Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (249)

Bernard Durkan


249. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which his attention has been drawn to dramatic increases in insurance premiums affecting special needs and other schools, the result of which can only be closure, in view of the extent of the insurance premium increase, in some cases up to 300%; the specific steps he will take to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21522/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department is aware of issues relating to rising insurance costs in some special schools which have been brought to my Department’s attention, through correspondence received from a number of special schools, and through discussions with the National Association of Boards of Management in Special Education (NABMSE).

Officials from my Department are working as a matter of urgency with NABMSE and other relevant government departments, including the State Claims Agency, to seek a resolution to the issue of increased insurance costs in special schools.