Student leader promises escalation in protests

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

“Students’ representatives have accused the Government of going against their promises to support life-long learning As Budget 2013 was revealed yesterday, students were hit with a €250 euro increase to the capitation fee next year, and for the next two years after that …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 December]

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Budget Statement from USI President John Logue

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

“Today’s Budget was bleak. It punished some of the most vulnerable people in Irish society including children, pensioners and students struggling to get by …” (more)

[USI, Facebook, 5 December]

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Budget 2013 Education: 6,000 to lose up to €1,500 as income levels for grants reduced

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

“More than 6,000 students will lose up to €1,510 each in grant aid next year after cuts to the income limits. About 5,300 grant recipients are expected to lose amounts ranging from €300 upward, depending on the level of support they would have qualified for this year and how far they live from college …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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Europe’s Budget Crisis Hits Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2012 by steve

“St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ireland, has been training teachers for more than 135 years, for the past two decades as an autonomous college of Dublin City University. But in September, it received a letter saying that it would become a much more integral part of the university …” (more)

[Christopher Schuetze, New York Times, 25 November]

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Student Fees: It’s Complicated

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Writer and broadcaster Eamon Delaney (top) and President of the Union of Students in Ireland John Logue (above) spoke with Pat Kenny on RTE R1 this morning about student fees. And how they fit in with academics’ salaries …” (more)

[Broadsheet.ie, 23 November]

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Student loan scheme or graduate tax expected in Quinn announcement

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

“It is thought that Education Minister Ruairi Quinn may propose the introduction of a State-backed student loan scheme or a graduate tax when he outlines his vision for higher education reform this morning. Ruairi Quinn will meet the heads of the country’s Universities and Institutes of Technology at the Department of Education …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 November]

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Gilmore out of country as students arrive on his doorstep chanting ‘Out, out, out!’

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

“The words ‘Eamon Gilmore’ and ‘lucky break’ don’t feature too often in the same sentence in these turbulent times, but the Tanaiste can take a crumb of comfort, from the bakery-full batch of bad news, that he was out of the country yesterday …” (more)

[Independent, 20 November]

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Students in protest at Gilmore’s office

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

“More than 500 students opposed to third-level fee increases protested outside Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s constituency office in Dún Laoghaire yesterday afternoon …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Hundreds of students protest at Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore’s office over cuts and fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“Around 500 college students protested outside the Dun Laoghaire constituency office of Eamon Gilmore today over proposed Budget cuts to grants and fee hikes …” (more)

[Lise Hand, Independent, 19 November]

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Students protest outside Tánaiste’s office

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“Over 500 students opposed to third level fee increases protested outside Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s constituency office in Dún Laoghaire this afternoon …” (more)

[Jason Kennedy, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Student campaign against cuts to pick up speed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“A number of demonstrations against any further cuts to student grants or increases in university fees are to take place across the country this week …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 November]

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USI president defends student turnout at Children’s Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2012 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students of Ireland, John Logue, has defended the student turnout at last weekend’s Children’s Referendum …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 November]

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USI President released following arrest in the Dáil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 15th, 2012 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) was released late last night following his arrest in the Dáil visitors’ gallery earlier …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 November]

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Student union leader arrested at Dail protest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 15th, 2012 by steve

“The president of the country’s national student union body was arrested last night following a demonstration in the Dail. About 100 Union of Students in Ireland (USI) members were in the Dail visitors’ gallery during a debate on college fees and grants …” (more)

[Independent, 15 November]

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SF Education spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien demands immediate release of USI President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 15th, 2012 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien, TD, has called for the immediate release of USI President John Logue who was arrested tonight after a student protest in the visitor’s gallery of Dáil …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 November]

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USI President Arrested at Dáil Education Vote

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 15th, 2012 by steve

“John Logue, president of the Union of Students in Ireland, has been arrested this evening following a peaceful protest in the Dáil gallery at Leinster House. Logue was attending Dáil proceedings to observe a Private Members’ Bill proposed by Fianna Fáil …” (more)

[University Times, 14 November]

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Students don’t want handouts, just a hand up

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 15th, 2012 by steve

“The debacle over non-payment of student maintenance grants has very publicly highlighted a trend that has been developing since around 2008: the victimisation of Ireland’s young people and the curtailing of opportunities that were promised to previous generations …” (more)

[John Logue, Independent, 14 November]

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USI president on student grant log jam

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2012 by steve

“Let’s return to that main news of the evening, the logjam in the approval of student grants. We’re joined here in the studio by John Logue…” (video)

[RTÉ Six One News, 13 November]

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USI: Extra staff to deal with backlogs not enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has said that the extra staff recruited to deal with backlogs in processing third level grants will not be enough to resolve the delays …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 November]

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Head of student grant system answers to Oireachtas Committee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 13th, 2012 by steve

“Jacinta Stewart, of the City of Dublin VEC, told the Oireachtas Education Committee why their grants are delayed. USI President John Logue and Labour TD Aodhan O’Riordán spoke to Drivetime …” (audio)

[RTÉ Drivetime, 13 November]

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