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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007

Vol. 641 No. 3

Written Answers.

The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and the ministerial replies as received on the day from the Departments [unrevised].
Questions Nos. 1 to 9, inclusive, answered orally.
Questions Nos. 10 to 43, inclusive, resubmitted.
Questions Nos. 44 to 53, inclusive, answered orally.

Psychological Service.

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

54 Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there are only 127 educational psychologists serving more than 800,000 students, with only half of existing primary and secondary schools having access to such services; if her Department has plans to properly fund the provision of extra psychologists in order to curb the high rate of ADHD, depression and suicide among young people; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28453/07]

The Deputy will, I'm sure, be aware that all primary and post primary schools have access to psychological assessments either directly through the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) or through the Scheme for Commissioning Psychological Assessments (SCPA). Schools that do not currently have NEPS psychologists assigned to them may avail of the SCPA and have an assessment carried out by a member of the panel of private psychologists approved and paid for by NEPS. The prioritisation of urgent cases for assessment is a matter for the school principal in the first instance.

The Deputy will also be aware that since NEPS was established, we have trebled the number of psychologists in the service. Notwithstanding this and as I have previously announced my Department is committed to increasing psychological service staffing further, so that by 2009 there will be 200 NEPS psychologists. To this end I can inform the Deputy that my Department has been working, in conjunction with the Public Appointments Commission to recruit new psychologists from an existing panel to the service.

The number of psychologists as of April 2007 stood at 128 including 4 assigned to the National Behavioural Support Service and to the Further Education Service. Since then nine individuals have been appointed in this regard. This advance in numbers has been reduced somewhat by the effects of resignations and retirement and the compliment in service currently stands at 134. Three further psychologists are due to join NEPS under this process between now and early January 2008.

The panel concerned is now exhausted and the Public Appointments Service has recently announced the commencement of a competition from which a new panel will be drawn to continue the recruitment process. The deadline for receipt of applications in this regard has now passed and work is proceeding on the short-listing of candidates for interview. It is envisaged that the process will be completed and panels formed by the end of next month allowing recruitment to re-commence early in 2008. My Department remains committed to the development of a strong and robust educational psychological service serving the needs of all primary and post-primary pupils.

The occurrence of ADHD and Depression amongst young people is a serious issue which falls, in the first instance, into the province of clinical diagnosis and treatment by the appropriate health professionals. However schools fulfil an important role in this regard especially in terms of prevention. Such prevention needs to be addressed at whole school level through provision of relevant curricula for all children, through effective implementation of the Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme, and through the provision of the supports afforded by a good care system, including the capacity to respond appropriately to early signs of difficulty. The development of self-esteem, general coping skills and personal effectiveness is the most appropriate way to help the general population of young people to deal with life pressures and stress. SPHE is now a compulsory subject both at primary level and in the junior cycle of post primary schools.

All post-primary schools have an ex-quota allocation for guidance and counselling provision. Qualified guidance counsellors are trained to provide counselling support to students and the guidance programme seeks to equip students with self management skills and encourages students to seek help during times of stress. Where children exhibit symptoms teachers, tutors, guidance counsellors, home school liaison co-ordinators and the services of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) can all play an important role in this respect and where necessary make referral to the appropriate health agencies for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

School Curriculum.

Joe Costello

Question:

55 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 131 of 2 October 2007, if relationships and sexual education as part of the SPHE curriculum will be mandatory at primary level; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28464/07]

The reply of 2 October 2007 dealt with the issue of implementation of Relationships and Sexuality Education in second level schools. The content of the Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum for primary schools was developed as part of the revised Primary Curriculum which has been implemented on a phased basis over the period 1999 to 2007. Social Personal and Health Education has been part of the national curriculum in all primary schools since September 2003. It is delivered to children at all levels from infants upwards. It provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the individual child, to help the child to create and maintain supportive relationships and to become an active responsible citizen in society.

The curriculum is built around 3 strands – Myself, Myself and Others, and Myself and the Wider world, and deals with issues such as making decisions, developing self confidence, growing and changing, personal safety, relating to friends, family and others, handling conflict, respecting difference and awareness of bullying. Issues such as knowing about and taking care of one's body, feelings and emotions, the onset of puberty, reproduction, decision making skills, staying safe, realising when and how to get help are dealt with. The content of relationships and sexuality education is embedded in the programme in an age appropriate way for the different class groupings.

All primary schools are required to implement all aspects of the curriculum. A report on Phase 1 of the evaluation of implementation of the revised primary curriculum was published in 2005 focusing on English, Mathematics and Visual Arts. A Phase 2 evaluation is now under way focusing on Gaeilge, Science and Social Personal and Health Education. This will evaluate the implementation of the SPHE curriculum in schools, and review the effectiveness of the delivery of the RSE components within the curriculum.

The evaluation methodology includes a review of school and classroom planning documentation in relation to SPHE, visits to classrooms to observe teaching and learning SPHE, a questionnaire for pupils and a questionnaire to parents The evaluation visits to the schools concerned have taken place and the final phase of data collection and analysis will take place in the coming months. It is expected that the report of the evaluation will be published in summer 2008.

Schools Building Projects.

Willie Penrose

Question:

56 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 102 of 2 October 2007, the progress that has been made in relation to the establishment of the developing areas unit as promised in the programme for Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28480/07]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department has been prioritising developing areas for investment under the School Building and Modernisation Programme. During the period of the last National Development Plan 2000-2006, record levels of investment and the streamlining of delivery systems allowed a major acceleration of the school building programme. Over €2.6 billion was invested in upgrading existing school infrastructure and providing new school accommodation at both first and second-level. This was the largest investment programme in the history of the State and delivered over 7,800 building projects involving tens of thousands of extra permanent school places.

Innovations in the delivery of school buildings such as Generic Repeat Designs and the use of the Design and Build model have been introduced to ensure that new school buildings are delivered in the fastest time-frame possible. Much greater authority has also been devolved to local school management boards to manage and deliver smaller building projects, thereby freeing my Department to concentrate on the larger scale projects. We have also improved forward planning through greater cooperation with Local Authorities and the publication of 10-year Area Development Plans. All of these developments have facilitated the provision of extra school places in extensions and new schools in developing areas all over the country.

The budget for 2007 is the first year of the roll out of the National Development Plan 2007-2013 which will involve an investment of over €4.5 billion in school buildings. This funding will enable my Department to continue to take a proactive approach to the provision of modern school accommodation particularly in developing areas. We are planning for an expected 100,000 additional school places over the lifetime of the Plan. This year alone around over €540 million will be spent on school building infrastructure with over 1,500 projects on my Department's school building programme. Construction in 2007 alone will deliver over 700 classrooms to provide permanent accommodation for over 17,500 pupils, mainly in developing areas.

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to establish a Developing Areas Unit in my Department, dedicated solely to progressing school planning in rapidly developing areas, building on improvements that have already been made in recent years. I should point out that my Department's school planning section has been organised on a geographical basis for some time, with staff dedicated to planning for the needs of counties such as Dublin, Meath and Kildare which include rapidly developing areas. The developing areas unit will consolidate this work. In advance of the full establishment of the unit, some staff have already been redeployed to focus on its priority work, including the need for extra accommodation for September 2008. Discussions are ongoing with the Department of Finance in relation to the additional staffing required to resource this new unit for its longer term work programme.

As part of our strategy for the provision of school places for 2008 and onwards my Department has also initiated a tender process for a drawdown contract facility that will be used to provide additional school places in the rapidly developing areas. This drawdown contract facility is aimed at providing school accommodation in very short timescales using modern methodologies such as off-site construction. Both I and my senior officials have met with the relevant local authorities in relation to the acquisition of suitable sites for new schools and, where possible, pre-empting any planning issues that may arise. This close cooperation with local authorities will help ensure that additional school places are provided in the developing areas within the earliest possible timeframes.

Early School Leavers.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

57 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if her Department is notified, on a regular and structured basis, by secondary school authorities of the numbers of young persons including their name, address and PPS number who drop out of secondary school before taking the junior certificate examination or who have not reached the age of 16; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28452/07]

My Department is notified annually of the details of all pupils attending post primary schools. This information is provided by each school via the October return and is used for a number of purposes, including the production of statistics on the retention of pupils in the post primary school system. In addition to this the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, places an obligation on schools to report on school attendance to the National Educational Welfare Board. Schools are asked to submit information about individual student absences under various categories including students who drop out of school.

My Department has adopted a broad-based approach to tackling early school leaving. We established the National Educational Welfare Board to monitor attendance and help to get young people back to school. The Board runs promotional campaigns on the importance of attendance and finishing school and provides a service locally through its Education Welfare Officers to parents, children and schools. It is encouraging to note research findings that attendance at school in the areas where EWOs are working intensively improved by 4% in 2004/05 compared with the previous year.

My Department is also currently implementing DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) an action plan for educational inclusion. DEIS is an integrated educational inclusion strategy developed for 3-18 year olds and represents a shift in emphasis away from individual initiatives, each addressing particular problems to a multi-faceted and more integrated approach. In addition to the NEWB there are some 620 staff, within the education sector, deployed in education disadvantage programmes of which over 130 are additional posts allocated under DEIS. The School Completion Programme and the Home School Community Liaison Scheme (HSCL) are preventative measures designed to combat issues of poor attendance and early school leaving. Children at risk of early school leaving are targeted under the School Completion Programme for a variety of extra supports aimed at encouraging them to stay in school. The supports cover both educational and non-educational interventions and are provided during and outside of school time. The Home School Community Liaison Scheme works to involve parents in their children's education which is a crucial component in convincing young people of the value of education.

Other measures facilitated through the DEIS action plan include extending access to Schools' Business Partnerships, school meals, guidance counselling and student councils. Increased integration is also being promoted between the work of second-level schools and centres catering for young early school leavers, particularly Youthreach centres and Senior Traveller Training centres. The range of curricula available to students has also been extended to include the Junior Certificate Schools Programme, the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme. These options provide an alternative for many children who might otherwise opt out of formal education at an early stage.

This Government has shown a sustained commitment to providing greater opportunities in the further education sector by supporting second chance educational opportunities for young people who leave school. Many of these young people take up places in Youthreach centres, while others pursue options such as FAS apprenticeships. In line with the commitment in Towards 2016 we have already created 400 of the additional 1000 Youthreach places to be put in place by 2009. A further measure to combat the contributing factor of poor behaviour on early school leaving was to put in place the National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS). Fifty schools were identified to receive support and the NBSS is working intensively with these schools. An allocation of €8 million has been provided in 2007 to support the work of the NBSS to help schools promote positive student behaviour at second level.

School Staffing.

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

58 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 125, 150 and 158 of 2 October 2007, the number of teachers hired since 2004; the number of teachers who have retired since 2004; if the figure includes classroom assistants, laboratory technicians or special needs assistants; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28460/07]

3,761 more teachers were employed in primary schools in September 2007 than in September 2004. The allocation of these additional posts improved the pupil teacher ratio from 17.44 in the 2003/2004 school year to 16.41 in the 2006/2007 school year. The additional posts allocated at primary level have been used for

improvements to the staffing schedule to ensure that all primary schools are staffed on the basis of a general rule of at least one classroom teacher for every 27 children in the current school year, down from 1 for every 29 two years ago.

the appointment of administrative principals for schools with Principal and four or five mainstream teachers which also has a specialist autism unit;

the appointment of deputy administrative principals;

allocation of resource teacher posts to either individual schools or to a cluster of schools where a need has been identified;

the introduction of the General Allocation model for deploying learning support/resource teachers in September, 2005 and the allocation of additional learning support/resource teachers;

reducing class sizes under the disadvantaged initiatives;

the allocation of teaching posts to schools where 14 or more pupils with significant English language needs are identified;

improvements in the criteria for the allocation of teaching posts to developing schools; and

119 additional teacher equivalents have been employed in Secondary and Community/ Comprehensive schools and an additional 463 whole time teacher equivalents have been employed in VECs between 2004 and 2007. It should be noted that the number of second level students decreased over the period and that there was one teacher for almost every 13 post-primary pupils in the 2006/07 school year. There were 463 additional WTE teachers for mainstream and PLCs allocated to the VEC sector in that period. 2,732 more special needs assistants were employed in primary schools in September 2007 than in September 2004, while 1,080 more were employed in post-primary schools including Vocational Education Committees.

2,709 primary teachers retired between 2004 and 2007. 2,311 teachers employed in Secondary and Community/ Comprehensive schools also retired. I regret that I do not have the information regarding the numbers of retirees in Vocational Education Committees as it is only available from the individual committees. The numbers of increased posts that I have outlined above are in addition to replacements for the numbers that retired over the period.

Library Service.

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

59 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 501 and 502 of 6 March 2007, the system used to count or measure for the library grant which is based on the number of pupils enrolled in primary schools in each local authority area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28472/07]

At primary level it is a matter for each Local Authority to provide a library service for schools in its area. While my Department has no involvement in the actual operation of this service, it does make a grant available to each Local Authority on an annual basis to enable Local Authority Librarians select, purchase, and deliver books to the primary schools in its area. The grant is based on the number of pupils enrolled in primary schools in each Local Authority area.

Enrolment data is based on the Annual Primary School Census which provides information on the enrolment and staffing of all schools at the last Friday in September of each year. This information forms the basis for how the Department provides teachers and grants to schools and is also the basis on which library grants are made to Local Authorities. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the provision in respect of library grants has been increased from €1.5 million in 2004 to €2.118 million in 2007, an increase of more then 40% since 2004. The question of increasing the provision in the future will be considered in the context of available resources and priorities within the education sector.

Schools Recognition.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

60 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science if, with reference to her press statement of 17 February 2007 announcing her plans to establish Diswellstown Community National School, it is still her position that no other VEC primary schools will be recognised until the initial pilot school is evaluated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27178/07]

Historically, the church authorities (mainly Catholic and Church of Ireland) acted as patrons or sponsors of primary schools by initiating the process of establishing a new school when one was needed to serve a specific geographic area. This model of school provision has been incrementally evolving to reflect changes in demand and in the expectations of society, notably the demand for diversity. With these changes, there has been an increase in the number of patron bodies seeking recognition for new schools.

The present model of primary school provision has served the country well. When I announced my intention earlier this year to pilot a new patron model for primary schools, I made it clear that this would provide an additional patronage option and is not intended to serve as a replacement of the existing patron models. The new model will be introduced on a pilot basis in the first instance at a school to be built in Diswellstown, Co Dublin. It is intended that this school will be community-based and will operate within the administrative framework of the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee.

Following my announcement, officials in my Department engaged in consultations with the education partners and the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee to explore the detailed implementation measures that will need to be put in place prior to the opening of the proposed new school. The proposal to pilot the new model has been broadly welcomed by the partners. Pending the completion of the consultation process and the evaluation of the pilot phase, I decided as a matter of policy that no vocational education committee (with the exception of the pilot project within the administrative area of the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee) should act as a patron in respect of a primary school or otherwise establish or maintain a primary school.

I therefore directed all Vocational Education Committees not to establish or maintain a primary school and not to seek recognition of a primary school until further notice from my Department. The purpose of this direction was to ensure that all aspects of the establishment process were given careful consideration before the model was adopted at national level. I was especially anxious to avoid a situation whereby different Vocational Education Committees might inadvertently adopt varying and possibility contradictory approaches to what is a very complex area. Once the pilot phase has been fully evaluated and the various issues that may arise have been identified and resolved, consideration can be given to allowing other Vocational Education Committees to establish community primary schools. In the meantime, my Department will continue with the preparatory work in advance of the establishment phase for the Diswellstown school.

Schools Building Projects.

Denis Naughten

Question:

61 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the steps she will take to ensure the completion of the 13 new schools by September 2008, in rapidly growing communities throughout the country; the projected cost of these projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28242/07]

Denis Naughten

Question:

68 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the projected cost of the 13 new schools to be built by September 2008, in rapidly growing communities throughout the country; the projected cost of these projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28241/07]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 68 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department has been prioritising developing areas for investment under the School Building and Modernisation Programme. During the period of the last National Development Plan 2000-2006, record levels of investment and the streamlining of delivery systems allowed a major acceleration of the school building programme. Over €2.6 billion was invested in upgrading existing school infrastructure and providing new school accommodation at both first and second-level. This was the largest investment programme in the history of the State and delivered over 7,800 building projects involving tens of thousands of extra permanent school places. This investment has helped to increase capacity and transform the standard of accommodation in many schools throughout the country.

Innovations in the delivery of school buildings such as Generic Repeat Designs and the use of the Design and Build model have been introduced to ensure that new school buildings are delivered in the fastest time-frame possible. Much greater authority has also been devolved to local school management boards to manage and deliver smaller building projects, thereby freeing my Department to concentrate on the larger scale projects. We have also improved forward planning through greater cooperation with Local Authorities and the publication of 10-year Area Development Plans.

The budget for 2007 is the first year of the roll out of the National Development Plan 2007-2013 which will involve an investment of over €4.5 billion in school buildings. This funding will enable my Department to continue to take a proactive approach to the provision of modern school accommodation particularly in developing areas. We are planning for an expected 100,000 additional school places over the lifetime of the Plan. This year alone over €540 million will be spent on school building infrastructure with over 1,500 projects on my Department's school building programme. Construction in 2007 alone will deliver over 700 classrooms to provide permanent accommodation for over 17,500 pupils, mainly in developing areas.

As part of our strategy for the provision of school places for 2008 and onwards my Department has also initiated a tender process for a drawdown contract facility that will be used to provide additional school places in the rapidly developing areas. This drawdown contract facility is aimed at providing school accommodation in very short timescales using modern methodologies such as off-site construction. My Department is also working closely with the relevant local authorities in relation to the acquisition of suitable sites for new schools and, where possible, pre-empting any planning issues that may arise. In order to ensure that the public procurement process is not compromised it is not my Department's policy to provide cost information on individual projects. However, the Deputy can be assured that my Department will target funding, as appropriate, in order to ensure that additional school accommodation is provided in developing areas within the earliest possible timeframes.

Special Educational Needs.

David Stanton

Question:

62 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to Parliamentary Question No. 550 of 6 February 2007, when the Special Education Appeals Board will become operational; the remaining sections of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 which have to be fully implemented; the time-scale for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28461/07]

David Stanton

Question:

63 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science the estimated number of school children with special educational needs; the number who have applied for assessment under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; the number who have received assessment; the number of these who have received individual education plans as a result; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28462/07]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 63 together.

The Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004 was enacted in July 2004. The Special Education Appeals Board (SEAB) was established under section 36 of the EPSEN Act to hear and determine appeals pursuant to a number of sections of the Act. Members of the inaugural appeals board have been appointed and are currently working on the development of processes and procedures which need to be in place before the relevant sections of the Act, which provide for appeals, are commenced. The following sections have been commenced:- 1, 2, 14(1)(a), 14(1)(c), 14(2) to 14(4), 19 to 37, 40 to 44, 45-49 and 50 to 53. The remaining sections have not yet been commenced.

As the EPSEN Act does not provide for phased commencement by age cohort the education sector must be in a position to provide the required services to all children before the relevant provisions are commenced. My Department's priority, therefore, has been to put in place the resources required for children with special educational needs and to ensure that the necessary supports are in place to facilitate the commencement of the remaining sections of the EPSEN Act. At primary level, there are now over 6,000 teachers working directly with children with special educational needs compared with fewer than 1,500 in 1998. At post primary level, over 2,450 whole-time equivalent teachers support special needs students compared with 200 in 1998. The number of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) has increased from 300 in 1998 to over 8,800 in 2007 and the amount allocated for assistive technology has increased from less than €1m in 1998 to €3m in 2007.

The National Council for Special Education was required by the legislation to advise on implementation of the Act. My Department has been examining the Council's advice and in this connection has held a series of consultations with the education partners on implementation issues. Arising from this process my Department is developing proposals for the implementation of the Act. It is hoped to complete this work shortly. At the same time my Department continues to provide for the allocation of additional resources through the Council to enhance the capacity of the education system to meet special educational needs.

My Department has also been collaborating with the Department of Health and Children, the National Council for Special Education and the Health Service Executive to ensure that the implementation of the EPSEN and Disability Acts are progressed in a co-ordinated manner. To this end a Cross Sectoral Group representative of officials from the education and health sectors has been established to progress the work in these areas.

There are varying estimates of the number of children with special educational needs. The National Council for Special Education is currently compiling data on children in respect of whom resources have been allocated and has also indicated that it proposes to strengthen the area of prevalence data. My Department will support the Council's efforts in this regard. As outlined above, the sections of the EPSEN Act in respect of assessments and individual education plans have not yet commenced. However as already stated services continue to be provided to children with special educational needs on a non-statutory basis.

School Enrolments.

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

64 Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Science if her Department is making provision to provide more school places for pupils entering the primary school system in 2012 in view of the recent report (details supplied) that highlighted that Ireland’s birth rate is expected to increase by 11% compared to 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28454/07]

The annual total of births in Ireland has been increasing since 1995. As a direct consequence of this, enrolments at Primary level have been increasing since 2001/02 and are projected to continue increasing for the foreseeable future. Inward migration is another factor pushing up enrolment at both primary and second level in recent years together with an underlying increase in participation — especially beyond the compulsory school-leaving age.

While any projection into the future is tentative and dependent on many factors that are not subject to policy control or absolute confirmation, it is highly probable that enrolment at primary level will increase by at least 20% over the coming decade. That implies an increase on last year's level of 458,000 pupils at primary level to approximately 555,000 in 2015/16. In other words, enrolment will regain the level recorded in 1989 by the year 2015.

