Senator Ivana Bacik to raise supplemental exam fees in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senators David Norris and Ivana Bacik have criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental exam charges with a flat fee of €450. Speaking to Trinity News, Norris said that he thinks that the fees are ‘considerable overcharging’. Norris continued by stating: ‘In my view Trinity is completely out of sync with other universities’ …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 9 March]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

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

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Norris Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on First Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad’s TCD panel on the first count having exceeded the quota. During the campaign, Norris, who has served as independent senator on the panel since 1987, highlighted his past political successes as well as his connection with Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 27 April]

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Universities and social change: the case of same-sex marriage

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As most readers will undoubtedly know, Ireland voted on Friday last week on whether to amend the country’s Constitution (Bunreacht na hEireann, 1937) to include in the article on the family the following sentence …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – IV – Staff, Pensions, Innovation and IP

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is the fourth and final post in a series on Senator Seán Barrett’s Private Members’ Bill, the Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was discussed last week in the Seanad (earlier posts are here, here and here) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 February]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – I – Introduction

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Senator Seán Barrett, in conjunction with Senator Feargal Quinn and Senator David Norris, introduced the Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015 as a Private Members’ Bill in the Seanad, and it was debated last week …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 February]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Second Stage

Posted in Legal issues on September 24th, 2014 by steve

Diarmuid Wilson (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan, to the House. Amendment No. 1, in the name of Senator Barrett, is related to amendment No. 11, and they may be discussed together, by agreement …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 September]

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Government accused of ‘invasion’ of university Seanad seats

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“Senator David Norris says intention clear in remarks made by Minister Phil Hogan, while Senator Seán Barrett accuses Taoiseach of ‘revenge’ on Independents …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Trinity graduates ‘sick of party politics’ to run in local elections

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2014 by steve

“A number of recent Trinity College graduates have come together to stand in affiliation in the upcoming local election in May …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 January]

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Norris says Government attempts at reform of Seanad cynical and dishonest

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

“The electorate for Seanad university seats will more than double from 200,000 to 500,000 while the electorate for vocational panel seats will halve from 1,000 to 500, it has been claimed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Trinity Senators Wary of Proposed Seanad Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity Senators have voiced concerns over the implementation of the 1979 referendum which would extend the university franchise to the graduates of all third-level institutions …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, University Times, 26 November]

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Reforming the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Senator David Norris (October 23rd) rightly indicates the problematic dilemma regarding preparation of an accurate register for university panel Seanad seats, once updated to include graduates from all third-level institutions …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Reforming the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Senator David Norris raises ‘technical’ difficulties in terms of permitting graduates other than those of the NUI and Trinity College to vote for the election of six senators (October 23rd). This sounds suspiciously like early back-tracking …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Reforming the Seanad

Posted in Legal issues on October 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – I would like to put on record that not just I, but all university Senators from both universities over many years have urged the Government to use the power granted by the people by referendum in 1979 to extend the university franchise …” (more)

[David Norris, Irish Times, 23 October]

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Academics against abolition of Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2012 by steve

“It was bad news for the Taoiseach that not even one member of a panel of international experts had supported his position on the future of the Seanad, David Norris (Ind) said …” (more)

[Jimmy Walsh, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Norris got TCD disability pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2011 by steve

“Presidential candidate Senator David Norris has said he received disability payments from Trinity College Dublin for 16 years, while continuing to serve as a Senator, after contracting hepatitis …” (more)

[Steven Carroll and Cían Nihil, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Economist Barrett takes seat with Norris and Bacik

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2011 by steve

“Economist Dr Seán Barrett won the last seat on the Dublin University panel for Seanad Éireann on the 18th count, which was announced at 11.30pm. By the 15th count, announced just after 8.30pm, the TCD lecturer had overtaken his main rival …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Fine Gael continues Seanad success as Norris takes first University seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2011 by steve

“Fine Gael’s strong performance in the 2011 Seanad elections continued last night as the party elected five members in the 11-seat Labour panel – putting daylight between itself and Fianna Fáil as it moves clearly towards being the biggest party in the upper house …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 April]

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Ivana Bacik seeks re-election to Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2011 by steve

“Defeated Dáil candidate Ivana Bacik and presidential hopeful David Norris are among those seeking re-election to the Seanad from the Universities constituency …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 March]

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Norris questions Trinity invitation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2010 by steve

SEANAD REPORT: A Letter he had received from Trinity College’s department of political science purporting to invite him to a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution revealed that its professors knew sweet damn all about practical politics, Trinity member David Norris said …” (more)

[Jimmy Walsh, Irish Times, 28 January]

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