University expansion plans at risk from funding difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities are at risk of losing their capacity to borrow hundreds of millions of euro needed to fund their expansion to cope with rising student numbers. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, has asked the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to determine whether universities are on or off the exchequer’s balance sheet …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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Emigration of Irish nationals falls 13% with 35,300 leaving in year

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of Irish people leaving Ireland remains high, despite improvements in the economy and a fall in unemployment. Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday show 35,300 Irish people emigrated in the 12 months to April 2015, a 13% drop on the previous year …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Drawing Lessons from the Public Sector Pay Talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With the public sector pay negotiations getting underway, it is timely to step back from the details and look at the broader landscape. For it is clear: if the wage structure in the overall economy mirrored the wage structure in the public sector, we would have a more prosperous economy and society …” (more)

[Unite’s Notes On The Front, 18 May]

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Shocking level of graduate emigration must be addressed, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for a new approach to promoting graduate and research jobs in Ireland, saying many highly qualified young people are being forced to emigrate because of lack of real job opportunities here …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 August]

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What Lies, beneath. Civil and public service pay, again

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2014 by steve

“So, public sector pay is back on the radar. The publication by the CSO of the recent public/private sector pay comparisons has given rise to the usual outpourings from the organs of media billionaires …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 August]

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Opportunities in Ireland still not enough to draw emigrants back

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“There are strong indications that the wave of mass emigration out of Ireland prompted by the downturn may be finally slowing, with the number of Irish people leaving the country last year falling 20% compared to the previous 12 months …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Average wage beyond our graduates

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2014 by steve

“Business, IT and engineering students at the country’s top colleges don’t expect to earn even the average wage in their first job, according to a wide-ranging new survey of graduate expectations …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 25 August]

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Literacy and numeracy among Irish average or below, according to survey

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2013 by steve

“One in six people here struggle with literacy while one in four lack numeracy skills, according to a major study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Irish adults at or below average for literacy and numeracy

Posted in Teaching on October 8th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland was ranked as only average in terms of adult literacy and numeracy, according to international studies published this morning by the OECD and by the Central Statistics Office …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 October]

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100,000 more pupils in our primary schools by next decade

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2013 by steve

“Primary school pupil enrolments will grow by up to 100,000 by 2021, according to latest projections from the Central Statistics Office …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 May]

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Emigration at highest level in a decade

Posted in Life on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“Emigration figures reached their highest level in almost a decade in 2012, with an estimated 63,100 leaving the country. Preliminary CSO estimates indicate emigration jumped 12% last year as the effects of the economic downturn continued to force many people to seek employment abroad …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 26 April]

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Cost of education on the increase

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2012 by steve

“The cost of education has soared by almost 10% in the last year, according to official figures. An increase in third level costs was the main factor behind the rise over the 12 months to September …” (more)

[Independent, 11 October]

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More cuts to public sector pay bill possible

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“Additional cuts to the public sector pay bill – either through a new voluntary redundancy package or increased working hours – may be necessary to address the budget deficit, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch and Dan O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 September]

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CSO Figures Show Big Education Cost Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2012 by steve

“Education costs rose 9.4% in the year to June, according to figures released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Despite this the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation was 1.7% for the period, down from 1.9% in June 2011 …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw, Trinity News, 12 July]

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