Quinn takes aim at historians over Junior Cert criticism

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has taken a sideswipe at high-profile historians who are opposing his move to remove history as a compulsory Junior Cert subject …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 2 August]

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Making history non-compulsory ‘worrying for future’

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2013 by steve

“UCD history professor Diarmaid Ferriter said plans to remove history as a compulsory subject under the new junior cycle programme were ‘very worrying for the future’ …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 12 June]

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A question of gender at third level

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Prof Diarmaid Ferriter (Education, February 26th) describes his week. When I asked some colleagues what struck them about the article, they replied ‘he works so hard’, ‘he has a really interesting job’ and ‘he does his work very diligently’. All true …” (more)

[Molly Byrne, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Early starts and late launches, lectures, laughs

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2013 by steve

My Education Week: Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of modern Irish history at University College Dublin. SATURDAY. I spend Saturdays in UCD, moving between the office and the library, as it’s quiet and you can get a clear run at things …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 February]

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Report critical of rationale for merging State archives and National Library

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2012 by steve

“The thinking behind the plan to merge the National Archives into the National Library ‘does not look compelling’, according to a report sent to Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan and released under a Freedom of Information request …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 16 November]

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