Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned unwinding of FEMPI measures in line with the Public Service Stability Agreement for each of the years 2019 to 2023 disaggregated by wage bracket …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Fianna Fáil’s refusal to commit to the abolition of student fees is ‘gutless’ – Jonathan O’Brien TD

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD has described as ‘gutless’ Fianna Fáil’s confirmation that the party will not scrap student fees if elected to government. Speaking from Cork City today, Deputy O’Brien said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael Kitt (Galway East, Fianna Fail): Amendment No 1 arises out of committee proceedings. Amendments Nos 1, 2, and 4 to 6, inclusive, are related and will be discussed together …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour): The topic for debate today is Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015. The main purpose of the Bill is to provide for the establishment of technological universities which is a new type of higher education institution to be formed through the consolidation and merger of existing institutes of technology …” (more)

[Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Education and Skills, 14 January]

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Technological Universities must be resourced adequately – O’Brien

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

Ireland“Speaking today during the debate on the Technological Universities Bill, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said that his party were giving qualified support for the Bill to allow it to proceed, but wanted to see major changes for that support to continue …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 December]

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Sinn Féin comments on TUI ballot result

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Commenting following the overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action by TUI members in the Institutes of Technology, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the Minister for Education and Skills to engage with the staff on their well-founded concerns about resourcing and funding for the sector …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 December]

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Student loan system would eradicate the grant scheme by stealth – O’Brien

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Speaking following reports on the potential introduction of student loan scheme following a government commissioned report on third level funding, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said that saddling students with debt is not substitute for a decent grant system …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 December]

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Higher Education Institutions: Chaplains

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 115 of 30 June 2015, if she is aware that the institutes of technology are not following the provisions of the Employment Control Framework at present, as they are allowing publicly-funded positions to be filled by the local Bishop, rather than based on objective criteria around the best interests of students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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Student Support Schemes: Reduction of Student Contribution Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student contribution fee by €250; and by €500 …” (more)

[Dáil Eireann Written Answers, 15 July]

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Institutes of Technology – Recent Survey

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

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the results of a survey of academics in institutes of technology commissioned by the Irish Federation of University Teachers and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland that shows that lecturers are spending time on language and writing skills with students to the detriment of actual teaching time and that many international students are being recruited to courses despite not meeting course requirements; her plans to address this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Equality Issues: NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware that SIPTU has advised its members on the National University of Ireland Galway campus not to co-operate with the university’s gender task force, as it was not engaged in consultations regarding its establishment; that there are concerns that the taskforce lacks transparency, and was not independently constituted, and no assurances have been provided with regard to confidentiality; and her plans to urgently address these matters …” (more)

[Dáil Eireann Written answers, 19 May]

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Third Level Staff – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the issue of gender inequality in the National University of Ireland Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 May]

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English language students must be protected – O’Brien

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

Ireland“Speaking following a demonstration of English language students that took place in Dublin today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien, called on the government to do more to address the problems faced by these students …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 May]

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Student Universal Support Ireland Administration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the report from the Comptroller and Auditor General on the issue of the operation of Student Universal Support Ireland; and her plans to make appropriate changes … ” (more)

[Dáil debates, 22 April]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons employed in third level educational institutions who are paid in excess of €100,000, €150,000, €200,000 and €250,000; the names of the institutions employing them; the numbers in each institution earning above that figure; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 April]

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Third Level Data – National College of Art and Design

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students registered as attending the National College of Art and Design during each year since 2006, in tabular form, showing full-time and part-time registrations …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 1 April]

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O’Brien calls for closer examination of cuts and impact on CAO choices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Following news that 6,000 applicants have registered with the CAO but not indicated preferences for a course, Sinn Féin TD and Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien said that there was a clear effect of the cuts to guidance counsellors in schools in recent years …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 March]

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Technological Universities – IT Tralee and Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on development of technological universities here, including the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology, County Cork and Tralee Institute of Technology, County Kerry …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 3 March]

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Estranged students still waiting on college grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of students are still awaiting a decision on college grants, having failed to satisfy the awarding body they are estranged from their parents. Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) has taken evidence from charity groups to verify some claims where grant applicants say they are not dependent on family …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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Teachers’ union in dispute over CIT-ITT merger plans

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has lodged a formal industrial dispute over Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) plans to merge with the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) …” (more)

[Ronan Bagnall, Evening Echo, 12 February]

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