To deal with this increasing demand for school places, the Government is providing funding of €4.5 billion over the lifetime of the new National Development Plan (NDP). This will be the largest investment programme in schools in the history of the State and it will enable my Department to ensure that school places are available where needed as well as continuing to upgrade existing school facilities. This investment will allow my Department to continue the school building programme which commenced during the life time of the last NDP when well over €2.6 billion was invested in school development, delivering over 7,800 projects.

The budget for 2007 is the first year of the roll out of the new NDP. This funding will enable my Department to continue to provide modern school accommodation on an on-going basis, particularly in developing areas. This year alone around over €540 million will be spent on school building infrastructure with over 1,500 projects on my Department's school building programme. Construction in 2007 alone will deliver over 700 classrooms to provide permanent accommodation for over 17,500 pupils, mainly in developing areas.

Innovations in the delivery of school buildings such as Generic Repeat Designs and the use of the Design and Build model ensure that new school buildings are delivered in the fastest time-frame possible. My Department has also adopted a policy of devolving much greater authority to local school management boards to manage and deliver smaller building projects, thereby freeing the Department to concentrate on the larger scale projects. My Department has also improved forward planning through greater cooperation between it and Local Authorities and the publication of Area Development Plans.

The main focus of the school building programme is to deliver additional capacity in the rapidly developing areas. It is projected that 100,000 additional school places will be required over the next number of years. I am conscious of the need to provide more school places quickly and these are being delivered. As part of our strategy for the provision of school places for 2008 and onwards my Department has also initiated a tender process for a drawdown contract facility that will be used to provide additional school places in the rapidly developing areas. This drawdown contract facility is aimed at providing school accommodation in very short timescales using modern methodologies such as off-site construction. Both I and my senior officials have met with the relevant local authorities in relation to the acquisition of suitable sites for new schools and, where possible, pre-empting any planning issues that may arise. This close cooperation with local authorities will help ensure that additional school places are provided in the developing areas within the earliest possible timeframes.

Schools Building Projects.

Joanna Tuffy

Question:

65 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to Parliamentary Question No. 119 of 2 October 2007, the exact number, name and location of the schools who are in receipt of the €3 billion plus that has been invested by her Department since 2000 as part of the upgrading of existing school infrastructure and new school accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28455/07]

The Deputy will be aware from my previous reply that this €3 billion investment delivered over 9,000 projects in schools throughout the country over the last 7 years. This investment has significantly increased capacity and transformed the standard of accommodation in many schools. Given the scale of investment and the number of projects involved it would require an inordinate amount of staff time to assemble the requested information. However, if the Deputy wishes to clarify the situation in respect of investment in individual cases then I would be happy to provide her with the information.

Third Level Fees.

Mary Upton

Question:

66 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Education and Science the fee scales which a non-EU national is charged for entry to first year medicine in each third level education institute; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28489/07]

The setting of fees for non-EU nationals attending medical schools, and other higher education courses, is a matter for the institutions themselves. I understand that, at present, the annual fees are approximately €28,000 in the public higher education institutions. The Government supports the internationalisation of Irish education services and, in 2004, accepted the Report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on the Internationalisation of Irish Education Services.

Scéimeanna Tógála Scoile.

Dinny McGinley

Question:

67 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Dinny McGinley den Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíochta an bhfuil iarratas ina Roinn le haghaidh scoil úr (sonraí tugtha) a thógáil a bhfuil suíomh faighte agus ceannaithe di; céard é méid na scoile úire atá i gceist; cén staid ag a bhfuil an plean faoi láthair; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. [28437/07]

Tá iarrtha ar Oifig na nOibreacha Poiblí, a fheidhmíonn thar ceann mo Roinne go ginearálta maidir le fáil suíomhanna do scoileanna, suíomh a aimsiú do Scoil Náisiúnta Ghort a' Choirce. Tá suíomh oiriúnach tar éis a shainaitheanta agus tá fáil an tsuímh ag staid tíolactha. Machnófar comhaontas chun dul isteach i gconradh do cheannach an tsuímh seo i gcomhthéacs bhuiséad na Roinne d'fháil suíomhanna i 2008, rud atá fós le tabhairt chun críche.

Question No. 68 answered with QuestionNo. 61.

Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

69 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the extent to which class sizes have been reduced since the beginning of the 2007/08 school year as compared with the previous year; the extent to which the highest class sizes have been reduced and the amount of same; the extent to which she expects to improve on this situation by the end of 2007/08 school year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28448/07]

The information on class sizes for the 2007/08 school year is currently being compiled in my Department. As the Deputy will be aware, major improvements have been made in staffing at primary level in recent years. There are now 5,000 more primary teachers than there were in 2002. By the 2006/07 school year, we had reduced the average class size in our primary schools to 24, while the pupil teacher ratio was 16.4:1, including resource teachers etc. In that year, schools were staffed on the basis of a general rule of at least one classroom teacher for every 28 children. Given that the national average was 24, many schools benefited from much more favourable staffing ratios than this.

Extra teachers were provided by the Government for the 2007/08 school year to improve primary school staffing so that schools would generally get at least one classroom teacher for every 27 children. A further initiative in recent years that has been of direct benefit to primary schools has been the change in the criteria for developing schools. For the current school year the threshold for getting a developing school post was reduced specifically to help schools that are seeing large increases in enrolments each year. Over 330 such posts have been sanctioned in the 2007/08 school year compared to 280 in 2006/07.

The improvements we have made in school staffing in recent years are absolutely unparalleled. The Government is committed to providing more teachers to our primary schools over the next five years in order to reduce class sizes. We will also continue our focus on measures to improve the quality of education in our primary schools to ensure that increased resources lead to better outcomes for our children.

Adult Education.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

70 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to a previous parliamentary question, if the expenditure on adult literacy has been increased to €30 million in 2007 as promised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28471/07]

I have provided an increase in funding of €7.4 million, or 21% on 2006, this year for Adult Literacy and Community Education. It will bring expenditure on adult Literacy up to €30 million this year, and will allow for the provision of 3,000 additional literacy places, as set out in the Programme for Government. Adult Literacy and Basic Education are my top priority in Adult Education. Significant progress has been made, and continues to be made, in addressing the needs of adults with low levels of literacy. I will continue to address the needs of these learners as resources permit.

Student Support Services.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

71 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the specific resources available to third level institutions to fund on-campus medical and counselling facilities for students; if she will provide specific funding for such facilities in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28476/07]

The position is that the third level institutions are autonomous institutions and my Department does not have any function in their day to day operational affairs. The Universities and Institutes of Technology receive a block grant from the Higher Education Authority and it is a matter for each institution to determine how it is allocated internally.

Third level Institutions have a Student Services Charge which is currently €825 per annum per student. This charge is levied by the institutions to defray the costs of examinations, registration and student services such as that referred to by the Deputy. All students who are eligible for a means tested student support grant have the student charge paid on their behalf by the Local Authorities or the Vocational Education Committees, in addition to any maintenance grant and tuition fee grant to which they are entitled.

Student Visas.

Willie Penrose

Question:

72 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the recent reports (details supplied) which state that non-EU secondary school students, whose parents reside here on student visas, are being removed without notice from the Garda National Immigration Bureau from schools they are attending thus being forced to enroll in fee paying schools or return to their native homelands; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28481/07]

Existing education policy is that students up to 18 years of age are admitted to primary and second level schools irrespective of their nationality or status. Indeed, under the Equal Status Act, schools may not discriminate in admission to schools except where this is necessary to maintain the religions values or ethos of the school. While the Act does provide for differential treatment in relation to fees for further and higher education for persons who are not nationals of an EU Member State, there is no such condition specified in regard to second level schools.

The admission of persons to the State from outside the EU is a matter for the immigration authorities. Children of refugees, those with humanitarian leave to remain in the State, and asylum seekers are entitled to access free first and second level education. However, the basic conditions for a student visa require that the student attend a full time programme of education and training, and be financially self supporting. The Report on the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Internationalisation of Irish Education, published in 2004, set out a strategy with the objective of enhancing the attractiveness of Ireland as a quality venue for international students and increasing the numbers of students coming to Ireland to participate in further and higher education and training and in the language sector. It was envisaged that students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, other than refugees and those with humanitarian leave to remain in the State, would participate on a fee paying basis.

In the course of the discussions leading to the Report, the position of minors attending school for second level education was discussed, and the existing immigration policy that student visas should be allowed only in respect of attendance at fee-paying schools was confirmed, on the basis that to do otherwise would give rise to additional demands on the State. In overall discussions with the immigration authorities in regard to student visas at second level, my Department has made clear the requirements under the Equal Status Act, has stressed the need to take due account of the age and vulnerability of children who, while having no entitlement to remain in the State, may already be enrolled in schools in the Free Education Scheme, and the importance of completion of second level education to future life chances.

Health and Safety Issues.

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

73 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Science the plans she has to introduce measures that will encourage more students to walk to school or encourage a car pooling system to combat the congestion on Irish roads every school day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28465/07]

The question of whether children walk to and from school or are driven as part of a car pooling initiative is a matter for decision by their parents. However, it is clear that walking to school can make an important contribution to children's health and to developing their sense of road safety as well as decreasing traffic congestion around school routes. Many local authorities have developed schemes to encourage walking to school, through initiatives such as the organisation of a ‘walking bus', the provision of school traffic wardens, the organisation of Walk to School Weeks, and the development of ‘park and stride' initiatives. Local authorities are also involved in promoting car pooling initiatives.

An Taisce's Green Schools Initiative includes initiatives such as the Safer Routes to School Project which aims to increase the number of children who walk and cycle, increase the number of families who ‘park and stride' or ‘carpool', and reduce school-related congestion. The Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Programme in all primary schools includes a specific ‘safety and protection' strand which is designed to develop in children an increasing sense of personal responsibility for their own safety and that of others. The learning objectives of this strand specifically include such issues as safety strategies for crossing the road, using the bus or being a pedestrian, crossing the road with an adult, and being familiar with the rules for travelling in a car or bus, or on a bicycle.

SPHE is also a mandatory junior cycle subject at second-level. The SPHE curriculum at both primary level and in the junior cycle at second-level stresses the importance of daily exercise and a healthy diet to maintaining health and well being. The ‘personal safety' strand of the junior cycle programme includes such issues as road safety and is supported by a range of curriculum materials. In addition, a road safety programme for use in Transition Year has been developed and is currently being piloted by the Road Safety Authority in collaboration with my Department, the NCCA and the Second Level Support Service.

In addition school transport services are operated by Bus Éireann on behalf my Department. Some 135,000 children are carried annually under the scheme, of which 8,500 are children with special needs. Transport is provided by Bus Éireann and private providers with a mix of large, medium and minibuses, as well as a number of car taxis. One of the effects of provision on this scale is to lessen the amount of children being transported to school in cars. The Department of Transport has also begun the process of developing a Sustainable Travel and Transport Action Plan, which the Government is committed to publishing in the Spring of 2008. My Department is represented on the Steering Group set up to oversee the development of the plan, and the plan will specifically address the issues relating to children travelling to and from school.

Finally, in February of this year, the Road Safety Authority launched the RSA MACE "Safe to School" campaign at primary level, which is aimed at helping primary school children learn effective road safety lessons. The first part of this campaign is about walking to school safely and as part of this initiative educational packs and DVDs have been distributed to all primary schools and a Walking to School Guide has been produced. A dedicated website, www.safetoschool.ie, has also been launched as part of the campaign.

Halla Spóirt.

Dinny McGinley

Question:

74 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Dinny McGinley den Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíochta an bhfuil cinneadh déanta halla spóirt a chur ar fáil ag scoil (sonraí tugtha) a bhfuil airgead curtha ar fáil don tionscnamh, cén staid ag a bhfuil an phleanáil faoi láthair; cén uair a bheidh tús á chur leis an obair; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. [28436/07]

Tá tionscadal tograithe an Halla Corpoideachais ag Staid 4/5 (dearadh mionsonrach/Bille Cainníochtaí). Chuir an Fhoireann Deartha freagra faoi bhráid ar roinnt fiafraithe faoin dtionscadal a chuir an Roinn le déanaí ach measadh an freagra a bheith neamhiomlán. Tá doiciméadú leasaithe iarrtha ag mo Roinnse agus tabharfar a thuilleadh aire don tionscadal seo tar éis don doiciméadú seo a bheith faighte.

Student Support Schemes.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

75 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the average cost of rented accommodation for students in Dublin city centre is €600 per month and that the grant system forces many students to seek part-time work to support themselves, thus not giving adequate attention to their studies; if she will include a speedy, efficient, centralised grant system in the forthcoming Student Support Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28486/07]

As the Deputy may be aware, I secured approval for a 10% increase in the standard rate of student grant for the academic year 2007/08. This very substantial increase, at twice the rate of inflation, will assist in meeting the costs associated with attending higher and further education for over 56,000 students who receive a maintenance grant. This has resulted in an increase in the maximum rate of ordinary grant to €3,420 for 2007/08 and students who qualify will also have the student service charge paid on their behalf. In addition, over 12,500 students in receipt of the Special Rate of maintenance grant have benefited from an even more substantial increase of over 14%, with the maximum rate for 2007/08 increasing to €6,690.

I plan to introduce a single unified scheme of maintenance grants for students and to consolidate the administration of this unified grants scheme in the VEC sector. This will, I believe, provide for a more coherent administrative system. The scheme, which will be underpinned by a new Student Support Bill, will facilitate consistency of application, improved client accessibility and timely delivery of grants. The Student Support Bill is at an advanced stage of preparation, and I hope to be in a position to publish it shortly.

Grant Payments.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

76 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of grants made to schools under the school building and school support programmes during each year from 2002 to date in 2007 for Dublin city, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, south Dublin and Fingal; the value of such grants in each year and in each area mentioned. [28477/07]

The information requested relating to capital grants paid to schools is not available in the format sought by the Deputy. The Deputy's reference to school support programmes lacks specificity with the result that the information cannot be provided. In recent years, it has been the practice of my Department to annually publish details of all projects that are included in the School Building Programme. These details are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

School Catchment Areas.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

77 Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Science her views on whether the present school catchment area boundaries are in many cases archaic and giving rise to injustice; and the time-frame in these circumstances for the completion of a review thereof. [28221/07]

Catchment boundaries have their origins in the establishment of free post-primary education in the late 1960s and were determined following consultation with local educational interests. For planning purposes the country was divided into geographic districts each with several primary schools feeding into a post-primary centre with one or more post-primary schools. The intention was that these defined districts would facilitate the orderly planning of school provision and accommodation needs. The Programme for Government provides for a review of the school transport scheme, including catchment boundaries, to be carried out. My Department is currently considering how this review should best be undertaken.

School Staffing.

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

78 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 491 of 6 March 2007, the number of primary schools with access to a qualified physical education teacher; the number of secondary schools which employ at least one qualified PE teacher full-time; the number of primary schools that do not have access to a qualified PE teacher; the number of secondary schools that do not employ a qualified PE teacher; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28473/07]

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of PE teachers employed in second level schools is not readily available within my Department. Teacher allocations for second level schools are approved by my Department on an annual basis in accordance with generally applied rules based on recognised pupil enrolments on the 30th of September of the preceding school year. Each school management authority is required to organise its curriculum, teaching time-table and subject options having regard to pupils' needs within the limits of its approved teacher allocation. The appointment of teachers to posts within the approved quota is a matter for the authorities of the schools concerned.

At primary level, Physical Education is one of the seven curriculum areas and is an intrinsic element of the Primary School Curriculum which was revised in 1999. A minimum of one hour of physical education per week is recommended for all primary school pupils. All qualified Primary teachers are qualified to teach the full spectrum of the Primary Curriculum including Physical Education.

Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Liz McManus

Question:

79 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of primary schools which during each school year beginning September 2002 to date in 2007, have pupil teacher ratios of 35:1 or higher, 30:1 to 34:1, 25:1 to 29:1, 20:1 to 24:1 and less than 20:1; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28475/07]

In determining the pupil teacher ratio at primary level, all teachers in primary schools are counted, not only those employed as mainstream classroom teachers, but also those working in areas such as resource teaching and language support. In determining class size in primary schools, class teachers are counted. Pupil Teacher Ratio in respect of all primary schools is currently only available at national level and is not disaggregated by school or any other variable.The following is the Pupil Teacher Ratio nationally since September 2002:

2002/03, 18.0;

2003/04, 17.44;

2004/05, 17.1;

2005/06, 17;

2006/07, 16.4.

The Pupil Teacher Ratio for the 2007/08 school year is currently being compiled in my Department.

The following tables indicate the number of pupils by class size by county for the years 2002/03 to 2006/07. Information in relation to class sizes is provided in the annual census of primary schools. The data relating to class size for the 2007/08 school year will not be available until this process has been completed later in the school year.

As the Deputy will be aware, major improvements have been made in staffing at primary level in recent years. There are now 5,000 more primary teachers than there were in 2002. By the 2006/07 school year, we had reduced the average class size in our primary schools to 24, while the pupil teacher ratio was 16.4:1, including resource teachers etc. In that year, schools were staffed on the basis of a general rule of at least one classroom teacher for every 28 children. Given that the national average was 24, many schools benefited from much more favourable staffing ratios than this. Extra teachers were provided by the Government for the 2007/08 school year to improve primary school staffing so that schools would generally get at least one classroom teacher for every 27 children.

A further initiative in recent years that has been of direct benefit to primary schools has been the change in the criteria for developing schools. For the current school year the threshold for getting a developing school post was reduced specifically to help schools that are seeing large increases in enrolments each year. Over 330 such posts have been sanctioned in the 2007/08 school year compared to 280 in 2006/07. The improvements we have made in school staffing in recent years are absolutely unparalleled. The Government is committed to providing more teachers to our primary schools over the next five years in order to reduce class sizes. We will also continue our focus on measures to improve the quality of education in our primary schools to ensure that increased resources lead to better outcomes for our children.

Number of Pupils by Class Size Range by County (2006/2007)

0-9

10-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40 & Over

Totals

Carlow

8

352

1,552

2,373

1,403

148

5,836

Cavan

44

948

2,458

2,513

1,652

425

8,040

Clare

167

1,814

3,111

3,782

2,587

612

40

12,113

Cork City

25

3,191

3,166

4,736

2,467

70

13,655

Cork County

203

4,071

8,585

14,209

9,671

1,369

38,108

Donegal

199

2,845

4,292

6,596

3,575

177

17,684

Dublin City

149

8,543

10,913

13,256

7,742

288

40,891

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

8

1,505

2,604

6,672

4,854

35

15,678

Fingal

1,295

3,430

13,025

8,140

35

25,925

Galway City

1,269

1,324

1,932

1,456

5,981

Galway County

322

3,625

5,420

5,723

2,787

175

18,052

Kerry

75

2,351

3,849

5,699

2,522

253

14,749

Kildare

9

940

3,754

11,905

6,397

216

23,221

Kilkenny

16

989

2,207

3,688

2,354

322

9,576

Laois

31

806

1,981

2,505

2,184

70

7,577

Leitrim

22

755

787

1,129

378

76

3,147

Limerick City

18

1,483

1,275

2,193

1,325

35

6,329

Limerick County

80

1,615

3,112

5,139

3,497

211

13,654

Longford

46

843

1,113

1,375

408

74

3,859

Louth

13

1,500

2,844

5,373

3,778

358

13,866

Mayo

231

3,157

3,479

4,379

1,985

146

13,377

Meath

18

1,274

4,160

8,394

5,434

427

19,707

Monaghan

73

885

1,729

2,426

1,073

179

6,365

Offaly

21

812

2,483

4,024

1,584

71

8,995

Roscommon

128

1,617

1,741

1,969

903

70

6,428

Sligo

63

1,098

2,234

2,178

781

218

6,572

South Dublin

3,436

6,757

10,888

6,042

140

27,263

Tipperary N.R.

20

1,233

2,343

2,705

1,160

105

7,566

Tipperary S.R.

62

1,209

2,957

3,268

1,690

249

9,435

Waterford City

446

1,348

2,387

1,389

36

5,606

Waterford County

623

2,025

2,835

1,181

182

40

6,886

Westmeath

59

985

2,717

3,717

1,932

143

9,553

Wexford

9

1,540

3,830

6,468

3,302

428

41

15,618

Wicklow

41

1,329

3,530

4,964

3,951

287

41

Total

2,160

60,84

109,110

174,425

101,584

7,630

162

455,455

Number of Pupils by Class Size Range by County (2005/2006)

0-9

10-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40 & Over

Totals

Carlow

8

462

1,353

2,270

1,304

142

5,539

Cavan

32

1,282

2,199

2,334

1,552

285

7,684

Clare

150

1,740

3,242

3,504

2,476

640

41

11,793

Cork City

60

2,930

3,324

4,193

2,754

286

13,547

Cork County

192

3,769

8,166

13,401

9,592

1,792

44

36,956

Donegal

154

2,789

4,904

5,914

3,300

185

17,246

Dublin Belgard

3,501

5,796

10,541

6,495

245

26,578

Dublin City

56

8,811

10,000

13,346

8,133

360

40,706

Dublin Fingal

1,251

3,122

10,775

9,021

322

24,491

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

16

1,413

2,567

6,379

4,989

248

0

15,612

Galway City

9

1,094

1,165

2,066

1,366

35

5,735

Galway County

292

3,979

4,987

5,073

2,830

214

40

17,415

Kerry

105

2,252

4,161

4,969

2,898

70

14,455

Kildare

990

3,761

10,437

6,351

531

22,070

Kilkenny

9

1,248

2,126

3,332

2,383

176

9,274

Laois

26

816

1,641

3,169

1,466

72

7,190

Leitrim

32

819

861

953

160

146

2,971

Limerick City

27

1,249

1,491

1,973

1,392

106

6,238

Limerick County

104

1,719

3,371

5,184

2,758

212

13,348

Longford

80

699

997

1,292

471

71

3,610

Louth

1,097

2,967

5,260

3,731

282

13,337

Mayo

228

3,264

3,654

4,204

1,654

186

13190

Meath

24

1,201

3,586

7,827

5,220

757

18,615

Monaghan

52

926

1,785

2,126

1,139

214

6,242

Offaly

25

1,000

2,413

3,516

1,684

8,638

Roscommon

138

1,622

1,867

1,685

721

148

40

6,221

Sligo

49

1,226

2,133

1,911

975

143

6,437

Tipperary N.R.

