Month: June 2022

Education Committee: Special Needs Assistant qualification

Education Committee: Special Needs Assistant qualification

As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, I contributed to the debate on the need for revised criteria for Special Needs Assistant (SNA) qualification. Full transcript will be available here for 21st June 2022 session: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/33/education/

Dáil Contribution on the Voting Age

Dáil Contribution on the Voting Age

Full Transcript: I thank Deputy Pringle for bringing this Bill to the House. He may be disappointed at the Government’s approach. I accept that. However, I think it is useful for him to have sparked off the conversation and to have prompted a Government response on this. The Deputy will not be surprised to hear…

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Dáil Contribution on LGBTI+ Equality

Dáil Contribution on LGBTI+ Equality

Full Transcript: I start this contribution by saying that I fully agree with the points raised by Deputy Ó Ríordáin on the need to tackle this issue within our schools and in respect of employment equality. I have known teaching colleagues during my career who have not felt that that they could be open about…

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Well-being Indicator for Language and Culture

Well-being Indicator for Language and Culture

Full Transcript:Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh: The second report on Ireland’s well-being framework was published at the beginning of this month. It mirrors very closely the OECD Better Life Index, which is excellent in many respects but largely silent on questions of language and culture. Does the Minister see a role for a specific dimension within…

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€311,170 funding announced for Youth Diversion Projects in Waterford

€311,170 funding announced for Youth Diversion Projects in Waterford

Green Party TD for Waterford welcomes €311,170 funding announced for Youth Diversion Projects in Waterford. Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh welcomes €311,170  funding announced for Youth Diversion Projects in Waterford to assist them in supporting young people through education, training and personal development. The funding is part of a broader €6.7m fund…

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Evening and Night Time Economy funding

Evening and Night Time Economy funding

Green Party TD for Waterford encourages Waterford pubs, clubs and cafés to apply for Evening and Night Time Economy funding for their businesses. Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh encourages Waterford pubs, clubs and cafés to apply for grants of up to €10,000 per business as part of a new Evening and Night…

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Foreign Affairs Committee: Global Food Crisis

Foreign Affairs Committee: Global Food Crisis

I contributed on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence during their engagement with representatives from Dóchas to discuss their pre-budget submission and the Global Food Crisis with a particular focus on the Horn of Africa and West Africa. Full Transcript will be available here for the 21st June 2022 session:https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/33/foreign-affairs-and-defence/

Statements on Further Education

Statements on Further Education

A document on well-being measures is progressing through the Cabinet. It is based closely on the OECD Better Life Index. One of the factors measured is education. One of the other things measured in the OECD framework is the idea of different forms of capital and of human capital being one of them. Investing in…

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