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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Working group for GMIT Mayo campus ‘only a smokescreen’ says local action group

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

Ireland“The announcement from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Education Minister Richard Bruton of a new working group to plan for the future of the Mayo campus of GMIT is nothing but a smokescreen, according to the Mayo GMIT Action Group …” (more)

[Midwest Radio, 4 April]

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Regional Action Plan for Education Forum

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Education Minister Richard Bruton today hosted the latest in a series of regional meetings on the Action Plan for Education in the Mayo Campus of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in Castlebar …” (more)

[Merrion Street, 31 March]

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Future of Mayo GMIT Campus to dominate minister’s Castlebar visit

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

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton is due to visit Castlebar tomorrow amid ongoing concerns over the downgrading of the Mayo GMIT Campus. He will officially open the new education centre at Rush Street in Castlebar while a visit to the Mayo GMIT Campus is also scheduled …” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 30 March]

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Enda Kenny is a ‘tough nut to crack’, says student in UL

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘He’s a tough nut to crack, that Enda Kenny fella.’ Killarney engineering graduate, Donal Foley gave this frank assessment after a face-to-face with the Taoiseach on third-level funding, when Mr Kenny visited the University of Limerick yesterday …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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World-class research centre opens at University of Limerick

Posted in Research on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New drugs, better batteries and new materials are just a few of the discoveries expected to emerge from a €86 million investment in a new research institute at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Student protest greets Enda Kenny visit to University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One hundred students protested against annual third level fees as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived via garda escort at University of Limerick. Students representing a number of campus societies, including youth wing political parties, grouped together, chanting and raising their placards, while eagerly awaiting An Taoiseach’s arrival …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 21 November]

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Student Removed from NUIG for Wearing Repeal Jumper during pro-choice demonstrations of Enda Kenny Visit

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

Ireland“A group of students in NUI Galway were removed by an Garda Síochána after a demonstration calling for the repeal of the Eighth amendment earlier this week. The incident occurred on Thursday night at 7pm, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived to speak at the college. One student who claims she was not involved in the protest was also removed from the building as she was wearing a Repeal jumper …” (more)

[College Tribune, 15 November]

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No cash for public pay rises until 2018, warns Taoiseach

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has signalled that the Government will engage in talks with unions on a successor to the Lansdowne Road pay accord, however he appeared to warn there will be no money available next year for further rises …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Kenny says Lansdowne Road Agreement still stands

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform does not have an endless pot of money and that the Lansdowne Road Agreement still stands …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 November]

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Taoiseach concedes returning graduate tax ‘unfair’

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

Ireland“Enda Kenny said he wanted Budget 2017 to be as fair as possible. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said plans for a special 30% tax rate for returning graduates ‘beggared belief’, given its discriminating nature …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Third-level funding is major budget issue, says Martin

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

Ireland“Cabinet discussions are under way about short-term funding of third-level education, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He said Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe were discussing the issue …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Leaders’ Questions

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

IrelandMicheál Martin: I welcome everybody back and I am delighted to see that it is all systems go for this Dáil session. It is less than two weeks to budget day and there are many issues that need to be addressed. I put it to the Taoiseach that it is essential that there be a realistic response to the Peter Cassells report on the chronic underfunding of third level education …” (more)

[Video is here]
[Dáil debates, 27 September]

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Will DCU graduates have a vote in the Seanad elections?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandQUESTION: As a graduate of DCU, I have been looking forward to voting in the forthcoming Seanad election. This follows Enda Kenny’s pledge in 2013 to extend voting rights in the Seanad election to all third-level graduates …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 February]

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Two key Bills will be timed out by election announcement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 31st Dáil. The Government has tried to expedite the passage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 and the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 through the Oireachtas before the election was called …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Government launches Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025

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

Ireland“The new Strategy is a key pillar in the Government’s plan to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste today (Wednesday) launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, along with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English, TD, at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 January]

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Science strategy promises more funding

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s new science strategy will help bring full employment and a sustainable economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. ‘Innovation 2020 is a fundamental part of our plan to keep the recovery going’, he said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 December]

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It’s all Greek to Enda as Trinity speech fails to wow academics

Posted in Life on October 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny’s ‘hail-fellow-well-met’ persona didn’t go down too well when he met with the academic Fellows of Trinity College Dublin. The Taoiseach’s speech-making style has come under scrutiny in the wake of his now infamous ‘Army at the ATMs’ comments in Madrid last week …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 31 October]

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The government won’t be doing Seanad reform after all

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has said that plans to expand voting rights in Seanad elections to all third-level graduates in Ireland will not be implemented before the next election …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 October]

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Call for zero-Vat rating for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tax breaks are needed on the construction of student accommodation to help attract more overseas students, a university president has told the Government. University College Cork president Dr Michael Murphy said the benefits of applying the same zero-Vat already in place for social housing to building student facilities would extend into the wider economy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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