Government not doing enough to tackle rising student rents

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said the Government must do more to tackle rising student accommodation rents. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, we have read reports that there has been a rise in the numbers of students commuting to college as rents are becoming unaffordable in many college cities and towns …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 June]

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FG cannot continue to be evasive on Higher Education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that unless the Minister for Education addresses the issues with higher education funding, the sector will remain stagnant. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘While I am no fan of education ranking systems, the fact that Irish universities continue to fall in the QS World University Rankings, is a damning inditement of the lack of the lack of investment in the third level sector …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 June]

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Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘Today, while the Cabinet approved legislative proposals to strengthen the Residential Tenancies Board, hundreds of students were protesting accommodation hikes in DCU outside the Dáil …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 17 April]

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Minister Bruton needs to rule out student loan schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 12 April]

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Student accommodation hikes unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised student accommodation providers in Dublin for proposing sharp rent increases for student accommodation. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The latest rent increases by private student accommodation providers will see privately-owned DCU student accommodation fees rise to over €10,000 for nine months …'” (more)

[Labour Party, 27 March]

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TCD should reverse repeat fee decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has called on Trinity College Dublin to reverse the decision to introduce a fee of €450 to repeat exams. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The outrageous decision by Trinity College Dublin to introduce a high fee of €450 to repeat exams will price many students out of college. …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 13 March]

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Budget18 lacks vision for third level education – Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party spokesperson on Education, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that this year’s budget exposes a total lack of vision for the third level sector. Senator Ó Ríordáin commented: ‘This Budget illustrates Fine Gael/Independent Alliance’s poverty of vision for free education. Nowhere is this more evident than in third level funding …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 11 October]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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Labour’s Higher Education Failings Make Seanad Motion More Than a Little Infuriating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is little point in relitigating one of the most extraordinary U-turns in the history of higher education policy in Ireland: that of then-Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who, just weeks after signing a giant pledge on behalf of the Labour Party to freeze the student contribution charge at €1,500, announced that the fee would, after all, have to be increased to €2,000 (and this was just the first in a whole series of increases) …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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‘I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The door to the introduction of student fees was left open this week after the government opposed a motion against third level student loans. The Labour motion raised in the Seanad called on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education and to reject any move to implement an income contingent loan scheme to fund third level education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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A Year on from Landmark Funding Report, Labour to Call for Rejection of Loan Schemes in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly a year to the day after the publication of a landmark report on Irish higher education funding, Labour Party senators will bring a motion to the Seanad tomorrow calling on the government to oppose a loan scheme for third-level students …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 July]

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Galway college students call for support to oppose student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The students’ unions at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and NUI Galway are calling on senators to support a Labour party motion rejecting the implementation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 11 July]

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Government to leave door open to student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government will leave the door open to the introduction of a student loan scheme on Wednesday when it opposes a motion to abolish student registration fees for third-level education. The Labour Party is due to table a private member’s motion in the Seanad rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme and calling for a fully publicly-funded scheme …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Education fees and system a barrier for families says Labour Senator

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

Ireland“The Government has been urged to take the idea of student loans off the table. A report published last year found that there was a funding gap of €5.5bn over the next 15 years in third level education. The Cassels report made a number of recommendations including a deferred payment scheme for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 July]

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Bacik welcomes USI support for Seanad Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik has welcomed the support from the Union of Students in Ireland for the Labour Party’s motion to be debated on Wednesday evening. Labour’s motion calls on the Government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education for all …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 10 July]

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Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 10 July]

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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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