Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (325, 326)

John McGuinness

Question:

432 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will expedite an appeal in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny to have a child (details supplied) enrolled at Loreto School, Kilkenny. [1334/04]

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John McGuinness

Question:

433 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science the timeframe for considering an appeal in the name of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny to have their child (details supplied) placed as a student at Loreto School, Kilkenny; and if he will expedite the application and issue a favourable response. [1335/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 432 and 433 together.

My Department recently admitted two appeals under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 regarding the children referred to by the Deputy. Under the Act, an appeal must be dealt with within 30 days of its receipt, except where, on the application of the appeals committee, the Secretary General of my Department consents to an extension of the period by not more than 14 days.

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that during the course of the appeals the children were offered places in the school in question and both appeals were consequently withdrawn by the parents.