Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, to the House. Before we commence I remind Senators that a Senator may speak only once on Report Stage except for the proposer of an amendment who may reply to the discussion on the amendment. In addition, on Report Stage each amendment must be seconded. Amendment No 1 is in the names of Senators Lynn Ruane and Alice-Mary Higgins …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 21 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 14th, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, back to the House. The debate will resume on Committee Stage of the Technological Universities Bill 2015. When the debate adjourned last week, the House was discussing amendment No 19 which had been moved by Senator Alice Mary Higgins. A number of Senators had contributed. Before I call on the Minister of State, do any other Senators wish to contribute at this point? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 13 February]

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The Technological Universities Bill 2015 in the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill 2015 passed the Dáil at the end of January and is now going through the process to obtain Seanad approval. The Bill sets out the framework under which the Institutes of Technology around the country would be able to merge into larger ‘Technological Universities’. Original plans could see up to ten of the fourteen Institutes become involved in mergers …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2017: Committee Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Question proposed: ‘That section 1 stand part of the Bill’. David Norris (Independent): I would like to raise a question about the Title. Paul Coghlan (Fine Gael): Perhaps you should wait until the end for the Title. Is it relevant to section 1? …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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First technological universities could open in September

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government expects the first technological universities to open next September, despite the law to facilitate applications not yet being passed. The ambition was set out as it launched its Action Plan for Education 2018, setting a range of targets for delivery across the entire education system …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who has responsibility for higher education, to the House. Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I thank the Acting Chairman …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 31 January]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I am honoured to be in this House to introduce the Technological Universities Bill 2015. I am very pleased to be able to introduce a much strengthened Bill to the House on foot of a comprehensive consultation process with key stakeholders and a very co-operative and informed debate in the Dáil. I hope all Senators will agree that this is a very important Bill for the future of higher education in Ireland. It represents a sea change in the higher education landscape …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 30 January]

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Technological University bill making its way through the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A bill on the formation of Technological Universities, including one in Kerry, is making its way through the Seanad …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 30 January]

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Abolition of institutes of technology is an act of senseless violence

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We are living in the final days of the Irish institutes of technology (IoTs). It looks increasingly likely that the Technological Universities Bill will escape from the Oireachtas to the President’s pen. Ten of the fourteen institutes are expected to merge into four new technological universities. By doing so they will bring the curtain down on institutes that have done tremendous good in Irish society since they came into being 48 years ago …” (more)

[Ray Griffin, Irish Times, 29 January]

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Byrne welcomes passage of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the passage of the Technological Universities Bill. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The passing of this Bill has been a long time coming and it has been a key priority for Fianna Fáil to see its passage through the Dáil …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor successfully steers the Technological Universities Bill through the Dáil last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Universities Bill has now completed all stages in the Dáil and moves a step closer to enactment. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has secured the passage of the Technological Universities Bill through the Dáil last night. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘Today marks a significant milestone in progressing this vital piece of legislation …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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Technological universities a step closer following passage of Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The creation of new technological universities has moved a step forward after legislation paving the way for the move was passed by the Dáil. The Technological Universities Bill provides for the merger of existing Institutes of Technology and the creation of a new category of university. Ten of the State’s 14 Institutes of Technology form part of four separate groups in Dublin, Munster, Connacht-Ulster and the southeast who are bidding to become technological universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): Amendment No 17 proposed by Deputy Martin seeks to increase the membership of the governing body of a technological university by increasing by one the possible maximum number of undergraduate members. Internationally, the size and composition of governing authorities of higher education institutions have been changing. The model generally favoured is a more managerial one with a smaller number of members and a majority of non-academic lay people …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 23 January]

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Government ‘drops’ plans for powers to investigate universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has dropped controversial plans to amend legislation before Christmas to allow for investigators to be appointed to examine wrongdoing by universities, according to well-placed sources. Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced plans earlier this year to allow for Government-appointed inspectors to investigate issues of concern in legislation due be passed before Christmas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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€70,000 branding budget planned for Munster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork and Tralee institutes of technology plan to spend part of a €70,000 branding budget to assess if they should change the name of the technological university to be created by their merger. The legislation to formally create a TU sector has yet to be passed, but Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) expect to apply next year to create a new entity …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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RCSI urges Government to grant college university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has urged the Government to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students. While the college is allowed to describe itself abroad as a ‘university of medicine and health science’, it is prohibited from doing so within the State …” (more)

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

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‘UL clause’ will give ministerial powers to appoint investigator

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A change in the law which would give the Minister for Education and Skills the power to appoint an investigator to any publicly-funded third level institution is progressing through the Oireachtas in the wake of the Thorn report into controversies at University of Limerick …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 18 November]

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Education Committee to discuss Technological Universities Bill 2015

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Select Committee on Education and Skills will carry out committee stage examination of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 at its meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 14 November]

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