Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“Labour’s Ruairí Quinn was absent from the Dáil chamber this afternoon for his final round of questions ever as a Cabinet minister. The Minister for Education announced last week that he will be stepping down as minister after the upcoming reshuffle …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 July]

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Education Minister Ruairi Quinn resigns as Cabinet minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The Dublin South-East TD said he will not be running in the next general election. Mr Quinn has confirmed he will be standing down as a Cabinet minister and doesn’t want to be reconsidered for inclusion …” (more)

[Independent, 2 July]

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EU and Israel sign up to joint research funding

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2014 by steve

EU“The European Union will today give the final sign-off to a controversial joint research project with Israel, during a two-day visit to Israel by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Good riddance Mr Gilmore

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2014 by steve

“… The heave against Gilmore was led by politicians from the South East – notably former MEP Phil Prendergast and Ciara Conway TD. Eamon Gilmore garnered votes across the South East by leading on the university issue, but then took no action whilst in office …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 26 May]

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Why this blog is back …

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2014 by steve

“Three years into their term, it is clear that this government will disappoint the people of the South East by not creating a university here. It is hard to figure out exactly what the proposed Technological University will be – but at this point two things are clear …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 24 March]

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State targets €900m a year from overseas student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“The Government has targeted €900m in earnings next year from overseas students as part of a revamped international trade strategy …” (more)

[John Downing, Independent, 25 February]

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Tánaiste says Minister for Education will meet USI about charges for apprentices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn will meet the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to discuss the college fees levied in the budget on apprentices, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has pledged …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Quinn says he is not ready for the chop as Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has indicated he will resist attempts to demote him in the Cabinet reshuffle expected after the local elections in late May …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 3 February]

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White admits email over daughter’s work placement ‘a mistake’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2013 by steve

“Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is remaining silent on the case of a Labour junior minister who lobbied a university to change his daughter’s work placement …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 18 November]

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Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmore’s department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2013 by steve

“Jobseekers applying for graduate positions in the Diplomatic Service in the Department of Foreign Affairs will face a gruelling recruitment process, according to details provided by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 October]

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‘Ireland has too many universities’ – Glen Dimplex chairman

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland has too many universities and needs a more disruptive approach to education, the chairman and CEO of Glen Dimplex has said …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Gilmore: ‘Taxation isn’t the issue in relation to emigration’

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

“Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has set himself against Fine Gael claims that our ‘brightest and best’ are emigrating because tax is too high …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 30 September]

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Government ramps up pressure on teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“The Government has ramped up pressure on teachers threatening industrial action to reconsider their position. As disputes over pay intensify with secondary school teachers refusing to work outside normal hours, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore warned there will be no renegotiations …” (more)

[Independent, 24 September]

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No room for Haddington Road renegotiation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said there is no room for renegotiation of the Haddington Road agreement. He was speaking on his way into a Cabinet meeting in relation to the decision by Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland to reject the agreement …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 September]

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Labour ‘prepared to quit coalition’ over €100m plan for education cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2013 by steve

“The Labour Party’s position in Government is ‘precarious’ this weekend over €100m in planned education cuts in the Budget …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and John Drennan, Independent, 8 September]

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518 students still awaiting 2012 grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said a much better system had been put in place for this year and it was intended that all applications would be processed by Christmas …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Five students complain to Ombudsman over grant delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Five students whose grants have been delayed due to ongoing problems at the body that processes them have made complaints to the Ombudsman …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards and others, Irish Times, 18 July]

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SUSI yet to fully process 565 grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“The body that awards third-level student grants has confirmed that 565 students are still waiting to have grants applications relating to last academic year fully processed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 July]

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Gilmore says all third-level grants will be processed by Christmas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“The Government intends to process all third-level grant applications by Christmas, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said. Mr Gilmore was replying in the Dáil today to Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Howlin warns dissenting unions as pay talks are extended

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2013 by steve

“The Government last night warned dissenting unions it would take ‘whatever action we need’ to cut the public service pay bill as it gave the go-ahead for a further 48 hours of talks to reach a deal …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 May]

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