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Submissions Invited on Draft General Scheme of an Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2013

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection is inviting written submissions from interested individuals or groups in relation to the Draft General Scheme of an Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2013.

The Draft General Scheme of the Bill is available on the Department website here. The Regulatory Impact Assessment in relation to the Draft General Scheme is also available here. (See also Draft Regulations on Content of Policy and Draft Regulations on Admission Process)

The Committee will consider any submissions received, and may decide to invite one or more individuals or groups to a public hearing should it feel that this would be beneficial.

Please note that all submissions and communications in relation to this matter are being handled by the Clerk and Secretariat to the Committee; submissions should not be sent to individual members of the Committee.

Submissions should be sent, preferably by electronic means, to the Clerk to the Committee at schooladmissions@oireachtas.ie (in which case it is not necessary to also forward a hard copy of the submission).   Written submissions should be sent to Clerk, Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, Houses of the Oireachtas, Kildare House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, to arrive not later than 3.00 p.m. on Thursday 31 October 2013.   Submissions sent to any other addresses may not be accepted.

The following guidelines apply in relation to submissions:

  • Submissions should be accompanied by a separate covering letter containing the name and contact details (phone number and postal address and, if available, an email address) or the individual of group making the submission.   If the submission is being made on behalf of a group, the position of the person in that group should be indicated.
  • Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.
  • Submissions should –
    • be presented as concisely as possible on numbered pages
    • contain -
      • (i)           a brief introduction, for example, explaining your area of expertise
      • (ii)          any factual information that you have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions
    • deal with each Head of the General Scheme individually, and the rationale for any amendments being suggested should be clearly outlined
    • be as specific as possible in relation to any recommendations being made, which should be summarised at the end of the document
    • include an executive summary of the main points made in the submission, if the submission is more than 10 pages in length
  • Submissions should indicate if the individual or group on whose behalf they are made would be prepared to appear in public session at any Committee meeting.

A more detailed document outlining the guidelines for making a written submission is available from the Clerk to the Committee or by clicking here: Making Submissions and Presentations to Oireachtas Committees

Making a submission is a public process
The Committee is not obliged to accept your document once it has been submitted, nor is it obliged to publish any or all of the submission if it is accepted. However, the operations of a Parliament are a public process, and any submissions made to a Committee may be published either as part of a Committee report, or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.

The Members of the Joint Committee are:
Deputy Joanna Tuffy (Chair)

Deputies James Bannon, Ray Butler, Joan Collins, Clare Daly, Brendan Griffin , Jim Daly, Derek Keating, Charlie McConalogue, Nicky McFadden, Jonathan O’Brien, Willie O’Dea, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Brendan Ryan

Senators Terry Brennan, Jim D'Arcy, Marie Moloney, Mary Moran, Marie-Louise O’Donnell, Averil Power

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 3 pm on Thursday 31 October 2013.

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact

Tom Sheridan
Clerk to the Committee
01 618 3481

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