Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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For Third-Level, a Sliver of Election Air-Time But Big Questions Unanswered

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Is the general election campaign rolled on this week, the question of higher education finally received a few slivers of air-time. So far, it’s been abundantly clear that third-level education isn’t top of any party’s agenda, with concrete proposals for the future of the sector still nowhere in sight …” (more)

[University Times, 27 January]

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Public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Fiach Kelly reports that the Green Party in its pre-budget submission is recommending free access to all public transport for students, at a cost of €60 million (‘Greens propose free public transport scheme for students’, News, October 4th) …” (more)

[Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Greens propose free public transport scheme for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students would be given free access to all public transport, similar to the existing scheme for pensioners, under proposals from the Green Party. The policy, at an estimated cost of €60 million, is an element of the party’s pre-budget submission outlined on Thursday by leader Eamon Ryan, deputy leader Catherine Martin and Dublin city councillor Neasa Hourigan, who is the party’s finance spokeswoman …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Green Party motion to connect UCD to Metro and Luas links receives unanimous support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have voted unanimously to support a Green Party motion which would see proposed Metro lines extend to Knocklyon and UCD from Charlemont. The MetroLink project is an estimated €3bn project which would see the development of a north-south urban rail service in Dublin …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 14 February]

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Green Party Calls for Reversal on Supplemental Fees Decision

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

Ireland“Green Party Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education Catherine Martin has criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental fees and said that the government needs to ‘finally confront the issue of third level funding’. As the occupation of the Dining Hall continues …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 13 March]

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Time for a fair deal for teachers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Fiach Kelly writes in ‘State may pay to train teachers’ (News, December 30th, 2017) that the Government is considering paying ‘some if not all of the cost of a teaching qualification’ to tackle chronic shortages of teachers in key subjects. Other proposed measures referred to in this article include …” (more)

[Catherine Martin, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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University College Cork needs to invest in cycling – says Green Party branch

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

Ireland“Members of the UCC branch of the Green Party have called on University College Cork to prioritise cycling infrastructure as part of its recently announced €350 million investment plan …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham, TheCork.ie, 6 October]

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Catherine Martin (Green) on education funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“@cathmartingreen speaks out for teachers and the future of our education system @VoiceforTeacher #edchatie #educationmatters” (tweet)

[Twitter, 21 October]

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What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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Green Party Commits to No Increase In Student Contribution if Elected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Green Party has pledged to prevent any increase in the student contribution if elected to government after the election. In their manifesto, launched today at the Molesworth Gallery, the party outlined a broad range of proposals for higher education, including reducing the student–staff ratio, dealing with the cost of living for students and increasing mobility within universities …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 12 February]

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Greens welcome proposed changes to University entrance criteria

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The Green Party’s Deputy Leader and Education Spokesperson, Catherine Martin said today: ‘The report from the Irish Universities Association contains several positive proposals which if implemented should improve both our second and third level education systems’ …” (more)

[Green Party, 22 August]

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Politics student hoping to make her mark

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2011 by steve

“Multi-tasker Darcy Lonergan is pursuing a novel strategy for completing the field research component of her two college theses. The 21-year-old politics student is contesting the general election for the Green Party in Cavan-Monaghan …” (more)

[Aine Kerr, Independent, 19 February]


Investing in education key to recovery – Gogarty

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2011 by steve

“The Green Party has said investing in education is key to our economic recovery. Green Party Education spokesperson Paul Gogarty said: ‘We have always prioritised education, and during our time in government we worked to ensure that funding for education was protected to the greatest extent possible …'” (more)

[Green Party, 19 February]

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Programme 83, Education Spokespersons

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“In this programme Barry spoke to education spokespersons from three of the main political parties: Fergus O’Dowd of Fine Gael, Paul Gogarty of the Green Party and Ruairí Quinn of the Labour Party. They were all attending the special delegate conference organised by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. Spokespersons from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin were invited to be on the programme but to no avail.” (podcast)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 17 February]

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Insult added to injury – Gormley happy that education escapes cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2010 by steve

“Gormley has made a statement about education: he’s delighted that no cuts were made to education …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 24 November]

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