Politics

Anyone searching for coherent Irish party positions on universities is likely to come away disappointed, as it is a rare politician who is interested in universities in themselves. Rather, the focus is generally on universities as providers of education; or as recipients of public money; as facilitators or inhibitors of social mobility; as major employers; as researchers; as transmitters of the national culture; as providers of educational services to international students. Also, TDs with no noticeable interest in the functioning of universities might nonetheless be extremely interested in the financial welfare of their students, which will always have implications for the universities themselves.

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Fianna Fáil (Website¦Wikipedia¦9li)
National politicians who speak frequently on university issues include:

See also:
O’Keeffe pledges to ‘family-proof’ third-level fees impact (8 May 2009)
Colleges must be accountable says O’Keeffe (25 March 2009)
For discussion see Party time: Fianna Fáil (Ferdinand von Prondzynski)

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Fine Gael (Website¦Wikipedia¦9li)
National politicians who speak frequently on university issues include:

See also:
Fine Gael – ‘Reinventing Government’ (7 November 2010)
Interview with Brian Hayes TD (22 July 2009)
Higher Education Reform: the Fine Gael alternative (March 2009)
For discussion see Party Time: Fine Gael (Ferdinand von Prondzynski)

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Green Party (Website¦Wikipedia¦9li)
Eamon Ryan is a frequent contributor here.
See also:
Interview with Paul Gogarty TD, Green Party Education Spokesman (9 November 2006)
Greens ‘still oppose’ return of college fees” (11 February 2009)
Gogarty holds line over Green veto on third-level fees” (25 August 2010)

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Labour Party (Website¦Wikipedia¦9li)
National politicians who speak frequently on university issues include:

See also:
Student grants system needs reform now (23 September 2009)
Interview with Ruairi Quinn TD (29 July 2009)
Labour will resist any reintroduction of college fees (20 March 2009)
University of south-east can be key driver of economic growth (17 April 2008)
For discussion see Party Time: The Labour Party (Ferdinand von Prondzynski)

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Sinn Féin (Website¦Wikipedia¦9li)
National politicians who speak frequently on university issues include:

See also:
Concern at Queens University department cuts – Sinn Féin (23 June 2009)
For discussion see Party time: Sinn Féin (Ferdinand von Prondzynski)

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Independents
National politicians who speak frequently on university issues include: