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To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps being taken to accommodate 200 students from a school (details supplied) that have had to vacate a school building due to significant structural issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Ardgillan Community College?

REPLY

I wish to advise the Deputy that arrangements have been put in place by the School to accommodate all students affected as a result of the decision to close Phase 1 of the school building.  Transition Year students will be accommodated within the school, while the adjacent Community Centre has made its premises available to the School while the issues with the Phase 1 building are being addressed.  All students will have access to the necessary practical rooms, with access to a woodwork room being offered by a local secondary school.

 

Dáil Issues, Education, Parliamentary Questions

For Written Answer on : 27/09/2018
Question Number(s): 88 Question Reference(s): 39151/18
Department: Education and Skills
Asked by: Clare Daly T.D.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the development of a building project by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) St Molaga’s School

REPLY

As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school to which she refers is included in my Department’s Capital Programme.
In that regard a technical site visit was carried out by my Department at the school’s current site with a view to developing the project brief, which is currently being finalised. My Department will continue to liaise with the school authority in respect of the project.

Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the steps his Department takes to monitor breaches in the codes of practice regarding the selling and supply of goods through published advertisements, online or printed, regarding the sale of dogs and or puppies that have been bred illegally or are being sold to take part in illegal hunting activities.

REPLY

The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) Minimum Standards, for online classified advertising websites, was launched in 2015. IPAAG is an advisory group of Irish animal welfare organisations, representatives from the veterinary profession and online websites. I fully endorse these Minimum Standards and would strongly encourage websites that advertise animals for sale to comply with them.

The Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, under the responsibility of the Minister for Rural and Community Development, sets out a framework for the regulation of dog-breeding establishments, requiring local authorities to establish and maintain registers of such establishments in their areas and prohibiting the operation of unregistered ones.

My Department is fully committed to promoting good practices that respect the welfare of all animals. I would encourage anyone who has evidence of a breach of animal welfare to report it to the Animal Welfare Hotline operated by my Department. The phone numbers of the hotline are as follows:

Call Save: 0761 064408

Phone: 01 6072379

Breaches of animal welfare can also be emailed to animalwelfare@agriculture.gov.ie.

Education, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that the primary school needs of children in the River Valley, Ridgewood and Boroimhe areas of Swords can be met in 2017 and 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

Prior to the conclusion of the enrolment process in the school planning area referred to by the Deputy, representations were made to my Department indicated that there was a shortage of junior infant places for September 2017.  At that time my Department, based on demographic information available, projected that 760 junior infant places were required and that the 11 schools enrolling junior infants in the area could facilitate this level of intake.  While waiting lists for individual schools seemed to indicate a greater demand than that projected it was understood by my Department that these lists reflected inclusion of pupils on more than one waiting list and also included applications from parents in respect of enrolments in later years, e.g. 2018/19 etc.

I can confirm to the Deputy that the junior infant enrolment in September 2017, in the school planning area referred to was 737.   
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