21

1,131

2,612

2,515

913

106

41

7,339

Tipperary S.R.

30

1,397

3,273

2,882

1,358

284

9,224

Waterford City

342

1,272

2,668

1,021

72

5,375

Waterford County

9

863

1,723

2,771

1,109

248

6,723

Westmeath

40

1,004

2,416

3,352

2,282

144

9,238

Wexford

27

1,449

3,797

5,922

3,503

497

15,195

Wicklow

25

1,336

3,065

4,621

4,222

4,65

13,734

Totals

2,020

60,671

105,797

162,365

101,223

9,684

206

441,966

Number of Pupils by Class Size Range by County (2004/2005)

0-9

10-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40 & Over

Totals

Carlow

16

474

1,297

2,034

1,491

105

5,417

Cavan

61

1,488

1,810

2,625

1,370

35

7,389

Clare

109

2,083

3,326

2,974

2,792

357

11,641

Cork City

32

3,013

3,320

4,129

2,945

214

13,653

Cork County

138

4,267

7,916

13,239

9,041

1,369

41

36,011

Donegal

139

2,962

4,649

5,572

3,625

179

17,126

Dublin Belgard

9

3,672

5,478

9,705

6,951

393

26,208

Dublin City

130

8,667

9,801

13,295

8,010

570

41

40,514

Dublin Fingal

995

3,493

10,142

8,409

212

23,251

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

1,473

2,358

6,378

5,130

274

15,613

Galway City

26

1,089

1,283

1,868

1,217

140

5,623

Galway County

266

4,346

4,433

5,176

2,501

362

17,084

Kerry

87

2,113

3,918

5,258

2,779

185

14,340

Kildare

9

811

3,862

9,378

6,560

670

21,290

Kilkenny

8

1,072

2,728

2,665

2,290

430

9,193

Laois

7

1,050

1,756

2,801

1,181

142

6,937

Leitrim

38

680

958

950

285

71

2,982

Limerick City

40

1,433

1,248

2,205

1,278

35

6,239

Limerick County

77

1,898

3,657

4,416

2,949

249

13,246

Longford

121

632

824

1,432

500

35

3,544

Louth

9

1,306

2,938

4,568

3,398

356

12,575

Mayo

297

3,162

4,022

4,111

1,528

106

13,226

Meath

16

1,171

3,692

7,194

5,118

461

40

17,692

Monaghan

15

1,031

1,850

1,980

1,076

213

6,165

Offaly

34

990

2,202

3,684

1,300

180

8,390

Roscommon

168

1,533

1,800

1,753

773

36

6,063

Sligo

86

1,401

1,863

1,654

1,373

6,377

Tipperary N.R.

30

1,422

2,259

2,375

936

105

7,127

Tipperary S.R.

46

1,428

2,887

3,231

1,452

217

9,261

Waterford City

645

1,287

2,144

1,092

5,168

Waterford County

997

1,850

2,229

1,190

284

6,550

Westmeath

46

1,091

2,404

3,522

1,827

144

9,034

Wexford

18

1,451

3,876

5,812

3,389

285

40

14,871

Wicklow

17

1,628

3,055

4,951

3,547

322

13,520

Total

2,095

63,474

104,100

155,450

99,303

8,736

162

433,320

Number Of Pupils By Class Size Range By County (2003/2004)

0-9

10-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40 & Over

Totals

Carlow

25

631

1,363

2,201

970

105

5,295

Cavan

35

1,389

2,170

2,501

1,043

35

7,173

Clare

137

2,240

2,502

3,498

2,426

644

11,447

Cork City

40

3,187

3,552

3,789

2,868

392

13,828

Cork County

148

4,000

8,666

13,608

8,063

1,004

40

35,529

Donegal

178

2,954

4,704

5,433

3,546

145

16,960

Dublin Belgard

9

3,196

6,078

9,000

7,118

462

46

25,909

Dublin City

136

8,642

10,227

13,201

8,261

571

41,038

Dublin Fingal

9

992

3,591

9,847

7,877

425

22,741

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

1,374

2,837

6,167

5,311

140

0

15,829

Galway City

42

1,060

1,179

2,004

1,211

70

5,566

Galway County

259

4,100

4,628

4,460

3,038

470

16,955

Kerry

52

2,305

3,821

5,242

2609

180

14,209

Kildare

9

895

3,396

8,727

7,037

707

20,771

Kilkenny

8

1,158

2,473

3,079

2131

284

9,133

Laois

36

920

1,529

2,799

1,368

182

6,834

Leitrim

53

616

855

870

543

36

2,973

Limerick City

27

1,275

1,227

2,606

1,235

71

6,441

Limerick County

105

2,094

3,525

4,353

2,717

397

13,191

Longford

99

740

1,028

1,241

376

3,484

Louth

1

1,616

2,589

4,438

3,221

425

12,290

Mayo

224

3,950

3,765

3,661

1,365

251

13,216

Meath

38

1,664

3,243

6,310

5,291

424

44

17,014

Monaghan

48

1,000

1,731

2,199

994

220

6,192

Offaly

19

1,218

2,259

3,566

1,051

105

8,218

Roscommon

166

1,635

1,931

1,510

758

35

6,035

Sligo

87

1,208

1,983

2,076

1,102

6,456

Tipperary N.R.

22

1,261

2,418

2,434

754

144

7,033

Tipperary S.R.

33

1,663

2,532

3,683

1,287

35

9,233

Waterford City

548

1,640

1,797

1,156

70

5,211

Waterford County

17

1,038

1,679

2,239

1,276

176

6,425

Westmeath

55

1,102

2,249

3,568

1,844

105

8,923

Wexford

1,394

3,775

5,997

3,050

464

42

14,722

Wicklow

37

1,216

3,124

5,306

3,328

426

13,437

Totals

2,154

64,281

104,269

153,410

96,225

9,200

172

429,711

Number Of Pupils By Class Size Range By County (2002/2003)

0-9

10-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40 & Over

Totals

Carlow

541

1,456

2,051

1,199

71

5,318

Cavan

14

1,326

2,021

2,361

1,230

176

7,128

Clare

100

2,154

3,063

3,003

2,374

640

42

11,376

Cork City

26

2,776

3,518

3,973

3,448

423

14,164

Cork County

206

4,654

8,200

12,503

8,132

1,366

44

35,105

Donegal

172

3,226

4,599

5,202

3,386

245

16,830

Dublin Belgard

8

3,518

5,234

8,882

7,706

429

40

25,817

Dublin City

48

8,785

10,987

12,130

8,824

533

41,307

Dublin Fingal

7

1,235

3,471

9,007

7,467

892

82

22,161

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

26

1,418

2,698

5,646

5,759

492

0

16,039

Galway City

9

911

1,140

1,775

1,436

391

5,662

Galway County

206

3,879

4,610

5,322

2,599

252

16,868

Kerry

73

2,351

3,425

5,422

2,608

290

14,169

Kildare

9

669

3,036

8,778

6,917

854

20,263

Kilkenny

9

1,134

2,554

2,901

2,246

212

83

9,139

Laois

18

920

1,669

2,545

1,312

179

6,643

Leitrim

29

708

822

968

345

37

2,909

Limerick City

8

1,378

1,530

2,250

1,270

35

6,471

Limerick County

106

1,845

3,411

4,668

2,792

396

13,218

Longford

132

819

840

1,084

567

3,442

Louth

7

1,291

2,592

4,459

3,536

251

12,136

Mayo

158

3,563

4,030

3,922

1,748

107

13,528

Meath

16

1,048

3,283

6,661

4,426

877

83

16,394

Monaghan

49

1,054

1,728

2,020

1,292

38

40

6,221

Offaly

20

1,369

2,237

3,097

1,284

149

41

8,197

Roscommon

149

1,773

1,838

1,430

659

74

5,923

Sligo

68

1,033

1,912

2,344

935

181

6,473

Tipperary N.R.

27

1,319

2,221

2,480

788

178

7,013

Tipperary S.R.

33

1,601

2,390

3,641

1,449

146

9,260

Waterford City

9

521

1,293

2,076

1,160

178

5,237

Waterford County

876

1,834

2,287

1,246

142

6,385

Westmeath

31

1,190

2,281

3,234

1,999

8,735

Wexford

10

1,265

3,994

5,950

2,815

397

14,431

Wicklow

30

1,438

2,883

4,820

3,728

389

13,288

Totals

1,813

63,588

102,800

148,892

98,682

11,020

455

427,250

National Monitoring Programme.

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

80 Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 157 of 16 November 2006, when she will introduce a separate programme of national monitoring which will enable trend data on pupil achievement in different categories of school to be compiled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28468/07]

It is envisaged that the monitoring will be carried out by the ERC based on the model currently used to conduct national surveys of reading and mathematics in primary schools. The assessments will be targeted at

A nationally representative sample of schools

A representative sample of schools in the School Support Programme of DEIS

A representative sample of Irish medium schools

It is planned that the national monitoring will be repeated on a cyclical basis, with the DEIS sample being undertaken more frequently. The purpose will be to identify changes in national trends over time for particular categories of school and to inform ongoing policy development. No individual school results will be identifiable in this process. My Department has not finalised all the details yet regarding the overall programme for national monitoring.

However, a separate evaluation of DEIS, the Action Plan on Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools, is under way, focused on schools in the School Support Programme of DEIS. This is being prioritised to ensure base line data which will enable the impact of the DEIS programme to be assessed over the period to 2009/10. In spring 2007, baseline achievement data, based on tests in English and Mathematics, has been gathered by the Educational Research Centre from about 17,000 pupils in a sample of almost 500 participating schools. Pupils took tests in English and mathematics in second, third, and sixth class in the urban strand of SSP, and in third and sixth class in the rural strand of the programme. Testing will be repeated in the same schools and with many of the same pupils in the spring of 2010. The data gathered from the DEIS evaluation will provide important information for the DEIS strand of the national monitoring programme.

Higher Education Grants.

Joan Burton

Question:

81 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to Parliamentary Question No. 116 of 2 October 2007, if the student maintenance grant has increased in line with the increases in the student charge levied by the third level institutes, which now stands at €825; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28457/07]

I wish to advise the Deputy that I announced a 10% increase in the standard rate of student grant with effect from the 2007/08 academic year. This means an increase in the maximum rate of ordinary grant to €3,420 for 2007/08. Students who qualify for a maintenance grant will also have the student service charge paid on their behalf. In addition, over 12,500 students in receipt of the "Special Rate" of maintenance grant will benefit from an even more substantial increase of over 14%, with the maximum rate for 2007/08 increasing to €6,690.

School Accommodation.

Tony Gregory

Question:

82 Deputy Tony Gregory asked the Minister for Education and Science the reasons for the delay in finalising a site for a new and permanent school building for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7. [26894/07]

The Department acknowledges the need for a solution to the accommodation difficulties at the school to which the Deputy refers and is committed to working to achieve a satisfactory solution as soon as possible. In this regard, the Department is actively pursuing a number of options. One of these options is the building of a permanent structure on the school's current site. A number of issues have arisen in relation to this proposal, with regard to which clarification is being sought. When progress has been made in this regard, the school authorities will be notified immediately.

Language Support Services.

Sean Sherlock

Question:

83 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Science if her Department has plans to assist the one fifth of children in primary schools in the Dublin 15 area who require English language support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28482/07]

In order to meet the language needs of students in our schools whose first language is not English or Irish, additional support is given to their schools which can take the form of financial assistance, additional teaching posts or portions of posts.

The level of extra financial or teaching support provided to any school is determined by the numbers of eligible non-English speaking students enrolled. I indicated in January last that the limit of two teachers per school and the limit of two years' support to an individual pupil which had applied up to then, will no longer apply. As a result, an individual school may be allocated up to six language support posts under the arrangements now in place.

Schools with between 3 and 13 eligible pupils receive grant assistance towards the cost of employing part-time teachers. Schools with 3 to 8 such pupils receive a grant of over €6,300, while schools with between 9 and 13 such pupils receive over €9,500. Schools with 14 or more such pupils are entitled to one or more language support teachers, the number of which has increased dramatically in recent years. There are now over 1,400 language support teachers in our primary schools.

In order to ensure that schools can accurately and objectively assess the language requirement of children, my Department will be sending to schools assessment materials which have been developed by Integrate Ireland Language and Training (IILT). The assessment materials will enable schools to ensure that the specific language requirements of children needing support are met in a targeted way. The IILT materials will also enable accurate initial and on-going assessment of the language proficiency of the child and his or her need for continued language support.

School Accommodation.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

84 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science the steps she has taken to connect her Department’s planning and building unit to the Central Statistics Office in order that the unit can have population forecasts, locally and nationally, which would indicate the scale and possible increase in the demand for primary and secondary school places arising from the existing or increased population; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28485/07]

The process of assessing the need for new or additional educational facilities at primary or post-primary level in any given area entails consideration of all relevant factors, including enrolment and demographic trends, housing developments and the capacity of existing schools to meet the demand for places. Liaison with existing schools is also an important part of the process, as the school authorities would usually alert the Department where, in their view, the need for additional accommodation is anticipated. In this way, every effort is made to ensure that there is adequate existing provision, or that timely arrangements are made to extend capacity or provide new infrastructure where necessary.

In addition, Local Authorities are obliged by statute to refer draft local area development plans to the Department for observation and comment so that lands can be zoned for future education use. There are numerous sites reserved for education purposes particularly in the rapidly developing areas so as to ensure that there will be sufficient land set aside and available for the future development of education infrastructure. Over and above the statutory consultation provisions in relation to local authority draft area development plans, the Department has in recent years worked to strengthen contacts with local authorities to enable informed decisions to be made in planning future educational provision.

My Department makes extensive use of data from the Census of Population for a variety of purposes including long-term projections of enrolment at national and local level. The census results for 2006 are of use in identifying broad trends in total population by county and local area. School Planning Section use census data when drafting area development plans and planning school provision for likely enrolment at local area level. It should be borne in mind that Census data do not provide a completely precise guide to future enrolment patterns in any particular locality. Given the time lag involved from Census date to publication of detailed results by area and age as well as uncertainties about trends in enrolment across area boundaries, care is needed in making detailed projections into the future for any specific locality.

The Deputy may be aware that the Programme for Government includes a commitment to establish a Developing Areas Unit in my Department. The unit will be solely dedicated to progressing school planning in rapidly developing areas, building on improvements that have already been made in school planning, in recent years. Staff in the unit will liaise with local authorities, identify where new schools are needed and ensure that they are delivered in the fastest possible timeframe.

Second Level Education.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

85 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to the recent study undertaken by the ESRI on behalf of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment which states that 25% of third year secondary students take up grinds; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that students derive no advantage from such systems; her views on whether they undermine the teaching standards in secondary schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28467/07]

I am aware of the study to which the Deputy refers. While I respect the right of parents to make choices for their children's education, I do not believe that it should be necessary to pay for grinds. My focus is on supporting schools to provide a high quality of education that enables students to reach their full potential.

Third Level Fees.

Joe McHugh

Question:

86 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to Parliamentary Question No. 496 on 23 October 2007, if she envisages a closer working relationship between the British and Irish Departments of education, to allow students living in the north west to access universities in Northern Ireland, which are literally ten miles from their homes, without the unaffordable level of fees currently in place; if, in view of the speed the peace process is moving at, this will happen sooner rather than later; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28394/07]

I presume that the Deputy is referring to the issue of tuition fees for students studying in Northern Ireland. Under my Department's Free Fees Initiative the Exchequer meets the tuition fees of eligible students who are attending approved undergraduate third-level courses in the State. There are no plans to extend this initiative to cover third level institutions in Northern Ireland.

Under my Department's Higher Education Grant Schemes, maintenance grants are available to eligible students pursuing approved undergraduate courses in other EU Member States, including Northern Ireland. In general, approved courses are those pursued in a third level institution, which is maintained or assisted by recurrent grants from public funds. However the payment of undergraduate tuition fees under these schemes does not extend to approved courses outside the State and there are no plans to change this position at present.

It is understood however that students attending Higher Education Institutions in Northern Ireland and who are ordinarily resident in a Member State of the European Union will be eligible for a fee loan from the Northern Ireland Authorities up to the amount charged by the Higher Education Institution. Further clarification can be sought by the individual from the Department of Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. Their e-mail address is studentfinance@delni.gov.uk.

Section 473A Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 also provides for tax relief on tuition fees, at the standard rate of tax in respect of approved courses at approved colleges of higher education including certain approved undergraduate and postgraduate courses in EU and non-EU member states.

Privately-Owned Schools.

Joanna Tuffy

Question:

87 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 119 of 2 October 2007, the comprehensive details of the long term lease agreements referred to in the second line of the last paragraph of her reply; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28456/07]

The type of Lease involved, in the case of State investment in privately-owned schools, is not a demise of property but rather it puts a charge on the property. This charge, on the Department's behalf, is registered as a burden on the relevant folio and requires to be legally surrendered by the Department should the owner of the property wish to sell. This charge does not permit the Department to prevent the property owner from selling. However, the Department may seek a full or partial refund of the capital investment, which is the subject of the Lease, in accordance with the terms of the individual Lease.

As part of our ongoing modernisation of administrative systems and delivery methods, the School Building Section is in the process of finalising a generic Deed of Covenant and Charge to protect State investment in privately-owned schools. This will be more flexible and less onerous to put in place than the old-style Lease. However, as with the old-style Lease, the Deed will empower the Department only to re-coup its investment should the owner decide to sell or otherwise to cease operation as an educational facility. It does not confer the power to prevent a sale in such circumstances, as long as appropriate recoupment is made by the property owner.

The draft Deed of Covenant and Charge is currently being examined in my Department in consultation with the Chief State Solicitor's Office. Upon finalisation, it is intended to put the new Deed of Covenant and Charge in place for each privately-owned school where investment of State capital funding has been made.

Third Level Courses.

Sean Sherlock

Question:

88 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Science, in view of recent reports (details supplied) about the high failure rate among third level students studying science courses, her Department’s plans to dumb down the various third level science courses in order to avoid the high drop-out rate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28483/07]

Quality assurance in higher education is governed by statutory provision and is based upon expert peer review, of both Irish and international experts, which must include representation from students, business and other stakeholders. The Irish system of higher education quality assurance system itself has been reviewed and I would refer the Deputy to the independent report of the European Universities Association on the university quality assurance system, published in 2005. That review found that the Irish system, with its emphasis not only on quality assurance, but also quality improvement, could act as a model internationally. The review also noted that the system was relatively new and made recommendations for further improvement, which are being undertaken by the institutions, with appropriate oversight from the HEA.

I am also committed to ensure that second level students continue to see science at third level as an positive option, both in terms of their interest in the areas, and their future employment prospects. The Government is supporting Discover Science and Engineering to work with schools to promote student interest in science, while my Department is continuing to invest heavily in research and development. That investment, which is essential to secure Ireland's continued economic and social development, also provides exciting opportunities for research careers for those entering science courses.

Early School Leavers.

Liz McManus

Question:

89 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of pupils who left school before sitting their junior certificate examinations still participating in education and other forms of training; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28474/07]

The specific data requested by the Deputy is not available to my Department. The emphasis placed by this Government on tackling educational disadvantage in recent years is absolutely unprecedented. Since 2003, we have increased investment in educational inclusion measures at all levels by no less than 60%, to €730 million in 2007. We are determined to ensure that young people from disadvantaged areas get the support they need to encourage them to finish school. To this end, we have provided additional investment in a wide range of areas, including extra teachers, grants for books, homework clubs, school meals and summer camps. We have also expanded access to important services such as the Home School Community Liaison scheme and the School Completion Programme which work with students at risk of early school leaving and their families.

Indeed, there are now approximately 620 staff working in services such as these, including over 130 extra posts allocated under the DEIS Action Plan over the past two years. In addition, the National Educational Welfare Board now has over 100 staff, and is specifically tasked with tackling attendance problems that if left unchecked can culminate in young people dropping out of school. There is an emphasis under DEIS on helping children to make a smooth transition to second level. Initiatives such as familiarisation days and week-long transfer programmes have been shown to have been very successful in that regard. Schools participating in the School Support Programme under DEIS are being encouraged to prioritise the development of effective transfer programmes for pupils making the transition to post-primary education.

In terms of achievement at post-primary level, it is important to look at the issue in terms of attainment of second level education or equivalent rather than just school completion. Focusing just on school devalues the hard work of students who continued their education in Youthreach centres, went on to train for apprenticeships through FÁS, or acquired qualifications through other equally valuable routes. The Government is encouraged by data that shows that the attainment levels of our young people have improved significantly in recent years. By 2006, 85.4% of Irish 20 to 24 year olds had obtained upper second level education or equivalent - up from 82.6% in 2000 and significantly ahead of the EU average of 77.8%.

The improvement in the proportion of 20-24 year olds with at least second level education or equivalent in recent years is testament to the success of the Government's dual strategy of both improving school completion levels and increasing access to second chance and further education. Further improvements in the availability of second chance education are a priority for us. As the Deputy may be aware, funding has been provided for 400 extra Youthreach places this year. 600 more places are due to be provided by 2009 under the Towards 2016 social partnership agreement. We are also conscious that the content and perceived relevance of the school curricula have an important effect on students' motivation and desire to finish school. Under the DEIS plan, more students in disadvantaged areas will have access to the Junior Certificate Schools Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied programme.

