‘We can’t have every minister firing out statements willy-nilly’: John Halligan asked to clarify criticism of PAC

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to write to Junior Minister for Skills and Training, John Halligan to ask him to clarify a statement he made regarding the questioning of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Officials from the college appeared before the PAC last week …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 13 April]

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Questions on Promised Legislation – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): Earlier the Taoiseach spoke about Bills stuck in coffin Stage. One such Bill is the Technological Universities Bill, which, as the Taoiseach knows, has been stuck on Committee Stage for some time. I have asked about this previously because it is very important for all those consortia and institutes of technology involved in the process. There is huge uncertainty regarding the funding model for these technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 5 April]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the internal review at Waterford Institute of Technology, as mentioned by officials from his Department at the Committee of Public Accounts on 23 March 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 April]

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WIT to face PAC grilling

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology will face questions from politicians next week about the sale of spin off research companies based in the college. WIT is due to appear again before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[WLR FM, 30 March]

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Sale of ‘spinout’ company raises concerns over confict of interest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has been urged to investigate whether there are conflicts of interest among senior staff across third-level colleges who are shareholders in spinout companies. It follows concerns raised by Sinn Féin deputy David Cullinane at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday surrounding the sale of a company co-located at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Intellectual Property Management

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the national policy that exists to guide institutes of technology and universities on intellectual property policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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Institutes of Technology Expenditure – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Waterford Institute of Technology was running a surplus or deficit in each of the years 2008 to 2016; if so, the amount of the surplus or deficit for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to progress legislation on technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if newly formed technological universities will have the ability to borrow; and if he will make a statement on the matter ….” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Staff Data – Staff Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the difference between a teaching contract operational at institutes of technology and university contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if capital funding will be made available to progress the building of an engineering block at WIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological University should be primarily in Waterford according to Sinn Féin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane has published a document outlining plans for the proposed venture which would see IT Carlow and WIT team up. A new discussion paper is proposing the Technological University for the South East goes ahead but suggests it should be primarily based in Waterford …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR 96FM, 27 February]

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David Cullinane TD launches a framework for a Technological University of the Southeast

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has today launched a comprehensive discussion document on a Technological University of the Southeast. Deputy Cullinane said that the Southeast needs a University that is focussed on the social and economic needs of the region and one that acts as an engine driving creativity and growth …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 February]

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Technological Universities – the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the names of the stakeholders whom a person (details supplied) identified and met as part of the announcement in November 2014 of a new process of engagement and consultation regarding the technological university for the south east project, including, but not limited to, the names of the local authorities, chamber of commerce employees, enterprise development agencies and social and community groups, in addition to public representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 February]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which a technological university differs from existing universities or institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Technological Universities – Funding Model

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the new funding model that will pertain to technological universities; if they will be allowed to borrow; if they will be allowed to access European Investment Bank funding; if they will receive baseline funding for research and development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Stability and Equity Fund

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is giving consideration to the introduction of a stability and equity fund for institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the institutes of technology that have expressed an interest, or are involved, in a process to become technological universities; the stage each process is at; the amount that has been spent by each institute individually or collectively on the process to date; the amount of additional funding that has been available to support the processes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Higher Education Institutions Expenditure – Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the deficit incurred by Waterford Institute of Technology in each of the years 2013 to 2016 to date; the measures being put in place to address the deficit; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 12 July]

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Waterford IT and Carlow merger ‘most likely option’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An ‘integration’ of Waterford and Carlow’s Institutes of Technology remains ‘the most likely option’ when it comes to the delivery of university status for the region. That’s the view which has been re-emphasised by Waterford TD David Cullinane (SF) in a discussion paper that’s been seen by The Munster Express ahead of its publication today (Tuesday) …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 7 June]

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