UCD Pro-Life Group Hits Out, After Posters for Anti-Abortion Film Removed from Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversy has erupted in University College Dublin (UCD), after posters advertising an upcoming film with anti-abortion themes were taken down around the campus. UCD for Life, an anti-abortion group based on the campus, accused University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) of ‘institutional discrimination’ after posters were removed advertising a screening of Unplanned, a film based on the true story of a Planned Parenthood director who resigned and joined the anti-abortion lobby after witnessing a second-trimester abortion first-hand …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 October]

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Cork IT will not have to take on IT Tralee debt if merged, Minister pledge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

“The Minister for Education has assured Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) it will not have to take on IT Tralee’s debts in the event that they merge to form a new university for the Munster area. Rising deficits and cashflow problems at IT Tralee have been a key obstacle in the creation of a new Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 October]

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No official Irish presence at Cardinal Newman canonisation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

“Neither the Government nor University College Dublin are expected to be officially represented at the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Rome next Sunday, according to indications last night. Cardinal Newman was UCD’s first rector and president when it was founded as the Catholic University of Ireland …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Fiach Kelly reports that the Green Party in its pre-budget submission is recommending free access to all public transport for students, at a cost of €60 million (‘Greens propose free public transport scheme for students’, News, October 4th) …” (more)

[Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Pre-Budget, a Starving Sector Makes Political Moves. The Government is Unlikely to Care

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If the government was surprised by Provost Patrick Prendergast lambasting the ‘politicians putting their hands up’ in an RTÉ interview earlier this week, it would surely have been more startled again a few days later, when Hugh Brady launched a searing attack on its inaction in the face of higher education’s crisis …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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For Rent Strikes to Work, Activists and TCDSU Must be on the Same Page

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last Tuesday evening, two different meetings took place at the opposing ends of Trinity’s campus. One was Trinity College Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) council, at which the union formally opposed a no-deal Brexit, as well as creating new committees to deal with mature student issues and the environment. The other was the first meeting of Trinity’s new Cut the Rent campaign group – a collection of student activists looking to gather support for a campus rent strike …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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