Lawless urges Government to commit to CERN membership

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development James Lawless TD has called on the Government to begin the process of joining CERN. Deputy Lawless made the comments after meeting with CERN Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis in Dublin earlier today …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 July]

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Third level education out of reach as student accommodation crisis deepens – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government over its failure to deliver affordable student accommodation. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The recently published Government report on student accommodation amounts to little more than a whitewash …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 July]

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Higher education suffers as Bruton dithers – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the latest global university rankings show that the Government’s current approach to higher education is failing. The global rankings show that there is no Irish university in the world’s top 100 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 June]

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Student accommodation must not be exempted from Rent Pressure Zone controls – McAuliffe

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe has called on Minister Eoghan Murphy to bring all student accommodation in under the Government’s Rent Pressure Zone regulations and for the Residential Tenancies Board to extend its protections to all student renters …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 31 March]

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Bruton must address students concerns on repeat exam fees – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has spoken out against the proposed introduction of new fees for supplemental repeat examinations at Trinity College Dublin. Deputy Byrne said, ‘Trinity College Dublin is planning to introduce a €450 flat-fee for those who re-sit examinations. This means that students who fail just one examination will be forced to shell out an exorbitant amount …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 March]

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Funding priorities of Science Foundation Ireland need re-balancing

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), which receives the largest proportion of Irish research funding from the Government, needs to be reconfigured to ensure its supports basic third-level research more, according to Fianna Fáil spokesman on science James Lawless …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Byrne welcomes passage of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the passage of the Technological Universities Bill. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The passing of this Bill has been a long time coming and it has been a key priority for Fianna Fáil to see its passage through the Dáil …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 January]

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Govt must follow up commitments on GMIT Mayo campus with action – Chambers

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers has welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Higher Education to provide ring fenced funding for the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Castlebar campus over the next five years …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 December]

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Don’t Expect Funding Agreement from Education Committee, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, has cast doubt on the idea that a consensus can ever be reached on a new funding model for higher education. Responding to a question from The University Times at a post-budget analysis event by the Dublin University Business Society (DUBES), Byrne said it was highly unlikely any agreement could be reached …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 18 October]

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FF focus on third level helps secure additional investment – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says his party has played an important role in securing additional funding for the third level sector in Budget 2018, but has warned that much more funding will be needed in the years ahead …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 October]

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Government should commit to joining CERN and ESO – Lawless

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development James Lawless TD has called on the Government to commit to joining the European Organization for Nuclear Research and European Southern Observatory. Deputy Lawless pointed out that membership of these organisations offers enormous benefits to Ireland …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 October]

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Fianna Fáil urges Government to tackle ‘funding crisis’ in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil says it is insisting in talks with the Government that next week’s budget should set aside up to €100 million for higher education to help tackle a ‘funding crisis’. It also says it wants a reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio at primary level at school which is a condition of its support for the Government under its confidence-and-supply agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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University rankings highlights need for greater emphasis on research – Lawless

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Research and Development James Lawless TD says the publication of the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings highlights the need for a greater emphasis to be placed on developing Ireland’s third level research sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 September]

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Lawless urges Minister to bring CERN talks to Cabinet

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless TD has urged Minister Francis Fitzgerald to accelerate the process of Ireland joining CERN. Membership of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has major benefits for the research and development sector in Ireland yet no progress has been made by the Government in joining the organisation …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 22 August]

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Government must get serious about CAO reform – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says the Government needs to place a greater emphasis on reforming the CAO system and broadening entry to third level education …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 August]

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Government should support students in Direct Provision progress to third level – O’Loughlin

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration Fiona O’Loughlin TD has raised concern over the treatment of second level students in Direct Provision who wish to progress to third level …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 17 August]

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Education role created ‘for political expediency’ says FF spokesman

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to ‘clearly define’ the role of the Minister of State for higher education following the appointment of Mary Mitchell O’Connor to the role in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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FF vows to block law allowing top-up of minister’s wage

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has warned that it will block legislation aimed at topping up Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s TD salary to reflect her new ‘super-junior’ minister role. The revelation that the law will have to be changed to allow for a €16,288-a-year allowance on top of the minister of State salary of €124,439 has provoked a storm of controversy …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan, Independent, 17 June]

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Fianna Fáil and Labour Will Not Back Creation of New Higher Education Cabinet Position

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil and Labour have refused to support the creation of a new cabinet position with responsibility for higher education. A new role set to be filled by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, its creation had been seen as a signal of a renewed government focus on the sector …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 16 June]

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FF to block Mary Mitchell O’Connor appointment as ‘super junior’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will not support legislation to create a third super junior role for Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Ms O’Connor was appointed as a Minister of State with responsibility for higher education in Wednesday’s re-shuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The position will allow her to sit at the Cabinet table …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 16 June]

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