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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Fine Gael ‘arrogant and out of touch’ on the costs facing 3rd level students – Louise O’Reilly TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly has criticised the Fine Gael led government labelling it ‘arrogant and out of touch’, as two Ministers offer tea and sympathy to students and families facing rising third level costs. Deputy O’Reilly said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 August]

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Education Minister denies ‘electioneering’ over student fees and accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The education minister has denied he is electioneering over promises to freeze student fees. Joe McHugh has previously promised there will be no increase to the €3,000 student registration fee, and he says he does not see any price hike if Fine Gael remain in government – a statement that has been criticised as ‘electioneering’ as the nation prepares for an upcoming general election in 2019 or 2020 …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast has argued that ‘a system that has a mixture of public and private funding is the best’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that higher education could become a ‘crisis issue’ if the government fails to invest in the sector soon, arguing that loans schemes ‘should be investigated further’ as universities battle intractable financial problems …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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IUA Response to comments from Minister McHugh regarding the freezing of student fees

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

Ireland“Minister McHugh has made clear that Fine Gael and the Government will not introduce student loans and will not increase fees. So, that tells us what the Minister will not do, we now need to hear what he and Fine Gael will do to solve the long-accepted funding crisis …” (more)

[IUA, 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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Education Minister Vows Not to Increase Fees for Next Five Years

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

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged not to raise college fees past €3,000 for the next five years if his party is returned to government in the next general election. In a move that echoes the recent promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to increase Ireland’s fees …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 11 August]

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Poll: Is the €3,000 cap on college fees too high or too low?

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

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh has told the Sunday Independent that college fees will be frozen for five years if Fine Gael returns to government after the next general election. The cap for annual registration fees is €3,000 per year and McHugh told the paper that the party has ‘no plans’ to increase that …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 August]

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College fees to be ‘frozen for 5 years’

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

Ireland“Fine Gael is promising not to hike college fees or bring in controversial student loans to be repaid after graduation. Education Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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FG cannot continue to be evasive on Higher Education funding

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

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that unless the Minister for Education addresses the issues with higher education funding, the sector will remain stagnant. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘While I am no fan of education ranking systems, the fact that Irish universities continue to fall in the QS World University Rankings, is a damning inditement of the lack of the lack of investment in the third level sector …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 June]

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Fine Gael refusal to invest in education ‘undermines potential of young people and economy’ – Funchion

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

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Kathleen Funchion has said Fine Gael’s attacks on essential public funding is undermining the potential of Ireland’s economy and young people, following news that 6 of Ireland’s top 8 Universities have fallen further in the QS World University Rankings, with Trinity College Dublin falling out of the Top 100. Deputy Funchion said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 June]

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Call for urgent action over student accommodation crisis in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government is being urged to tackle the lack of student accommodation in cities such as Galway, Dublin and Cork. Young Fine Gael says student rents in Galway city have risen by a third in the past year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 July]

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Ireland will suffer if universities drop in rankings, MEP says

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

Ireland“Ireland’s reputation will take a ‘hammer blow’ if Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings, a Fine Gael MEP has warned.Brian Hayes was speaking ahead of the publication on Wednesday night of the the latest set of the Times Higher Education’s world university rankings …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 September]

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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 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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By the way, this side of the Irish sea, that higher education report …

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

Ireland“… doesn’t offer much by the way of comfort. ‘Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said he hopes a consensus can now be built as to how to fund higher education into the future …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 12 July]

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UK college fees could triple for Irish students says Fine Gael MEP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University fees for Irish students in the UK could triple according to a Fine Gael MEP. Brian Hayes has said the welfare of Irish students studying abroad needs to be considered in the post-Brexit negotiations …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 June]

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Fitzpatrick calls for increased funding for Dundalk IT ‘as a matter of urgency’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has called for additional funding to be provided to Dundalk IT ‘as a matter of urgency’. Having met with DkIT president Anne Campbell this week, the Fine Gael deputy is well aware of the challenges the Dublin Road institute faces after a budget cuts followed on from a significant deficit in its finances being revealed last year …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 16 June]

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New rules could pave way for WIT to ‘go it alone’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) may now be entitled to apply for Technological University (TU) status as a standalone college, rather than first being obliged to merge with Carlow IT. The ‘Programme for Partnership’ document that Fine Gael provided to Independent TDs at the end of last week is understood to confirm that ITs will not be required to merge in order to gain university status …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 19 May]

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The Government is Once Again Delaying Decisions on Higher Education, But There May be a Positive

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A cross-party committee reviewing findings of the Cassells report is another way of delaying decisions, but it may be better than Fine Gael deciding by itself …” (more)

[University Times, 8 May]

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