Election 2016: Fine Gael attacks Fianna Fáil on public pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has claimed he has caught Fianna Fáil out on a ‘massive deception’ in its election manifesto, saying the party has made commitments to increase public pay without funding them …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Minister for Finance cast doubts on validity of UL’s legal action

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he cannot see how the University of Limerick can proceed with its High Court action against the Limerick Leader and its editor, following the publication of a review into matters at UL …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 15 February]

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Bookies predict Jan O’Sullivan faces a battle to retain seat

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will have to beat the bookies if she is to be re-elected. A spokesperson for Paddy Power says Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Deputy Willie O’Dea are ‘nailed on’ for two of the four seats in Limerick City, with Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan third favourite …” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 13 January]

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You’re wrong, Minister – history is strong at UL

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an interview with the Limerick Leader recently, Minister Michael Noonan got on to the subject of history, stating: ‘Limerick University [sic!] has a strong economics department, but it doesn’t have a strong history department’ …” (more)

[Anthony McElligott, Limerick Leader, 29 December]

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Noonan sparks fury over ‘damaging’ comments on University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been accused of ‘damaging the reputation’ of the University of Limerick after saying it does not have a strong history department …” (more)

[The Michael Noonan interview is here]
[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 19 December]

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Public sector pensions boost

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Two thirds of retired public service workers who saw their pensions slashed during the economic crash are set to benefit from increases of up to €1,680 over the next three years, in sharp contrast to their private sector colleagues …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 June]

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Public service pay ‘restoration’ talks underway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks on how much of the Government’s €750m public expenditure pledge will be given over to pay restoration for its staff will begin this afternoon, with the pension levy likely to feature high on the agenda over the coming days …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers and Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 12 May]

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Public sector pay cuts set to be reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The scope for reversing cuts to public sector pay and pensions is set to be outlined in the looming spring budget statement. The move follows a raft of initiatives aimed at beefing up measures to tackle the mortgage debt crisis after previous attempts by the Government to get a grip on the situation were branded inadequate …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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Award-winning €15 million Graduate Entry Medical School Building at UL Launched by Minister for Finance

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, today officially launched the award-winning Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. The Building was designed by Grafton Architects, and was winner of RIBA 2013 EU Award and a finalist in the highly prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize …” (more)

[Universities News, 23 June]

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UL €100m loan agreement with EIB delivers flagship project to city centre

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

“The University of Limerick yesterday signed a €100 million loan agreement with the European Investment Bank to part-fund a €224m five-year development plan which will provide more than 700 construction jobs and nearly 300 full-time academic posts …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Quinn warns ASTI action will have consequences

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has called on ASTI to reconsider its refusal to sign up to the Haddington Road Agreement, saying non-compliance will have the greatest impact on young, newly qualified teachers …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Government ramps up pressure on teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“The Government has ramped up pressure on teachers threatening industrial action to reconsider their position. As disputes over pay intensify with secondary school teachers refusing to work outside normal hours, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore warned there will be no renegotiations …” (more)

[Independent, 24 September]

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No room for Haddington Road renegotiation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said there is no room for renegotiation of the Haddington Road agreement. He was speaking on his way into a Cabinet meeting in relation to the decision by Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland to reject the agreement …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 September]

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Education wins reprieve from ‘savage’ Budget cuts

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed last night there would be some easing of the cuts in education in next month’s Budget …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Thomas Molloy and Kathryn Hayes, Independent, 21 September]

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Class sizes to soar as Quinn aims for €100m in cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2013 by steve

“Children are returning to the biggest primary school classes in more than a decade – and it could get even worse after the Budget, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has warned …” (more)

[Michael Brennan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 30 August]

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University of Limerick secures €100m European loan

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

“The University of Limerick has announced that it has secured a €100m loan facility from the European Investment Bank to mount a major capital development plan …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 26 July]

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One hundred turn out for Croke Park 2 ‘no’ vote rally

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2013 by steve

“Around 100 members of unions against further cuts to pay in the public service turned out for the ‘No to Croke Park 2’ rally in Dublin today. The campaign wants the government to take note of their ‘no’ vote to Croke Park 2 and said the Haddington Road Agreement is almost identical to it …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 May]

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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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Taoiseach expects Croke Park response from unions within two weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that he expects a response from the public sector trade unions on the stalled Croke Park 2 pay deal within two weeks …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Business Post, 23 April]

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Noonan unfazed by collapse of Croke Park

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he doesn’t expect any hard, quick decisions on a new plan to cut €300 million from the public sector pay bill after unions voted down the Government’s Croke Park II proposals last week …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 22 April]

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