Education fees and system a barrier for families says Labour Senator

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been urged to take the idea of student loans off the table. A report published last year found that there was a funding gap of €5.5bn over the next 15 years in third level education. The Cassels report made a number of recommendations including a deferred payment scheme for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 July]

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New Minister Fails to Deliver for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The failure of Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to secure any improvement to class sizes or make any meaningful reduction in back to school costs, is a major disappointment to those in the sector according to Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin …” (more)

[Labour Party, 11 October]

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Level of concern over questions in papers a phenomenon unknown in other countries

Posted in Teaching on June 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“When the Minister for Equality is tweeting about the absence of a poet from an exam that he took more than two decades ago, you know you’re in the middle of a collective cultural phenomenon …” (more)

[Grainne Faller, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Sherlock is bookies’ favourite to take over department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Labour is odds on with the bookies to retain the Education portfolio in the Government following the resignation of Ruairi Quinn. Favourite to succeed Mr Quinn is junior minister for research and innovation Sean Sherlock at 2-1 …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 3 July]

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Quinn had ‘unshakeable’ commitment to make State better – Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Politicians from Labour and other parties have paid tribute to the outgoing Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who has announced his decision to step down will coincide with the reshuffle which is expected next week …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Institutes of Technology Issues – Church on Grangegorman site

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the significant contribution of money that has been paid by the Roman Catholic Church to the Dublin Institute of Technology Foundation for the maintenance of an active church, as distinct from a multi-faith centre, on the new DIT Grangegorman site and if so, if he will detail all of the conditions attached to this donation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 October]

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Stakeholders in education should unite against the divide and rule strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2013 by steve

“Divide and conquer. It’s the oldest trick in the book, and you know why? A lot of the time it works. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has hinted at cuts amounting to €100 million in the next budget …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Children in wealthy areas get more special education teaching

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2013 by steve

“Department of Education investigation reveals children in wealthy parts of Dublin benefit from more resource teaching for special educational needs than their counterparts …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Fee Change For Migrant Students A Key Step For Equality – Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has today welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn that will see a much fairer approach being adopted to calculating fees for some migrant students …” (more)

[Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, 25 July]

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Education Budget cuts of €44m a ’difficult challenge’ – Quinn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“Cuts of €44m are required for next year’s education budget which will present a ‘difficult challenge’, Minister of Education Ruairí Quinn has said …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Trinity Tutorial Allowance

Posted in Legal issues on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a cost analysis has been carried out on the decision to amend the trinity tutorial allowance preventing payment to new applicants for providing the service, under direction of his Department, in view of the fact that such a move is feared to lead to the abolition of the service which is instrumental in the provision of student welfare; if not, if such an analysis will be completed to highlight the savings and or costs of amending this scheme while also keeping in mind student welfare and provision for such …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 March]

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Fine Gael TD says Quinn wants to establish ‘a communist state’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2013 by steve

“A Fine Gael TD has accused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and a prominent Labour deputy of wanting ‘a communist state’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 5 March]

[After the SUSI fiasco, surely we’re not too worried about Ruairi’s ability to organise a communist state … or anything else?]

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Coalition divisions deepen on means-testing for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The two Coalition parties are experiencing deepening divisions on an imminent proposal by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to include business and farm assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Tension in Coalition over means test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers have warned of trouble within the Coalition over plans to include farm and business assets in the means test for third level grants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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Quinn is against plan to raise Irish level for teachers

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has voiced his concerns about a proposal to raise the standard of Irish required for trainee primary teachers. It is among a number of suggestions from the Teaching Council in a package aimed at boosting literacy and numeracy levels …” (more)

[Independent, 19 February]

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UCD study of Irish families show that education is the real liberator – Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Life on January 14th, 2013 by steve

“Vice-Chair of the Education and Social Protection Committee, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, has stated that today’s publication of ‘Family Relationships and Family Well-Being: A Study of Family Well-Being’ by UCD researchers, shows clearly that education is the key to social cohesion and social justice …” (more)

[Labour Party, 14 January]

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Ó Ríordáin welcomes additional €3 million for Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Life on January 8th, 2013 by steve

“Labour TD for Dublin Bay North, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, that an additional €3 million has been allocated to Student Assistance Fund. This brings the money available to the fund for 2012/2013 to €11 million …” (more)

[Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour Party, 8 January]

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Third Level Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the implementation of a national student satisfaction survey for third level students has been delayed by 12 months; the reason for this delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 4 December]

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Head of student grant system answers to Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 13th, 2012 by steve

“Jacinta Stewart, of the City of Dublin VEC, told the Oireachtas Education Committee why their grants are delayed. USI President John Logue and Labour TD Aodhan O’Riordán spoke to Drivetime …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 13 November]

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Ó Ríordáin lobbies USI to support minimum pricing on alcohol

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2012 by steve

“Over the last few weeks I have been meeting with student leaders to discuss their concerns. The recurring theme amongst them has been the rise in poor mental health amongst students. We all know about the relationship between poor mental health and alcohol …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 18 October]

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