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Written Answers — School Completion Programme: School Completion Programme (22 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: A decision was taken in Budget 2009 to discontinue the Children at Risk Fund. The Project to which the Deputy refers was among a number of projects evaluated by my Department to determine future funding arrangements and possible mainstreaming of appropriate projects. As a result of this evaluation, funding of €133,000 issued to the Project in December 2010 for the 2011 calendar year and...

Written Answers — Local Employment Services: Local Employment Services (22 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: The individual to which you refer is a client of the Local Employment Service. I understand that he was to get back in contact with his Local Employment Services Officer in relation to the Sports Management course he is interested in pursuing, but to date he has not done so. I have been informed that he has not as yet made an application for this course and should he wish to do so he should...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (22 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Given the major financial constraints facing the country, it is not my intention at this stage to reverse the changes to school transport as announced in Budget 2011.

Written Answers — Schools Recognition: Schools Recognition (22 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: I have no plans to provide stand-alone status to the educational institution referred to by the Deputy. By way of background, the institution is operated as a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centre by the VEC. Its recognition as a stand-alone PLC centre would require additional financial and staffing resources in terms of teacher allocations and management structure, including Principal,...

Written Answers — Schools Recognition: Schools Recognition (22 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: This issue is currently the subject of correspondence between the acting CEO of County Cork Vocational Education Committee (VEC), which is responsible for the educational institution referred to by the Deputy, and my Department. By way of background, the institution is operated as a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centre by the VEC. Its recognition as a stand-alone PLC centre would require...

Written Answers — Training and Work Experience Programmes: Training and Work Experience Programmes (23 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: A significant number of measures are currently in place to enable registered redundant apprentices to progress in their apprenticeships. Under the apprenticeship programme administered by FÁS, the rules for off-the-job training have been amended to permit redundant apprentices to progress to their next off-the-job training phases. To date in 2011, 714 apprentices registered as redundant...

Written Answers — Departmental Agencies: Departmental Agencies (24 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Under the Employment Programmes and Services and Skills Training (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order which came into force on 1 May 2010, my Department assumed responsibility from the then Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation for FÁS as an Agency and for its funding and activities relating to training and skills. Following the commencement on...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (24 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: The changes to school transport relating to school transport provision under the Closed School Rule, were announced in the 2011 budget by the previous Fianna-Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. This review was conducted in accordance with criteria for such reviews and included independent expertise. In...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (24 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: The €50 charge announced by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government in the 2011 budget and which applies to all eligible primary pupils is being introduced to ensure that school transport provided for these pupils is fully utilised in a cost efficient manner. Given that the cost per child of this service is approximately €1,020 per year, it is essential to ensure that the seats...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (29 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Bus Éireann, which operates the school transport schemes on behalf of my Department, has advised that the family referred to by the Deputy is eligible for school transport to the school in question. The €50 charge, introduced by the previous Fianna Fáil/Green Party government in the 2011 Budget, will apply to all eligible primary pupils availing of school transport services for the...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (29 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Under the terms of my Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme, pupils are eligible for school transport if they reside 4.8 kilometres or more from and are attending a post primary school within their catchment area. The pupils referred to by the Deputy are not attending a post primary school within their catchment area and are therefore not eligible for school transport to their...

Written Answers — EU Certification Schemes: EU Certification Schemes (30 Mar 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Safe Pass is a one day safety awareness training programme for workers in the construction industry, on completion of which each worker is issued with a Safe Pass card that is valid for four years. The Safe Pass card is recognised in the U.K under an agreement on the mutual recognition of registration cards in respect of health and safety awareness training in place between FÁS and the...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (5 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: The changes to school transport services were announced in the 2011 Budget by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. These changes include the requirement that a minimum of 10 eligible pupils, residing in a distinct locality, will be required to retain or establish a school transport...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (5 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: The changes to school transport services were announced in the 2011 Budget by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. The change to the rule, referred to by the Deputy, means that the distance criteria will be applied uniformly and equitably on a national basis. From the 2012/2013 school...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (6 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: All school bus services provided under the School Transport Scheme are operated on behalf of my Department by Bus Éireann. Accordingly, it is appropriate for Bus Éireann to set the operating standards to be met by private bus operators whom they employ as Contractors to provide these services. In previous decades it was not unusual to see buses over twenty years old providing school...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (7 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Under the terms of my Department's primary school transport scheme, pupils who reside 3.2 kilometres or more from, and are attending their nearest suitable national school, as determined by my Department, are eligible for school transport. The pupils referred to by the Deputy, in the details supplied, are not attending their nearest national school and are therefore not eligible for school...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (7 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Under the terms of my Department's primary school transport scheme, pupils may avail of concessionary fare paying transport subject to a number of conditions including the availability of spare seats on an existing service. In this regard the parents/guardians of the pupils in question should liaise with their local Bus Éireann office.

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (7 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Changes to school transport services were announced in the 2011 budget by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. From the 2012/13 school year, the use of the catchment boundary system will cease and school transport eligibility for all new children entering post-primary education will...

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (12 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: Bus Éireann which operates the school transport schemes on behalf of my Department has informed my Department that henceforth the designated route will be operated both morning and evening.

Written Answers — School Transport: School Transport (12 Apr 2011)

Ciarán Cannon: The changes to the school transport scheme were announced in the 2011 Budget by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government and derive from a recommendation in the recently published Value for Money Review of the scheme. From the beginning of the 2011/12 school year a €50 charge, which applies to all eligible primary pupils, is being introduced to ensure that school transport provided...

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