Education

FINGAL LIBRARIES WRITE TIME FESTIVAL

29 August 2019

The fourth annual Write Time Festival organised by Fingal Libraries has been launched and will celebrate the written and spoken word in Fingal. Libraries will host free workshops and talks throughout the month of September to spark the imagination and inspire creativity. Admission is free to all events, but booking is essential. To reserve a … Continue reading Fingal Libraries Write Time Festival

UPDATE ON SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

24 July 2019

Edmund Rice College I questioned the Minister for Education about the progress on the acquisition of the Phoenix Park Racecouse site for Edmund Rice College and when he expected construction of the new permanent school building to commence. In reponse, the Minister replied: “The first step in the process will be the application for planning … Continue reading Update on School Construction

SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN 7

24 July 2019

There is a need to extend the provision of co-educational, multi-denominational education in the Dublin 7 area. At Pelletstown and Ashtown, 3,000 units of housing have been built in the past ten to fifteen years.  There is one primary school but there is no secondary school for the families who make up a large proportion … Continue reading Secondary School for Dublin 7

UPDATE ON SPECIAL SCHOOL

24 July 2019

I questioned the Minister for Education about the progress on establishing a new school in Dublin West for the provision of autism specific education. It is important for the families involved and the students themselves to know that they will have a school place come September. The Minister in his reply said: “Dublin and Dun … Continue reading Update on Special School

SUMMER ECONOMIC STATEMENT DEVOID OF DETAIL ON DISORDERLY BREXIT BUDGET PLAN

25 June 2019

Labour Finance spokesperson Joan Burton has criticised the Summer Economic Statement for being devoid of detail on what approach the Government will take in the event of a no deal Brexit on 31st October as it doesn’t include any detail of what additional spending may be required, or what EU funding has been secured to … Continue reading Summer Economic Statement Devoid of Detail on Disorderly Brexit Budget Plan

UPDATE ON PELLETSTOWN ETNS

23 May 2019

I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Pelletstown Educate Together National School. It is vital that the new school building is built in a timely manner, and that the school will not be broken up and the students shipped around the city when the lease of … Continue reading Update on Pelletstown ETNS

SITE FOR EDMUND RICE COLLEGE

10 May 2019

I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Edmund Rice College. It is important for the families in the school to know when construction on the new permanent building will commence and when the new building is expected to open. The Minister informed me that the plans … Continue reading Site for Edmund Rice College

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR BLANCHARDSTOWN

10 May 2019

In April 2018, it was announced that there would be a new 800 secondary school to serve the Blanchardstown West and Blanchardstown Village school planning areas. I recently questioned the Minister for Education on whether a site for this new school had been identified and what proposals he had in relation to the patronage of … Continue reading New Secondary School for Blanchardstown

ASD SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN WEST

9 May 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department for Education regarding autism specific education in Dublin 15 & Dublin 7 for children at primary and secondary level. I asked the Minister about the promises he made regarding an autsim specific school. He had previously agreed that there is a need for special school for … Continue reading ASD School for Dublin West

PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH ASD

12 March 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department of Education over the lack of training provided by the Department to educators of vulnerable children with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Teachers are often left to train at their own expense on courses related to teaching children with autism, but do not receive the recognition they … Continue reading Provision of Training for Educators of Children with ASD