Student grant figures highlight low farming incomes, say IFA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Figures showing students from rural counties are more likely to get a third-level grant than those in Dublin serve to highlight the low level of income on farms, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Agricultural education gives most to society, Teagasc study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Agricultural education gives a far higher rate of return to the individual and the State than other post-secondary education, new research from Teagasc has found …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Student Grants Data – students from a farming background

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 20th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of third level students from a farming background who qualified for a student maintenance grant in each of the past five years …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 17 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Farm Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if plans to include the family farm in means test assessments for third level support have now been discontinued; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 November]

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Capital assets still included in student grant applications

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

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn insists he will still have capital assets included in deciding student grant applications, despite opposition of Fine Gael to the plan. But it will be at least 2015 before there will be any changes, which in December 2011 he said would kick in for students in third level this year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons currently in receipt of a student maintenance grant at third level …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a guarantee that he has shelved plans to include assets such as farmland and business premises in the means tests for third level students …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Design – Farming Families

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will assess the land of farming families as an asset to be considered under the application process for a student grant …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 June]

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Quinn contradicts Hayes on means-test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said plans to include farm or business assets in the means-test for third level grants are ‘still on the table’. Yesterday, the new Junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes said the proposals had been ‘dropped’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 June]

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Quinn slaps down new minister in row over means-testing of grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has reignited the coalition row over the means testing of student grants by criticising the newly-appointed Fine Gael junior minister Tom Hayes …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 6 June]

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New FG junior minister says Quinn grants plan has been ‘dealt with’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael’s newly appointed junior minister for agriculture says a plan to means-test assets as part of the process for student grant applications has been dropped – in spite of Education Minister Ruairí Quinn’s assertion that it’s still on the coalition’s agenda …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 June]

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Ruairi Quinn: Plan to change means test for student grants ‘not dead’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has insisted that he has not given up on changing the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 June]

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FG revolt ends Quinn reforms of means test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has been forced to shelve plans to change the student grants means test due to a Fine Gael backbench revolt …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 June]

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Student grant row is fed by jealousy and loose pub talk

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2013 by steve

“The current controversy caused by Minister Ruairi Quinn’s proposal to introduce an asset means test for the parents of students applying for third-level grants is of little surprise. And as usual, it is informed by lots of anecdotal evidence and none of the research that is needed to make a more informed decision …” (more)

[Independent, 13 March]

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Learning a lesson on education spending

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, ‘ideology’ was bandied about like a term of abuse. Two ongoing stories on education were peppered with references to ideology as if it was something that the cat dragged in. In education, it would seem, the only ideology that should be applied is ‘what we have we hold’ …” (more)

[Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner, 9 March]

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Higher Education Grants Eligibility Criteria – Farmland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the report of the capital asset implementation group will go to Cabinet; if he is considering proposals that children from a farm with net assets of more than €750,000 will be excluded from third level maintenance grants; where such a figure originated from; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 7 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Reform – Farmland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on proposals to include productive assets, such as farmland, as part of the assessment for third level grant eligibility; and if he will respond to the views expressed by the Irish Farmers’ Association who have described the methodology for inputting additional household income based on asset values of €750,000 as completely flawed and a proposal that will arbitrarily discriminate against farm families …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 March]

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Quinn: harder for farmers to rig student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has admitted it is ‘less likely’ that farmers and businesspeople can manipulate their accounts to get student grants for their children …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 8 March]

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Minister insists no decision yet made on grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2013 by steve

“Any Cabinet decision changing eligibility for third-level maintenance grants will require legislation, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Fine Gael TD says Quinn wants to establish ‘a communist state’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2013 by steve

“A Fine Gael TD has accused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and a prominent Labour deputy of wanting ‘a communist state’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 5 March]

[After the SUSI fiasco, surely we’re not too worried about Ruairi’s ability to organise a communist state … or anything else?]

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