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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Cabinet Manoeuvres Make Mockery of Government Commitment to Higher Education – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is deeply disappointed in the manner in which Higher Education has been treated on the Taosieach’s first day in office. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it emerged the Taoiseach decided at the last minute to assign Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor as Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education after she took issue with being offered the Equality and Law Reform portfolio …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 June]

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Government must commit to enacting Technological Universities Bill – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the decision by the Teachers Union of Ireland to agree to the implementation of a revised plan for the establishment of Technological Universities in Ireland. Deputy Byrne added that the onus is now on the Government to produce the legislation urgently to complete the process …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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Lawless calls for greater oversight of universities – Fianna Fáil

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless says the Government must consider proposals to increase the level of oversight into financial governance at Irish universities …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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UL revelations highlight need for corporate governance review – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne says he is alarmed by last night’s Prime Time revelations surrounding governance issues at the University of Limerick. Deputy Byrne added that the Minister for Education Richard Bruton needs to ensure that a review of corporate governance structures is carried out into third level institutions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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Irish university post-Brexit fees questioned

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Northern Irish students should not have to pay more to attend universities in the Republic after Brexit, an Irish opposition politician has argued. There should be a guarantee that students from NI will not have to pay non-EU fees when the UK leaves the EU, said Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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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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