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Grant Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 7 April 2011

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Ceisteanna (45)

Terence Flanagan

Ceist:

45 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a maintenance grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13. [7135/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Skills)

A decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter for a grant awarding authority in the first instance.

My Department understands from the grant awarding authority involved in this particular case that it received a grant application from the student in question and that this application was unsuccessful. My Department also understands that the student appealed this decision to the grant awarding authority. The application was re-examined on this basis and the grant awarding authority upheld its original decision.

Where a grant awarding authority rejects an appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form clearly outlining the grounds for the appeal. No appeal has been received by my Department in this case to date.

The Deputy will appreciate that as my Department has a role to play in the appeals process it would not be appropriate to comment further on this matter other than to say that my Department will carry out a review of the candidate's application if it receives an appeal as part of the appeals process.

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