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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Alan Dillon: We have Mayo College of Further Education and Training progressing with this capital development on the back of the establishment of the ATU in Mayo, which is designated for Castlebar. We are offering postgraduate courses with other disciplines, ranging from outdoor education to, as we mentioned previously, digital media and cybersecurity. This means there is a university campus along with...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I was delighted to see the Minister in Mayo on Monday. As the Minister did, I commend and acknowledge all the work that has been done there by the project team, particularly by Michael Murphy and Tom Grady from Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB. They have wanted this and worked on it for so many years and it is a long-term project. I was also delighted to see Paddy McGuinness there, who has done...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I am not in any way concerned about the timelines but it is important to be upfront and blunt about them, which I have been in every visit I have made to a location that has been chosen as an FET college of the future. These are multi-year projects. I cannot say whether it will be four, five or six years but that is the range of years we are talking about. People in Castlebar and Mayo will...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: He has.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I send him all our best wishes. On student accommodation, I spoke to the president of the ATU, Orla Flynn, and the chair of the governing authority, Maura McNally, on this as recently as Monday. Before I was in Castlebar I met them in Galway. It is clear as a result of the Government decision yesterday that technological universities can and should prepare to submit plans for student...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Further and Higher Education

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Bernard Durkan: 105. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he continues to identify and meet the demand in the higher education sector, with particular reference to identification of the areas now most urgently requiring employees; if he is satisfied that a sufficient supply of appropriately qualified graduates continues to be available; and if he will make a statement on the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I have a continued interest in the degree to which the Minister can liaise on the various opportunities that exist in industry and throughout the workplace with a view to meeting the most urgently known requirements and given that almost everybody has signs up inviting potential employees to apply.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Durkan for raising this matter. One of the big things my Department is trying to do is not just to replicate the work that would have been done by the Department of Education previously but to be a Department that interacts between further and higher education and industry. We do this through the regional skills forums, which we have in every region. These involve...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: On that point, we must do the catch-up and provide purpose-built, affordable, student accommodation on university lands. By the way, the idea of state aid rules kicking in is slightly worrying when it comes to public universities. These are public universities and public goods, but I will leave that aside. The vast majority of students are still prey to what is going on in the wider...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I have had a number of engagements with UCD students' union. I have no issue meeting with that body. I will certainly ask the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to meet with those students also. I am sure he will have no issue doing so either. The reference to state aid rules related to the fact that private developers could say they can build accommodation too. I am...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Questions Nos. 97 to 99, inclusive, taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Education and Training Boards

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: 100. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views with respect to the campaign for better working conditions and pay led by personal assistants working in institutes for further education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59672/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: This question relates to the campaign for better pay and working conditions led by personal assistants who work in institutes for further education. They are difficult to recruit and their payments vary depending on the education and training board, ETB, from which they get money. SOLAS provides the overall funding. We need a proper career structure to ensure students with disabilities can...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter with me and for raising it on one of my many visits in recent weeks to Drogheda and Dundalk, where the ETB has highlighted this as an important matter. The Deputy and I both want to create an education system that is truly inclusive and that allows everyone to reach their full potential no matter what their background is or whether they have a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: I congratulate the Minister on his commitment, vitality and the way he is changing things. This is a huge area where, as he said, there needs to be a levelling of the playing pitch for people with disabilities. One of the issues we need to determine is how many people, on average, need assistance. We need to make sure there are whole-time equivalent jobs for that. Colleges vary in size...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy O'Dowd. According to my note, 77 personal assistants are directly employed by the ETBs. I am open to correction on this but the note also indicates, and the information available to me suggests, that the majority of personal assistants are employed externally and not directly by ETBs. However, 77 are directly employed by ETBs. The figure for the Louth-Meath ETB in the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: I welcome those statistics. The Minister knows the issue. I know he is fighting for students with disabilities and that he will do his very best. I am very happy with his response. We also need to address the issue of the percentage of people with disabilities who are employed nationally in State and semi-State bodies. It is a big issue. There was a quota that was very low. We...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I thank Deputy O'Dowd for tabling this question. I thank the Minister for his interaction on this particular issue. The Minister said there is sometimes a cliff edge in respect of adult disability services. That is the piece that needs to be fixed. We all know the working conditions and the payments these PAs are getting are insufficient. A number of them who have contacted Deputies have...

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