FF vows to block law allowing top-up of minister’s wage

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has warned that it will block legislation aimed at topping up Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s TD salary to reflect her new ‘super-junior’ minister role. The revelation that the law will have to be changed to allow for a €16,288-a-year allowance on top of the minister of State salary of €124,439 has provoked a storm of controversy …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan, Independent, 17 June]

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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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FF to block Mary Mitchell O’Connor appointment as ‘super junior’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will not support legislation to create a third super junior role for Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Ms O’Connor was appointed as a Minister of State with responsibility for higher education in Wednesday’s re-shuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The position will allow her to sit at the Cabinet table …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O’Connor to receive extra €16k allowance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet. Minister for Finance Pachal Donohoe confirmed that the legislation would be required …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 June]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor ‘was a tiny bit disappointed yesterday’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor admits she is disappointed at being demoted by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The former jobs minister was the only one of Enda Kenny’s cabinet not to retain a full ministerial position and has been dropped to a minster of state with special responsibility for higher education …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 16 June]

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Bruton has Listened and Learned from Universities and Students. Now he Must Act

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny stood beside Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, in a primary school last July, discussing lighthouse keepers. Their job, he said, was to guide ships away from dangerous rocks and safely into harbours. This, in a nutshell, will be Bruton’s job now that he’s been reappointed to the Department of Education and Skills …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 15 June]

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Cabinet Manoeuvres Make Mockery of Government Commitment to Higher Education – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is deeply disappointed in the manner in which Higher Education has been treated on the Taosieach’s first day in office. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it emerged the Taoiseach decided at the last minute to assign Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor as Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education after she took issue with being offered the Equality and Law Reform portfolio …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 June]

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IFUT welcomes appointment of Minister for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed the appointment of Mary Mitchell-O’Connor as Minister with special responsibility for Higher Education in the new government. Mike Jennings, General Secretary of IFUT, said the appointment of a dedicated Minister for the sector represents a recognition of the many challenges and dire financial situation in higher education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 14 June]

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Bruton Returns and Mitchell O’Connor Given Third-Level Responsibility, as Funding Decisions Loom

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Richard Bruton has been reappointed Minister for Education and Skills in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet, while Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been given responsibility for higher education – a move that has been welcomed by the higher education sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 June]

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Mitchell O’Connor biggest loser in reshuffle

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former jobs minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the biggest loser in the new Taoiseach’s Cabinet. It emerged last night that Ms O’Connor was initially offered a super-junior minister position with responsibility for equality and law reform. However, she expressed concerns about the portfolio, forcing Mr Varadkar into a rethink. The Dún Laoghaire TD, who is a former primary school principal, was then given the option of a role in higher education …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 15 June]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor demoted in Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the only casualty in Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet reshuffle following his appointment as Taoiseach on Wednesday. Eoghan Murphy, Regina Doherty and Michael Ring have been promoted to the senior ministerial ranks with Ms Mitchell O’Connor, who had been minister for enterprise, making way along with the outgoing Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the latest findings by the EU’s research and innovation observatory (details supplied) which indicates that research and development funding here is largely focused on multinationals rather than SMEs and that research and development here is below that of average spends by firms in other EU nations; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 May]

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Third Level Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether the decision to fund the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2016 and 2017, rather than announcing the programme as a five year investment cycle, has negatively affected the ability of institutions to attract matching funding from private sources due to lack of certainty; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Third Level Education: Engineering and Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the drop in the number of students applying for third level courses in engineering and technology; her further views on the future impact it will have on the economy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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Third Level Funding – PRTLI

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis from 2010 to 2016 in tabular form; the total amount subsequently expended in each year; the amount of funding that has been allocated in 2017; the amount of funding that has been ring-fenced for research and frontier research in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 February]

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Third Level Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of funding for the programme for research in third level institutions PRTLI; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 December]

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Third Level Funding – PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions in the period 2010 to 2016 annually in tabular form; the programme funding that has been allocated in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 17 November]

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New €68m medical research centre to open in Galway

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new centre for medical device research representing a unique partnership between Irish universities and industry is opening in NUI Galway. The Cúram centre represents a €68 million investment in medtech research. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry players have invested €49 million over six years to the project …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 26 September]

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