Written Answers. - School Absenteeism.

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

228 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will report on plans to provide school attendance offices in Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3930/03]

The National Educational Welfare Board is now the single national body with responsibility for school attendance matters. It is an independent statutory body established under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, to implement the provisions of the Act.

The appointment and assignment of staff are matters for consideration by the board. I will arrange that the Deputy's concerns are conveyed to the board.