Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (288, 289)

Jerry Cowley

Question:

392 Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Education and Science when a position for a visiting teacher for the visually impaired for schools in County Mayo will be advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1140/04]

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Michael Ring

Question:

444 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science when the post of visiting teacher for the visually impaired for County Mayo will be advertised and filled. [1409/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 392 and 444 together.

The area referred to by the Deputy is currently served by two visiting teachers who cover the Galway-Mayo region, one of whom operates in a temporary capacity.

It is expected that this post will be vacated in the near future. The vacancy, when confirmed, will initially be offered to visiting teachers from other areas who may wish to transfer to the Galway-Mayo region. If no other visiting teacher expresses an interest in the position, it will then be advertised nationally.