‘People are at their wits’ end’ – Families ‘sold homes’ to escape anti-social students, says senator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Fine Gael Senator has said families in his constituency have been forced to sell their homes due to anti-social behaviour by college students. Jerry Buttimer raised the issue at the Cork City Joint Policing Committee recently. ‘This term has been the worst term I’ve seen in recent years in terms of anti-social behaviour of some students’, he said, according to the Irish Examiner …” (more)

[Independent, 21 December]

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Houses sold over Cork students’ behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Families have been forced to sell their homes in Cork’s university quarter because of a surge in anti-social student behaviour, the leader of the Seanad has claimed. However, it has emerged that UCC student leaders have decided to cancel future ‘Christmas Day’ events after a flood of complaints from residents about student drunkeness after this year’s event last month …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Christmas is cancelled at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Next year’s UCC ‘Christmas Day’ college celebrations have been cancelled following a flood of complaints from residents near the college. A meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee heard that the student event caused havoc in the residential area around University College Cork on November 23 and as a result, the UCC Students’ Union have promised the event will not return next year …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 19 December]

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Third Level Funding: Capital Investment

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide details of the capital investment plan for third level institutions; the amount of such funding allocated to Cork Institute of Technology and to University College Cork, over each of the past four years; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 July]

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CIT nearer to university status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2013 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology is one step nearer to gaining technology university status following the report of the Higher Education Authority recommendation to merge with Tralee Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Peter Horgan, Cork Independent, 6 June]

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Technological University can benefit local economy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has said that the creation of a new Technological University, with the consolidation of the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee, can be a boost for both third level education and enterprise in the Cork and entire South West region …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 31 May]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a period of uncompleted undergraduate study in the United Kingdom precludes a student from obtaining a student grant for a similar period of undergraduate study at an Irish third level institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 November]

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1,000 students protest over fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2012 by steve

“Third-level students are living day-to-day on packets of soup while others have had to drop out of college completely because they cannot afford the fees and other expenses, Student Union leaders said yesterday …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Evening Echo, 6 November]

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Angry students doorstep TDs over fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2012 by steve

“Students are targeting backbench government TDs in an escalating protest campaign over college fees …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 November]

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Students ‘can’t buy food or pay rent’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 6th, 2012 by steve

“Up to 1,500 students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology marched on the offices of Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer yesterday amid claims that they are unable to pay for fees, rent and food …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Cork students march over fees increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“Over one thousand third level students in Cork marched on the offices of Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer, in the first of a series of regional rallies targeting politicians …” (video)

[RTÉ Six One News, 5 November]

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UCC and CIT student protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“UCC and CIT student protest on Education cuts at the offices of Jerry Buttimer TD. Video by Dan Linehan.” (video)

[Irish Examiner, YouTube, 5 November]

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Students stage Cork protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“Hundreds of students are expected to take part in a protest over fee increases, grant cuts and graduate joblessness in Cork today. Students from CIT and UCC will march from UCC’s campus to Fine Gael Cork South Central TD Jerry Buttimers’s constituency office …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Cork students to march against possible fee hikes in Budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“Students from UCC and CIT are to march on the offices of Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer this lunchtime to highlight their opposition to any rise in college fees in the upcoming Budget …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 November]

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Drop out fears as students struggle to pay rent and fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2012 by steve

“UCC students are being forced to choose between facing homelessness or dropping out of college because they can’t afford to pay for fees, rent and food …” (more)

[Maria Rolston, Evening Echo, 2 November]

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Thousands of students to protest in series of regional marches

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2012 by steve

“… The first protests will take place next week. Students from UCC and CIT will gather in UCC at 1pm next Monday, November 5, and march on the constituency office of Jerry Buttimer TD (FG). On Tuesday, November 6 at 12.30pm, students from St Angela’s College in Sligo will hold a rally outside the constituency office of John Perry TD (FG) …” (more)

[USI, 1 November]

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Cork local economy to lose €33,157,630 due to college fee hikes and grant cuts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2012 by steve

“Cork’s local economy is set to lose an estimated €33,167,630 over the next four years due to college fee hikes and cuts to the student maintenance grant …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 23 October]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to change the college entry requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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Landlords and college chiefs urged to hold talks

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2012 by steve

“A Fine Gael TD has offered to facilitate talks between landlords and officials from University College Cork in a bid to tackle anti-social student behaviour. Jerry Buttimer stepped in last night after the body representing landlords who own property around UCC criticised the university for failing to engage with them …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 7 September]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this issue and I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Cannon. I wish to discuss the new online grant application system and, in particular, the website grantsonline.ie. The issue relates specifically to self-employed parents who have had difficulties when using this new website …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 June]

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