Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (338)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

338. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students from farming backgrounds currently in receipt of a student grant, broken down on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8744/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The table contains the available information in the Department in this matter. The data refers to the 2011/12 academic year and refers to new applications only. The equivalent data for 2012/2013 will not be available until the end of the current academic year. The information has been supplied by 66 grant awarding authorities. It is indicative data only as, for data protection reasons, it is not mandatory for students to provide details of their socio-economic backgrounds to a grant awarding authority. In 2011, for example, 34% did not declare the main household occupation. In addition, adequate information may not be provided to the grant awarding authorities to enable occupations to be classified.

Breakdown of new awards of Grants 2011/2012 under Socio Economic Categories

County

Farmers

Carlow

40

Cavan

70

Clare

122

Cork

69

Donegal

159

Dublin

1

Galway

62

Kerry

42

Kildare

9

Kilkenny

28

Laois

38

Leitrim

41

Limerick

27

Longford

31

Louth

3

Mayo

142

Meath

28

Monaghan

51

Offaly

50

Roscommon

79

Sligo

77

Tipperary

91

Waterford

42

Westmeath

29

Wexford

77

Wicklow

17