Language strategy destined to fail unless teacher supply problems are addressed – Byrne

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the system for training teachers in Ireland is in need of urgent reform. Deputy Byrne says the current system is antiquated as it is unplanned and uncoordinated which has given rise to a shortage of teachers for certain key subjects, particularly for foreign languages …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 19 April]

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Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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Research and innovation policy for third level suffers under FG – Byrne

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government for failing to prioritise research and innovation funding for third level institutions. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it was revealed that the Government has so far failed to provide funding for the Programme for Research in Third Level Initiative (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 10 January]

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Funding increase for Higher Level Education welcome, but must be sustained over lifetime of government – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD has said that the €36.5 million additional funding that has been released to the Higher Education sector is a direct result of Fianna Fáil applying pressure on the Government. ‘Today’s announcement of the re-starting of investment into our 3rd and 4th level educational institutions is welcome news. It comes after years of underinvestment by Fine Gael and Labour while in government …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 5 January]

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Institutes of Technology require sustained investment programme – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the financial review of Institutes of Technology carried out by the Higher Education Authority highlights the scale of the funding challenge facing the third level sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 November]

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Increased third level investment a step in the right direction – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Education Thomas Byrne TD says Budget 2017 represents a step in the right direction for investment in third level education. Deputy Byrne added that further investment is needed to meet demographic demands …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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Byrne presses need for long-term investment in Third Level

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the Government needs to move fast to address the funding shortfall in third level education …” (more)

[Fianna Fail, 5 October]

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Ring road and college needed on Northside

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s northside needs a third-level campus and a northern ring road — otherwise Cork runs the risk of becoming irreversibly lopsided in terms of development and infrastructure. That is according to Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central, Billy Kelleher, who said that the two factors were absolutely key to an area crying out for development economically and socially …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 3 October]

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Long-term investment required at Third Level – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Thomas Byrne TD has called for a long-term programme of investment in third level education to bolster the sector. Deputy Byrne made the comments in advance of the publication of the Times Higher Education’s world university rankings …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 September]

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Fianna Fáil think-in hears education investment must be prioritised

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork is in danger of falling behind unless significant investment is made in restoring funding to University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and other third level institutions …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 September]

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Minister must reverse cuts to back to education support – Aylward

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow–Kilkenny Bobby Aylward says changes to the Back to Education Allowance Scheme are severely impacting on students who are already under significant financial pressure …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 16 September]

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Action Plan on Education lacks ambition – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘The three year education strategy released today by Minister Bruton lacks the determination, resources and leadership that is required to achieve its goals’, said Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 September]

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Decisive measures needed to tackle student accommodation crisis – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has said the combination of rising rental prices and lack of supply of accommodation will prohibit a large proportion of third level students from living within a reasonable distance of their campus …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 August]

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With Student Numbers Falling, Fianna Fáil Joins Unions Calling for Reintroduction of Postgraduate Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the numbers of postgraduate students falling in Ireland, Fianna Fail have echoed the long-held concerns of student groups, calling on the government to reverse the ‘appallingly regressive’ removal of postgraduate maintenance grants by the previous Fine Gael-Labour coalition in 2012 …” (more)

[Philip McGuinness, University Times, 9 August]

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Restoring postgraduate grants ‘absolutely essential’ says FF

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says the reintroduction of grants for thousands of postgraduate students is ‘absolutely essential’. Restoring the grants, axed during a round of austerity-era cost-cutting, is estimated to cost about €50 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Overhauling education policy must be key objective for Government – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne says the forthcoming Education Strategy 2016-2018 must represent a complete change in direction for the education system, and undo the damage caused by five years of regressive policies pursued by the previous Fine Gael led Government …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 August]

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FF leader signals party to seek more third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has indicated his party will be seeking increased third-level funding in the October budget. Mr Martin told the Dáil on Wednesday the Government should reflect on the need for ‘significantly increased State funding’ for the sector. He called for the restoration of grants to post-graduate students …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 20 July]

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National Maritime College dispute putting livelihood’s at risk – Martin

Posted in Teaching on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has warned that an ongoing dispute between the National Maritime College of Ireland and marine authorities is putting the livelihood’s of hundreds of families at risk …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 July]

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Fianna Fáil needs to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams has called on Fianna Fáil to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans. Williams commented: ‘Fianna Fáil Education and Skills Spokesperson Thomas Byrne said on Morning Ireland his party are open to the idea of introducing student loans. This is a deeply regressive and ill thought out position …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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FF calls on Bruton to clarify his view on third level loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has called on Fine Gael to clarify its view on proposals for third level loans. ‘Richard Bruton has not set out their views, he has just said here’s Peter Cassell’s report. He needs to clarify their view’, the Meath TD told RTE’s Morning Ireland …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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