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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I know we are almost out of time. I will write to the Deputy. The short answer is that I will contact NUI Galway. Autonomy cannot be used as a fig leaf for inflexibility. I take the point she makes. In the interest of time, I will write back to her on the remaining matters.

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I am sharing time with Deputy Paul Murphy. I will take 50%. I will comment on the leaving certificate briefly. It was discussed earlier. There is no way the Government can guarantee the leaving certificate can happen in June. At the leaders' briefing, we asked Dr. Holohan whether the restrictions would be lifted by March. He said he could not possibly tell us and that he had no idea....

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy. I will do my best to get through as many of his questions as possible. I could not agree more with his point about well-being and that the leaving certificate class of 2020 and the first-year college class of 2021 are like no other in terms of all they have been through. I said in my opening statement that I am establishing a new group to monitor well-being and I have...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

James Lawless: I am sharing time with Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan. We had a similar debate to this in March last year. It seems incredible that the pandemic has been with us for almost a year. The previous debate took place during the initial lockdown when the Dáil was on a similarly reduced footing, with fewer Deputies in attendance, etc. On that occasion, there was a discussion on the...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for his work in advocating the establishment of my Department. I acknowledge the significant work he put into the policy development side of it. I hope we are beginning to see the merits and benefits of the Department. I thank him also for his kind words in regard to the researchers and the work my Department and the HEA are doing in that regard. When we get to the...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I welcome the Minister and the Minister of State to the House. I will first address some topics for discussion to the Minister. Many third level students have not received an authentic college experience. That is to be expected given the pandemic we are experiencing and the spiralling numbers of transmissions, particularly in the past few months. That said, will the Minister comment on...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Johnny Guirke: I want to bring to the attention of the Minister a number of things I came across in the past couple of months that he could, perhaps, take on board. I am the father of two children who attend third level education. I know from experience what it takes for people to put their children through education. Many families across the country struggled before the Covid-19 virus arrived to put...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Gary Gannon: I thank the Minister and welcome the opportunity to interact with him today. I have said several times that although the leaving certificate examination is important and that all of those facing State examinations deserve clarity, one set of examinations should not dominate and overshadow all other aspects of education. Many students in further and higher education are facing similar...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Conway-Walsh for her time and her work ethic; she has been here for a significant length of time and I am sorry that more Members have not joined us with regard to this higher education discussion. I am not the Minister for Education and I will not go back on that but the questions asked by the Deputy in respect of my own brief are fair and I am more than happy to answer them....

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Rose Conway-Walsh: On the leaving certificate, we do not know how this virus will go, so will there be clarity around the predicted grades or a combination of both? Can the Minister reassure students that the algorithm that would be used for determining places in colleges will be fair? Will there be some transparency around it? I go back again to the clarity and the information that students need right at...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Marc MacSharry: I am aware that everything is very much underpinned by Covid at the moment but I did have an opportunity twice yesterday on that matter and earlier on secondary education. It is not that I am neglecting that as a most important matter but as this is statements on higher education, I want to focus specifically on the higher education area and on our plans as a State for the north west. Both...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I thank the Minister and the Minister of State for those contributions. I sat here for the last three hours during the discussions with the Minister for Education, Deputy Foley. I apologise if I must go back over some of the same material, because of the connection between third-level education and the leaving certificate. All I wanted the Minister for Education to do was answer my...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Niall Collins: I am grateful for the opportunity to provide Deputies with an update on further education and training during this level 5 phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and I look forward to taking any questions colleagues may have. As the Minister, Deputy Harris, said, further education and training providers are responding to the recent deterioration in the Covid-19 situation. They are adapting and...

Covid-19 (Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Marian Harkin: I am delighted that the Minister expects students with special needs to return to school on a staggered basis next week. It is the best news I have heard all week. Like many others, I have received many emails from parents of children with special needs who are beyond devastated as they see their children regress before their eyes. Equally, I have received many emails from teachers who are...

Covid-19 (Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Norma Foley: Deputy Pringle mentioned public health advice and the decision to stand down our schools. I want to make it very clear that we have followed public health advice at every point. The public health advice suggested that there was a need to reduce mobility. We respected that and acted accordingly. I am very disappointed that the Deputy does not agree that it is important to give priority to...

Covid-19 (Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: The Minister will have to write to the Deputy; we have run out of time again. I thank her for her co-operation. I apologise for interrupting but I have to abide by the time limits.

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (14 Jan 2021)

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (14 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 37 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - to discuss providing schoolchildren access to Maynooth Boys' National School via the adjoining Maynooth Post Primary School for safety reasons; (2) Deputy Denis Naughten - to discuss emergency action to...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: With the agreement of the House, I will share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins. I welcome the opportunity to update the House on the impact of Covid-19 on the further and higher education sector. I was a little disappointed that, for the first time in my political career, some Members of the Dáil actually voted not to have me here today for questions and...

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