Non Personal Requests Q1 2019

Summary of Non-Personal Requests submitted to the Department of Education and Skills in Quarter 1, 2019

Request IDCategoryDecision   DateDecision   MadeSummary
DES-FOI-2019-0126Other25/03/2019RefusedAdvisory Group on Reasonable Accommodations in the State Examinations. The Advisory Group completed its Final Report in 2008. (i) Copies of all consideration of the Final Report of the Advisory Group by the Department  (ii) Copies of all decisions taken by the Department in relation to implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Group or otherwise.
DES-FOI-2019-0103Business/Interest   Group29/03/2019Part-Granted(a) Number of Teachers/Hours etc.(b) Number of Management Posts - AP1, AP2 plus Acting Posts.
DES-FOI-2019-0102Journalist29/03/2019Refused

A record of all correspondence, including but not limited to letters, emails, briefing documents, draft briefing   documents, memos meeting notes and other records associated with the following lobbying activity and meetings:

https://www.lobbying.ie/return/37249/archdiocese-of-dublin

DES-FOI-2019-0094Journalist27/03/2019GrantedA full list of all funding approved for capital projects at fee-paying primary and secondary schools in the last five years. The specifications of each these capital projects where funding was approved.
DES-FOI-2019-0091Other12/03/2019Part-GrantedRequest about the number of posts (AP1 & AP2) allocated for the academic year 2018-2019 at Kildare Town Community School.
DES-FOI-2019-0105Journalist26/03/2019RefusedCorrespondence between the Department of Education ( ETB  Financial/ Administrative Personnel) and Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) in relation to the status of religion classes during the school day at second level, between September 2018 up to date of processing this request.
DES-FOI-2019-0104Journalist13/03/2019GrantedCorrespondence between the Minister for Education and his office and the NCCA in relation to the review of history on the Junior Cycle curriculum, between January 1st 2019 up to the date of processing this request.
DES-FOI-2019-0040Other15/03/2019RefusedAdvisory Group on Reasonable Accommodations in the State Examinations. The Advisory Group completed its Final Report in 2008. (i) Copies of all consideration of the Final Report of the Advisory Group by the Department  (ii) Copies of all decisions taken by the Department in relation to implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Group or otherwise.
DES-FOI-2019-0079Business/Interest   Group14/03/2019RefusedCommunications, emails and written correspondence during   calendar year 2018, concerning Circular Letters to schools on the Religious   Education course, or sex education"  1.Communications, emails and written correspondence during calendar year 2018 with the ETBI, concerning Circular Letters to schools, the Religious   Education course, or sex education. 2.Communications, emails and written correspondence during calendar year 2018 with the Catholic Schools Partnership, concerning Circular Letters to schools, the Religious Education course, or sex education.  3. Communications, emails and written correspondence during calendar year 2018 with the Irish Episcopal Conference, concerning Circular Letters to   schools, the Religious Education course, or sex education.    4.All communications, emails and written correspondence during calendar year 2018 with the NCCA, concerning Circular Letters to schools, the   Religious Education course, or sex education.  5.All communications, emails and written correspondence during calendar   year 2018 with the TUI, concerning Circular Letters to schools, the Religious Education course, or sex education. 6.All communications, emails and written correspondence during calendar year 2018 with the Association of Trustees for Catholic Schools, concerning   Circular Letters to schools, the Religious Education course, or sex education.
DES-FOI-2019-0082Business/Interest   Group12/03/2019Part-GrantedThe “PSB Assumptions Report” and the “Price Change Report” for Schools PPP Bundle 1 (these reports are referred to on page 28 and 35 respectively of the NDFA Briefing Note submitted to the Public Accounts   Committee in March 2018 (available here: )  •The “2nd Bundle of Schools Public Sector Benchmark (“PSB”) Assumptions underlying   the PSB” report and the “Price Changes Report” for Schools Bundle 2 (both   reports are referred to on p. 86 of the aforementioned NDFA Briefing Note   submitted to the PAC linked to in the bullet point above)  •The “Schools PPP Programme, Schools Bundle 3 - Public Sector Benchmark   (“PSB”), Assumptions underlying the PSB” report and the “Price Change Report”   for Schools Bundle 3 (both reports are referred to on p. 94 of the aforementioned NDFA Briefing Note submitted to the PAC linked to in the first bullet point above)   
