Student places reviewed as courses to merge

Ireland“The numbers of students attending all of the 1,200 courses across higher education is to be reviewed. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe confirmed the review last night, saying that it was necessary to see where rationalisation can take place. Mr O’Keeffe was responding to yesterday’s Irish Independent revelation that some courses and subjects with small numbers will be merged. The minister stressed there would be no change in the diversity of courses on offer …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 March]

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One Response to “Student places reviewed as courses to merge”

  1. Ben Parker Says:


    Hello! My name is Jeremy Parker and I am a 23 year old entrepreneur. I am
    the CEO of Tees and Tats, a high-end, limited edition t-shirt line
    designed by world renown tattoo artist Marco Serio. We launched the
    line last July, with much success, selling to many high-end boutiques
    all over the US and Canada. But starting last November, are sales
    starting to slow dramatically as with the rest of the economy. A
    large percentage of the stores we were selling to – closed, and the
    stores that have survived are not placing re-orders.

    I did not want to concede to failure- because if the entrepreneurial
    spirit dies, America will be in a much worse place. I knew the store
    issue would still be a problem, because high-end retailers are not
    buying goods anymore, but I came up with an idea that I thought might
    help our online sales.

    I first lowered our prices from $110 to $55. This helped a little
    bit, but people where still not buying like we saw earlier. So I came
    up with a concept that at the time seemed bizarre, but now has proven
    to be a savior for us.

    Now when a customer buys a shirt on our website (,
    they are told the price of the DOW. For every 100 points that the DOW
    drops within two months after the time of purchase they receive $5
    dollars off of their purchase. For example if a customer buys a shirt
    for $55 dollars and the DOW is 8200 and two months later the DOW is
    8000 – the customer gets a check in the mail for $10 dollars. The
    reason why people aren’t buying high-end fashion- is that they are
    nervous about affording food, rent and other necessary living
    expenses. Obviously very understandable. So by assuring them that if
    the economy deteriorates even more they would get some money back —
    it made it very enticing for many customers. Our sales have been up
    significantly since we started this.

    One important additional element to the Tees and Tats philosophy is
    our desire to give back. For every T-shirt sold in the initial
    collection, we are going donate a percentage of proceeds to the
    non-profit ArtWorks Foundation. Based in Englewood, N.J., ArtWorks
    provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and
    life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and
    performing arts programming which encourages the use of the creative
    process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression, and
    personal development. (I actually chose this charity to give to-
    because of your piece on them a few years back)

    I just want to thank you for listening to my story, and I want to say
    that as things are looking bad and seems to be getting even worse– It
    is going to be the American people who are going to fix this problem.

    Best Wishes,
    Jeremy Parker

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