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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: 90. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason that such little progress has been made in clearing the backlog of apprentices waiting to access off-the-job training in further education colleges and technological universities, given that 4,937 apprentices have currently been waiting over six months to be given a date to begin off-the-job training; the steps that he is taking to...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: Why is so little progress being made in clearing the backlog of apprentices waiting to access off-the-job training in further education colleges and technological universities, given that 4,937 apprentices have been waiting over six months to be given a date to begin their off-the-job training? Can the Minister let us know the steps he has taken to facilitate apprentices accessing training...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for highlighting this important issue. By any objective measure, there has been an unprecedented level of focus on apprenticeships by my Department since its creation. In fact, I would argue that one of the big benefits of the establishment of my Department two and a half years ago was a policy focus on the area of apprenticeship, whether through the apprenticeship action...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions (1 Dec 2022)

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Student Accommodation

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: 88. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on the capital funding to unlock student accommodation projects and deliver approximately 3,000 student beds, currently at advanced stages of planning but unable to progress; if he will ensure that this accommodation is affordable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59803/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: Will the Minister provide an update on the specific amount of capital funding allocated to the higher education institutions, HEIs, to deliver the student accommodation, as was agreed by the Cabinet this week? I understand the Minister is unlocking 667 of the over 3,000 units that are shelved. Will he confirm the money made available is €32 million and that it will provide a grant of...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Conway-Walsh for the question. She is correct; the Government decision this week allocated an additional €32 million to HEIs for the provision of, as she said, 667 additional units. As the Deputy probably knows, they are in Maynooth, Galway and Limerick. I can come back on some of those details in a moment. My Department has been engaged intensively in examining...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I welcome this approach because we have wanted to have it for so long, in the sense of there being an investment and recognising student accommodation is integral to access to third level. This is especially so for students from rural areas who cannot go to college without having accommodation. However, a decade of underinvestment in higher education has left us with this chronic lack of...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I welcome the Deputy's welcome. I think there was political consensus in the House the State should intervene in providing funding to build college-owned student accommodation. We might have differing views but there was a general consensus across the House that needed to happen and it is now happening. If it does not sound too peculiar to say, I contend it is wrong to focus on the 667....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I agree on the policy approach. It should have been done many years ago. However, I want to ensure all those units are affordable. I do not want X number of units to be delivered, only for many of them to be beyond the reach of students. We will be in a worse situation if we end up like that. The devil will be in the detail of the contracts and agreements signed between the HEIs and the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: There are two elements here. Everybody benefits from extra supply. If we take Maynooth University, we know for every person who got a student accommodation bed on campus this year there were six applications. Therefore, even at current market rates there is demand for more. To be clear, what we are funding are not-for-profit units. We are funding publicly-funded institutions to deliver...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Third Level Education

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 89. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will engage with the PhD researcher unions (details supplied) to ensure that all PhD research students receive a living wage income or above via their stipend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60122/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: There are approximately 8,000 PhD researchers in the country. They do a vast amount of the teaching in our institutions of higher education. The great majority of them get stipends that mean they are in actuality earning less than the minimum wage. This is true even for those with the best stipends. That compares with the Nordic countries, where they get up to €50,000 as a starting...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. We have obviously introduced some measures in the budget as an immediate and tangible relief against some of the challenges of the rising cost of living. This included a once-off payment in 2022 of €500 for PhD students who receive an Irish Research Council, IRC, or Science Foundation Ireland, SFI, award and a €500 increase to the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (1 Dec 2022)

Colm Burke: I understand we have to have public consultations and to allow for sufficient time. We are now coming into the Christmas period. If we publish the guidelines in the next two weeks, what kind of period will we allow for the public consultation and for submissions to be made? How long will it take after that for the Department to finalise matters? It is important that the public...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (1 Dec 2022)

Peter Burke: There will be a strong policy in the draft guidelines to bring derelict and older properties back into use. I understand and appreciate the circumstances that Deputy Colm Burke is referring to and the challenges that people have in bringing those properties back into use. There do not need to be any impediments to doing that. As I said, one environmental assessment was completed yesterday...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (1 Dec 2022)

Question No. 13 taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Planning Issues

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