Third level institutions hike up student accommodation rents as Minister buries his head in the sand – Chambers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, has hit out at Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, for failing to cap spiralling student accommodation rents. The government has for a second year running failed to implement rent caps on student campus accommodation, according to Chambers …” (more)

[Mayo Advertiser, 16 August]

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FG is slammed for ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to grants and rental costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been heavily criticised for suggesting students should use their Susi grant to cover the cost of accommodation, or go to regional colleges. Fianna Fáil accused Fine Gael of having a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to higher education costs facing families, as Leaving Cert students receive their first round CAO offers today …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 15 August]

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Education Minister Abdicates His Responsibility To Tackle Third Level Funding Crisis – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has said the Minister for Education must not be allowed to wait for the next Government to tackle the tumbling ratings of Ireland’s Universities. Deputy Byrne was speaking following comments made by Minister McHugh where he stated that the Government will not act to address the crisis in higher education in this Dáil …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 August]

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No input from Department of Finance in promise to freeze college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh’s political promise to freeze college fees for five years was made without any input from the Department of Finance, the Irish Examiner understands. The promise to freeze fees at €3,000 a year for college students was made by Mr McHugh despite ongoing demands from universities for the Government to address a major funding shortfall in the sector …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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Editorial: ‘Vow on college fees welcome but plans for funding needed’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college is expensive so Education Minister Joe McHugh’s promise to freeze fees for the next five years will be welcomed by students and their parents. A similar promise has already been made by Fianna Fáil so we can be reasonably sure that fee rises won’t happen for the foreseeable future …” (more)

[Independent, 12 August]

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Student loan scheme ruled out, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A formal loan scheme for third-level students will not be introduced and college fees will be frozen, the Government has pledged. Minister for Education Joe McHugh said university registration fees will not go beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to Government after the next general election …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Decline In J1 Students Needs To Be Addressed – Collins

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Niall Collins TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined in recent years. The figures released to Deputy Collins reveal that the number of students heading to the US on the J1 Visa has declined from 4,347 in 2016 to 4,190 in 2017 to 3,522 in 2018 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 21 July]

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Government Hits Back at Fianna Fáil Higher Education Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has hit back at Micheál Martin’s proposal to create a new government department for higher education and research, questioning the feasibility of a plan mooted by the Fianna Fáíl leader at a higher education conference this morning …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 17 July]

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Ulster Unionist’s condemn Fianna Fail ‘campaign to ban British Army’ from Queen’s event

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2019 by steve

“The Ulster Unionist Party has condemned what they claim is a ‘discriminatory campaign’ by Fianna Fail calling for a ban on the British Army from an event at Queen’s University Belfast. In a post to a private Facebook group for clubs and societies at the university, QUB Fianna Fail allegedly said they voted to launch a campaign calling for the ‘total removal of the British Army from Societies Day’ …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 24 May]

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An unnerving lack of vision for Ireland’s education system in Budget 2019 – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesman Thomas Byrne TD has said today’s Budget 2019 announcement goes little or no way towards transforming the quality of our country’s education system. He said, ‘For the most part, Budget 2019 looks likely to change very little of the poor status quo in education …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 October]

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Bruton must act on dysfunctional Leaving Certificate appeals process – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals process. Deputy Byrne made the comments following yesterday’s High Court judgement which found that the current appeals process is highly unfair and causes untold stress for students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 September]

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Parents will not be fooled by Government spin on education – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has called on the Government to focus on honouring its existing education commitments. Deputy Byrne made the comments following the latest Government announcement where it pledged to increase capital spending on education over the next decade …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 September]

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OECD report shows Irish education system underfunded – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD says that the latest OECD Education at a Glance Report clearly illustrates that investment in education in Ireland is way below what it should be, despite Government rhetoric …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 September]

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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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