

Norma Foley: Regarding the decision to operate from this building, the Deputy will be well aware and will appreciate that it was not mine. I assume it was the decision of the Business Committee.

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

Michael McNamara: I accept that, but it sets an appalling example.

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

Norma Foley: That is a matter the Deputy will have to take up elsewhere, as it is beyond my remit. Regarding works being carried out in schools and being resourced and carried out in time, the Deputy referred to many of the schools having previously applied to the Department for necessary and perhaps emergency works, including minor works, etc., and being refused funding. I am pleased to confirm to...

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

Michael McNamara: Will the schools have to tender for those works? I ask that because if they do, the works will simply not be carried out on time. I have one more brief question. Will anything be done to ensure students doing the leaving certificate who are hoping to go to university in the United Kingdom have results in time to take up places in the UK?

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

Norma Foley: The leaving certificate results will be in time for UCAS offers. The leaving certificate results come out on 7 September, which will be fully in time for UCAS and there has been engagement in that regard. On the wider issue of students taking up university places in third level institutions elsewhere in Europe, I have written to my counterparts throughout Europe regarding students having...

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

Michael McNamara: Will the schools have to tender for works?

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

Norma Foley: It depends on the works to be done in the schools. There will be small jobs and big jobs and, as I said, these funds are for minor works. The schools will know what will be involved in each case.

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

Norma Foley: I reiterate that I appreciate the Deputy's positive engagement on all these issues up to this point. The matter of fee-paying schools is an important one as questions have been raised around it. I confirm that all fee-charging schools have been contacted by my Department to advise them that while schools outside of the free schemes are not automatically covered by the minor works grant, the...

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

Michael Collins: I appreciate that because it is a serious concern for that school and must be for other fee-paying schools as well. These schools are struggling the same as ordinary schools and they need the capitation grant and the minor works grant at this time. It is essential for this school and others. I have been talking to schools in Castletownbere, Kilcrohane, Ballydehob, Belgooly, Baltimore,...

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

Mattie McGrath: The Minister may give a brief response and then we will move on to Deputy Danny Healy-Rae.

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

Norma Foley: I ask the Deputy to revert to me regarding St. Brogan's College and I will ask my officials to come back to him on it.

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

Danny Healy-Rae: I just have a few questions for the Minister. As regards school transport, I am getting worried about what actions have been taken or what interaction has been had with school bus operators. I must record my interest as I own some school buses. I do not believe enough is being done to ensure social distancing, where, for example, secondary school students or national school children are to...

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

Norma Foley: On the issue of children or young students on buses, the buses are operating on the basis of the public health advice that has been given. That advice suggests that children in primary school, and older children at second level, be regarded as one single cohort. That means that the same children get on the bus every day. They will be assigned specific seats and will sit with a sibling or a...

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

Danny Healy-Rae: Some schools, such as Gneeveguilla national school, are at maximum capacity. The community group in that parish is offering its hall or rambling house to the school, which is fully heated and is in great condition. The group owes money for its refurbishment but it has not been able to generate any funds this year as it could not fundraise. Such groups can offer halls or spaces. Obviously,...

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

Norma Foley: I appreciate the Deputy's point. I do not mean to repeat myself, but the funding of €75 million that has been made available to the schools is intended for providing space within the schools themselves in the first instance. They should look within their own classrooms, declutter them and remove all excess furniture. They can also look at other areas outside the classroom, like the...

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

Mattie McGrath: Tá an t-am críochnaithe. I call Deputy Pringle, and Deputy Barry will be after him.

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

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy for his support for me as Minister and for the entire education community. We must make every possible effort to work collaboratively to ensure we can safely and fully reopen schools in late August or September, depending on the individual schools. The Deputy highlighted the importance of SNAs in schools. I absolutely acknowledge that and I have first-hand experience of...

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

Michael Collins: The Minister spoke about positive engagement. I thank her for the very positive engagement she has afforded me on behalf of schools in Cork South-West in the short time since she was appointed Minister. She is a credit to the difficult position she holds. I have discussed a good number of issues with her in the past week and tonight I have a different area to travel. My question concerns...

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

Gary Gannon: I thank the Minister. I did not really get an answer on Portakabins but I will move on to the issue of teacher recruitment.

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