To conclude, there is evidence that the Government's focus on improving school completion rates and attainment levels in recent years is making a difference. I assure the Deputy that further improvements in this area will continue to be a priority for us in the years ahead. Social inclusion measures across other Government departments have also been prioritised under the Towards 2016 agreement, the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion and the National Development Plan.

Educational Disadvantage.

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

90 Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 24 October 2006, if she will provide a list of the 670 primary schools and 203 second level schools that have been invited to participate in the new school support programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28469/07]

DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), the action plan for educational inclusion, provides for a standardised system for identifying levels of disadvantage and a new integrated School Support Programme (SSP). DEIS will bring together and build upon a number of existing interventions in schools with a concentrated level of disadvantage.

The process of identifying schools for participation in DEIS was managed by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) on behalf of my Department and supported by quality assurance work co-ordinated through the Department's regional offices and the Inspectorate. The identification process involved a survey of primary schools conducted by the Educational Research Centre in May, 2005 and the updating by them of existing data sources on levels of disadvantage in second-level schools. Details of the schools included in the School Support Programme under DEIS are in the tables below. They are also available on my Department's website.

The Department has put in place separate arrangements for new and newly amalgamated primary schools established since 2005. The website list of schools in the SSP will be revised shortly to include new and newly amalgamated schools that are identified for inclusion in the programme.

Roll No.

Urban

School Name

Address

County

08490N

Urban

St Clares Primary School

Cavan, Co Cavan

Cavan

17326B

Urban

S N Naomh Feidhlim

Cavan, Co Cavan

Cavan

19559L

Urban

Chriost Ri

Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

05940D

Urban

Scoil Ursula

Blackrock, Co Cork

Cork

14198D

Urban

Naomh Eoin Easpal

Mayfield, Co Cork

Cork

16680O

Urban

Scoil Colmcille

Blarney St, Cork

Cork

17024I

Urban

Scoil Na Croise Naofa

Mahon, Cork

Cork

17045Q

Urban

St Patricks B N S

Ballyhooley Road, Cork

Cork

18153B

Urban

S N Padraig Naofa C

Dillons Cross, Cork

Cork

18154D

Urban

S N Padraig Naofa

Dillons Cross, Cork

Cork

18217B

Urban

Scoil Padre Pio N S

Churchfield, Cork City

Cork

18587L

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Banrion

Mayfield, Cork

Cork

18786R

Urban

Scoil Iosagain

Farranree, Cork

Cork

19426P

Urban

S N Mharcuis B

An Gleann, Corcaigh

Cork

19427R

Urban

S N Bhreanndain C

An Ghleann, Corcaigh

Cork

19714U

Urban

Mhuire Ar Chnoc Haoine

Knocknaheeny, Cork

Cork

19908K

Urban

Gaelscoil Mhachan

Carraig Dubh, Corcaigh

Cork

19909M

Urban

Gaelscoil Peig Sayers

C/O Na Piarsaigh C.L.G., Parklands, Corcaigh

Cork

20036J

Urban

North Presentation Primary School

Gerald Griffin Street, Cork City

Cork

20038N

Urban

Scoil Aiseiri Chriost

Farranree, Cork

Cork

20140E

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Fatima

North Monastery, Cork

Cork

19438W

Urban

Scoil Colmcille Senior

Wyattville, Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Dublin

19641T

Urban

St Colmcille Jun NS

Wyattville, Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Dublin

19840C

Urban

Holy Family School

Dunedin Park, Monkstown, Co Dublin

Dublin

19979K

Urban

St Kevins N S

Sallynoggin, Co Dublin

Dublin

20218P

Urban

Archbishop Mc Quaid NS

Loughlinstown, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Dublin

00752A

Urban

Central Senior Mxd N S

Marlboro St, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

01795A

Urban

Central Infs School

Marlboro St, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

11776C

Urban

St Laurence O’Toole Junior Boys

Seville Place, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

12448N

Urban

Gardiner Street Convent

Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

15056L

Urban

S N San Vinseann Cailin

North William St, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

15816I

Urban

St Vincents Inf Boys

North William Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

17110B

Urban

Naomh Lorcan O Tuathail

Plas Seibhil, Baile Atha Cliath 1

Dublin 01

17881G

Urban

Scoil Ui Chonaill

Nth Richmond Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

19831B

Urban

Scoil Chaoimhin

Sraid Mhaoilbhride, Baile Atha Cliath 1

Dublin 01

19895E

Urban

Scoil Mhuir S Iosaf

St Marys Place, Plas Mhuire, Off Dorset Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 01

19946S

Urban

Rutland Street N S

Lower Rutland Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

20228S

Urban

St Laurence O Toole Girls School

49 Seville Place, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

11578V

Urban

City Quay Boys N S

City Quay, Dublin 2

Dublin 02

19896G

Urban

Scoil Caitriona Na Mbraithre

Baggot St, Dublin 2

Dublin 02

19981U

Urban

St Marys N S

Windsor Ave, Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

03917V

Urban

Naomh Padraig Boys

Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

15253N

Urban

St Patricks Girls NS

Cambridge Road, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

17732M

Urban

Scoil Chiarain

Ascal Ui Choileain, Domhnach Cairne, Baile Atha Cliath 5

Dublin 05

18968A

Urban

St Malachys B N S

Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

18969C

Urban

St Eithnes Senior G N S

Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19037E

Urban

St Monicas N S

Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19262L

Urban

St Benedicts N S

Grange Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19297H

Urban

Cromcastle Green B N S

Kilmore Rd West, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19298J

Urban

Scoil Nais Ide Cailini

Kilmore Road West, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19440J

Urban

St Marys NS

Grange Pk View, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19935N

Urban

Scoil Eoin

Greendale Road, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

20064O

Urban

Our Lady Of Consolation NS

Collins Ave East, Donnycarney, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

05933G

Urban

Georges Hill Convent

Georges Hill, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

09932B

Urban

Stanhope St Convent

Stanhope Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

16695E

Urban

Scoil Na Mbrathar

North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

16988T

Urban

Christ The King B N S

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17464N

Urban

Fionnbarra Naofa

Cabra West, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17465P

Urban

Dominican Convent Girls

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17466R

Urban

St Catherines Infant School

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

20005V

Urban

Scoil Plas Mhuire

St Marys Place, Dorset Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

20035H

Urban

St Gabriels N S

Cowper Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

00743W

Urban

Mater Dei Primary School

Basin Lane, James Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

07546J

Urban

Goldenbridge Convent

Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

13611D

Urban

Presentation Convent NS

Warrenmount, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

14556D

Urban

St Endas Primary School

St Endas Primary School, Whitefriar St, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

16786H

Urban

St Brigids Convent N S

The Coombe, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

16799Q

Urban

St Michaels C B S

Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

18477E

Urban

Scoil Na Mbrathar

Francis Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

18519R

Urban

Scoil Seamus C B S

James Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

19933J

Urban

Scoil Treasa Naofa

Petrie Road, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

20104A

Urban

St Audoens NS

Cook Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

18910P

Urban

Bantiarna Na Mbuanna B

Baile Munna, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

18911R

Urban

Bantiarna Na Mbuanna G

Baile Munna, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

19242F

Urban

Our Lady Of Victories Infant N S

Ballymun Road, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

19302U

Urban

SN Na Maighdine Muire B

Ballymun, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

19303W

Urban

Na Maighdine Mhuire

Virgin Mary, Girls National School, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

18341C

Urban

SN Louise De Marillac C

Drumfin Rd, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18342E

Urban

SN Louise De Marillac

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18585H

Urban

SN Banrion Na Naingeal1

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18843D

Urban

Bainrion Na N-Aingal 2

Ballyfermot Upper, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19661C

Urban

St Gabriels NS

Dominican Campus, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19662E

Urban

St Michaels NS

Dominican Convent, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19663G

Urban

St Raphaels NS

Dominican Convent, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19766Q

Urban

Scoil Iosagain/Mhuire

Mount La Salle, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19767S

Urban

Scoil Mhuire/Seosamh

Mount La Salle, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

20139T

Urban

Inchicore NS

Sarsfield Road, Inchicore, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18137D

Urban

S N Naomh Feargal

Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19015R

Urban

St Josephs G N S

Barry Avenue, Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19197D

Urban

St Kevins B N S

Barry Avenue, Finglas North-West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19208F

Urban

Holy Spirit B N S

Silloge Rd, Baile Munna, Atha Cliath 11

Dublin 11

19209H

Urban

SN An Spioraid Naiomh C

Sillogue Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19431I

Urban

St Josephs Jnr

Balcurris, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19489Q

Urban

SN Naomh Finnin

Glenties Park, Rivermount, Finglas South, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19546C

Urban

St Oliver Plunkett N S

St Oliver Plunkett NS, St Helenas Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19583I

Urban

St Josephs Senior N S

St Josephs Senior NS, Balcurris, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19619D

Urban

St Malachys NS

Rivermount, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19929S

Urban

St Brigids Senior Girls

Finglas Wes, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

20029M

Urban

St Brigids Infant N S

Wellmount Avenue, Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

16964F

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Ogh 1

Loreto College, Crumlin Rd, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17603B

Urban

Scoil Iosagain

Aughavannagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17683C

Urban

Muire Og 2 Loreto Con

Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

18386B

Urban

Marist National School

Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19764M

Urban

Our Lady Of Wayside N S

Bluebell, Inchicore, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19889J

Urban

Scoil Colm

Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

20014W

Urban

St Agnes N S

Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19545A

Urban

Corduff N S

Corduff, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19601H

Urban

St Philip The Apostle Junior N S

Mountview, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19605P

Urban

Scoil Nais Mhuire Sois

Blakestown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19636D

Urban

St Patricks Senior School

Corduff, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19643A

Urban

St Philips Senior N S

Mountview, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19694R

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Sin

Blakestown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19850F

Urban

Ladyswell N S

Ladyswell, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19490B

Urban

Scoil Mhuire

Ballyboden, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

17104G

Urban

St Francis Junior National School

Priorswood, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19454U

Urban

Darndale NS Junior

Our Lady Immac Jun NS, Darndale, Malahide Road, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19524P

Urban

Our Lady Immac Sen N S

Our Lady Immac Sen NS, Darndale, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19668Q

Urban

St Francis Senior N S

Priorswood, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19913D

Urban

St Josephs NS

Macroom Road, Bonnybrook, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19509T

Urban

Scoil Nano Nagle

Bawnoge, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19510E

Urban

Talbot Senior NS

Bawnoge, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19569O

Urban

Neillstown N S

St Peter Apostle NS, Neillstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19575J

Urban

St Marys Junior N S

Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19642V

Urban

St Peter Apostle Sen NS

Neillstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19647I

Urban

St Marys Sen N S

Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19707A

Urban

St Ronans N S

Deansrath, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19743E

Urban

St Bernadettes Junior N S

Quarryvale, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19785U

Urban

St Bernadettes Senior N S

Quarryvale, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19464A

Urban

SN Naomh Colmcille

Homelawns, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19543T

Urban

Scoil N An Croi Ro Naofa

Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19577N

Urban

Scoil Iosa

Scoil Nais Iosa, Tymon North, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19613O

Urban

Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Sin

Knockmore Ave, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19652B

Urban

An Chroi Ro Naofa Sois

Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19702N

Urban

St Thomas Junior N S

Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19765O

Urban

St Thomas Senior N S

Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19775R

Urban

Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Junior

Knockmore Ave, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19782O

Urban

St Brigids N S

Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19834H

Urban

St Aidans NS

Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19872P

Urban

Scoil Chaitlin Maude

Cnoc Mhuire, Tamhlacht, Baile Atha Cliath 24

Dublin 24

20173T

Urban

St Annes Primary School

Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

01013N

Urban

Scoil Croi Iosa

Presentation Road, Galway

Galway

04515G

Urban

Scoil An Linbh Iosa

St Francis St, Galway

Galway

12250P

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Primary Sch

Dublin Rd, Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

16943U

Urban

Niochlas N S

An Cladach, An Gaillimh

Galway

17782E

Urban

S N Bride Naofa

Sean Tallamh, Gaillimh

Galway

19225F

Urban

Scoil Michil Naofa

Baile Ban, Gaillimh

Galway

19226H

Urban

Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa

Muirbheach, Gaillimh

Galway

20042E

Urban

Scoil An Chroi Naofa

Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Galway

16635J

Urban

Curragh Camp B N S

Curragh Camp, Co Kildare

Kildare

16636L

Urban

Curragh Camp G N S

Curragh Camp, Co Kildare

Kildare

19747M

Urban

Scoil Bhride NS

Portlaoise, Co Laois

Laois

00570R

Urban

Mhuire Naofa Cailini

Mhuire Naofa, Limerick

Limerick

06936R

Urban

St JohNS Convent

Cathedral Place, Limerick City

Limerick

15320C

Urban

St Michaels NS

Cbs Grounds, Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

16715H

Urban

St John The Baptist Boys N S

Downey Street, Pennywell, Limerick

Limerick

16910F

Urban

Scoil Iosagain

Sraid Seasnain, Limerick

Limerick

17445J

Urban

Scoil Lile Naofa

Kileely, Limerick

Limerick

17737W

Urban

Our Lady Queen Of Peace School

Janesboro, Limerick

Limerick

17941V

Urban

St Munchins G N S

Ballynanty, Limerick

Limerick

17942A

Urban

Scoil Mhainchin Buach

Bothar Siolbroin, Limerick

Limerick

18177P

Urban

Scoil Aine Naofa

Rath Caola, Co Luimni

Limerick

18653V

Urban

Scoil Naomh Iosef

Rathkeale, Co Limerick

Limerick

19372S

Urban

South Hill N S

South Hill, Limerick

Limerick

19667O

Urban

Our Lady Of Lourdes N S

Rosbrien, Limerick

Limerick

19830W

Urban

Corpus Christi N S

Moyross, Limerick

Limerick

19931F

Urban

Gaelscoil Sheoirse

Clancy, An Cnoc Theas, Luimneach

Limerick

20018H

Urban

Maria King Presentation Primary

Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

20184B

Urban

Galvone NS

Kennedy Park, Limerick City

Limerick

20185D

Urban

St Marys Boys NS

Island Road, Limerick

Limerick

00856M

Urban

Scoil Naomh Micheal

Longford, Co Longford

Longford

18178R

Urban

St Josephs Convent

Longford, Co Longford

Longford

20101R

Urban

The Sacred Heart Primary N.S.

Granard, Co Longford

Longford

14651U

Urban

Castletown Rd Convent

Castletown Rd, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

16469S

Urban

St Nicholas Monastery NS

Philip Street, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19215C

Urban

S N Ard Mhuire C

Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

19246N

Urban

S N An Tslanaitheora B

Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19247P

Urban

S N An Tslanaitheora C

Ard Easmuinn, un Dealgan, Co Louth

Louth

19479N

Urban

Rathmullan N S

Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

19673J

Urban

St Josephs N S

Avenue Road, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19678T

Urban

St Pauls Senior NS

Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

20163Q

Urban

S.N Eoin Baiste

Fatima, Castletown, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

05215W

Urban

S N Croi Iosa

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

17201E

Urban

Iosagain Buachailli Nai

Clochar Na Trocaire, Beal An Atha, Co Mhuigheo

Mayo

18506I

Urban

S N Naomh Padraig B

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

19713S

Urban

Arden Boys NS

Arden View, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

19910U

Urban

Sligo Project School

Abbey Quarter, Sligo

Sligo

18345K

Urban

S N Iosef Naofa

Cor An Bhile, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

19645E

Urban

St Oliver Plunketts NS

Heywood Rd, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

19511G

Urban

St Saviours NS

Ballybeg, Waterford City

Waterford

07722D

Urban

St Peters N S Snr

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

16639R

Urban

SN Deaghan O Ceallaigh

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

18405C

Urban

S N Phoil Naofa

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

08221J

Urban

St Senans National Sch

Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

19739N

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts

Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts, Co Wexford

Wexford

20003R

Urban

St Aidans Parish School

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Wexford

07246U

Urban

Sisters Of Charity N S

Ravenswell, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

18464S

Urban

Naomh Peadar N S

Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

19477J

Urban

Holy Family B N S

Askea, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

19478L

Urban

Holy Family G N S

Askea, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

19708C

Urban

St Michaels Junior

Cootehill, Co Cavan

Cavan

19709E

Urban

St Michaels Senior

Cootehill, Co Cavan

Cavan

07315N

Urban

Holy Family Snr

Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

17957N

Urban

Holy Family Jr School

Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

20041C

Urban

Convent Of Mercy National School

Kilrush, Co Clare

Clare

20086B

Urban

Ennis Educate Together NS

Gort Road, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

01197D

Urban

Strawberry Hill B N S

Sundays Well, Cork

Cork

02707F

Urban

Sunday’s Well GNS

Blarney Road, Cork City

Cork

12473M

Urban

Greenmount Monastery NS

Scoil Muire Na Ngras, Greenmount, Co Cork

Cork

13031I

Urban

St Josephs Convent N S

Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

13696O

Urban

St Vincents Convent N S

St Marys Road, Cork

Cork

14000C

Urban

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

N Mhuire An Oileain, Sharman Crawford St, Cork

Cork

17105I

Urban

Muire Gan Smal C

Glasheen, Cork

Cork

17639W

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Cork

17993R

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal B

Glasheen, Cork

Cork

18237H

Urban

Maria Assumpta G N S

Ballyphehane, Cork

Cork

18238J

Urban

Maria Assumpta Jnr Inft

Ballyphehane, Cork

Cork

18292P

Urban

Gaelscoil An Teaghlaigh Naofa

Baile Feithean, Co Chorcai

Cork

18377A

Urban

Iosef Naofa

Fermoy, Co Cork

Cork

18734V

Urban

Realt Na Maidine

Ballyphehane, Cork

Cork

19588S

Urban

Scoil Naomh Therese

Bishopstown, Cork

Cork

19977G

Urban

Bandon Boys NS

Bandon, Co Cork

Cork

16054M

Urban

St Patricks N S

Murlog, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

16821G

Urban

Clochar Padraig Naofa

Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

17945G

Urban

Scoil Naomh Chaitriona

Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

Donegal

18076J

Urban

SN Muire Gan Smal

Leithbhearr, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

18605K

Urban

Scoil Naomh Padraig Boys

Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

20054L

Urban

Scoil Eoghan

Moville, Co Donegal

Donegal

05600C

Urban

Clochar San Dominic

Dunlaoghaire, Co Dublin

Dublin

19497P

Urban

Scoil Mhuire

Shankill, Co Dublin

Dublin

19515O

Urban

SN Naomh Treasa

Baile Brigin, Co Ath Cliath

Dublin

19938T

Urban

St Josephs

Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Dublin

19960M

Urban

St Johns N S

Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Dublin

20186F

Urban

Castaheany Educate Together NS

C/O Griffeen Valley Educate Tog NS, Griffeen Glen Boulevard, Lucan, Co Dublin

Dublin

18726W

Urban

S N Seosamh Na Mbrathar

Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

19774P

Urban

St Josephs Mxd N S

East Wall, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

16567S

Urban

St Brigids Convent N S

Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

17279S

Urban

Scoil Muire

Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

18360G

Urban

Scoil Bhreandain

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

18361I

Urban

S N Caitriona C

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

18362K

Urban

Scoil Chaitriona Nainain

Measc Ave, Coolock, Dublin 05

Dublin 05

19920A

Urban

St John Of God N S

Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19924I

Urban

Harolds Cross N S

Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W

Dublin 06

16989V

Urban

Christ The King GNS

Annaly Rd, Cabra, Dublin 07

Dublin 07

17459U

Urban

Christ The King I G

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

20091R

Urban

St Peters NS

Phibsboro, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17083B

Urban

S N Muire Gan Smal B

Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

17893N

Urban

Sancta Maria C B S

Synge St, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

19430G

Urban

Scoil An Tseachtar Laoch

Bothar Bhaile Munna, Baile Munna, Baile Atha Cliath 9

Dublin 09

20015B

Urban

Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna

187 Bothar Choultrai, Baile Munna, Baile Atha Cliath 9

Dublin 09

18682F

Urban

St Canices B N S

Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

18683H

Urban

St Conices GNS

Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

20059V

Urban

Mother Of Divine Grace

Holy Faith NS, Ferndale Ave, Ballygall, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

16983J

Urban

S N Naomh Cillin

Bluebell, Inchicore, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17355I

Urban

Our Lady of Good Council GNS

Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17356K

Urban

Muire Na Dea Coirle Inf

Mourne Road, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19669S

Urban

Lady Of Good Counsel NS

Mourne Rd, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19922E

Urban

Our Ladys N S

St Columbanus Road, Milltown, Dublin 14

Dublin 14

19939V

Urban

Scoil Naisiunta An Dea Aoire

Whitehall Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14

Dublin 14

19723V

Urban

Queen Of Angels Primary School

Wedgewood, Dundrum, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

19566I

Urban

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles

Queen Of Apostles NS, Clonburris, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19502F

Urban

Scoil Aenghusa Jun NS

Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19576L

Urban

S N Aenghusa

Scoil N Aenghusa Sin, Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19582G

Urban

St Maelruains N S

Kilclare Avenue, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19646G

Urban

Scoil Santain

Bothar Na Habhann Mor, Tamhlacht, Ath Cliath 24

Dublin 24

19878E

Urban

Ballycragh N S

Ballycragh, Firhouse, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19950J

Urban

St Dominics N S

Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

17221K

Urban

SN Colmcille

An Caislean An Gearr, Gaillimh

Galway

17282H

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

18042P

Urban

Presentation Convent

Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

19401W

Urban

S N Caitriona Sois

Renmore, Co Galway

Galway

19468I

Urban

Scoil Chaitriona Senior

Renmore, Galway

Galway

19795A

Urban

Tirellan Heights N S

Headford Road, Galway

Galway

13530D

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Moyderwell

Tobar Mui Doire, Traili, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

16703A

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

An Daingean, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

16871V

Urban

S N An Chroi Naofa

Traighli, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

20013U

Urban

Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail

Lios Tuathail, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

20158A

Urban

Tralee Educate Together

Collis Sandes House, Killeen Oakpark, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Kerry

12747A

Urban

Kildare Monastery N S

Kildare, Co Kildare

Kildare

15599D

Urban

St Brigids Primary School

Kildare, Co. Kildare

Kildare

16705E

Urban

Scoil Phadraig Naofa

Lana Eoin Naofa, Ath-I, Co. Chill Dara

Kildare

18288B

Urban

Scoil Mhichil Naofa

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

19452Q

Urban

Scoil Mhuire

Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Kildare

19550Q

Urban

Ballymany Junior NS

Newbridge, Co Kildare

Kildare

17108O

Urban

St JohNS Infants N S

Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

20011Q

Urban

St. Johns Senior School

Ballyborough Street, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

18822S

Urban

St Marys N.S.

