Croke Park II: Staff can now be ‘pushed out’ if not needed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2013 by steve

“Public sector workers will be pushed out of their job if their role is no longer needed, under the terms of the new Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan and Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 February]

Tags: , , , ,

Bertie’s man in DIT’s Ireland-China tie-up

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

“Readers of these pages who are also interested in politics may have noticed the article and photographs in Tuesday’s supplement concerning the development of Hainan International Tourism Collage in the Hainan Island province in China …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 January]

Tags: , ,

Prof Bertie meets Dr Sean

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2012 by steve

“The scene: the Aula Maxima in Maynooth College, Kildare on the outskirts of Dublin. A reunion of National University business alumni and other distinguished citizens selected by Maynooth College for special recognition …” (more)

[Independent, 5 August]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

FF Senator declares trips to four states for US degree

Posted in Life on April 5th, 2012 by steve

“Wexford Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh visited Jordan, the eastern European states of Georgia and Azerbaijan and the US last year with an American educational institute for which former taoiseach Bertie Ahern is an advisory board member …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 5 April]

Tags: , ,

Bertie is in no position to lecture anyone

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2009 by steve

“I am furious that my alma mater, NUI Maynooth, would consider appointing Bertie Ahern as an honorary adjunct professor. He and his cronies are largely responsible for: 430,000 people being on the dole …” (more)

[Leo Armstrong, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

Tags: ,

Bertie the lecturer a ‘morally offensive’ proposition

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2009 by steve

“As a member of FEE (Free Education for Everyone) in Maynooth, and as a concerned student, I would like to respond to Ryle Dwyer’s column headlined ‘Did highly paid academics object because Bertie would do it for free?’ (November 28) …” (more)

[Aidan Rowe, Irish Examiner, 5 December]

Tags: , ,

Protests over honorary role at Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2009 by steve

“The National University of Ireland Maynooth has defended the appointment of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, as an honorary professor, in the wake of new criticism. Students at NUI Maynooth have presented a petition to the university objecting to the appointment of Mr Ahern as Honorary Adjunct Professor to the School of Business and Law …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 December]

Tags: ,

Protest over Ahern’s professorship

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2009 by steve

“Angry students have protested in NUI Maynooth over former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s appointment as visiting professor in mediation and conflict studies. About 1,200 people, including lecturers, signed a petition opposing the university’s decision to invite Mr Ahern to take up the honorary, unpaid role …” (more)

[Independent, 2 December]

Tags: ,

NUIM defends Ahern appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2009 by steve

“NUI Maynooth has defended its decision to appoint former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a visiting professor to the college, after more than 1,200 students and a number of academics signed a petition to protest at the appointment. Mr Ahern was appointed an honorary adjunct professor by the School of Business and Law and is expected to give his inaugural lecture soon …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 2 December]

Tags: ,

Hundreds of Maynooth students deliver petition against Bertie Ahern’s appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2009 by steve

“Today, Wednesday the second of December, almost 300 NUI Maynooth students showed up to deliver a petition against the appointment of Bertie Ahern T.D as an Honorary Professor by the University. Campaigners decided to call on those who had signed the 1,000+ petition to help deliver it, and the turnout surpassed all expectations …” (more, pictures)

[Donal Ó Fallúin, Indymedia Ireland, 2 December]

Tags: ,

Maynooth students object to Ahern appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2009 by steve

“Students at NUI Maynooth will today present a petition to University management objecting to the appointment of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to an honorary position in the university. The organisers of the petition said over 1,200 Maynooth students have signed it …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 December]

Tags: ,

NUIM Students Deliver Petition Against Ahern Appointment

Posted in Life on December 1st, 2009 by steve

“All NUI Maynooth students are invited to deliver the petition condemning Bertie Ahern’s appointment as an honorary professor in the University. Let’s send a clear message that we don’t want this man honoured on our campus …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 1 December]

Tags: ,

Did highly paid academics object because Bertie would do it for free?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2009 by steve

“Free Education for Everyone, with the inapt acronym FEE, organised up to 1,000 student signatures in protest against the appointment of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a visiting professor at NUI Maynooth (NUIM). They called on the college authorities to suspend the appointment, at least until after the publication of the Mahon tribunal report …” (more)

[Ryle Dwyer, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

Tags: , ,

Maynooth group expresses its opposition to Ahern appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2009 by steve