DES-FOI-2019-0076Other11/03/2019RefusedCopies of records/documents/notes /correspondence, in the period   1st June 2018 to date, which the Department has in its possession, regarding the proposal by CEIST to close St Maryrs College, Ballisodare, Co Sligo.
DES-FOI-2019-0078Client19/03/2019GrantedA copy of all records of consultations with any national association of parents in regard to the procedures referred to at subsection   (4) of Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
DES-FOI-2019-0067Other06/03/2019GrantedThe Board of Management requests a copy of the external quantity surveyor's report done in respect of Scoil Mhuire 19529C on the lands in Kilrainey Woods, Moycullen proposed by the board as the site for the   construction of our new school. This report issued to the Buildings Unit, Tullamore in late 2018.The Board of Management also requests copies of all technical reports of any kind done in respect of Scoil Mhuire 19529C   during the period 2010 to date.
DES-FOI-2019-0072Journalist25/02/2019TransferredAll reports, emails and correspondences concerning   representations or applications for the establishment of an Autism Spectrum Disorder unit in St Patricks National School, Gardiners Hill, Cork City. I am applying for such documents generated within the timeframe between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2019.
DES-FOI-2019-0023Journalist27/02/2019GrantedThe amount spent on renting prefabs for primary schools since   2014, broken down annually and by county. The amount spent on renting prefabs for secondary schools since 2014, broken down annually and by county. The   number of schools that are currently renting a prefab, broken down by county.
DES-FOI-2019-0019Other12/03/2019Part-Granted1201558/SR - documents that are referred to in that letter.; A copy of the seven letters that were sent to the Ministers for Education office on: 27 Jan 2012; 30th October   2012; 7th March 2013; 12th May 2014; 26th May 2014; 3rd March 2015 and 8th November 2016, and the supporting documentation as outlined in the   letter.
DES-FOI-2019-0065Oireachtas/Public   Representatives07/03/2019GrantedThe postcode addresses of pupils attending secondary schools in Dublin 6 and Dublin 6w. I don't need the Eircode, but just the Dublin code (Ex: Dublin 6 or D24)
DES-FOI-2019-0017Other15/02/2019RefusedA Letter by Minister of State for Higher Education, Ms. Mary Mitchell O'Connor, to the staff member at GMIT, who wrote an email to Mr. Joe McHugh in October 2018
DES-FOI-2019-0007Journalist07/03/2019GrantedAll briefing material prepared for the Secretary General of the Department of Education relating to the Dail's Public Accounts Committee appearance on December 13th, 2018.
DES-FOI-2019-0057Other04/03/2019GrantedCorrespondence from 1st January 2016 to date, sent by 1. The Minister of Education and Skills and  2. The Department of Education and Skills to Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) relating to Technological   University status for DKIT.
DES-FOI-2019-0058Journalist05/03/2019Deemed RefusedRecords referencing the public health alcohol bill 2018, rural   isolation, and health claims made by the HSE with reference to the bill, or   to alcohol consumption. Any correspondence to the office of Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor with reference to the above. Any records containing reference to same.
DES-FOI-2019-0053Journalist05/03/2019GrantedThe number of primary and post-primary teachers currently assigned to schools in Kerry. Any correspondence between the Department of Education and primary or post-primary school principals in relation to recruitment issues or struggles finding teaching staff in Kerry during the period January 1st 2017 to 31st December 2018
DES-FOI-2019-0055Journalist04/03/2019RefusedA record of correspondence, briefing documents, draft briefing documents, memos meeting notes and other records associated   with the following lobbying activity and meetings: https://www.lobbying.ie/return/35975/pr360.
DES-FOI-2019-0016Business/Interest   Group26/02/2019GrantedCorrespondence between the various teaching unions across Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills in relation to implementing IEPs or equivalents for students with special educational needs since the introduction of the new Special Education Teaching allocation
DES-FOI-2019-0006Journalist27/02/2019Refused1) All correspondence from May 1 2018 to December 31 2018 between the Governing Body and/or senior management of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), or agents acting on their behalf, and the Minister for   Education and/or senior department officials in relation to governance of   GMIT  2) All correspondence from May 1 2018 to December 31 2018 between Senator Michelle Mulherin and the minister for Education and/or senior department officials in relation to governance of GMIT
DES-FOI-2019-0052Other26/02/2019GrantedCopies of documents relating to the granting of full school   status to Jonah Special School, Slieverue, Co. Kilkenny, Roll 20380B in 2017
DES-FOI-2019-0051Other25/02/2019Granted

