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To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent 27% year on year increase in rent at a student residence (details supplied); and his plans to address exorbitant rents in the student accommodation sector. (Details Supplied) Shanowen Square Student Residences, which accommodates students from DCU. bringing rent per annum to €8,695, a sum so high that it runs the risk of driving students out of education.
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.
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.
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the project brief for the building works at a school (details supplied) has been finalised; the commencement date of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) St Molagas National School Balbriggan
I wish to advise the Deputy that a project for St. Molaga’s National School is included in my Department’s Capital Programme to primarily replace existing temporary accommodation with permanent accommodation. In that regard officials in my Department are currently preparing the project brief which will facilitate the progression of the project into Architectural Planning, including the appointment of a Design Team. In this context I can confirm that a meeting has been arranged with the school authorities for early February in relation to their project.
In the interim I am pleased to advise that my Department has approved additional temporary accommodation to meet the school’s immediate accommodation needs.
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to address the shortage of primary school places in the catchment area of south west Swords with a view to the 2018 enrolments; and his plans to provide a long term solution to the ongoing shortage of places to meet the needs of the community.
In order to plan for school provision, the demographic data for the Swords school planning area, as with other school planning areas nationwide, is being kept under ongoing review by my Department to take account of updated child benefit data and updated enrolment data. It is anticipated that decisions based on these exercises will be announced in the near future.
As the Deputy is aware, there are a total of 11 schools enrolling junior infant classes serving the Swords area, comprising 8 Catholic schools, one Gaelscoil, one Educate Together school and one Church of Ireland school. My Department is aware of the pressure on school places in recent years in the Swords school planning area. In that regard, my Department is monitoring the expected enrollment position in the school planning area with the aim of ensuring that there is adequate accommodation to cater for the demand for places in September 2018.
Clare submitted a question to the Minister on his plans to consult with survivors of abuse in residential industrial schools to develop a survivor-led strategy to provide support for those survivors who need more help and a question on locating a premises for Malahide/Portmarnock Educate together. Unfortunately her questions were not selected from the lottery for debate, but you can read the Minister’s responses below.
For Oral Answer on : 06/12/2017
Question Number(s): 52 Question Reference(s): 51991/17
Department: Education and Skills
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to facilitate requests for consultation talks with survivors of residential industrial schools in order to develop a survivor lead strategy to provide support for those survivors that are looking for more help; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
At a recent meeting with survivors, I expressed a willingness to have a series of consultation meetings around the country, led by and for survivors of institutional abuse. The purpose of these meetings will be to enable survivors to reflect on their experiences, the State’s response to the issue of institutional abuse and to make any recommendations they wish to make. The detail of how this can happen is being worked out and Department officials are in contact with survivors.