Tuffy, Joanna

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection Debate


Business of Joint Committee.

At the request of the broadcasting service, members are requested to either switch off their mobile phones completely or to put them on flight or safe mode. If one puts one's phone into flight mod...More Button

  The joint committee went into private session at 1.05 p.m. and resumed in public session at 1.25 p.m.More Button

Possible Reconfiguration of Schools: Edmund Rice Schools Trust

The topic we are discussing is the future provision of education in schools for which the Edmund Rice Schools Trust has responsibility and the possible reconfiguration of schools that may result in...More Button

I believe we already have them.More Button

Possible Reconfiguration of Schools: Edmund Rice Schools Trust (Continued)

I thank Mr. Bennett for his presentation.More Button

This is a specific issue so I call on the delegation to respond to the Deputy before proceeding with other questions.More Button

Is there any issue the Senator would like clarified?More Button

I invite Deputy Ó Snodaigh to pose any questions he may have.More Button

Sorry, Deputy O'Brien, but Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh has the floor and Deputy McConalogue is next.More Button

Are you sure, Deputy?More Button

Are members happy that we have exhausted this topic or do they have further questions to ask? It was informative to listen to the delegates. I take the point that in the context of things changin...More Button

That issue has been raised with us. We can take it on board and raise it to see if something can be done about it. I am sure members will agree that schools should be funded equally, but personal...More Button

Would the logic behind that be that when it comes to the education and training boards, ETBs, their schools are owned by the State, but trusts such as the Edmund Rice Schools Trust owns its buildin...More Button

Would the solution not then be that the assets could be handed over to the State?More Button

When was that report published?More Button

As a committee, we would be happy to look further into this. However, the solution is something that would have to be negotiated between the State and the trust and other voluntary bodies. I am s...More Button

I have found this meeting very helpful.More Button

I thank the witnesses for their contributions and they should keep an eye out for our discussion next week also because similar issues may arise. We will be in touch with them about the issues the...More Button

  Sitting suspended at 2.26 p.m. and resumed at 2.27 p.m.More Button

Recent Closures of English Language Schools: Discussion

We resume in public session. I wish to draw the witnesses' attention to the fact that by virtue of section 17(2)(l) of the Defamation Act 2009, witnesses are protected by absolute privilege...More Button

Recent Closures of English Language Schools: Discussion (Continued)

Does the organisation receive State funding or funding from the Department of Education and Skills?More Button

To be fair, the council is represented on the task force.More Button

One could say that about everybody.More Button

I presume ICOS would also have made representations to the Department of Education and Skills on behalf of individual students who raised issues with it.More Button

We will take questions from Deputy Jim Daly and Mr. Moore can then reply to both members.More Button

Senator, I am the Chairman and I want to bring in Deputy McConalogue.More Button

The Senator has made her point.More Button

The Senator's point is noted.More Button

I call Deputy McConalogue.More Button

Before Mr. Mateus Francio responds I ask him to be brief because we will finish shortly after 3 p.m. I ask him to be aware that we must be sensitive to any legal issues and I ask him to speak abou...More Button

Have you found the ICOS helpful?More Button

Has it got back to you with answers to your questions?More Button

Yes.More Button

It is obviously bad for the reputation of the country as well.More Button

Thank you both very much.More Button

Before I go back to Mr. Moore for a response I will take the remaining questions and we will wrap up afterwards.More Button

I am going to conclude the meeting. We will raise the issues that have been raised with us with the Department and we will follow up on them. We have gained enough information at the meeting to d...More Button

I do not wish to open up the discussion again.More Button

I do not wish to take any more questions. We must move on.More Button

We will pursue the matter further. I am sorry about that. That brings that aspect of the meeting to a close. I urge members to remain as we are now going into private session. I again thank the...More Button

The joint committee went into private session at 3.05 p.m. and adjourned at 3.40 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 25 June 2014.More Button