Public Sector Pensions Legislation – Repeal of FEMPI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the repeal of FEMPI legislation in respect of retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2016 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding third level funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the concerns of many members of the teaching staff in the Tralee Institute of Technology in County Kerry relating to the proposed development of a Munster technological university in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology; how she will address their many concerns; if she will take an active role in resolving the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

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Third Level Fees: Returning Irish Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will review the situation for returning Irish emigrants who have to pay full fees for college courses because they have been out of the country for too long; if the term limit will be increased or scrapped, given that the returning emigrants have been forced to emigrate in many cases due to the failings of the State in the first place; and if she will make a statement …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered alternative models of student contribution towards higher level course provision; if he is concerned that access to higher level is still a major issue for many young persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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Higher Education Institutions Issues – Cork IT and IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the suggestion of technological university status for a merged Cork IT and IT Tralee; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets Test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if income earned will continue to be the basis for eligibility for higher education grants; if he will reassure worried families that the value of the assets used to earn income will not form part of his future assessment plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the name of the company that designed the Student Universal Support Ireland online student grant application system; and his plans to make further improvements to the system …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 February]

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Maintenance Grants – Long-term welfare recipients

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 4th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will recognise long term recipients of supplementary welfare as a long term social welfare payment when assessing income for the special rate of maintenance grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41435/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The report of the Action Group on Access to Third Level Education made detailed recommendations concerning the introduction of special rates of maintenance grants for disadvantaged students. The target group of ‘those most in need’ was defined in terms of the dependants of people receiving long-term welfare payments, where the necessary conditions are fulfilled. To qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant for the 2012/13 academic year, an applicant must qualify for the standard rate of maintenance grant. In addition, total reckonable income must not exceed €22,703 in the 2011 tax year. Finally, as at 31st December, 2011, the reckonable income must include one of the eligible long-term social welfare payments prescribed in the Student Grant Scheme. Supplementary Welfare is considered to be a short-term payment. Therefore, it is not included as an eligible payment for the purpose of qualifying for the special rates of grant.”

Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 October

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Maintenance Grants – Processing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if procedures are in place to deal with the large volume of applications for the new student grant scheme in view of the experiences of other centralised applications departments …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 6 June]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for third level fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 7 March]

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Munster tech university plan gets mixed reactions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2012 by steve

“The proposed establishment of a technological university by three colleges in Cork, Kerry and Limerick has drawn mixed reactions …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Student contribution – stage payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information on which universities are accepting stage payments for the student contribution; his plans to extend stage payments to all universities and State-funded third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 October]

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Student contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 7th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a further increase in student contribution fees and post-leaving certificate fees can be avoided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will place an immediate freeze on third level student contribution fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 October]

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Third Level Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on salary costs as a percentage of overall higher education sector spend; if he is satisfied with the current percentage cost; his plans to address this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 October]

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