* The job description for the DPO role;

* The steps taken to advertise or recruit for the DPO role, including details of any internal or external competition;

 * The criteria for the appointment of the DPO;

* The qualifications of the new DPO;

* Any guidance or training given to the DPO;

* The reporting arrangements for the DPO to "directly report to the   highest management level";

* The steps taken to ensure that the DPO is independent and does not have   any conflict of interest; and 

* The staff/resources/budget given to the DPO.

DES-FOI-2019-0037Journalist21/02/2019RefusedAll records associated with this entry in the lobbying database:   https://www.lobbying.ie/return/37249/archdiocese-of-dublin
DES-FOI-2019-0042Other20/02/2019Part-GrantedAccess to Whole School Evaluation records re Castleknock Educate Together NS, Jan 2018
DES-FOI-2019-0039Other25/02/2019Refused(i) A copy of the request from the Department of Education and   Skills to the State Examinations Commission to conduct a review of the Scheme   of Reasonable Accommodations. (ii) A copy of the Terms of Reference for the review    (iii) The date of the commencement of the review.
DES-FOI-2019-0038Other25/02/2019Granted(i) The written criteria used by the Department in determining   whether the recommendations of the State Examinations Commission are upheld   or otherwise. (ii) The grade(s) of the Departmental officials involved in the decision-making process. (iii) The grade of the Department official who signs-off on the process. (iv) The manner in which the decisions of the Department are communicated to the State Examinations Commission (email, letter etc.).
DES-FOI-2019-0035Journalist26/02/2019RefusedAll records associated with this entry in the lobbying database:   https://www.lobbying.ie/return/36243/link-consulting
DES-FOI-2019-0031Journalist19/02/2019GrantedMinutes of meetings between the Archdiocese of Dublin and the   Minister and Hubert Loftus on a number of dates between 1 September 2018 and   31 December 2018. Specifically information about the meeting outlined on the   lobbying register here: https://www.lobbying.ie/return/37249/archdiocese-of-dublin
DES-FOI-2019-0033Journalist20/02/2019GrantedCorrespondence between this department and Microsoft for the past two years.-The minutes of any meetings between the department and Microsoft for the past two years.
DES-FOI-2019-0027Other19/02/2019RefusedRecords of communications between the Secretary-General of the Department, and any official representing the State Claims Agency on 4 December 2018.
DES-FOI-2019-0030Journalist15/02/2019RefusedCorrespondence between the Teachers Union of Ireland and Minister Joe McHugh regarding the extension of the Leaving Certificate timetable between 1 September 2018 and 31 September 2018.
DES-FOI-2019-0029Journalist18/02/2019Part-GrantedCopies of all emails   between John Gallagher on behalf of the Irish Federation of   University Teachers, Minister Mary   Mitchell O'Connor and Roy Dooney in the period 1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018 in   relation to the Report of the Task   Force on gender equality in third level education. Copies of any electronic or handwritten notes,   briefing materials or other documents prepared for or in relation to phone calls between John   Gallagher on behalf of the Irish   Federation of University Teachers, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor and   Roy Dooney in the period 1 September   2018 to 31 December 2018 in relation to   the Report of the Task Force on gender equality in third level education.
DES-FOI-2019-0026Journalist19/02/2019Part-GrantedCopies of electronic or handwritten notes, agendas or minutes relating to the meeting between Joe   McHugh and Mary Mitchell O'Connor and members of the Irish Universities Association held in the   period 1st September 2018 to 31st December 2018.
DES-FOI-2019-0020Journalist14/02/2019RefusedThe number of students on the Post-Primary Online Database who currently have an exemption from studying Irish in EACH secondary school in Ireland. The number of students on the Post-Primary Online Database who had an   exemption from studying Irish in EACH secondary school in Ireland.
DES-FOI-2019-0022Journalist01/02/2019GrantedThe number of fire safety reports/audits carried out on schools   in Longford during 2018 in tabular form.    The number of fire safety reports/audits carried out on schools in Roscommon during 2018 in tabular form.  The number of fire safety reports/audits carried out on schools in Leitrim during 2018 in tabular form.  The details of any remedial works carried out at schools in Longford as   result of fire safety reports/audits in 2018 in tabular form. The details of any remedial works carried out at schools in Roscommon as   result of fire safety reports/audits in 2018 in tabular form. The details of any remedial works carried out at schools in Leitrim as   result of fire safety reports/audits in 2018 in tabular form.
DES-FOI-2019-0021Journalist12/02/2019RefusedThe number of students who currently have an exemption from studying Irish in EACH primary school in Ireland (figures as of October   2018)-  The number of students who had an exemption from studying Irish in EACH   primary school in Ireland in October 2017.
DES-FOI-2019-0015Other21/01/2019GrantedDetails of the Department's (and agencies and bodies under the Department's aegis which are subject to FOI) monetary threshold above which   you are required to obtain quotations with respect to procurement of products   and services.
DES-FOI-2019-0012Other07/02/2019GrantedCommunications between the (then) Dept of Enterprise, Trade and  Employment, Rehab (and its constituent training parts) and other concerned   Departments, in respect of the European Court Decision of 2005 not to uphold   the the Department's plea that it was "unfair" of the EU to apply   new rules half "way through the 1994 to 2000" community programme   and make those new rules retrospective to 1994. Representations made by Rehab, its constituents parts to have the grant   monies secured and/or restored. Briefing notes prepared for the Dept of the Taoiseach in relation to these matters.  The response of the Department when the EU Commission changed the rule   governing the provision ESF grants which In 2004/05, according to Rehab and   its training division, put in doubt the legitimacy of its use of ESF training grants since 1994.
DES-FOI-2019-0008Journalist06/02/2019Part-GrantedDetails of earnings of teachers by pay band (ie over euro;30,000, over euro 40,000 and so on) to include the number of teachers,   their role/division, grossbasic pay, allowances and overtime, given   separately, and any other earnings, and the total, during 2018.
DES-FOI-2019-0004Business/Interest   Group04/02/2019RefusedRecords of correspondence, including e-mail correspondence,  between the Department of Education & Skills and the National University   of Ireland, Galway, concerning grading and job evaluation for academic and   other staff at that university.
DES-FOI-2019-0001Journalist04/02/2019GrantedThe amount of money paid to substitute primary teachers in wages   in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, broken down annually. The ten highest amounts paid in wages to substitute primary teachers in 2018. The amount of money paid to substitute secondary teachers in wages in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, broken down annually. The ten highest amounts paid in wages to substitute secondary teachers in 2018.