Third Level Fees: Reducing the Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student conution rate by €250, €500 or €1,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure: Non-Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of decreasing the non-adjacent rate of third level grants from 45 to 24 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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College fees should not rise – they should go

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

Ireland“Good evening, It’s an honour to be here at Tom Johnson for my second time as Labour leader. And I’m particularly pleased that we’re gathering here in Cork …” (more)

[Brendan Howlin, Labour Party, 10 June]

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Minister Howlin welcomes High Court decision to refuse an application for an injunction over the awarding of a contract for the Grangegorman DIT campus

Posted in Legal issues on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister Howlin welcomes High Court decision to refuse an application for an injunction over the awarding of a contract for the Grangegorman DIT campus. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, today (1 December 2015) welcomed the High Court decision …” (more)

[Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 1 December]

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Pay rises for 300,000 public service staff from January

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for about 300,000 staff in the public service as well as pension rises for retired personnel from early next year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 November]

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Finance sub-Committee to debate FEMPI legislation with Minister Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform will meet tomorrow to conduct Committee stage examination of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015 with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 9 November]

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Full steam ahead for Technological University?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As far as most people in Waterford are concerned, discussions are still ongoing between WIT and CIT about a possible merger and the creation of a Technological University serving the South East region …” (more)

[John O’ Connor, Munster Express, 27 October]

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Major Higher Education Announcement for Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin of approval to acquire a new site for the Institute’s Wexford Campus. The new campus will be located on a 35-acre site in a prime location in Wexford Town …” (more)

[IT Carlow, 8 October]

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Southeast colleges leaders willing to resume merger talks

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Senior figures at two third-level colleges in the southeast have given positive soundings about the prospect of restarting talks on a university for the region, despite serious problems highlighted in a plan …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 July]

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Public Sector Pay – Relaxation of FEMPI legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether the conditions for a financial emergency as set out in financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, legislation still apply; his plans to unwind this legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 2 July]

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Minister Howlin announces reforms to Ireland’s Public Sector Standards Regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, announced today (Thursday 18 June 2015) that the Government has approved the priority drafting of a Bill to provide for a statutory framework governing public sector disclosure of interests and related matters on a consolidated basis …” (more)

[Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 18 June]

[It appears that these proposals are meant to include the universities: the draft scheme defines “public body” to include “a higher education institution in receipt of public funds”.]

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Public sector pensions boost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two thirds of retired public service workers who saw their pensions slashed during the economic crash are set to benefit from increases of up to €1,680 over the next three years, in sharp contrast to their private sector colleagues …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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Public service pay deal costing €566m affordable, says Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new public service pay restoration deal, which will see most public service staff receive €2,000 on a phased basis, will cost the State €566 million over three years. However, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin last night said it was ‘affordable’ and the ‘right thing to do’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Public sector workers granted some pay restoration over three phases

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There has been a successful conclusion to talks on public-sector pay which will see most public servants having their pay restored by around €2,000. According to the IMPACT trade union, this will happen over three phases between January 2016 and September of 2017 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 May]

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Face-to-face negotiations on public pay begin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The first face-to-face negotiations in the public sector pay talks got under way in Dublin this afternoon. The negotiations involve more than 19 public sector unions and officials from the Department of Public Expenditure …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 19 May]

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Public pay talks aimed at curbing strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New deals aimed at curbing strikes in the public sector have been signalled by Tánaiste Joan Burton. She insisted industrial action was ‘the last thing we want’ as negotiations resume regarding the restoration of pay cuts imposed during the financial crash …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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First phase of public sector pay talks close after just fifteen minutes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The first round of the public sector pay talks opened and closed this afternoon in just fifteen minutes. This afternoon’s session is the first in a phase of talks between union representatives for 300,000 public servants and the Government, and today both parties laid out their opening positions …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 12 May]

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Public service pay ‘restoration’ talks underway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks on how much of the Government’s €750m public expenditure pledge will be given over to pay restoration for its staff will begin this afternoon, with the pension levy likely to feature high on the agenda over the coming days …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers and Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 12 May]

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Public service workers set for €800 windfall each

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public service workers are set to gain on average more than €800 each as part of the Government’s reversal of pay cuts. The Irish Times understands the Government will allocate around €250 million – and possibly up to €300 million – as part of a deal to partially restore pay levels for nearly 300,000 public servants … ” (more)

[Fiach Kelly and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Issue of public sector pay rises is Howlin’s biggest test yet

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“News that the Government and unions will next week begin talks about restoring pay levels in the public sector brings to mind the old joke about the man asking for directions being told: ‘If I was going there, I wouldn’t be starting from here at all’ …” (more)

[Shane Coleman, Independent, 5 May]

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