Communications, Dáil Issues

To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the role of his Department in the oversight of the introduction of broadband by commercial operators in rural areas. – Clare Daly.

* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018.

(887 Received on 15th May, 2018.)

REPLY

Decisions made by private telecommunication operators relating to the deployment of infrastructure to provide high speed broadband services throughout Ireland, are undertaken on a commercial basis by competing service providers operating in a liberalised market. The telecommunications market in Ireland is regulated by the independent Commission for Communications Regulation, Comreg.
I have no statutory role or function to oversee the commercial decisions of private operators.

That notwithstanding, my Department monitors eir’s ongoing deployment of high speed broadband to rural areas under the terms of the Commitment Agreement signed between myself and the company in April 2017, a copy of which is available on my Department’s website www.dccae.gov.ie.
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Dáil Issues, Education, Local Issues

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the level of demand for junior school places in Swords, County Dublin (details supplied); if he is satisfied that a strategy is in place that will cater for the demand and enrolment needs for the 2018/2019 school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) (Rivervalley/Ridgewood/Boroimhe)

REPLY

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 enrolment position in the school planning area with the aim of ensuring that there is adequate accommodation to cater for the demand for places for the 2018/19 school year.

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department recently announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022) including two new primary schools to serve the Swords (North and South) school planning areas.

This announcement follows a nationwide, demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the four-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
It is proposed to establish the two new schools for Swords in September 2019.

Features, Human Rights, International

The teenagers we shot yesterday

were shot responsibly through the eye

with plain-speaking dum-dum bullets,

manufactured in Fife, or taken down

with SR 25 sniper rifles flown

heroically in from Orange County.

Many of these so-called protestors

specifically arranged to be shot in the back,

just to make us look bad.

 

The gas canisters our people threw

were entirely rational, and legal,

like the Boer firestorm the kaffirs

brought down on themselves at Sharpeville,

or the best-of-British ambush

that rubbish walked into at Derry.

 

The one rogue canister which lost

its mind and finished up in a tent

beside an eight month old baby,

who, sadly, also expired, is currently under investigation

and expects to be cleared of all wrong doing,

unlike the baby who we’ve already found guilty.

 

There is no such thing as Palestinians.

Just some Arabs who used to live here

and think they still do.

The keys they wave in the air

no longer open any doors.

They are a rumour you foolishly believed,

now we’ve moved our eternal capital

to what used to be

their front room.

17-5-2018

KEVIN HIGGINS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committees, National, Worker's Rights