Oral Questions – Education – Industrial Schools and Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together

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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
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QUESTION

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.

REPLY

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.______________________________________________
For Oral Answer on : 06/12/2017
Question Number(s): 70 Question Reference(s): 51988/17
Department: Education and Skills
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress that has been made to locate a temporary premises for a school (details supplied); and if this issue will be addressed in time in order to ensure that the school can open in September 2018. (Details Supplied) the Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together

REPLY

As the Deputy may be aware, where a requirement for additional post-primary schools has been identified, details including proposed timelines related to the opening of the schools are made known by a Ministerial announcement. However, patrons may decide for different operational reasons in a particular year that it is in the best interests of a new post-primary school to defer its opening.  In some cases there may be a timing issue, where many parents will have already committed to other second level schools in the area ahead of the announcement of the new school.

The Patron of the new Malahide/Portmarnock post-primary school (Educate Together) decided for operational reasons that it was in the best interests of the school to postpone its opening to September 2018.  My Department is continuing to work in close co-operation with the patron body to facilitate the opening of the school in suitable interim accommodation in September 2018.