Summerhill, Carrick -On-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

00851C

Urban

Presentation Convent

Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

17059E

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre SN

Geata An Domhnaigh, Droichead Atha, Co Lui

Louth

17949O

Urban

Scoil Padraig Naofa

Bothar Brugha, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

18098T

Urban

Scoil Bhride

Bothar Brugha, Drogheda

Louth

18347O

Urban

S N San Nioclas

Nicholas St, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19892V

Urban

Gaelscoil Dhun Dealgan

Muirtheimhne Mor, Dun Dealgan, Co Lu

Louth

20084U

Urban

Gaelscoil Bheal An Atha

Corrai Mhuireann, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

17969U

Urban

S N Mhuire

An Uaimh, Co Na Mi

Meath

19476H

Urban

St Oliver Plunkett NS

Navan, Co Meath

Meath

20180Q

Urban

Scoil Naomh Eoin

Clonmagadden Valley, Windtown, Navan, Co Meath

Meath

16202B

Urban

Convent of Mercy

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

16319W

Urban

Castleblaney Con Infts

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

17686I

Urban

Scoil Mhuire B

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

03220F

Urban

Mercy Primary School

Birr, Co Offaly

Offaly

12370C

Urban

St Brendans Monastery

Birr, Co Offaly

Offaly

13118U

Urban

Clara Convent N S

Clara, Co Offaly

Offaly

16928B

Urban

S N Naomh Philomena

Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

18406E

Urban

Scoil Phroinsias Noafa

Clara, Co Offaly

Offaly

18524K

Urban

S N Naomh Brighde Buach

Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

18797W

Urban

S N Naomh Seosamh

Arden View, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

13198V

Urban

St Annes Con N S

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

19980S

Urban

St Attractas N S

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

17277O

Urban

St Edwards N S

Ballytivnan, Sligo

Sligo

19985F

Urban

Our Lady Of Mercy N S

Pearse Road, Sligo

Sligo

20019J

Urban

Holy Family School

Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Sligo

01594N

Urban

St John’s

Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

16729S

Urban

St Peter And Paul

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

16979S

Urban

St Colmcille’s Primary

Templemore, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

17731K

Urban

S N Iosef Naofa

Templemore, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

18435L

Urban

Sacred Heart Primary School

Newline, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

15046I

Urban

St Stephens NS

25 Patrick Street, Waterford

Waterford

16732H

Urban

Scoil Naomh Seosamh

Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Waterford

18462O

Urban

Scoil Lorcain BNS

Ballytruckle, Waterford

Waterford

18509O

Urban

An Teaghlaigh Naofa

Clochar Na Trocaire, Port Lairge

Waterford

18689T

Urban

Our lady of Mercy Snr Primery

Military Rd, Waterford

Waterford

19947U

Urban

Mount Sion Cbs N S

Barrack Street, Waterford

Waterford

19953P

Urban

St Marys NS

Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Waterford

19955T

Urban

S N Na Toirbhirte

Clocar Na Toirbhirte, Waterford

Waterford

20219R

Urban

St Pauls B N S

Lisduggan, Waterford

Waterford

20073P

Urban

St Marys NS

Gracepark Rd, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

20188J

Urban

Mullingar Educate Together

Mullingar Rugby Club, Cullion, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Westmeath

03633H

Urban

S N Bun Cloidi B

Bun Cloidi, Co Loch Gorman

Wexford

11361T

Urban

St John of God

The Faythe, Co Wexford

Wexford

11986N

Urban

Convent Of Mercy

Pairc An Chinneideach, Loch Garman

Wexford

12372G

Urban

Michael St N S

Michael St, New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

16741I

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

17457Q

Urban

St. Josephs

New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

02276E

Urban

An T Inbhear Mor B N S

Arklow, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

16591P

Urban

Newtownmountkennedy Con

Newtownmountkennedy, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

18732R

Urban

Naomh Seosamh BNS

Newtownmountkennedy, Greystones, Co Wiclow

Wicklow

19508R

Urban

St Fergals Junior NS

Ballywaltrim, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

19654F

Urban

St Fergals Senior NS

Ballywaltrim, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

Roll No.

Rural

School Name

Address

County

17096K

Rural

S N Nmh Fhingin

Garryhill, Muinebheag, Co Carlow

Carlow

17127S

Rural

St Josephs NS

Hacketstown, Co Carlow

Carlow

17555Q

Rural

Scoil Naomh Abban

Crettyard, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

18265M

Rural

Bhride N S

Ard Duach, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

01356U

Rural

Kilnaleck Mixed N S

Kilnaleck, Co Cavan

Cavan

06998Q

Rural

S N Tulach A Mhile

Corlough, Belturbet, Co Cavan

Cavan

08143P

Rural

S N Mhuire

Muileann Iarainn, Swanlinbar, Co Cavan

Cavan

14339S

Rural

Achad An Measa

S N Achadh Easa, Achadh Easa, An Chorr Dubh, Co Cabhan

Cavan

17479D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Lacken, Ballinagh, Co Cavan

Cavan

19363R

Rural

Mullahoran Central N S

Kilcogy, Via Longford, Co Cavan

Cavan

03928D

Rural

Mullach N S

Mullach, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

08241P

Rural

Scropul NS

Mullagh, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

10191P

Rural

S N Na Coradh

Mullach, Inis, Co Clare

Clare

12848G

Rural

Doonaha N S

Kilkee, Co Clare

Clare

15221A

Rural

Annagh N S

Miltown Malbay, Co Clare

Clare

15968I

Rural

Baltard N S

Baltard, Doonbeg, Kilrush, Co Clare

Clare

16359L

Rural

Ennistymon Convent N S

Ennistymon, Co Clare

Clare

16870T

Rural

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Ennistymon, Co Clare

Clare

17020A

Rural

Quilty NS

Quilty, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

20078C

Rural

SN Realt Na Mara

Chapel St, Kilkee, Co Clare

Clare

04268P

Rural

Clochar Na Toirbhirte, Doneraile

Co Cork

Cork

07101R

Rural

Inchiclough N S

Bantry, Co Cork

Cork

09815U

Rural

Tullaslease Mixed N S

Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

11262R

Rural

Druimne N S

Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

13543M

Rural

Derrinacahara N S

Dunmanway, Co Cork

Cork

13976U

Rural

St Matthias N S

Church Road, Ballydehob, Co Cork

Cork

14065H

Rural

Sherkin Island N S

Baltimore, Co Cork

Cork

14227H

Rural

Kilcoe NS

Skibbereen, Co Cork

Cork

14303U

Rural

S N Cleire

Oilean Chleire, An Sciobairin, Co Chorcai

Cork

17011W

Rural

Mocomhog N S

Cappaboy, Kealkil, Bantry, Co Cork

Cork

17112F

Rural

Ballyhea N S

Ballyhea, Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

17281F

Rural

Togher N S

Dunmanway, Co Cork

Cork

19501D

Rural

Cahermore New Central S

Cahermore, Co Cork

Cork

19507P

Rural

Scoil Chaitigheirn

Na Haorai, Beanntrai, Co Chorcai

Cork

19525R

Rural

Mhichil Naofa

Ballinakilla, Bere Island, Bantry, Co Cork

Cork

19989N

Rural

Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire

Cill Na Mullach, Co Chorcai

Cork

20004T

Rural

Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa

Co. Cork.

Cork

20049S

Rural

Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour N S

Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

Cork

01733B

Rural

Ardara Mixed N S

Ardara, Co Donegal

Donegal

03294L

Rural

Scoil Chaiseal Na gCorr

Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na nGall

Donegal

04809A

Rural

Scoil An Aingil Choimheadai

An Cheididh, Burtonport, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

05164I

Rural

Scoil Naomh Cholmcille

Oilean Thorai, An Bhun Bhig, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

07143K

Rural

Monreagh N S

Monreagh, Carrigans Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

07626H

Rural

S N An Iorball Riabaigh

Baile Ui Ghormain, Lethbhearr, Tir Chonaill

Donegal

09748I

Rural

Glenmaquin No 2 N S

Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

10062E

Rural

Creeslough N S

Creeslough, Co Donegal

Donegal

13563S

Rural

S N Chill Coinnigh

Cill Choinnigh, Glenties, Co Donegal

Donegal

13755E

Rural

Gartan N S

Gartan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

14194S

Rural

Scoil Cholmcille

An Tearmann, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

14502D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire B&C

Doire Beaga, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

14631O

Rural

Scoil Cholmchille

Malin, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

14704P

Rural

Murroe National School

Murroe, Dunfanahy, Co Donegal

Donegal

15208I

Rural

S N Na Sraithe Moire

Min A Labain, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

15532R

Rural

Croaghross N S

Portsalon, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

15554E

Rural

Gortnacart N S

Gortnacart, Ardara, Co Donegal

Donegal

15729N

Rural

Rathmullen N S

Rathmullen, Co Donegal

Donegal

15955W

Rural

SN Arainn Mhor I

Arainn Mor, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16138S

Rural

Raphoe Central N S

Raphoe, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

16142J

Rural

S N Min Na Manrach

An Clochan Liath, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16279N

Rural

Scoil Choluim

Ballyheerin, Fanad, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16349I

Rural

S N An Droim Mor

An Droim Mor, Killygordon, Co Donegal

Donegal

16375J

Rural

Frosses N S

Frosses, Inver, Co Donegal

Donegal

16384K

Rural

SN Arainn Mhor II

Arainn Mhor, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16471F

Rural

St Davadogs N S

Tamney, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16603T

Rural

S N An Chillin

An Cillin, Inver, Co Donegal

Donegal

16671N

Rural

Cnoc Na Niamh

Gortahork, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16820E

Rural

SN Baile Nua An Phobail

Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal

Donegal

16823K

Rural

Min A Ghabhann N S

Lettermacaward, Donegal

Donegal

16829W

Rural

S N Loch An Iubhair

Anagaire, Leitir Ceanainn, Tir Chonaill

Donegal

16836T

Rural

Naomh Bridhid

Glenmakee, Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

16837V

Rural

S N Duchoraidh

Duchoraidh, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16850N

Rural

St Garvan’s NS

Drum Halla, Rathmaolain, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16880W

Rural

Craigtown NS

Craigtown, Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

16995Q

Rural

S N Naomh Colmchille

Drumoghill NS, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

17018N

Rural

Scoil Phadraig

Dobhar, An Bun Beag, Leitirceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17130H

Rural

Scoil Naomh Dubhthach

Machaire Ui Rabhartaigh, Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17328F

Rural

Scoil Roisin

An Clochan Liath, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17447N

Rural

S N Crannaighe Buidhe

Crannog Bui, Ardara, Co Donegal

Donegal

17469A

Rural

Scoil Colm Cille

Ballindrait, Lifford, Co. Donegal

Donegal

17503U

Rural

S N Adhamhnain

Luinneach, Doiri Beaga, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17549V

Rural

S N Ceathru Caol

Kerrykeel, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17552K

Rural

Scoil Bhrighde

Porthall, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17553M

Rural

S N Taodhbhog

An Clochan, Leifearr, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17564R

Rural

S N An Choimin

Clochan, Leithbhearr, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17598L

Rural

SN An Leinbh Iosa

Coxtown, Carrigans, Co Donegal

Donegal

17704H

Rural

S N Fhionnain

Baile Chonaill, An Falcarrach, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17716O

Rural

St Riaghans

Drimnacrosh, Kilraine PO, Co Donegal

Donegal

17721H

Rural

Scoil Treasa Naofa

Malainn, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17729A

Rural

Scoil Naomh Proinnseas

Magherabeg, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Donegal

17822N

Rural

Scoil Bhrighde

Min A Chladhaigh, Gort A Choirce, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17828C

Rural

Scoil Adhamhnain

Rathbhoth, Leithbhearr, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17837D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Pettigo, Co Donegal

Donegal

18086M

Rural

Dunfanaghy N S

Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

Donegal

18114O

Rural

S N Naomh Eighneach

Diseart Eighnigh, Buncrannach, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

18131O

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Ard Aratha, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

18151U

Rural

S N Mhuire

Baile An Ngalloglach, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

18219F

Rural

SN Chonaill

Machaire Chlochair, Bun Beag, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18241V

Rural

Scoil Cholmcille

Ramilton, Co Donegal

Donegal

18250W

Rural

S N Baile Mor

Dunfanaghy PO, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

18286U

Rural

S N Na Hacrai

Ailt An Chorrain, Leitirceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18295V

Rural

S N Min An Aoire

An Charraig, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18371L

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

An Craosloch, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

18421A

Rural

SN Dun Ceannfhaolaidh

Dun Ceannfhaolaidh, Co Donegal

Donegal

18446Q

Rural

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

Ceann Mhalanna, Ballygorman Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

18517N

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Dristearnain, Gleneely Po Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

18611F

Rural

S N Na Carraige

Dun Na Ngall, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18652T

Rural

Scoil an Chaisil

Caisil, Glenn Cholmcille, Co Donegal

Donegal

18710H

Rural

SN Na Croise Naofa

Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

Donegal

18766L

Rural

Scoil Cholmcille

Dubhlin Riabach, Carraig Airt, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19009W

Rural

Craanford N S

Craanford, Co Donegal

Donegal

19228L

Rural

S N Naomh Brid

Na Dunaibh, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19252I

Rural

S N Umlach

Carrigart, Co Donegal

Donegal

19310T

Rural

Scoil Naomh Earnan

Baile An Tsratha, Co Donegal

Donegal

19343L

Rural

S N Dhubhthaigh

Anagaire, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19491D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Rathmealltain, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19518U

Rural

S N Naomh Baoithin

Sc Naomh Baoithin, St Johnston, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

19614Q

Rural

Naomh Bodain

Culdaff, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

19685Q

Rural

Scoil Chartha Naofa

Chill Chartha, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19756N

Rural

St Conals NS

Narin, Portnoo, Co Donegal

Donegal

19912B

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Glenties, Co Donegal

Donegal

19693P

Rural

Mary Queen Of Ireland N S

Toberburr, Co Dublin

Dublin

09833W

Rural

S N Leitirgeis

Leitirgeis N S, Rinn An Mhaoil, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

10591I

Rural

S N An Ard Mhoir

Carna, Conamara, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

11261P

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

An Tuairin, Beal An Daingin, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

11290W

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Camas, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

11373D

Rural

S N Mhuire

Turlach Beag, Rosmuc, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

12502Q

Rural

S N Eanna

Roundstone, Co Galway

Galway

13174H

Rural

St Columbas N.S.

Inishturk, Co Galway

Galway

13416F

Rural

S N Leitir Meallain

Leitir Meallain, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

13528Q

Rural

SN Oilean Droim

Leitir Mor, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

13621G

Rural

S N Muire

Letterfrack, Co Galway

Galway

13699U

Rural

S N Colmcille

Lettermore, Co Galway

Galway

13821O

Rural

SN na Naomh Uile

Cleggan, Co Galway

Galway

13927H

Rural

Inishbofin N S

Inishbofin, Co Galway

Galway

13951E

Rural

S N Leitir Mucu

Camas, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

13952G

Rural

S N Bhride

Leitir Caladh, Lettermore, Co Galway

Galway

14420B

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig

Tully, Renvyle, Co Galway

Galway

14421D

Rural

S N Ard

Aird Thiar, Carna, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

14724V

Rural

Scoil Ronain

Oilean Tra Bhan, Leitir Mor, Gaillimh

Galway

16982H

Rural

S N Ath Eascrach Chuain

Beal Atha Na Sluagh, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17095I

Rural

S N Na Cealltraighe

Kinclare, Cealltrach Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Galway

17289V

Rural

S N Caomhain

Inis Oirthir, Arainn, Gaillimh

Galway

17463L

Rural

S N Briocain

An Gort Mor, Rosmuc, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17488E

Rural

SN An Aill Bhreach

Baile Conaola, Connamara, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17574U

Rural

S N Naomh Ciarain

Cill Chiarain, Conamara, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17655U

Rural

S N Caladh Na Muc

Ros Cathail, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17660N

Rural

S N Naomh Treasa

Caiseal, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17689O

Rural

S N Tir An Fhiaidh

Leitir Mor, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17770U

Rural

S N Naomh Colmain

Carna, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18121L

Rural

S N Mhuire

Carna, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18211M

Rural

S N Ciarain Naofa

Cill Liathan Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Galway

18441G

Rural

Scoil Naomh Chuan

Cill Iomair, Beal Atha Na Sluagh, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18514H

Rural

S N Choilm Chille

Baile Na Habhann, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18608Q

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Cladach Dubh, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

19290Q

Rural

Ballyconeely N S

Clifden, Co Galway

Galway

19818J

Rural

Creggs Central N S

Creegs, Via Roscommon, Co Galway

Galway

19932H

Rural

SN Mhic Dara

An Ceathru Rua, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

19973V

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Clifden, Co Galway

Galway

05348S

Rural

Scoil Eoin

Tahilla, Sneem, Co. Kerry

Kerry

08251S

Rural

Scoil Naomh Micheal

Sneem, Co Kerry

Kerry

08687J

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Na Corra, Cathair Saibhin, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

11419B

Rural

Scoil Bhreanainn

Portmagee, Co Kerry

Kerry

12820H

Rural

Scoil Realt Na Mara

Cromane, Killorglin, Co Kerry

Kerry

12875J

Rural

Douglas National School

Killorglin, Co Kerry

Kerry

13233U

Rural

S N Naomh Ioseph

Doon Road, Ballybunion, Co Kerry

Kerry

13542K

Rural

Cahirciveen Convent

Cahirciveen, Co Kerry

Kerry

15978L

Rural

Curraheen Mxd N S

Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

Kerry

16456J

Rural

Scoil Naisiunta Eirc

Baile An Mhoraigh, Baile Na Ngall, Tra Li, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

16702V

Rural

Sc Mhuire Na Mbraithre

Caherciveen, Co Kerry

Kerry

16744O

Rural

Boheshill Mxd

Glencar, Co Kerry

Kerry

16851P

Rural

Ballybunion B N S

Ballybunion, Co Kerry

Kerry

17161S

Rural

Kiltallagh N S

Kiltallagh, Castlemaine, Co Kerry

Kerry

17915U

Rural

Freastogail Mhuire Mxd

Killahan, Abbeydorney, Co Kerry

Kerry

18283O

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Sc Mhuire BroSNach, Tra Li, Co Ciarrai

Kerry

18414D

Rural

S N Gleann Beithe

Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

Kerry

19483E

Rural

S N Dar Earca

Ballyhearney, Valentia, Co Kerry

Kerry

19805A

Rural

Ballyduff Central

Ballyduff, Tralee, Co Kerry

Kerry

13165G

Rural

Kilberry N S

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

18449W

Rural

St Conleths N S

Derrinturn, Carbury, Co. Kildare

Kildare

19425N

Rural

Ballyroe Central N S

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

16311G

Rural

Graig Na Manach Buac

Graigenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

17224Q

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Graigenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

17692D

Rural

Sraid Bhaile Boys N S

Sraid Bhaile, Co Laois

Laois

14898I

Rural

Drumeela N S

Carrigallen Po, Co Leitrim, Via Cavan

Leitrim

15116D

Rural

Ardvarney Mxd N S

Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

16474L

Rural

Carrigallen N S

Carrigallen, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

16951T

Rural

S N Na Craoibheleithe

Drumkeeran, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

17125O

Rural

Differeen N S

Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

18139H

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig

Tearmon Spencer Harbour, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

18741S

Rural

Faitima N S

Cluana, Carrick On Shannon, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

19365V

Rural

Achadh Na Sileann

Achadh Na Sileann, Cora Droma Ruisc, Co Liatroma

Leitrim

20203C

Rural

S N Naomh Sheosamh

Mohill, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

14305B

Rural

Ballylanders NS

Ballylanders, Kilmallock, Co Limerick

Limerick

16713D

Rural

Scoil Na Mbraithre, Doon, Co Limerick

Limerick

17065W

Rural

Cappaghmore B N S

Cappamore, Co Limerick

Limerick

17293M

Rural

Scoil Ioseph Naofa

Ballyorgan, Kilfinane, Co Luimni

Limerick

17593B

Rural

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

Cnoc Ui Coileain, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

Limerick

05115S

Rural

S N An Leana Mor

An Leana Mor, Co Longford

Longford

13320P

Rural

Fermoyle Mixed N S

Fermoyle, Lanesboro, Co Longford

Longford

16665S

Rural

St Marys Mixed N S

Drumlish, Longford, Co Longford

Longford

19279F

Rural

S N Naomh Treasa

Clontumpher, Ballinalee, Co Longford

Longford

20124G

Rural

St Marys N.S

Edgeworthstown, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford

Longford

20128O

Rural

St Matthews Mixed N.S

Ballymahon, Co Longford

Longford

18001B

Rural

S N Naomh Lorcan

Omeath, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

04796R

Rural

Brackloon N.S.

