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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: That is all very welcome. As the Minister stated, it is about ensuring there is a pipeline, something we have not had in recent years. I welcome that the Minister is talking about multiple Departments. We all get that there is crossover, particularly in respect of disability services. It is fair to say we are not starting from the point at which we would like to start in the sense there...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: The short answer to the Deputy's final question is, "Yes". It is up to the autonomous institutions to determine their own programmes. We want to create a unified tertiary education system, however, so I would very much welcome proposals that involve further and higher education working together. As regards workforce planning, there is a level of engagement now that was not present in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: That is all very welcome. We must also deal with issues relating to working conditions, among other factors that are outside the remit of the Minister, to increase retention and make it attractive to work in those spheres. We are dealing with the sphere of disability. My constituency colleague Deputy O'Dowd may not like what I am about to do, but I raise again the issue of personal...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: Speaking of my PA-----

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I refer to the education and training board ETB industrial relations meeting that is to take place on 15 December. Fórsa is going to have a specific meeting as well. Will the Minister provide the dates in that regard and give a commitment to meet the PAs afterwards. I know a significant number of others have done work-----

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Catherine Connolly: The Deputy is over time. I call an tAire to respond.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I will keep in touch with the Deputy in respect of PA hours, I wrote to him on the matter yesterday. Deputy O'Dowd is in an awkward position.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: It is okay. I will speak to Deputy Ó Murchú afterwards.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I agree with the Deputy's position in respect of workforce planning. There is good work going on. I have outlined my position. In March, we will ask the higher education sector what it can do, innovatively and otherwise. This is important. We have just had a mapping exercise in respect of veterinary medicine and a number of other professions. There is now a significant level of ambition...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (1 Dec 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I appreciate that.

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

Student Accommodation

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

Richard Boyd Barrett: 96. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure students have access to affordable accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59753/22]

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

Richard Boyd Barrett: It is a stark and unacceptable fact that even if a student is in receipt of the maximum SUSI grant of €6,115, he or she will not be able to afford student accommodation at UCD, where even the cheapest and supposedly most affordable rates range from €6,900 a year up to €10,745. What will the Minister do to ensure there is affordable accommodation at publicly funded...

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

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. It has been a significant week in terms of changing the Government's policy on student accommodation. This week, I went to Government with a proposal that, for the first time, the State will use taxpayers' money to help to build publicly owned college accommodation. I have stated in the House previously that we have been too reliant on the private...

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

Richard Boyd Barrett: Government funding for student accommodation is welcome but the devil is in the detail. Will it be genuinely affordable? How much of this new accommodation will there be? It is only the accommodation built with the money the State will put in that will be supposedly affordable. The rest will be unaffordable. Is the Minister aware, for example, that, every year, UCD imposes the maximum...

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

Simon Harris: There are two parts to this, as the Deputy may have heard me say earlier. There is a supply issue. To take Maynooth University as an example, based on the figures I have in my head, for every one student who got a student accommodation bed on campus, there were six others who sought one. There was a demand this year for student accommodation, at current rates, that could not be met. We...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for the question. He is aware of the short-term benefits, introduced in the budget in terms of one-off payments or increases to the stipend baseline, so I will not waste time on that. I accept we need to do more. We need to retain talent in Ireland and we need to attract talent to Ireland. I have engaged with many PhD students and postgraduate students, and as recently...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Paul Murphy: The issue of treating PhD students as workers is the central issue because what flows from it is that, if we recognise them as employees, then they have to be paid at least the minimum wage. They are workers in terms of the research work they do but also, in very many cases, in the context of the unpaid work the do in delivering tutorials, demonstrations, correcting assignments and exams,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: The status issue that the Deputy has outlined will be considered. It is an explicit term of the terms of reference. What I would also flag to the Deputy, as I flagged earlier, is that in this House we will have an opportunity in 2023 to pass a research Bill. The Government has committed to bringing forward a stand-alone national research Bill in 2023. This will be the Bill to give effect...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research Funding (1 Dec 2022)

Paul Murphy: Ireland compares badly with its EU peers in terms of how PhD workers are treated. I listed the kind of stipends at the high end and, obviously, there are many on less than that, but the EU average for a PhD pay is €32,100, and pay in Nordic countries starts at about €50,000 and progresses to €55,000 on a fixed-term four-year contract. Separate from the issue of...

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