Dáil Éireann - Volume 500 - 09 February, 1999

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

418. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the way in which the £3 million fund to tackle disadvantage at third level and the £1.5 million to deal with the problem of non-completion of third level courses, announced in the budget, will be spent. [3608/99]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): I have recently announced details of a £6.9 million two-year funding initiative to tackle educational disadvantage in the third level sector. Of this funding, £3 million is being specifically allocated to promote access to third level among students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including people with disabilities. A further £1.5 million is being provided to address the issue of non-completion of courses in institutes of technology. Details of the allocation of these additional resources will be announced in due course when I have fully considered how best to proceed in these areas.