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)

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[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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Kenny opens ‘world class’ maritime facility in Cork

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A state-of-the-art maritime facility which will power the ‘blue economy’ was opened in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on Saturday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The 4,700m-squared five-storey Beaufort building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Minister to travel to Berkeley to show support

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

Ireland“Minister for Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will go to the United States ‘as a show of solidarity’ on behalf of the Government, following the deaths of six students in Berkeley, California …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 June]

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Deaths of Irish students in California: Expressions of Sympathy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandThe Taoiseach: I am shocked and saddened to hear of the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. My heart breaks for the parents who lost children this morning. I can only imagine the fear in the hearts of other parents whose children are in California this summer as they seek to contact them. The telephone number of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 June]

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Public service pay deal costing €566m affordable, says Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new public service pay restoration deal, which will see most public service staff receive €2,000 on a phased basis, will cost the State €566 million over three years. However, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin last night said it was ‘affordable’ and the ‘right thing to do’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 May]

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