“A group of academics and students at NUI Maynooth has called on the university to suspend its appointment of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a visiting professor pending the outcome of the Mahon tribunal. Campaigners said up to 1,000 signatures opposing the appointment had been collected among the student body …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 26 November]

Tags: ,

FEE NUIM: Cautious welcome to the news on fees, still no welcome for Bertie Ahern TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Free Education for Everyone, NUI Maynooth welcome the concessions won by the Green Party in relation to education, but encourage students to continue the campaign against education cutbacks and remain cautious of this governments policies in relation to education. The Green Party have voted with Fianna Fail on education cuts in the past, and there is no reason to think they will not do so again in future. The decision of the Green Party rank and file to vote in favour of NAMA for instance shows a willingness to go against public feeling and to side with the Fianna Fail party if their own seats at the high table of government in Ireland are at risk …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 13 October]

Tags: , , ,

FEE Maynooth Students Say No To Bertie On Campus!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Why Bertie Ahern is not welcome or wanted in NUI Maynooth, why we will oppose him, and why there is a great onus on the Students Union to do likewise. It seems almost surreal any Irish University would want to wine and dine Bertie Ahern at the minute. ‘One of the last socialists in Irish politics’ (We all remember that statement!) finds himself among the main figureheads of the Fianna Fail party, a party currently wallowing at 17% support in the Dublin area. He is, for many working people, the perfect embodiment of Fianna Fail gombeenism and greed …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 6 October]

Tags: , ,

More on Professor Bertie Ahern’s Job at NUIM

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Got a response from NUIM giving a little more detail on Bertie Ahern’s job description as Honorary Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Conflict Intervention. ‘In response to your query I can confirm that the position of Honorary Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Conflict Intervention is an honorary one for which no remuneration is involved. Holders of such positions provide their time and support to the university free of charge to encourage and develop education. As part of his role with NUI Maynooth Bertie Ahern has agreed to deliver annual lecturers to post graduate students, academics, mediation and conflict intervention practitioners, as well as providing inputs on NUI Maynooth mediation and conflict intervention programmes …’” (more)

[Irish Election, 30 March]

Tags: ,

Galway FEE statement about Ahern protest in NUIG

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2009 by steve

“Bertie Ahern was due to speak at the Literary and Debating society of NUI Galway tonight (Monday 2nd Feb). The event was cancelled due to student protest and scuffles with the Gardaí. Free Education for Everyone (FEE) called a protest against Ahern’s visit, applying the slogan ‘they’re trying to block our access to college so we’ll block theirs’. Although Ahern is no longer Taoiseach he remains a Fianna Fáil TD. The students were protesting the proposal of third level fees, the registration fee hike, and the general education cuts being introduced by the Fianna Fáil/ Green government. It is on this basis that FEE attempted to block Ahern’s access to the campus. About 50 students staged a sit down protest at the University Road entrance. Without provocation Gardaí launched themselves at the protesters. Instead of simply pulling students out of the way the Gardaí engaged in heavy-handed tactics – flinging students away and dragging them by the hair in a totally uncalled for manner …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 5 February]

Tags: , ,

Protest probe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2009 by steve

“NUI, Galway officials have launched an internal investigation into the student protest that forced Bertie Ahern’s speech to the college’s Literary and Debating Society to be cancelled on Monday night. A group of student protesters called ‘Free Education for Everyone (FEE)’ were involved in scuffles with gardai as they attempted to block the former Taoiseach’s path into the college. The protesting FEE members claim they were subjected to physical assaults from gardai and insist they were taking part in a peaceful protest. One protester was arrest for public order offences. Galway FEE group Organiser, Joseph Loughane said the group would be sending a report to the Garda Ombudsman …” (more)

[Declan Rooney, Galway Independent, 4 February]

Tags: , , ,

College to investigate Ahern protest

Posted in Legal issues on February 4th, 2009 by steve

“NUI Galway (NUIG) has initiated an internal investigation into protests on campus which led to the abandonment of a public interview with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern on Monday night. The university says it may take disciplinary action against any students involved. Both it and the college’s students’ union have also ‘strongly condemned’ the actions of the participants. However, the students’ union said the actions of both the Garda and a small number of protesters were ‘unnecessary’. Mr Ahern, who has been relying on a crutch due to a leg injury, was visibly shaken after he was jostled en route to a lecture hall in the college concourse shortly before 8pm on Monday …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 4 February]

Tags: , ,