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

05120L

Rural

Lehinch N S

Hollymount, Co Mayo

Mayo

06852L

Rural

Garracloon N S

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

11582M

Rural

S N Deirble

Beal Dearg, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

11725I

Rural

Beheymore N S

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

12373I

Rural

S N Eachleime

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

12569C

Rural

S N Ros Dumhach

Beal Atha An Fheadha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

13222P

Rural

SN Gleann A Chaisil

Bun Na Habhna, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

13225V

Rural

Cormaic Nfa

Garranard P O, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

13383Q

Rural

S N An Tsraith

Bun Na Habhann, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

13555T

Rural

S N Faitche

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

13667H

Rural

SN Muine Chonallain

Beal An Atha, Co Mayo

Mayo

13684H

Rural

Beannchor N S

Bangor, Erris, Co Mayo

Mayo

13758K

Rural

Templemary N S

Templemary NS, Killala, Co Mayo

Mayo

13781F

Rural

Breaffy N S

Castlebar, Co Mayo

Mayo

13882L

Rural

S N Gleann Na Muaidhe

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14064F

Rural

S N Coill An Bhaile

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

14188A

Rural

Barnatra N S

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

14193Q

Rural

S N Dubh Thuama

Gaoth Saile, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14258S

Rural

Cill Mhor Iorrais

Beal An Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14290O

Rural

Scoil Naomh Brid

Ballycastle, Co Mayo

Mayo

14418O

Rural

Bofield Mixed N S

Attymass, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

14671D

Rural

S N Na Craobhaighe

Carrowmore-Lacken, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

14863M

Rural

Achill Sound Convent NS

Achill Sound, Co Mayo

Mayo

14866S

Rural

SN Beal A Bhulain

Bun An Chorraigh, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14873P

Rural

Dookinella N.S.

Keel, Achill, Co Mayo

Mayo

15014S

Rural

Corclough NS

Corchloch, Beal An Mhuirthid, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

15030Q

Rural

St Marys N S

Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo

Mayo

15032U

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Ceathru Thaidgh, Beal Atha An Fheadha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

15113U

Rural

S N Sheamais

Barnacogue, Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

15539I

Rural

St JohNS NS

Lugboy, Claremorris, Co Mayo

Mayo

15866A

Rural

Carrakennedy N S

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

16052I

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig Saile

Gob A Choire, Acaill, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16113C

Rural

SN Thoin na Gaoithe

Thoin na Gaoithe, Cathair na Mart, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16122D

Rural

Knock N S

Claremorris, Co Mayo

Mayo

16173U

Rural

Kinaffe N S

Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

16283E

Rural

S N Pol A Tsomais

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16289Q

Rural

St Johns NS

Carramore, Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

16295L

Rural

Currane NS

Gobachoire, Co Mhaigh Eo, Mayo

16379R

Rural

Valley N S

Dugort, Achill, Co Mayo

Mayo

16618J

Rural

Myna N S

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

16811D

Rural

Killala N S

Killala, Co Mayo

Mayo

16904K

Rural

S N Lainn Cille

Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

17129W

Rural

St Patricks NS

Rath Na mBeach, Crossmolina, Co Mayo

Mayo

17176I

Rural

S N Realt Na Mara

Mulranny, Co Mayo

Mayo

17321O

Rural

S N An Coill Mhor

Newport, Co Mayo

Mayo

17483R

Rural

Carraholly N S

Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

17532E

Rural

S N Druim Slaod

Baile Cruaich, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

17562N

Rural

SN Oilean Eadaigh

Caislean A Bharraigh, Co Mayo

Mayo

17727T

Rural

SN Croi Muire

Beal An Mhuirthid, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

17923T

Rural

S N Beal An Mhuirthead

Beal An Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

18002D

Rural

Drumgallagh N S

Ballycro, Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

18082E

Rural

S N Dumhach

Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

18175L

Rural

S N Beannchair

Carrowmore, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

18594I

Rural

S N Achaidh An Ghlaisin

Beal An Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

18712L

Rural

S N Cnoc Ruscaighe

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

18754E

Rural

SN Naomh Seosamh

Bun An Chorraigh, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

18848N

Rural

S N Peadair Agus Pol

Straide, Foxford, Co Mayo

Mayo

19324H

Rural

S N Teaghlaigh Naofa

SN Teaghlaigh Naofa, Killeen, Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Mayo

19451O

Rural

Newport Central

Baile Ui Bhfiachain, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

19488O

Rural

Scoil Naomh Feichin

SN Ath Ti Mheasaigh, Beal Atha An Fheadha, Co Mhaigheo

Mayo

19776T

Rural

Geesala Central School

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

20037L

Rural

S N Padraig Naofa

Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Mayo

20217N

Rural

Mount Palmer NS

Kincon, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Mayo

18429Q

Rural

S N Mhuire

Cul Ronain, Baile Iomhair, Co Meath

Meath

00373P

Rural

Deravoy National School

Deravoy, Emyvale, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

10429W

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Rockcorry, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

18234B

Rural

Scoil Naomh Padraig

Eo-Dhruim, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

18482U

Rural

Mhuire Gransla

Leachtgallon, Cluain Eois, Co Muineachain

Monaghan

19362P

Rural

St Patricks NS

Clara, Killybrone, Emyvale, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

20055N

Rural

Gaelscoil Eois

Eanach Cille, An Chuil Darach, Co Mhuineachain

Monaghan

05913A

Rural

Kilcormac Convent N S

Kilcormac, Co Offaly

Offaly

12343W

Rural

Shinrone Mixed N S

Shinrone, Co Offaly

Offaly

17069H

Rural

S N Muire Naofa

Pollach, Rahan, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

17359Q

Rural

St Cormacs N S

Kilcormac, Co Offaly

Offaly

20068W

Rural

St Marys National School

Cloghan, Birr, Co Offaly

Offaly

01866U

Rural

Ballyforan Mixed N S

Ballinasloe, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

02327S

Rural

Mantua N S

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

07455G

Rural

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal

Ballygar, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

12767G

Rural

S N Ronain Naofa

Cloonloo, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

13047A

Rural

S N Lios A Cuill M

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

15255R

Rural

Don N S

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

15425Q

Rural

Fairymount NS

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

15543W

Rural

Tibohine N S

Castlerea, Roscommon

Roscommon

15664L

Rural

Granlahan G N S

Ballinlough, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

17266J

Rural

Ballanagare N S

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

17748E

Rural

S N Padraig Naofa

Dungar, Caisleain Riabhach, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

18165I

Rural

Tisrara National School

Tigh Srathra, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

18536R

Rural

S N Mhuire Lourdes

Loch Glinne, Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

18543O

Rural

S N Clochog

Castlebaldwin, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

19651W

Rural

Carracastle Central NS

Carracastle, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

19809I

Rural

Abbeycarton NS

Elphin, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

03924S

Rural

Owenbeg N S

Owenbeg P O, Ballina, Co Sligo

Sligo

12140I

Rural

Culleens N S

Culleens, Co Sligo

Sligo

13242V

Rural

Castlerock N S

Aclare, Co Sligo

Sligo

13944H

Rural

S N Naomh Atrachta

Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co Sligo

Sligo

16793E

Rural

Mary Immaculate NS

Collooney, Co Sligo

Sligo

17718S

Rural

S N Seosamh Naofa

Cul Mhaoile, Sligo

Sligo

18298E

Rural

S N Cul Fada

Cul Fada, Ballymote, Co Sligo

Sligo

19392B

Rural

Scoil Naomh Aodain

Scoil Aodain, Mainistir Readhain, Co Shligigh

Sligo

19688W

Rural

Dromore West Central

Dromore West, Sligo

Sligo

20113B

Rural

Scoil Croi Naofa

Bunninadden, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Sligo

13210I

Rural

St Josephs National School

Ballingarry, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

14791N

Rural

Cappawhite N S

Cappawhite, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

15299O

Rural

Gaile N S

Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

15362S

Rural

S N Michil Naofa

Mullinahone, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

17498H

Rural

S N Naomh Sheosamh

Toomevara, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

17665A

Rural

S N Gleann Guail

Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

18343G

Rural

S N Chaoimhghin

Baile Dhaith (Littleton), Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

19356U

Rural

Killenaule N S

Killenaule, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

18077L

Rural

S N Cnoc Machan

Bun Machan, Co Waterford

Waterford

01731U

Rural

Ballynacargy Mixed N S

Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

17991N

Rural

Eoin Naofa N S

Ballymore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

18591C

Rural

Naomh Tomas N S

Rathowen, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

06959G

Rural

Clonroche N S

Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

14668O

Rural

Ballaghkeene N S

Ballaghkeene, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

17117P

Rural

S N Cul Greine

Coolgreany, Gorey, Co Wexford

Wexford

17194K

Rural

S N Baile Ui Coileain

Ballycullane, New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

17443F

Rural

S N Fionntain

Taghmon, Co Wexford

Wexford

17638U

Rural

S N Nmh Seosaimh

Dunard, Poll Na Peiste, Cluain Na Roistigh, Co Loch Gorman

Wexford

17707N

Rural

S N Rath An Iubhair

Rath An Iubhair, Iniscortaigh, Co Loch Gorman

Wexford

17734Q

Rural

S N Gallbhaile

Ballyhogue, Gallbhaile, Inis Corthaidh, Co Loch Garman

Wexford

17769M

Rural

S N Mhuire

Tagoat, Co Wexford

Wexford

17841R

Rural

SN Mhuire

Ballyhogue, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

19352M

Rural

Sc Nais Realta Na Mara

An Chill Mhor, Co Loch Garman

Wexford

00984V

Rural

Glenealy 1 N S

Glenealy, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

16874E

Rural

S N Naomh Iosef G

Rathnew, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

17669I

Rural

S N Treasa Naomha

Cill Teagain, Co Cille Manntain

Wicklow

18962L

Rural

St Ernans B N S

Rathnew, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

Roll No.

Name

Address

County

70420R

Carlow Vocational School

Kilkenny Road, Carlow

Carlow

70430U

Vocational School Muine Beag

Muine Bheag, Carlow

Carlow

70360C

St. Mogue’s College

Bawnboy, Co Cavan

Cavan

70380I

Cavan Vocational School

Cootehill Rd, Cavan

Cavan

70830N

Ennis Community College

Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

91448K

Kilrush Community School

Kilrush, Co Clare

Clare

62530F

North Monastery Secondary School

Our Lady’s Mount, North Monastery Road, Cork

Cork

62540I

Deerpark C.B.S.

St Patrick’s Road, Cork

Cork

70910L

St. Brogan’s College

Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co Cork

Cork

70970G

Cobh Community College

Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co Cork

Cork

70990M

Coláiste an Chraoibhin

Duntaheen Road, Fermoy, Co Cork

Cork

71020G

Davis College

Annabella, Mallow, Co Cork

Cork

71030J

McEgan College

Macroom, Co Cork

Cork

71040M

St Fanahan’s College

Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Cork

71050P

St Colman’s Community College

Youghal Road, Midleton, Co Cork

Cork

71080B

Mannix College

Charleville, Co Cork

Cork

71090E

Rossa College

Skibbereen, Co Cork

Cork

71123Q

Terence Mac Swiney Community College

Hollyhill, Knocknaheeny, Cork

Cork

76067L

Colaiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire

Cill na Mullach, Co Cork

Cork

91397T

Bishopstown Community School

Bishopstown, Co Cork

Cork

91400F

Mayfield Community School

Old Youghal Road, Cork

Cork

62621I

North Presentation

Farranree, Cork City

Cork City

62650P

Ursuline Secondary School

Blackrock, Cork City

Cork City

62730N

St Patricks College

Gardiner’s Hill, Cork City

Cork City

71110H

Nagle Community College

Mahon, Cork City

Cork City

62770C

Scoil Mhuire

St. Oran’s Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal

Donegal

71140Q

Crana College

Crana Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal

Donegal

71200I

Letterkenny Vocational School

Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

71220O

Mulroy College

Milford, Co Donegal

Donegal

71230R

Deele College

Raphoe, Co Donegal

Donegal

71240U

Vocational School

Main Street, Stranorlar, Co Donegal

Donegal

71242B

Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh

Béal an Átha Móir, Co Dhun na nGall

Donegal

71244F

Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada

An Leadhbgarbh, Co Dhun na nGall

Donegal

76084L

Moville Community College

Carrownaff, Moville, Co Donegal

Donegal

81011L

The Royal and Prior School

Raphoe, Co Donegal

Donegal

91406R

Carndonagh Community School

Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

91407T

Rosses Community School

Dungloe, Co Donegal

Donegal

60440R

O’Connell School

North Richmond Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

60853T

Mount Carmel Secondary School

Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

76077O

Larkin Community College

1 Champions Avenue, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

60490J

C.B.S. Westland Row

Westland Row, Dublin 2

Dublin 02

60390F

St Josephs C.B.S.

Merville Ave, Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

70250S

Marino College

14-20 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

60500J

Marian College

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

70200D

Technical Institute

Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

60471F

St. David’s C.B.S.

Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

60550B

Chanel College

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

60871V

Mercy College Coolock

St Brendans Drive, Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

60430O

St Pauls C.B.S.

Christian Brothers, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

60843Q

St Josephs Secondary School

Stanhope St, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

70150O

Coláiste Éanna

Kilkieran Road, Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

60410I

C.B.S. James Street

James’s Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60470D

Christian Brothers

Synge St, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60792C

Presentation College

Warrenmount, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60872A

Mercy Secondary School

Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60400F

St Vincents C.B.S.

Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

70310K

Plunkett College

Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

70321P

Margaret Aylward Community College

The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

81017A

Trinity Comprehensive School

Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

91344V

Rosmini Community School

Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

60510M

St Johns College De La Salle

Le Fanu Rd, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

60720A

Saint Dominic’s Secondary School

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

60732H

Caritas College

Drumfinn Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

70240P

Kylemore College

Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

60511O

Beneavin De La Salle College

Beneavin Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60571J

Patrician College

Deanstown Ave, Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60581M

St Kevins CBS

Ballygall Road East, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60741I

St Michaels Secondary School

Wellmount Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60852R

Mater Christi

Cappagh, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

70180A

Coláiste Eoin

Cappagh Road, Fingals, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60800V

Loreto College

Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

60841M

Rosary College

Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

60990G

Meanscoil Chroimghlinne

314/318 Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

60991I

Our Lady Of Mercy Secondary School

Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

70130I

Greenhills College

Limekiln Avenue, Greenhills, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

70160R

St. Kevins College

Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

70020B

Grange Community College

Grange Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13

Dublin 13

91318U

The Donahies Community School

Streamville Road, Dublin 13

Dublin 13

70081V

Riversdale Community College

Blanchardstown Rd North, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

91316Q

Blakestown Community School

Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

91305L

Ballinteer Community School

Ballinteer, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

91343T

St. Tiernan’s Community School

Parkvale, Balally, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

70330Q

Coláiste Dhúlaigh

Barryscourt Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

60262T

St Laurence College

Loughlinstown, Dublin 18

Dublin 18

91302F

Phobailscoil Iosolde

Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Dublin 20

70040H

Deansrath Community College

New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

70041J

Collinstown Park Community College

Neilstown Rd., Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

70042L

St. Kevin’s Community College

Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

70141N

Jobstown Community College

Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

91335U

Tallaght Community School

Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

91337B

Killinarden Community School

Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

91338D

St Aidan’s Community School

Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

60343T

St Joseph’s Secondary School

Convent Lane, Rush, Co Dublin

Dublin County

70010V

Balbriggan Community College

Pine Ridge, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Dublin County

70120F

St Finians Community College

Swords, Co Dublin

Dublin County

91310E

Cabinteely Community School

Cabinteely, Co Dublin

Dublin County

91330K

Holy Child Community School

Pearse St, Sallynoggin, Co Dublin

Dublin County

62981P

Colaiste Einde

Threadneedle Rd, Galway

Galway

63000E

Presentation Secondary School

Presentation Rd, Galway

Galway

63060W

Scoil Áine

Mainistir Na Coille Moire, Kylemore, Co Galway

Galway

63140U

St Patrick’s College

Dublin Road, Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

71250A

Colaiste Cholmcille

Indreabhán, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

71380N

Gairmscoil na bPiarsach

Ros Muc, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

71390Q

Tuam Vocational School

Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

71400Q

Galway Community College

Wellpark, Galway

Galway

81012N

Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin

An Cheathrú Rua, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

91411K

Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara

Carna, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

91412M

Scoil Phobail

Clifden, Co Galway

Galway

70450D

Killarney Community College

New Road, Killarney, Co Kerry

Kerry

70460G

Community College

Killorglin, Co Kerry

Kerry

70500P

Listowel Community College

Listowel, Co Kerry

Kerry

70540E

Causeway Comprehensive School

Causeway, Co Kerry

Kerry

70550H

Tralee Community College

Clash, Tralee, Co Kerry

Kerry

61700W

St Joseph’s Acadamy

Kildare Town, Co Kildare

Kildare

61702D

St Pauls Secondary School

Monasterevin, Co Kildare

Kildare

70650L

Athy Community College

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

70660O

Curragh Post-Primary School

McSwiney Road, Curragh, Co Kildare

Kildare

70680U

St Conleth’s Vocational School

Station Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare

Kildare

70690A

Vocational School / Kildare College of Further Studies

Kildare Town

Kildare

70710D

St Patrick’s Community College

Limerick Road, Naas, Co Kildare

Kildare

70720G

St Farnan’s Post Primary School

Prosperous, Naas, Co Kildare

Kildare

70730J

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

Rathangan, Co Kildare

Kildare

70590T

Duiske College

Graignamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70600T

Coláiste Mhuire

Johnstown, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70610W

City Vocational School

New Street, Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70620C

Coláiste Cois Siúire

Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70640I

Grennan College

Ladywell St, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

71490U

St. Aengus Post-Primary

Limerick Road, Mountrath, Co Laois

Laois

71510A

Portlaoise Vocational School

Railway Street, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Laois

64200R

Colaiste Mhichil

Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

64250J

Presentation Secondary School

Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

64280S

Salesian Secondary School

Fernbank, Limerick

Limerick

64290V

Ardscoil Mhuire

Corbally, Limerick

Limerick

71790J

Desmond College

Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co Limerick

Limerick

71810M

Coláiste Pobail Mhichíl

Cappamore, Limerick

Limerick

71840V

Colaiste Chiarain

Croom, Co Limerick

Limerick

71870H

Abbeyfeale Vocational School

Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

Limerick

71920T

St Nessan’s Community College

Moylish Park, Limerick

Limerick

76070A

Coláiste Ióasef

Kilmallock, Co Limerick

Limerick

91446G

St Endas Community School

Kilmallock Rd, Limerick

Limerick

71690F

Ballymahon Vocational School

Ballymahon, >Co Longford

Longford

71710I

Ardscoil Phadraig

Granard, Co Longford

Longford

71720L

Lanesboro Community College

Lanesboro, Co Longford

Longford

71730O

Templemichael College

Templemichael, Longford

Longford

71750U

Bush Post Primary School

Riverstown, Co Louth

Louth

71761C

St Oliver’s Community College

Rathmullen, Co Louth

Louth

71770D

Ó Fiaich College

Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

71780G

Scoil Ui Mhuiri

Barn Road, Dunleer, Co Louth

Louth

91441T

Ardee Community School

Ardee, Co Louth

Louth

64690O

Scoil Muire Agus Padraig

Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

72020L

Moyne College

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

72050U

St. Brendan’s College

Belmullet, Co Mayo

Mayo

72070D

McHale College

Achill, Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

72100J

St. Tiernan’s College

Crossmolina, Co Mayo

Mayo

72140V

Colaiste Chomain

Rossport, Co Mayo

Mayo

72160E

Vocational School

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

76060U

Davitt College

Springfield, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Mayo

71970L

St. Fintinas Post Primary School

Longwood, Enfield, Co Meath

Meath

71980O

O’Carolan College

Nobber, Co Meath

Meath

72010I

Beaufort College

Trim Rd, Navan, Co Meath

Meath

91508C

Boyne Community College

Trim, Co Meath

Meath

72171J

Largy College

Clones, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72180K

Inver College

Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72190N

Castleblayney College

Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72210Q

Beech Hill College

Monaghan, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72530L

Ard Scoil Chiarain Naofa

Frederick St, Clara, Co Offaly

Offaly

72540O

Oaklands Community College

Sr. Senan Avenue, Edenderry, Co Offaly

Offaly

72560U

Tullamore College

Riverside, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

72290R

Roscommon Vocational School

Lisnamult, Roscommon Town

Roscommon

72300R

Corran College

Ballymote, Co Sligo

Sligo

72320A

Coláiste Iascaigh

Easkey, Co Sligo

Sligo

72340G

Gurteen Vocational School

Gurteen, Co Sligo

Sligo

72360M

Ballinode College

Ballinode, Co Sligo

Sligo

65350S

Patrician Presentation

Rocklow Rd, Fethard, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72400V

Vocational School

Carrick-On-Suir, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72420E

Clonmel Vocational School

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72430H

Scoil Ruain

Killenaule, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72450N

St Joseph’s College

Newport, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72480W

St. Alibe’s School

Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72490C

Vocational School

Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

64930I

C.B.S. Mount Sion

Barrack Street, Waterford

Waterford

64970U

Presentation Secondary School

Waterford

Waterford

72220T

Coláiste Chathail Naofa

Youghal Rd, Dungarvan, Waterford

Waterford

72241E

St Paul’s Community College

Browne’s Road, Waterford

Waterford

76066J

Meánscoil San Nioclás

Rinn O gCuanach, Co Port Lairge

Waterford

63191O

St Aloysius College

The Park, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71420W

Castlepollard Community College

Castlepollard, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71430C

Columba College

Killucan, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71450I

Mullingar Community College

Millmount Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71600B

Coláiste Abbain

Adamstown, Co Wexford

Wexford

71610E

Bridgetown Vocational College

Bridgetown, Co Wexford

Wexford

71620H

Vocational College Bunclody

Bunclody, Co Wexford

Wexford

71630K

Vocational School

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

71650Q

Kilmuckridge Vocational College

Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford

Wexford

71660T

New Ross Vocational College

New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

71680C

Wexford Vocational College

Westgate, Co Wexford

Wexford

91431Q

Ramsgrange Community School

Ramsgrange, Co Wexford

Wexford

70740M

Arklow Community College

Coolgreaney Rd, Arklow, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70770V

St Thomas’ Community College

Novara Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70800E

St Kevin’s Community College

Dunlavin, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70810H

Avondale Community College

Rathdrum, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70820K

Abbey Community College

Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

91376L

St. Killian’s Community School

Ballywaltrim, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

School Enrolments.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

91 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science the expected number of students, including the percentage increase, to enrol into secondary schools in September 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; the locations which can expect an increase in pupil enrolment based upon her contact with secondary schools; the provisions being made by the schools to facilitate the increase in students enrolling into secondary schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28484/07]

The information in the format requested by the Deputy is not readily available. The annual total of births in Ireland has been increasing since 1995. As a direct consequence of this, enrolments at Primary level have been increasing since 2001/02 and are projected to continue increasing for the foreseeable future. Inward migration is another factor pushing up enrolment at both primary and second level in recent years together with an underlying increase in participation — especially beyond the compulsory school-leaving age.

