Education minister faces many tests in new role

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“The new education minister has worked in the classroom, but will rely on lessons learned in the political arena. One of the biggest tests of Jan O’Sullivan’s political mettle will be how she decides to proceed on the roll out of a replacement for the Junior Certificate …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 July]

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Eden College owner denies ‘trousering’ student fees

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 24th, 2014 by steve

“The owner of Eden College has denied that he ‘trousered’ school fees from students prior to the English language college closing last month. Amid heated exchanges with students at a creditors’ meeting in Dublin …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 May]

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O’Keeffe’s language school breached visa rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 24th, 2014 by steve

“Flagrant breaches of student visa rules at a college for international students where former Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe was president are exposed in documents published today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 May]

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Ex-minister’s move into poorly-regulated sector raised eyebrows

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2014 by steve

“Former education minister Batt O’Keeffe raised eyebrows in education circles when it emerged he was getting involved in a private school catering for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 May]

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Batt O’Keeffe ‘astounded’ by claims of irregularities at college where he was president

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2014 by steve

“Former Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has said he is astounded by claims of irregularities at an English language college of which he was president …” (more)

[Independent, 15 May]

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University of the South East Campaign: Ruairí Quinn confirms he will never make a university in the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Ruairí Quinn confirms he will never make a university in the South East. Last month Ruairí Quinn visited WIT to let the people of the south-east know that the Technological University will not happen before 2018. In political speak, this means it will never happen as long as Quinn is minister …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 22 April]

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O’Keeffe language school loses state accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“An English language school where former Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe is president and chairman of the board has lost its state accreditation …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 February]

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Recognition for school with links to ex-Minister Bat O’Keeffe pulled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2014 by steve

“The Government’s education standards body has decided to withdraw recognition from an English language school in Dublin, of which former education minister Batt O’Keeffe is president and chairman of the board …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Quinn slams FF predecessors for spending too many days at schools

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

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has hit out at his Fianna Fail predecessors for spending too much time visiting schools and not enough time at their desks …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 3 June]

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Technological universities? A view from the South-East of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“The question of technological universities has come to the fore again in Ireland this week. According to an article in Thursday’s Irish Times, the Cabinet has accepted proposals from the Minister for Education and Skills to form three new technological universities …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, University Blog, 30 May]

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Innovation, a failed enterprise policy and inconvenient facts for 2013

Posted in Research on December 20th, 2012 by steve

“2013 is close at hand and it’s hardly a ‘man bites dog’ story that the 2006 flagship enterprise policy target to be recognised as a ‘world class knowledge economy’ by next year has been already buried …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 20 December]

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Cabinet to consider student fee of €3,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2011 by steve

“A flat student contribution fee of €3,000 is expected to be among the options considered in Cabinet in the coming months on changes to third-level fees. However, fees of at least €5,000 a year for those who can afford them remains an option …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 19 August]

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