Ruairi Quinn: Finally, the numbers look good for maths as 17,000 students aim higher

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Maths matters. It’s as simple as that. We need to be proficient in maths for so much of our everyday lives. From counting to measuring, from juggling our income versus our expenditure to working out the distance to our destination, from calculating sports scores to saving for that rainy day …” (more)

[Ruairi Quinn, Independent, 3 March]

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Quinn slams FF predecessors for spending too many days at schools

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has hit out at his Fianna Fail predecessors for spending too much time visiting schools and not enough time at their desks …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 3 June]

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The Tumultuous State of Irish Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2011 by steve

“‘These are scary times.’ Thus blogged Prof. Ferdinand von Prondzynski just over a year ago during his tenure as President of DCU. And while the good professor has since moved on to pastures hopefully greener (as Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University in Scotland), the tumultuous state into which Irish third level education was then descending has, if anything, become ever more tumultuous …” (more)

[Kerry Public Service Workers’ Alliance, 20 May]

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Must try harder: this year’s report card for the key figures in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2011 by steve

“… I miss teaching students and exchanging ideas with them, but hell, I don’t miss the marking. If I’m not marking student exam papers, maybe I can grade the efforts of some of the key figures in higher education over the past academic year instead. I’ll mark them strictly, with absolutely no grade inflation, so a good mark really means something. Let me look at the political class first …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Mighty Quinn gives masterclass in placating militants

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 28th, 2011 by steve

“Minister got applause, even though he will be pursuing the previous government’s policies. What a difference a year makes. When Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn addressed the Teachers’ Union of Ireland annual congress in Tralee yesterday, he received a politely warm reception …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 April]

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Union dismissive as FF outlines student nurse pay review plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2011 by steve

“Fianna Fáil has said the overall nursing budget will have to be reduced even if some form of payment is to be retained for student nurses during their placement period in hospitals …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Teachers lack ‘requisite skills’, says Coughlan

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2011 by steve

“Teachers entering the classroom lack the ‘requisite skills’ to boost literacy and numeracy standards, Minister for Education Mary Coughlan has said …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Coughlan’s major U-turn as nurse row gets political

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“Student nurses have been called on to snub politicians who don’t support reversing their pay cuts. Up to 3,000 student nurses and midwives took part in a march and rally in Dublin in protest at Government plans to phase out payments for work placements …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 17 February]

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Coughlan rules out ‘graduate tax’ under Fianna Fáil

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2011 by steve

“The outgoing Education Minister Mary Coughlan is ruling out the introduction of a ‘graduate tax’ if Fianna Fáil is returned to power …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 17 February]

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Nursing Union to continue fight against Govt plans despite Coughlan commitment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish Nursing and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has vowed to keep up the pressure on the government despite a commitment from Tanaiste Mary Coughlan to review the decision …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 12 February]

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Nurses’ union to keep up fight despite review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2011 by steve

“Union officials last night vowed to continue their campaign against plans to axe student nurses’ pay – despite a pledge by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan to review the decision …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 February]

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Government climbs down over payments to student nurses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2011 by steve

“The Government has relented on its decision to totally abolish payments to student nurses. Tánaiste and Health Minister Mary Coughlan said her department would review the reason for the decision and has promised to retain some level of payment for student nurses …” (more)

[Evelyn Ring, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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Student nurse pay cut to be reviewed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“The Government has rowed back on plans to abolish payments to student nurses and midwives during their mandatory 36-week placement in hospitals in their fourth year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Coughlan blasted over appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“Tanaiste Mary Coughlan was last night accused of political opportunism over a controversial appointment made to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 11 February]

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Coughlan under fire over training fund

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2011 by steve

“An application for €40 million worth of EU training funds for the construction sector has still not been completed by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan eight months after she announced the scheme in a blaze of publicity …” (more)

[Niamh Connolly, Sunday Business Post, 6 February]

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Tánaiste welcomes passing of Student Support Bill by Seanad Éireann

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2011 by steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, today welcomed completion of the final stages of the Student Support Bill in the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Bill is likely to be one of the last pieces of legislation passed by the current Dáil and Seanad …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 January]

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Hunt report is no discussion document

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2011 by steve

“In a generation, Ireland has transformed itself from a country where just one in five school leavers went on to higher education to a country where more than three in five do …” (more)

[Mary Coughlan, Sunday Business Post, 16 January]

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Debt burden fears for third level students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2011 by steve

“As fears grow that third level students could be faced with debts of up to 25,000 euro if a proposed new loans scheme is introduced, Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan insisted it was not her intention to leave students with an ‘unmanageable’ financial burden when they graduated …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 13 January]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 14th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Bernard J Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan if she will confirm if she has received correspondence from Union of Students in Ireland in relation to proposed changes to maintenance grant criteria in Budget 2011; if she recognises the impact of same on students; if she will review same in the coming months; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written Answers, 12 January]

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Third Level Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan if she will to provide a breakdown of academic and non-academic staff employed for each individual institution, in all of the seven universities, all higher education authority designated colleges and all the institutes of technology during the periods December 2008, December 2009 and December 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Written Answers, 12 January]

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