Cork South Central Fianna Fáil TD Micheál Martin has demanded action from the Education Minister following confirmation that over 5,000 Cork students are still waiting for their student grants to be processed.
CORK Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan has said it is “hugely unfair that a large number of Leaving Certificate students and their families in Cork continue to face huge uncertainty over changes to third level grants only a few days before they are expected to make a decision on college offers.”
CIARÁN Lynch TD has welcomed the announcement of the third round of grant applications under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Disabled Access and Energy Upgrade scheme for Local Authority Pools in Cork City, which sees a sum of over €1m being allocated to swimming pools in the Cork region.
CORK South Central Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has welcomed a €35 million initiative by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, to reduce the use of prefabs in primary schools.
“I welcome this initiative to reduce the use of prefabs in primary schools. In recent years there has been an over reliance on this expensive quick fix solution without any regard for the long term development of our school infrastructure.
CORK City Council has yet to make a single payment under the Higher Education Grant Scheme this year, with the majority of claimants waiting until December or even later for their first instalment.
In response to a question from Sinn Féin Councillor Fiona Kerins, the City Manager also revealed that of 574 new applications received this year, only 208 have been approved.
Cllr Kerins said, “The Manager’s response shows that not a single payment has been made to date under the Higher Education Grant scheme by Cork City Council. The first payment to both new applicants who have been approved and renewals will not be dispatched until the 5th November.
MORE than 380 primary schools across the country are to get €4.2 million in grants for high-tech equipment over the coming days as part of the Government’s efforts to make technology an integral part of the learning process, according to the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe.
Minister O’Keeffe said 383 primary schools in which construction work was completed this year and last year will each get €5,000 per classroom to buy computer hardware, software and digital equipment.
The allocation amounts to €5,000 in respect of each occupied permanent classroom built this year and last year.
FUNDING for Community Employment (CE) schemes is to be slashed by the Government making life even harder for thousands of unemployed people who are attempting to get back to work, says Fine Gael local lection candidate Cllr Patricia Gosch.
The Cork North Central candidate said that from June 1, the Training Grant for CE scheme participants will be reduced by 40 per cent, from €500 to €300 per participant. In addition the Material Grant which currently stands at €20 per participant will be reduced by 25 per cent to €15 per participant.
Community Employment schemes help long-term unemployed and other people in Ireland get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs as an alternative to going on jobseekers allowance.