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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...

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. F√≥rsa 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.

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