Waterford IT and IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Deasy (Waterford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has advised Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology of the way in which the projected combined deficit, debt and payroll costs of the planned technological university of the south east, reportedly estimated at €26 million by 2024-2025, will be addressed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 October]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Waterford IT to get €12m to finish stalled sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to provide Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with a €12.1m loan towards the completion of its stalled sports campus and the purchase of its student village. The news comes less than a month after the former head of a company, tasked with delivering the Carriganore Sports Campus, issued a report blaming ‘inadequate leadership’ at WIT for the delay of the project, which is now estimated to run €4.3m over budget …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 1 December]

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TD urges State to finish Waterford sports campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Waterford TD believes there is a need for the State to step in to facilitate the completion of a multimillion-euro sports complex which stalled, mid-construction, over three years ago …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 November]

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Time university fiasco ended

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“As the fiasco surrounding Waterford’s campaign for a university continues, it has never been more crucial for the key stakeholders in the south east to rise above political machinations and demand what is best for the city and the region …” (more)

[Mary Frances Ryan, Waterford News and Star, 11 November]

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Coalition pay reversal is vote-buying, says FG TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2014 by steve

“Two prominent Fine Gael Deputies have strongly criticised comments by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin on reverses in public-sector pay cuts, with one saying it looked like the Government was ‘back to buying votes’ …” (more)

[Harry McGee and Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland

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

Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the limbo endured by aspirant providers due to the setting up the new Quality and Qualifications Ireland; when new applications for FETAC level accreditation will be accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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Fine Gael TD says Quinn wants to establish ‘a communist state’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2013 by steve

“A Fine Gael TD has accused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and a prominent Labour deputy of wanting ‘a communist state’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 5 March]

[After the SUSI fiasco, surely we’re not too worried about Ruairi’s ability to organise a communist state … or anything else?]

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Tension in Coalition over means test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers have warned of trouble within the Coalition over plans to include farm and business assets in the means test for third level grants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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Backbench anger in FG over college grants issue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been told by a string of his backbenchers he must stop Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s plans to include farm and business assets in the means test for college grants …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 14 February]

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FG backbencher claims grants system a problem for farmers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael TD John Deasy has called on ‘senior figures’ in his party to ‘stop pretending’ they are unaware of problems the farming community has with proposed means-testing of third-level grants …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Times, 6 February]

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Howlin backs Reilly while defending Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2012 by steve

“Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has said he has ‘absolute confidence’ in Health Minister James Reilly following a week of controversy over proposed health cuts …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Independent, 8 September]

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The divisions on the Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2012 by steve

“Labour & Kenny Highly Supportive of Croke Park … Eamon Gilmore, December 12: ‘The Croke Park Agreement is delivering in terms of the reforms that are required in our public service …'” (more)

[Independent, 26 August]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2011 by steve

Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there will be an increase to the student contribution charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 November]

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Waterford Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2011 by steve

Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the schedule for fast tracking the application of Waterford Institute of Technology to full university designation. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the process involved and criteria that have been determined in order to assess the application of Waterford Institute of Technology as a university …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 September]

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Cabinet uncertainty over Waterford IT status

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2011 by steve

“Fine Gael TD for Waterford John Deasy says ‘different noises were coming from different people in Cabinet’ about the prospect of upgrading Waterford Institute of Technology to university status …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 September]

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Welcome to Ireland is ‘a bunch of baloney’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2010 by steve

“The agents of the State have been accused of making the task of enticing a top US college to set up a multi-million euro campus in County Waterford ‘a miserable process’. Fine Gael TD John Deasy hit out as 26 undergraduate students prepare to travel from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to Dungarvan for three months’ study. Many are taking courses in areas such as intelligence and forensics with the aim of joining the FBI or the CIA …” (more)

[Jamie O’Keeffe, Munster Express, 26 February]

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