Public Sector Pensions Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

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

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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Step forward for legislation to maintain Irish language requirement for NUI Galway president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bill which aims to legally enshrine the requirement for the president of NUI Galway to be an Irish speaker has made it through the first stage in the Dáil. Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv is pushing for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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Dáil to discuss Irish language bill for NUIG president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD is push for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president speaks Irish. Eamon O Cuiv is seeking leave to bring a bill before the Dáil tomorrow which would ensure the new president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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Third Level Charges – Online Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to introduce assistance with the cost of fees for persons living in remote areas who wish to access online and accredited third level and fourth level courses; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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Labour split over Quinn’s grant plans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s plan to include farmland worth over €750,000 in the means test for college grants has exposed an urban-rural divide within Labour …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 2 March]

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New Student Grant criteria will discriminate against farm families – Ó Cuív

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has urged the Government to reconsider its plan to include farm assets in means testing for Third Level Grants …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 1 March]

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2,000 students still waiting on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“More than 2,000 students from across Co Galway are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 19 December]

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Student Registration Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to his Department if the income threshold for liability to pay the registration fee was increased by €10,000 and €20,000 respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December]

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Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to increase the funding for the student assistance fund, to €12 million per annum, in view of the high demand for this fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December]

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Student Support Schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he intends to negotiate a low interest loan scheme with credit unions that would be guaranteed by the State for post graduate students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55765/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I have no plans at present to negotiate a State-guaranteed loan scheme for postgraduate students with the credit unions.”

(Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December)

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Over 3,400 Galway students still awaiting grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 4th, 2012 by steve

“Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has demanded action from the Education Minister following confirmation that more than 3,400 students from across Co Galway are still waiting for their student grants to be processed …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 4 November]

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Maintenance Grants – Distance Requirement

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 4th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if for the purposes of determining if a third level student is the required distance from the college to be eligible for the non-adjacent grant, the distance is measured from the persons home to the gates of the college or to the college building the student habitually attends, particularly in view of the size of some of the campuses, the legal and regulatory basis for the method of measuring; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41580/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Article 27(3)(a) of the Student Grant Scheme 2012 provides that the relevant distance will be measured in line with agreed guidelines. These guidelines require that the shortest most direct route between the applicant’s normal residence and the institution where the approved course takes place should apply and that, in determining the shortest most direct route, the relevant awarding authority shall establish: the method for measuring a route; the factors to be taken into account in establishing and measuring a route. The awarding authority’s criteria for measuring a route must be accessible, particularly to the applicant, the appeals officer and the Student Grants Appeals Board.”

Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 October

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Postgraduate Fees – Income Thresholds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has set the income threshold that will apply for eligibility for post graduate contribution of €2,000 towards fees, in view of the fact that thousands of students are in the process of making important decisions on their future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 6 June]

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Postgraduate Scholarships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills the income limits he has set under the new scholarship scheme for post graduate education that he announced recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 24 April]

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Postgraduate Contribution towards Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has set the income threshold that will apply for eligibility for postgraduate contribution of €2,000 towards fees; if not, when a decision will be made on this matter in view of the fact that many students need to now make decisions on their future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 6 March]

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Third Level – Contact Hours

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that lecturers at third level are participating in adequate class contact, lectures and tutorials, in view of recent commentary attributed to him; if there is a general system of monitoring teaching hours in third level colleges; if there are specific requirements in respect of such hours for individual staff; if such requirements vary depending on the seniority of the staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 February]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide special support for independent mature students, who have dependent children, and who from the beginning of the academic year 2011-12 will only receive the adjacent rate grant rather than the non-adjacent rate grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 July]

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FEE activist ‘manhandled’ by minister at NUI Galway protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2008 by steve

“The student who was manhandled last night by Minister Eamon O Cuiv has called for an apology from the minister. The incident took place during an anti-fees student protest at the visit of Ministers O Cuiv and Batt O’Keefe. The students attempted to block the ministers’ entrance to the university, adopting the slogan: ‘They are trying to block our access to college, so we’ll block theirs’. One student was grabbed by the Minister who tried to push him from a railing. ‘I was on the other side of a railing!’ the student said. ‘O Cuiv’s claims that we were squashing him into a corner are completely bogus. He was the aggressor; he came over and grabbed me. I call on the Minister to formally apologise to myself and the FEE campaign for his actions.’ … (more)

[Emma Beckett, Indymedia Ireland, 10 December]

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