New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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Government not doing enough to tackle rising student rents

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said the Government must do more to tackle rising student accommodation rents. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, we have read reports that there has been a rise in the numbers of students commuting to college as rents are becoming unaffordable in many college cities and towns …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 June]

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FG cannot continue to be evasive on Higher Education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that unless the Minister for Education addresses the issues with higher education funding, the sector will remain stagnant. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘While I am no fan of education ranking systems, the fact that Irish universities continue to fall in the QS World University Rankings, is a damning inditement of the lack of the lack of investment in the third level sector …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 June]

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Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, while the Cabinet approved legislative proposals to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Board, hundreds of students were protesting accommodation hikes in DCU outside the Dáil …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 17 April]

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Minister Bruton needs to rule out student loan schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 12 April]

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Student accommodation hikes unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised student accommodation providers in Dublin for proposing sharp rent increases for student accommodation. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The latest rent increases by private student accommodation providers will see privately-owned DCU student accommodation fees rise to over €10,000 for nine months …'” (more)

[Labour Party, 27 March]

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TCD should reverse repeat fee decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has called on Trinity College Dublin to reverse the decision to introduce a fee of €450 to repeat exams. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The outrageous decision by Trinity College Dublin to introduce a high fee of €450 to repeat exams will price many students out of college. …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 13 March]

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Budget18 lacks vision for third level education – Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party spokesperson on Education, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that this year’s budget exposes a total lack of vision for the third level sector. Senator Ó Ríordáin commented: ‘This Budget illustrates Fine Gael/Independent Alliance’s poverty of vision for free education. Nowhere is this more evident than in third level funding …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 October]

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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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