Taking all factors into account including some further growth in retention, continuing net inward migration and the long-term impact of rising numbers at primary level feeding through to second level, it is expected that total enrolment at second level will resume growth from its current low level of just around 330,000 (projection for 2006/07) to reach about 370,000 in 2015/16. It will increase further after 2015 as those born in the years of rising births from 1995-2004 will pass through second level in the period coming years.

Of course, the projected growth in enrolment at primary and second level will not be evenly spread across the country. Sharp differences in population growth, and even decline in some areas, are characteristic of many areas of the country. While the level of teaching resources can be adjusted to changes in enrolment through the staffing schedules in operation at primary and second level hard infrastructure such as buildings and other facilities are more difficult to plan for at a very local level. And where investment takes place it takes time to put these resources in place to meet additional and sometimes unexpected demand.

To deal with this increasing demand for school places, the Government is providing funding of €4.5 billion over the lifetime of the new National Development Plan (NDP). This will be the largest investment programme in schools in the history of the State and it will enable my Department to ensure that school places are available where needed as well as continuing to upgrade existing school facilities. This investment will allow my Department to continue the school building programme which commenced during the life time of the last NDP when well over €2.6 billion was invested in school development, delivering over 7,800 projects.

The budget for 2007 is the first year of the roll out of the new NDP. This funding will enable my Department to continue to provide modern school accommodation on an on-going basis, particularly in developing areas. This year alone around over €540 million will be spent on school building infrastructure with over 1,500 projects on my Department's school building programme. Construction in 2007 alone will deliver over 700 classrooms to provide permanent accommodation for over 17,500 pupils, mainly in developing areas.

Third Level Courses.

Mary Upton

Question:

92 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason is it necessary for medical colleges to charge overseas students to raise revenue at the expense of Irish students who are more qualified according to the CAO points system, which results in fewer Irish students studying medicine at a time when more Irish doctors are needed in the health service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28488/07]

James Bannon

Question:

352 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Education and Science the changes that will be made to the CAO system to increase places for Irish/EU medical students if the High Court challenge to the quota is successful; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28282/07]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 352 together.

The process of increasing the number of Irish/EU places in medicine in Ireland commenced in 2006 following the acceptance by the Government of the report entitled "Medical Education in Ireland A new Direction" published jointly by the Department of Health and Children and my Department. The report (the Fottrell Report) called for an increase in medicine places to 725 (from 305) over a four year period. This is being achieved through the provision of an additional 180 undergraduate places, and the introduction of a new programme of graduate entry to medicine which will provide 240 places. In the 2006/07 academic year, an additional 70 undergraduate places were provided amongst the five medical schools and 40 additional places were provided in the 2007/08 academic year. A further 35 places will be provided in 2008/09 and 2009/10.

In addition to increasing the number of undergraduate places, a programme of graduate entry to medicine has commenced in the current academic year with 60 new places created. A further 60 graduate places will be provided in the 2008/09 academic year and the graduate stream will grow to 240 places by 2010/2011. Generally, it is open to higher education institutions to enrol non-EU students and this is in keeping with the report on the Internationalisation of Irish Education Services accepted by the Government and published in 2004, and the OECD Review of Higher Education published in 2004. It is a matter for institutions to determine the fees charged. I am aware that there will be a reduction in non-Irish/EU medicine places in our medical schools as part of the process of increasing Irish/EU places.

I do not propose to comment on a case that is before the courts.

Psychological Service.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

93 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to her reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 53, 54 and 80 of 2 October 2007, if the 17% increase in funding for the service provided in the 2007 Estimates allowed some further expansion in the number of psychologists in 2007; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28466/07]

I can inform the Deputy that since NEPS was established, we have trebled the number of psychologists in the service. Notwithstanding this and as I have previously announced my Department is committed to increasing psychological service staffing further, so that by 2009 there will be 200 NEPS psychologists. To this end I can further inform the Deputy that my Department has been working, in conjunction with the Public Appointments Commission to recruit new psychologists from an existing panel to the service.

The number of psychologists as of April 2007 stood at 128 including 4 assigned to the National Behavioural Support Service and to the Further Education Service. Since then nine individuals have been appointed in this regard. This advance in numbers has been reduced somewhat by the effects of resignations and retirement and the complement in service currently stands at 134. Three further psychologists are due to join NEPS under this process between now and early January 2008.

The panel concerned is now exhausted and the Public Appointments Service has recently announced the commencement of a competition from which a new panel will be drawn to continue the recruitment process. The deadline for receipt of applications in this regard has now passed and work is proceeding on the short-listing of candidates for interview. It is envisaged that the process will be completed and panels formed by the end of next month allowing recruitment to re-commence early in 2008. My Department remains committed to the development of a strong and robust educational psychological service serving the needs of all primary and post-primary pupils.

Schools Building Projects.

James Reilly

Question:

94 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Science her plans to address the growing demand for second level school places in Swords, County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26023/07]

The Department has carried out an extensive study on educational requirements for Swords for the medium to long term. This study has been formalised and included in the "Draft Area Development Plan for North Dublin, East Meath and South Louth" which was published in January 2007. The Commission on School Accommodation has completed a public consultation process on foot of this draft Plan and is currently finalising its report which will also be published. The recommendations in the final Report will be used to inform capital investment decisions in the areas covered including Swords for the foreseeable future.

There is no doubt that additional post primary places will be needed in the coming years in the area concerned and the Department is already taking action under the Fingal School Model process to ensure that these will be delivered commensurate with the need. In the meantime, the Department is satisfied that, between them, the four existing post primary schools have adequate provision to cater for current demand.

Higher Education Grants.

Joe McHugh

Question:

95 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason a person (details supplied) is being penalised in relation to a grant application; if it is Government policy to penalise families who try to save money; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28395/07]

In relation to SSIA income, I want to assure the Deputy that the Government is determined to ensure that SSIA savers are treated fairly in the calculation of reckonable income under my Department's maintenance grant schemes. This is being achieved in two ways: firstly, income from SSIAs is being treated exactly the same as income from similar savings and investment products; and secondly, the reckonable income limits for student grants have been increased considerably in recent years.

Since SSIAs were introduced, the amount of income to be included in respect of them is the government grant earned on the savings in the relevant tax year plus, in the case of savings accounts, the gross interest earned in the relevant tax year, and, in the case of investment accounts, the investment profit earned in the relevant tax year. Investment losses sustained in the relevant tax year are deductible. The same position has long applied to interest earned on other savings products, including deposit accounts, post office savings certificates, life assurance bonds etc. The treatment of SSIAs is therefore consistent with the traditional treatment of other similar investments over many years. The Department of Finance is aware of this approach to the assessment of income for eligibility for student support.

So, in applying for a grant for the 2007/08 academic year, only the relevant income earned, as outlined above, on the SSIA in 2006 has to be declared. The maximum that the Government grant to any SSIA saver could have amounted to last year, as in any year of the SSIA scheme, is €762. This has been the position since SSIAs were introduced.

In relation to the income limits which apply when a person's eligibility for a grant is being assessed, the Deputy will be pleased to know that these have increased significantly since SSIAs were introduced. The 2003/04 academic year was the first year in which the full year SSIA income had to be included in applying for a grant, as the reference tax year for the purpose of grant assessment was 2002. For the 2003/04 academic year, the income limit for a family with 4 children was increased from €23,770 to €35,165 – an increase of nearly 48%. The income limits have continued to rise each year, to the point where the limit for a family with 4 children this year is €42,490 – an increase of nearly 79% on the amount allowed in the 2002/03 academic year.

As these increases show, this Government has shown a clear determination to improve the grant system to ensure that students get as much support as possible. But, not only have we increased the income limits significantly, we have also made other improvements to the grants system:

We have introduced two new income thresholds to allow for 25% and 75% grants as well as the 50% and 100% rates;

We have brought in a new Special Rate of Maintenance Grant to target extra funding at those who need it most; and

We have increased grant payment rates.

Indeed, the maximum level of the ordinary maintenance grant available this year is €3,420 – compared to €2,390 in 2002. The maximum level of the Special Rate of Maintenance in 2007/08 is €6,690 — compared to €3,000 in 2001/02. This year, over €241 million has been allocated for the third level student support schemes.

The student referred to by the Deputy is in receipt of assistance under the maintenance grant schemes for 2007/08.

Access to Third Level Education.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

96 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to a recent report (details supplied) which suggested the replacement of the CAO points system with a lottery system coupled with an aptitude test; her views on whether the CAO points system is unfair and that the Government should consider adopting the model used in the Netherlands which has a weighted lottery system for medical, dentistry and veterinary science students; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28487/07]

I am aware of recent public comment in relation to the operation of the CAO system. In my view, the CAO system has been a long standing success of the Irish education system. In addition to its core task to serve as a clearing house for the institutions in the allocation of higher education places to applicants, the CAO has, since its creation, earned a well deserved reputation for integrity and fairness in the conduct of its business, which has served students, institutions and Ireland well.

There have been considerable efforts over time to review the operation of the CAO, and the points system which underpin the operation of the CAO, most notably in the Points Commission report of 1999, which considered and rejected the concept of a lottery approach. However, I am concerned that the points system can, in some cases, lead to undue pressure on students to attain perfect or near perfect performance in the Leaving Certificate in order to gain access to particular third level courses, particularly medicine. I do not believe that is good for students or for the second level system. Accordingly, as part of the Fottrell reforms for medical education which were accepted by the Government, new procedures to reform access to medicine are currently being finalised.

It is planned to introduce the new procedure in 2009. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to evaluate the success of the new alternative entry arrangements for medical education with a view to determining if similar changes should be made in the application procedures for other high-points courses.

State Examinations.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

97 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science the charge proposed to be levied on students wishing to sit the 2008 junior certificate examinations; the charges that were levied in each year from 2002 to date in 2007; the way these charges are calculated; the discussions undertaken with other Government Departments and agencies, including the Department of Social and Family Affairs, before setting these charges; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28479/07]

Entry fees for the 2008 Junior Certificate Examination have not yet been determined. I expect that a decision will be taken very shortly with a view to announcing the new fee levels before the end of the current school term. The standard Junior Certificate examination fee that applied for the years 2002 to 2007 are set out in the following table:

Year

Fees

2002:

69

2003:

72

2004:

82

2005:

86

2006:

88

2007:

91

Examination fees are generally increased each year in line with increases in the consumer price index. It has not been the practice to hold discussions with the Department of Social and Family Affairs or any other Government agency before setting examination fee levels. There is an alleviation scheme in place whereby current medical card holders and their dependents are exempt from the payment of examination fees. This exemption applies to approximately 30% of all examination candidates each year.

I should point out that the income received from examination fees generally covers only a fraction of the cost of running the examinations. The costs associated with the certificate examinations have been increasing significantly in recent years due to the introduction of new methods of assessment in various subjects and to continuing increases in special arrangements for students with special needs.

Teachers’ Remuneration.

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

98 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Science, in respect of the average annual cost of a primary school teacher as being €60,000 per annum, as per her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 418 of 5 April 2007, the capital cost in today’s money values of 40 years service and an average pension of 25 years after retirement including the retirement lump sum; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28470/07]

Based on a constant average annual salary of €60,000 over a forty year teaching career, the cumulative gross salary of a teacher would amount to €2.400 million in today's money. The gross superannuation costs calculated on this same salary on a constant basis over a subsequent 25 year retirement period would amount to €0.840 million inclusive of €90,000 in respect of retirement gratuity. The superannuation costs are those applicable in the case of a person who pays modified class D rate PRSI through out his/her employment and whose occupational pension on retirement is not integrated with social welfare benefits. The corresponding costs in the case of a person who pays full rate, Class A, PRSI and whose benefits are integrated with social welfare benefits would be €2.965 million, comprising €2.400 million salary and €0.565 million superannuation inclusive of €90,000 in respect of retirement gratuity.

I would again point out that the salary and superannuation costs of a teacher depend on a number of factors, including the particular allowances held during the teachers career and in particular in the years preceding retirement. Life expectancy in retirement would also impact on the superannuation costs.

Second Level Charges.

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

99 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Science if her attention has been drawn to fact that applicants for secondary school places are usually required to accompany their application with a non-refundable fee; her views on whether unsuccessful applicants should have this fee refunded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27053/07]

It is a fundamental principle of the Free Second Level Education Scheme that no charge be made in respect of:—

(a)instruction in any subject of my Department's Programme for Secondary Schools;

(b)recreation or study facilities where all pupils are expected to avail themselves of them as part of the school programme.

(c)any other activity in which all pupils are required to take part.

Accordingly, it would be a breach of my Department's policy for post-primary schools involved in the Free Second Level Education Scheme to demand or levy a fee. However, voluntary contributions by parents, or charges for optional extras over and above what is provided for in the general school programme, are permissible provided that it is made absolutely clear to parents that there is no question of compulsion to pay and that, in making a contribution, they are doing so of their own volition.

Schools are allowed to charge a booking fee when considering applicants for enrolment, provided this is refundable following a decision on enrolment. Booking fees are sometimes required by schools in order to avoid "double booking" of pupils in schools that could result in the loss of teachers.

School Staffing.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

100 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science her policy in relation to limiting the expansion of existing second level schools in terms of total student numbers with respect to her decision not to pay teachers’ salaries in new second level schools; if she will pay the salaries of additional teachers to cater for the expanded student numbers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25517/07]

I assume that the Deputy is referring to my reply to the house of 2 October 2007 in which I stated that, while continuing to give reasonable support to existing fee charging second level schools, I do not intend to provide state funding for any new fee charging second level schools. I can clarify for the Deputy that my statement related to any proposal that might come before my Department regarding the expansion of the number of fee charging schools and did not concern second level schools generally.

School Accommodation.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

101 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of primary and second level school children accommodated in prefabricated classrooms; when she expects to be in a position to meet the permanent classroom requirement of such children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28447/07]

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. However, if the Deputy wishes to request details on a specific school, my officials will provide the required information. The demand for additional accommodation in schools has risen significantly over the last number of years mainly due to the rapid expansion in teacher numbers particularly in the area of special needs, the growth in the school-going population in rapidly developing areas and the demands to cater for diversity through the recognition of new Gaelscoileanna and Educate Together schools.

The focus within my Department is to empower schools to resolve their accommodation needs, wherever possible, by way of permanent accommodation. In order to reduce the amount of temporary/prefabricated accommodation at primary level and to upgrade existing facilities, two new initiatives, the Permanent Accommodation Initiative and the Small School Initiative were launched in 2003 on a pilot basis. The purpose of these initiatives was to allow primary schools to undertake a permanent solution to their classroom accommodation needs and to achieve the best value for money as opposed to the provision of temporary accommodation.

The feedback has in general been very positive, the number of schools participating has increased year on year and many schools are anxious to be included. In order to maintain this momentum I approved over 250 additional schools to participate in these schemes in 2007. As a result of these schemes the amount spent on the purchase of prefabricated buildings has been significantly reduced.

Labour Force Statistics.

Tom Hayes

Question:

102 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Taoiseach the average and mean unemployment here at present and for every year since 1997. [28628/07]

Statistics on the labour force are compiled from the Quarterly National Household Survey. The latest statistics available are for the period March to May 2007. Unemployment details as requested by the Deputy are set out in the table.

Persons aged 15 years and over unemployed (ILO), 1997-2007

Period

Unemployed

Unemployment

’000

%

1997

159.0

10.3

1998

126.4

7.8

1999

96.9

5.7

2000

74.5

4.3

2001

65.1

3.6

2002

77.0

4.2

2003

82.1

4.4

2004

84.2

4.4

2005

85.6

4.2

2006

91.4

4.3

2007

98.8

4.5

Source: Quarterly National Household Survey, Central Statistics Office.

Note: annual data presented refers to the results for the second quarter of each year.

Arthur Morgan

Question:

103 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Taoiseach the number of people in employment in the State in each of the past ten years. [28658/07]

Statistics on the labour force are compiled from the Quarterly National Household Survey. The latest statistics available are for the period March to May 2007. Details of numbers in employment as requested by the Deputy are set out in the table.

Persons aged 15 years and over in employment (ILO) 1999 -2007

Period

’000

1997

1,379.9

1998

1,494.0

1999

1,589.1

2000

1,671.4

2001

1,721.9

2002

1,763.9

2003

1,793.4

2004

1,836.2

2005

1,929.2

2006

2,017.0

2007

2,095.4

Source: Quarterly National Household Survey, Central Statistics Office.

Note: annual data presented refers to the results for the second quarter of each year.

Ministerial Staff.

Enda Kenny

Question:

104 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Taoiseach the names, titles and annual salaries of each of the political advisers, press officers, assistants or other political appointees who were employed by his Department on 1 November 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28158/07]

The names, titles and annual salaries of each of the Political Advisors, Press Officers, Personal Assistants or other Political Appointees who were employed by my Department on 1 November, 2002 are set out in the table.

Name

Title

Annual Salary 1 November, 2002

Gerry Hickey

Programme Manager & Special Adviser

179,901

Gerry Howlin

Special Adviser

92,949

Una Claffey

Special Adviser

102,688

Barbara Jones

Special Adviser

77,330

Katherine Bulbulia

Programme Manager to Tanaiste

125,930

Brian Murphy

Special Adviser

66,465

Joe Lennon

Special Adviser

106,441

Mandy Johnston

Government Press Secretary

92,949

Iarla Mongey

Deputy Government Press Secretary/Head of GIS

74,697

Sean Nolan

Personal Assistant

38,950

Yvonne Graham

Personal Assistant

35,888

Olive Melvin

Personal Assistant

43,399

Sarah McLoughlin

Personal Assistant

33,886

Evelyn Eager

Personal Assistant

43,399

Denise Kavanagh

Personal Assistant

43,399

Carl Gibney

Personal Assistant to Minister of State & Chief Whip

61,670

Nuala Redmond

Personal Secretary to Minister of State & Chief Whip

30,741

Ciara Furlong

Personal Secretary to Minister of State for Europe

29,869

Averil Power

Personal Assistant to Minister of State & Chief Whip

33,886

Frank Worley

Usher

26,720

The following staff were Press Officers in the Government Press Office (they were Civil Servants and not appointed by me).

Name

Grade

Annual Salary 1 November, 2002

Gillian Tracey

Press Officer — Higher Executive Officer

37,931

Geraldine Butler

Press Officer — Higher Executive Officer

38,896

Patrick Fannin

Press Officer — Higher Executive Officer

38,896

Michael Moran

Press Officer — Higher Executive Officer

42,512

Enda Kenny

Question:

105 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Taoiseach the names, titles and annual salaries of each of the political advisers, press officers, assistants or other staff appointed by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28173/07]

The names, titles and annual salaries of each of the Political Advisers, Press Officers, Personal Assistants or other staff appointed by me are listed in the table.

Name

Title

Annual Salary

Gerry Hickey

Programme Manager & Special Adviser

229,918

Mandy Johnson

Special Adviser

136,034

Brian Murphy

Special Adviser

118,791

Padraig Slyne

Special Adviser

88,261

Jill Collins

Special Adviser to the Minister of State & Government Chief Whip

67,704

Eoghan O’Neachtain

Government Press Secretary

136,034

Mark Costigan

Deputy Government Press Secretary

106,430

John Downing

Deputy Government Press Secretary

113,036

Seán Nolan

Personal Assistant

52,379

Yvonne Graham

Personal Assistant

52,379

Olive Melvin

Personal Assistant

58,139

Denise Kavanagh

Personal Assistant

58,139

Sarah McLoughlin

Personal Assistant

52,379

Aoife Ní Lochlainn

Personal Assistant

44,314

Harry Murphy

Personal Assistant to the Minister of State & Government Chief Whip

47,000

Tracey Young

Personal Secretary to the Minister of State & Government Chief Whip

45,121

Perpetua Brady

Personal Secretary

40,733

Damien Cassidy

Civilian Driver to Leader of the Seanad

33,148

Frank Worley

Usher

38,169

It should be noted that Press Officers in the Government Press Office are Civil Servants and are not appointed by me.

Insurance Industry.

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

106 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the person who has responsibility for monitoring the use by insurance companies of data in relation to the flood plains of rivers and previous flooding patterns in setting or raising premiums, or in refusing quotations to new customers; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that insurance companies are citing location in a flood plain as the reason for high premiums or refusing a new quotation in areas where there is no history of flooding (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28059/07]

As the Deputy will be aware the decision whether to provide any specific form of insurance cover and the price at which it is offered is a commercial matter based on the assessment an insurer will make of the risks involved. Data on flood risk is provided to insurers by private companies and the use of such information is a matter for the company concerned in determining whether any particular risk should be underwritten. The representative body for the Insurance industry in Ireland has however indicated to my Department that insurers would seek to continue to provide insurance cover to customers in circumstances where the risk of flooding has increased, but the change in risk would need to be reflected in the terms on which the insurance was offered. It also indicated that it was not aware of specific instances where insurance cover was refused where no history of flooding existed.

