State pays €5m college fees for department staff

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2013 by steve

“Taxpayers have forked out €5m for college fees for hundreds of staff across government departments under the Coalition …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 9 December]

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Garda advertisement attracts 30,000 applicants for degree course

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“About 30,000 people have applied to an advertisement for Garda recruits to undergo a new training programme and graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in police studies, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter told the Dáil …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Academics could make good judges, says Shatter

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“Academics could be appointed as judges under new reforms being considered by Justice Minister Alan Shatter …” (more)

[Dearbhail McDonald, Independent, 24 July]

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The behavioural aspects of the collapse of the Croke Park Extension

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2013 by steve

“In the christian bible the First Book of Kings Verses has a wonderful vignette of how not to win friends and influence people. King Rehoboham is discussing policy with his advisors, having recently taken the throne from Solomon …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 20 April]

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Gardai won’t back down in protest over pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Protesting gardai have said they have no option but to hold peaceful demonstrations until progress is made over pay talks …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Independent, 23 February]

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LRC proposes process for Croke Park deal talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Talks aimed at securing an extension of the Croke Park Agreement are expected to intensify this weekend. The Labour Relations Commission has set out its plans to deal with key issues over the next two days …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 23 February]

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Third Level Fees for Non-EEA Nationals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 12th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the doubling of registration fees for non-EEA nationals to €300; the basis for giving five days’ notice to non-EEA nationals of the increase; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 December]

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Student Visas

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress that has been made in achieving the goal, as set out in the Programme for Government, to overhaul the student visa system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 24 October]

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UCD centre to spearhead fight against cyber crime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 31st, 2011 by steve

“Justice Minister Alan Shatter has announced details of Ireland’s involvement in an international plan to tackle cyber crime. The €4m EU strategy, called ‘2Centre’ is part of the European Commission’s plan to safeguard governments, businesses and citizens. It will see a centre of excellence established at University College Dublin …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 31 May]

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Law lecturer one of two special advisers appointed by Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2011 by steve

“UCD law lecturer Tom Cooney and Jane Lehane have been appointed special advisers by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Alan Shatter. Trained as a solicitor, where he acquired experience in labour law and prisoners’ and Travellers’ rights, Mr Cooney lectured in a range of law subjects in UCD …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 April]

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