Fianna Fáil and Labour Will Not Back Creation of New Higher Education Cabinet Position

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil and Labour have refused to support the creation of a new cabinet position with responsibility for higher education. A new role set to be filled by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, its creation had been seen as a signal of a renewed government focus on the sector …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 16 June]

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College fees should not rise – they should go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Good evening, It’s an honour to be here at Tom Johnson for my second time as Labour leader. And I’m particularly pleased that we’re gathering here in Cork …” (more)

[Brendan Howlin, Labour Party, 10 June]

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Minister Bruton must bear responsibility for lack of oversight of Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The recent Prime Time revelations regarding some universities in Ireland highlight the need for more regulatory oversight but responsibility for the current lack of oversight rests firmly with Minister Richard Bruton. ‘In two significant areas he has failed to act to ensure greater compliance during his term as Minister for Education and Skills …'” (more)

[Alan Kelly, Labour Party, 28 May]

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Student Accommodation New Gold Rush For The Construction Industry

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The construction industry has begun to go crazy again. Since the foundation of the State there has never been more than than 100 units of student accommodation in my constituency of Dublin Central. But in the last two years alone, 3,300 units have received planning permission and most are under construction ….” (more)

[Labour Party, 17 January]

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New Minister Fails to Deliver for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The failure of Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to secure any improvement to class sizes or make any meaningful reduction in back to school costs, is a major disappointment to those in the sector according to Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin …” (more)

[Labour Party, 11 October]

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It’s time for equality for part time students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“One of the proposals in the Report of the Export Group on Future Funding for Higher Education (Cassells Report) is that, whatever the funding model chosen, part time students should be funded in the same manner as full time students. The report also proposes an extension of student supports to part time students …” (more)

[Joanna Tuffy, Lifelong Learning Blog, 11 September]

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Tuffy welcomes support for part time learners proposed in Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is welcome that the Cassells report is proposing that whatever funding model is chosen for third level education, that part time students would be funded in the same manner as full time students …” (more)

[Joanna Tuffy, Labour Party, 12 July]

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Fianna Fáil needs to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams has called on Fianna Fáil to rule out supporting the introduction of student loans. Williams commented: ‘Fianna Fáil Education and Skills Spokesperson Thomas Byrne said on Morning Ireland his party are open to the idea of introducing student loans. This is a deeply regressive and ill thought out position …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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Publicly funded higher education is not an aspiration, it’s a necessity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour Youth has reiterated its call for state funded higher education following the publication of the Cassells Report today presenting options for funding higher education. Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams commented …” (more)

[Labour Party, 11 July]

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The opportunity may now be lost to invest in services and our citizens – O’Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Firstly can I convey my very sincere congratulations to Richard Bruton on his appointment as Minister for Education and Skills. It was the privilege of my political career to serve as Minister for Education and Skills. The new Minister will find an excellent team in Marlborough Street thoroughly committed to public education in its broadest sense …” (more)

[Jan O’Sullivan, Labour Party, 6 May]

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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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Labour u-turn on student fees is a new low – McConalogue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has accused the Labour Party of having no credibility on education after making yet another u-turn on its education commitments …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 17 February]

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Labour won’t reveal position on college fees until after election

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party won’t confirm its position on the raising of third-level fees until after the General Election. Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the party ‘will have a debate’ about the possibility of hiking third-level fees and introducing a loan system for parents – but it won’t take place until after polling day …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Independent, 17 February]

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Jan O’Sullivan refuses to rule out introducing third-level fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has refused to rule out introducing third-level fees, if Labour is re-elected, due to the need to reform the funding systems of universities and colleges. At the launch of her party’s education policy document yesterday, the Limerick TD declined to say that fees would not be imposed …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

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Labour declines to rule out rising fees for third-level students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Labour party has confirmed it cannot rule out increasing fees for third-level students. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she had been briefed on the contents of a report examining the future funding of the sector …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Labour pledges ‘affordable’ education plan ‘in the context of a recovered economy’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour have launched their plan for education, promising to reduce class sizes to record lows. They say they will reduce the average class sizes in primary school to just 20 students, while cutting the student-teacher ratio in secondary schools to 17 to 1. Labour have promised to cut €500 off the student contribution for third level …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 February]

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Jan O’Sullivan pledges to cut third-level fees by €500

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has pledged to cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500 if the Labour Party is returned to government. In a speech last night, she said the reduction would come into force in 2017, along with extra funding for higher education, to help meet the cost of growing numbers of students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Labour Promises to Reduce Student Contribution Charge by €500 if Elected

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has tonight committed to reducing the student contribution by €500 if Labour is in government after the next election, as well as plans for €100 million in additional funding to higher education and supports to postgraduate students …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 January]

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Inaction on the University of the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Compared to the big noises made during the 2011 general election campaign, when both Fine Gael and Labour promised a University of the South East, there is only silence this time around. In 2011, they both also promised not to develop Fianna Fáil’s technological university proposal. In power they forgot both of these promises …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 4 January]

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Lyons welcomes major jobs boost for DCU Alpha

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Labour TD John Lyons has welcomed the announced expansion of the DCU innovation campus facility in Glasnevin, which will result in the creation of 450 new jobs over the next three years. Speaking on today’s announcement, local Labour TD John Lyons said …” (more)

[Labour Party, 9 December]

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