The Financial Regulator has no role in relation to issues of pricing or the scope of cover provided by insurance companies. However, an individual, in dealing with an insurance provider can refer any unresolved complaint to the Financial Services Ombudsman for investigation and adjudication. My Department has also been advised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government that as regards planning and flood risk, the Planning and Development Act 2000 states that planning authorities may include in their development plans objectives regulating, restricting or controlling development in areas at risk from flooding. Where development is proposed in an area at risk from flooding, it is a matter for each planning authority to evaluate such risk on the basis of a flood risk assessment, where appropriate. In addition, planning permission may either be refused, or, if granted, can be made subject to conditions requiring the implementation of measures necessary to alleviate or avoid damage due to flooding.

Flood Relief.

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

107 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the person who has responsibility for designating the area covered by the flood plain of a river; the data used in such designations; if his attention has been drawn to changes in the area covered by the flood plain of the River Liffey to include a road (details supplied) in County Dublin despite the fact that this road has never been flooded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28076/07]

It is assumed that the Deputy's Question refers to data displayed on the Office of Public Work's website floodmaps.ie. At present there is not extensive national flood plain mapping. In 2004 the Government designated the OPW as lead agency for flood risk management. The OPW is currently implementing a comprehensive strategy that includes a programme to develop predictive maps that will indicate areas expected to be at risk from flooding for flood events of varying severities. A European Union Directive that will enter into force this month will require that Member States produce this type of mapping for all River basins where there is significant flood risk. A number of sophisticated techniques, including hydraulic modelling will be used. While it will take a number of years to complete the predictive mapping programme, maps for the first catchments completed will be available on the website in 2008.

In preparation for the predictive mapping programme, the OPW collected from various state organisations and other sources reports, newspaper articles and other records in relation to areas that flooded in the past. The material was checked to establish as far as possible the accuracy of the information and the approximate location of the flood event recorded. The material was presented on the floodmaps.ie website in 2006 as a guide to members of the public and planners pending the development of predictive maps.

Due to lack of information in some of the source material, it is pointed out on the website that the location indicated for flood events is approximate only. Users of the website are invited to forward additional flood related material they may have or to query items already displayed on it. If the Deputy will provide my Office with further details of the information relating to Lucan that is believed to be incorrect I will have the matter examined.

Tax Code.

Joe McHugh

Question:

108 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if he will consider removing capital gains tax for farmers who are forced to sell their land to local authorities for road building or road widening purposes, provided that the proceeds of the compensation is reinvested in the farm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28532/07]

I assume that the Deputy has in mind the re-introduction of roll-over relief. It was announced in the 2003 Budget that no roll-over relief would be allowed for any purpose on gains arising from disposals on or after 4 December 2002. This relief was introduced when CGT rates were much higher than current levels. The abolition of this relief was in accordance with the overall taxation policy of widening the tax base in order to keep direct tax rates low.

As the Deputy will be aware, there is already in place a generous package of reliefs that continue to be available to the farming sector. As you will also be aware, it is a long standing tradition that the Minister for Finance does not comment on taxation matters in advance of the annual Budget.

Joe McHugh

Question:

109 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the reason farmers have been denied significant increases in personal tax credits available to employees and others whose income is paid through the PAYE system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28534/07]

The position is that the PAYE allowance, as it was then, was introduced in 1980 to improve the tax progression of PAYE taxpayers and to take account of the fact that the self-employed generally then had the advantage of paying tax on a preceding year basis. The argument was also made at the time that the general scheme of allowances discriminated against employees and in favour of other taxpayers.

There have been changes since 1980 — the self-employed now pay tax on a current year basis, for example. However, the PAYE allowance has become a tax credit. Moreover, given that there can be significant timing advantages in the payment of tax for the self employed, the employee credit is still perceived as necessary to ensure a balance in the system. The cost to the Exchequer of extending the PAYE credit to farmers and the self employed, including proprietary directors, is estimated at €610 million in a full year. The cost of abolishing the PAYE credit and increasing the personal credit by the same amount is estimated at €750 million in a full year. The additional cost would arise because the personal credit is transferable between spouses.

It should be borne in mind that there is already in place a generous package of reliefs and specific arrangements that continue to be available exclusively to the farming sector. These include income averaging; stock relief; accelerated capital allowances for expenditure incurred on farm buildings; accelerated capital allowances in respect of expenditure incurred on certain pollution control measures; capital allowances in respect of expenditure incurred on the purchase of milk quota; an exemption from income tax in respect of certain income from certain leased farmland and special tax treatment in respect of profits accruing as a result of the disposal of stock under statutory disease eradication measures. In addition, certain young trained farmers can also qualify for full relief from Stamp Duty on the transfer of land and can also avail of enhanced stock relief of 100 per cent.

Joe McHugh

Question:

110 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if there are plans to introduce a tax initiative scheme to finance future water and sewage schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28553/07]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that provision already exists for a limited scheme of tax relief in respect of expenditure incurred on the treatment of trade effluent and the supply of water. The scheme operates in conjunction with local authorities. It caters for a situation where, for the purposes of his or her trade, a person contributes a capital sum towards expenditure incurred by a local authority on an asset to be used for trade effluent control purposes or for the provision of water supply. Capital allowances may be claimed in respect of any such capital sums contributed, with amounts contributed being written off over eight years at the rate of 12.5% per annum.

I am also informed that, in the farming area, capital allowances are available for capital expenditure incurred on the construction of certain buildings or structures for the control of farm pollution. These include waste storage facilities including slurry tanks, soiled water tanks and effluent tanks. The scheme applies only to farmers who have put in place a farm nutrient management plan drawn up by an agency or planner approved by the Department of Agriculture and Food. For expenditure incurred on or after 1 January 2005 allowances can be claimed over 3 years with the expenditure being written off at the rate of 33 1/3% per annum. There are no plans for the introduction of further tax incentive schemes in this area.

Tax Collection.

Jack Wall

Question:

111 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is in receipt of all their tax concessions in view of their age bracket; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28035/07]

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the taxpayer is due the age tax credit since 2004. The taxpayer's income tax liability has been reviewed for the years 2004 to 2006 inclusive to include the age tax credit and PAYE balancing statements for each year issued on 7 November 2007, together with a cheque in settlement. The age tax credit for the year 2007 has already been included in the taxpayer's certificate of tax credits and standard rate cut-off point which issued to the taxpayer on 9 August 2007.

Public Private Partnerships.

Brian Hayes

Question:

112 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of PPPs in operation; the commercial value of these plans; the number of PPPs due to be delivered under the national development plan; the monetary value of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28060/07]

The Central PPP Unit in my Department hosts a project tracker, available at www.ppp.gov.ie, showing PPP projects of an estimated value of €20m or over which have reached the stage of the appointment of client advisers or later stages. Because of the commercial sensitivity of the information, the indicative project values are presented in broad ranges as supplied by the Departments/Agencies involved. The current tracker lists 69 PPP projects at various stages of procurement, including 12 projects in operation in the roads, education and environment sectors — four in the range €20m-€50m ; four in €50m-€100m; one in €100m-€250m and three greater than €250m.

The NDP target for PPP investment (including PPPs funded by user charges) represents 7.2% ( i.e. €13.3 billion of total investment of €183.7 billion) over the seven years of the Plan. The Plan identifies the following projects to be brought forward for PPP procurement:

Arts: Abbey Theatre, National Concert Hall, National Conference Centre

Education: Bundles of primary schools, 3rd level institutes

Environment: Housing and Waste Management

OPW: Decentralisation accommodation projects

Justice Group: Criminal Courts Complex, Thornton Hall

Health: National Network for Radiation for Oncology Services

Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Offices for Decentralisation projects

Transport: Metro North, Metro West, Roads projects

The indicative value of these projects will be included in the project tracker when the projects reach the appropriate stage of procurement. A number of the projects are listed already in the tracker. Under the system of delegated sanction for capital expenditure, responsibility and accountability for individual projects rests with the individual Department/Agency involved. It would be a matter for the relevant Department/Agency involved to consider the provision of information on the commercial value of individual PPP projects in operation.

Tax Code.

Brian Hayes

Question:

113 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance his views on reviewing the vehicle registration tax being charged for personnel currently involved in the taxi industry who buy a wheelchair accessible taxi in view of the costs involved in terms of converting a normal taxi to a wheelchair accessible taxi and the fact that in recent years the number of wheelchair accessible taxis has reduced rapidly; if he will consider this proposal as a means of encouraging the number of wheelchair accessible taxis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28073/07]

I have no plans to reduce or eliminate VRT on taxis. In this regard, it should be recognised that tax reliefs have proved at times to be a blunt, inflexible and expensive means of providing assistance and achieving policy aims which might be more effectively achieved through regulatory or direct expenditure means. VRT on vehicles helps to broaden the tax base and provides an important source of Exchequer revenue. I am asked regularly to introduce tax reliefs for one purpose or another, but to accede to all such requests would lead to an immediate narrowing of the tax base.

Disabled Drivers.

Tom Hayes

Question:

114 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance when a decision will be made on an appeal on an application for a primary medical certificate by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [28078/07]

The initial application for a Primary Medical Certificate under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994, is made to the Senior Medical Officer of the relevant local Health Service Executive administrative area. If the Primary Medical Certificate has been refused in this case, the named person may appeal the refusal to the Medical Board of Appeal, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. I would point out that the Medical Board of Appeal is independent in the exercise of its functions.

Tax Collection.

Tony Gregory

Question:

115 Deputy Tony Gregory asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of landlords of private rented dwellings not paying the appropriate tax against whom action was taken during 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28121/07]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that during 2006 there were 527 audits of Landlords or persons returning Rental Income and these cases produced audit yield of €4.74m. These cases included persons with a variety of rental income, e.g. from commercial lettings. Revenue is not in a position to say how many of these cases were landlords of private rented dwellings.

Tony Gregory

Question:

116 Deputy Tony Gregory asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of personnel in the Revenue Commissioners who specifically investigate non-compliance in the private rented sector where a high percentage of landlords fail to register as required and are not paying the taxes due from them. [28122/07]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that as Revenue staff are not specifically engaged in investigating non-compliance in any particular sector at any one time, it is not possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy. Staff engaged in compliance and enforcement units are organised in multi disciplinary teams engaged in a broad range of activities to combat non-compliance. I am assured by Revenue that they are taking all necessary steps to tackle non-compliance by landlords in the private rented sector.

Ministerial Staff.

Enda Kenny

Question:

117 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the names, titles and annual salaries of each of the political advisers, press officers, assistants or other political appointees who were employed by his Department on 1 November 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28153/07]

At 1 November 2002, the following staff were employed by my predecessor Mr. Charlie McCreevy, T.D. in this Department.

Name

Title

Date of appointment

Annual Salary Range

Allow-ance

Dermot Ryan

Press Officer

20 June 2002

€51,133 – €63,939

10% basic salary

Noeleen McCreevy

Personal Secretary

7 June 2002

€17,106 – €33,003

10% basic salary

Michael Fitzpatrick

Personal Assistant

7 June 2002

€20,971 – €35,303

Enda Kenny

Question:

118 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the names, titles and annual salaries of each of the political advisers, press officers, assistants or other staff appointed by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28168/07]

The following are details of staff appointed by me.

Name

Title

Date of appointment

Annual Salary Range

Allow-ance

Gerry Steadman

Special Adviser

30 September 2004

€99,195

Colin Hunt

Special Adviser

13 September 2006 – 14 June 2007

€160,942*

John Conlon

Press Officer

11 November 2004

€69,179 – €86,504

10% basic salary

Sinead Dooley

Personal Secretary

8 October 2004

€44,314 – €56,250

Elaine Hogan

Personal Assistant

11 October 2004

€29,093 – €46,167

* Mr Colin Hunt concurrently provided Special Adviser role to myself and the Minister for Transport. He was engaged under a single contract of employment with the Minister for Transport and was paid by that Department.

Tax Code.

Michael McGrath

Question:

119 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if he has proposals to allow elderly persons who incur expenditure on essential home improvement and repair works to reclaim the VAT on such expenditure. [28255/07]

The position is that the VAT treatment of goods and services is governed by EU law with which Irish VAT law must comply. The rate of VAT that applies to a particular good or service is determined by the nature of the good or service, and not by the status of the customer. There is no provision in European VAT law that would allow the application of an exemption or reduction of VAT on supplies of goods or services to customers over a certain age.

However, the Deputy may be aware that local authorities already provide grants to assist in the provision and adaptation of accommodation to meet the needs of the elderly and people with a disability. These grants cover such works as access ramps, stairlifts, installation of downstairs toilet facilities, accessible bathrooms and extensions. In addition, the Housing Aid for Older People Grant Scheme implements the Government decision to transfer the Special Housing Aid for the Elderly Scheme from the HSE to the Local Authority sector by amalgamating it with the Essential Repairs Grant Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have essential repairs or improvements carried out. The maximum grant under this scheme is €10,500 and may cover 100% of the approved cost of the works for applicants with an annual household income of less than €30,000 tapering to 30% for those with annual household incomes of between €54,001 to €65,000. This grant covers such works as structural repairs, rewiring, replacement of doors and windows, provision of water and sanitary services, and other repair or improvement works which are considered essential.

James Bannon

Question:

120 Deputy James Bannon asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if all taxpayers will benefit equally from increases in personal tax credits in budget 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28283/07]

It is long-standing practice of the Minister for Finance not to comment in advance of the Budget on any tax or expenditure matters that might be the subject of Budget decisions. I do not intend to depart from this approach.

James Bannon

Question:

121 Deputy James Bannon asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if he will remove capital gains tax on the disposal of farm land to local authorities for road building or road widening provided the proceeds of the compensation are reinvested in farm business assets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28284/07]

I assume that the Deputy has in mind the re-introduction of roll-over relief. It was announced in the 2003 Budget that no roll-over relief would be allowed for any purpose on gains arising from disposals on or after 4 December 2002. This relief was introduced when CGT rates were much higher than current levels. The abolition of this relief was in accordance with the overall taxation policy of widening the tax base in order to keep direct tax rates low.

As the Deputy will be aware, there is already in place a generous package of reliefs that continue to be available to the farming sector. As you will also be aware, it is a long standing tradition that the Minister for Finance does not comment on taxation matters in advance of the annual Budget.

Departmental Properties.

Phil Hogan

Question:

122 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the status of the refurbishment of the Steward’s House in the grounds of Farmleigh by the Office of Public Works; the use the house is currently being put to; if the Office of Public Works has considered using the house as an official residence for An Taoiseach either now or at any point in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28390/07]

Work on the refurbishment of the Steward's House at Farmleigh is complete. The refurbishment was carried out to enhance the guest facilities on the estate. The Steward's House is used to provide additional accommodation as part of the overall Farmleigh complex but separate from the main house. There are no plans to use the house as an official residence for An Taoiseach.

Disabled Drivers.

Phil Hogan

Question:

123 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the reason for the delay in granting approval from the Revenue authorities to a centre (details supplied) in County Carlow in respect of a vehicle for the urgent and essential purpose of transporting sheltered workshop trainees to and from the place of training; and if he will intervene to finalise this matter in view of the length of time taken to bring about a resolution. [28423/07]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that in the absence of a reply to a query raised in relation to a claim under the Disabled Drivers and the Disabled Passengers [Tax Concessions] Regulations, 1994, this case could not be finalised. Following reminders issued by Revenue's Central Repayments Office a satisfactory reply was received from the named organisation on 7 November 2007 and a repayment in respect of the vehicle in question issued on 8 November 2007.

Tax Code.

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

124 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance his views on extending the period for the reclaim of VAT from four years to six years as recommended by the Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service, in the Finance Bill 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28424/07]

I have noted the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service regarding the time limit for claiming refunds of overpaid tax. My predecessor as Minister for Finance examined the whole question of taxpayers' entitlement to repayment of tax and interest with a view to introducing, in so far as practicable, a uniform scheme which was fair and reasonable for taxpayers, and which also took into account the position of the Exchequer. On foot of that review, a new provision was introduced in Finance Act, 2003 (Section 17) which for the first time gave taxpayers a general right to repayment of tax overpaid subject to a 4 year claim limitation period. This became effective for all claims received on or after 01 January 2005. At the same time the right of the Revenue Commissioners to raise assessments and make enquiries was also reduced to a 4 year period, apart from cases where fraud or neglect is suspected. The scheme was devised after careful and detailed consideration. It was designed to achieve the necessary balance between establishing a fair and uniform system for taxpayers, while, at the same time, providing the necessary protection for the Exchequer from exposure to claims going back many years.

Overall, I am satisfied that the current provision is both fair and reasonable and I have no plans to amend the legislation in this area.

Michael McGrath

Question:

125 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the position in relation to the application of stamp duty to first time buyers purchasing a site for the purposes of building a dwelling. [28512/07]

First-time buyers are exempt from stamp duty when purchasing either new or second-hand residential properties. However, the purchase of land, which is not connected with a contract to build a house, attracts stamp duty at normal non-residential rates, regardless of the status of the purchaser. This is a long standing provision and recognises the fact that land is bought and sold for a variety of reasons.

Garda Stations.

Damien English

Question:

126 Deputy Damien English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the plans the Office of Public Works has for the old Garda station in Enfield, County Meath; his views on giving priority for a lease-back agreement with local youth organisations in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28557/07]

The Gardaí are in occupation of the Garda Station at Enfield, Co. Meath. A site for a new Garda Station is being acquired from the E.S.B. Consideration of the future use of the existing Garda Station will be given in the context of planning for the new Station.

Tax Code.

Richard Bruton

Question:

127 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the anomaly whereby the high rate of VAT applies to photography on disc but the low rate applies to photography on slides, prints or negatives; if this disparity of treatment applies in all other EU countries; and his proposals to change this disparity of treatment. [28558/07]

The position is that the VAT ratings of all goods and services are subject to the requirements of EU VAT law with which Irish VAT law must comply. Under the VAT Directive Member States may apply a reduced VAT rate to those goods and services which are listed in Annex III of the Directive. In addition, Member States may retain a reduced VAT rate for goods and services to which a reduced VAT rate applied on 1 January 1991 (the so called "parked rates"). Under the Sixth Schedule to the Value-Added Tax Act 1972, the supply of photographic prints, slides or negatives is subject to the reduced rate of VAT of 13.5%. Since this measure was introduced in 1987 prior to 1 January 1991, Ireland is allowed to maintain its treatment of such products.

However, digitised photographs were not included as a category of good that could be subject to the reduced rate as applied on 1 January 1991, nor are they included in Annex III of the VAT Directive. It is therefore not possible for Ireland to extend the reduced rate to photography on disk. Thus, photographs, etc on disk are subject to the standard rate of VAT of 21 per cent.

Michael Ring

Question:

128 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if the excise duty rebate will be removed; if so, the help that will be made available to the people most effected by this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28586/07]

The 2003 EU Energy Tax Directive incorporated special derogations which allowed specific excise duty reliefs to be applied in a number of Member States. In the Irish context, these derogations allowed for reduced rates to apply to fuel used for public transport services which includes school transport services.

While these derogations expired on 31 December 2006, Ireland, along with other Member States, sought retention of its derogations beyond that date. However the European Commission, who are the deciding authority, have to date refused all such requests. The Commission maintain that, in keeping with the EU Energy Tax Directive, Member States must apply at least the EU minimum rates of excise on fuels in such circumstances and that any further favourable excise treatment is not allowable. At the Commission's behest my officials have indicated that Ireland will avail of the forthcoming Finance Bill to make the necessary legislative changes to conform with the Directive.

In the circumstances, the relevant line Departments are exploring, in conjunction with my Department, alternative non-tax support mechanisms that could be put in place where appropriate to maintain the assistance currently being provided subject of course to compatibility with EU State Aid requirements. In the interim the reduced rates applicable to fuel used will be maintained.

Tax Yield.

Arthur Morgan

Question:

129 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of income tax payers in the State in each of the past ten years. [28659/07]

It is assumed that what the Deputy requires are the numbers of income earners, both PAYE and self-employed, on the income tax record for the years in question who have a tax liability. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the relevant information is as shown in the table.

Numbers of income earners 1997/98 to 2007 (rounded to the nearest hundred)

Tax Year

Income earners with a tax liability

All income earners

1997/98

1,112,600

1,493,000

1998/99

1,187,000

1,584,900

1999/2000

1,208,500

1,667,200

2000/2001

1,262,600

1,765,000

2001*

1,262,000

1,790,000

2002

1,252,300

1,885,000

2003

1,277,900

1,927,200

2004

1,332,900

2,013,700

2005 **

1,372,700

2,113,200

2006 **

1,421,000

2,205,100

2007**

1,417,400

2,285,400

* Short tax "year" from 6th April 2001 to 31st December 2001.

**Provisional and likely to be revised.

The figures for the years 1997/1998 to 2004 inclusive are based on incomes data derived from income tax returns held on Revenue records and have been grossed-up to an overall expected level to adjust for incompleteness in the numbers of returns on record at the time the data was extracted for analytical purposes. For the years 2005 to-date, the figures are estimates from the Revenue tax forecasting model using actual data for the year 2004 adjusted as necessary for income and employment growth for the years in question. It should be noted that a married couple who has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.

Arthur Morgan

Question:

130 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number of workers who paid no tax in 2006 and the estimated number for 2007, as a consequence of earning the