Archive for the ‘Oral Questions’ Category
Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the updated action plan for educational inclusion will examine the possibility of increasing the designation status of delivering equality of opportunity in schools school to incorporate more schools into the scheme. [10710/16]
Deputy Richard Bruton: The action plan for educational inclusion, known as DEIS, was published in 2005 and now provides support to 836 schools serving a total of 169,500 pupils. There are 103,233 pupils in 646 schools at primary level and 66,237 students in 190 schools at secondary level.
The DEIS programme has been implemented in partnership with schools and other Government Departments and agencies such as Tusla, which manages the home school community liaison and school completion programmes, and the Department of Social Protection, which is responsible for the school meals programme.
Clare asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he has plans to ensure that affordable childcare is available to all families. With the average cost of a childcare place costing €1,000 a month for one child, the lack of State action on this area is putting huge strain on families. Unfortunately, going by his response, Fine Gael and Labour won’t be introducing truly affordable childcare for families any time soon.
Clare challenges the Minister to review the legislation to beef up extremely weak oversight and monitoring of the use of surveillance powers by the Gardaí.
Clare asks the Minister why Lariam continues to be the first-line drug of choice for Irish Defence Forces serving in Sub-Saharan Africa, given the high risk of serious, permanent neuropsychiatric side-effects being experienced by those who take the drug. Side-effects include depression, anxiety, hallucinations, psychosis, and sleep disturbance. Lariam is a third-line, drug of last resort for US troops serving in the same region, one which is only issued if other anti-malarials aren’t tolerated by an individual for some reason, because of the severity and permanence of its side-effects.