Public service unions to push for pay hike in wake of €35m deal for nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions are set to demand a pay rise and wage reviews at new Government talks in the wake of a deal worth more than €35m for nurses. Sources said they were likely to make a collective claim for a wage boost after nurses won a package that includes a higher salary scale to halt crippling health service strikes …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 8 March]

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Men have ‘teeny-weeny’ interest in gender equality, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has delivered a blistering attack on male attitudes to gender equality. She described men’s level of interest in equality as ‘small, as in teeny-weeny small, as in this small’, as she gestured to her audience with her thumb and forefinger only centimetres apart …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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Talks over bus drivers’ refusal to stop at Belfield conclude

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Talks between Dublin Bus and University College Dublin Students’ Union over the refusal of bus drivers to stop at the university’s Belfield campus after 10pm have concluded. Following the talks, students’ union president Barry Murphy said that ‘the meeting was positive and all parties agreed to work together on a number of proposals’. Dublin Bus issued a similarly worded statement …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Women in science

Posted in Research on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Dick Ahlstrom’s informative and interesting article on Ireland’s scientists finishes with the exhortation to ‘… have a few more more names for the next table quiz’ (‘Ireland’s stellar contributions go under the radar’, Science Analysis, March 7th). I suggest, on this International Women’s Day, that we also remember Ireland’s female scientists …” (more)

[Bróna Ní Mhuirí, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Wexford campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progress in constructing a new third-level IT Wexford campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 March]

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