Protected Disclosures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his expectations and those of the HEA regarding board members and audit committees handling whistleblowers’ cases in institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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HEA boss denies ‘looking for head’ of ex-Waterford Institute of Technology president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly rejected suggestions that he ‘went looking for the head’ of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 November]

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After Protest Outside Hamilton Building, Mary Lou McDonald Cancels Visit to Trinity

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has cancelled her visit to Trinity this evening. A group, in support of abuse victim Mairia Cahill, had gathered outside the Hamilton Building to protest her visit …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Protest Against Mary Lou McDonald’s Trinity Visit Begins on College Green

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A group has gathered on College Green to protest the visit of Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, to Trinity. The protest follows a similar protest in Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) last week …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Taoiseach urges teachers to reflect on action threat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Taoiseach has appealed to 17,000 secondary school teachers to ‘reflect very seriously’ on their decision to withdraw from meetings with parents and other duties ‘at this time of economic challenge for our country’ …” (more)

[Mary Regan and John Riordan, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Quinn eager to give parents more control over education costs

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said he is considering new ways to give parents more power to control the costs of education including ‘a Parents Charter’ …” (more)

[Judith Crosbie, Irish Times, 2 August]

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518 students still awaiting 2012 grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said a much better system had been put in place for this year and it was intended that all applications would be processed by Christmas …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Five students complain to Ombudsman over grant delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Five students whose grants have been delayed due to ongoing problems at the body that processes them have made complaints to the Ombudsman …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards and others, Irish Times, 18 July]

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SUSI yet to fully process 565 grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“The body that awards third-level student grants has confirmed that 565 students are still waiting to have grants applications relating to last academic year fully processed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 July]

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SUSI affair was ‘chaos’ says Mary Lou McDonald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“Nearly six hundred students still await payment of third-level student grants in what Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald called a ‘glimpse into the chaos of the last 12 months’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 July]

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Gilmore says all third-level grants will be processed by Christmas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“The Government intends to process all third-level grant applications by Christmas, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said. Mr Gilmore was replying in the Dáil today to Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a guarantee that he has shelved plans to include assets such as farmland and business premises in the means tests for third level students …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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Haddington Road Agreement Savings – Pay Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to impose additional reductions in pay and changes to working terms and conditions to those public sector workers who through their unions do not sign up to the Haddington Road agreement …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 20 June]

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Croke Park Agreement Issues – Reduction of GDP Growth

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No 319 of 16 April 2013, if he will confirm that his Department did not calculate the specific reduction of GDP growth directly attributed to the proposed Croke Park 2 cuts to public sector pay and pension of €1 billion between 2013 and 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 May]

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Unions warn pay cut moves will be met with action

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2013 by steve

“Public servants will mount a campaign of industrial action if the Government moves to implement unilateral pay cuts, according to the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 April]

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SIPTU members’ rejection of Croke Park II a body blow to government

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2013 by steve

“SIPTU members’ rejection of Croke Park II is a body blow to the government’s austerity agenda, according to Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD this afternoon …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 April]

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Croke Park Agreement Issues – Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide in tabular form, the number of public sector employees who will be subject to the provisions of the Croke Park two agreement whose salary and allowances fall into the following bands less than €65,000; €65,000 to €150,000; €150,000 to €185,000 and more than €185,000 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 March]

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Public Sector Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the saving to the Exchequer if all annual public sector pay, to include local authorities and State agencies, was capped at €100,000 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 February]

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