Higher Education Institutions – Long-term Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in relation to the programme for Government commitment on addressing long-term challenges such as long-term funding models in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 November]

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Taoiseach concedes returning graduate tax ‘unfair’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny said he wanted Budget 2017 to be as fair as possible. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said plans for a special 30% tax rate for returning graduates ‘beggared belief’, given its discriminating nature …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Third-level funding is major budget issue, says Martin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cabinet discussions are under way about short-term funding of third-level education, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He said Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe were discussing the issue …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Leaders’ Questions

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMicheál Martin: I welcome everybody back and I am delighted to see that it is all systems go for this Dáil session. It is less than two weeks to budget day and there are many issues that need to be addressed. I put it to the Taoiseach that it is essential that there be a realistic response to the Peter Cassells report on the chronic underfunding of third level education …” (more)

[Video is here]
[Dáil debates, 27 September]

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Some Institutes of Technology are ‘close to insolvency’ – Dáil warned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Some Institutes of Technology are ‘close to trading insolvently’ while our universities continue to slide in international rankings. That was the strong message from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin as the Dáil returned from the summer break …” (more)

[John Downing, Independent, 27 September]

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Fianna Fáil think-in hears education investment must be prioritised

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork is in danger of falling behind unless significant investment is made in restoring funding to University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and other third level institutions …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 September]

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Universities hiding educational funding crisis, says Martin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are covering up a major crisis in education in order to protect their reputations, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. He claimed that presidents of the country’s universities and institutes were unwilling to fully expose the ‘elephant in the room’ because it could affect applications …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 29 August]

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FF leader signals party to seek more third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has indicated his party will be seeking increased third-level funding in the October budget. Mr Martin told the Dáil on Wednesday the Government should reflect on the need for ‘significantly increased State funding’ for the sector. He called for the restoration of grants to post-graduate students …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 20 July]

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National Maritime College dispute putting livelihood’s at risk – Martin

Posted in Teaching on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has warned that an ongoing dispute between the National Maritime College of Ireland and marine authorities is putting the livelihood’s of hundreds of families at risk …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 July]

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Revealed: Micheál Martin promises to recruit 600 new gardai, increase allowances for rural GPs and freeze third level students fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has promised to recruit 600 new gardai, increase allowances for rural GPs and freeze third level students fees by the end of next year as part of his attempt to win the support of Independent TDs …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 6 April]

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Third Level Fees: Returning Irish Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are impediments in European Union legislation to changing Irish legislation to give all Irish citizens access to the free fees scheme for third level, regardless of their residency status, to enable them to access the scheme without having to be resident here for three of the five years prior to making their entry application to third level, without giving the same access to all European Union citizens …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 December]

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Research Funding – Definition of ‘Basic Research’

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the definition of basic research used by his Department in deciding allocations to different types of research …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]

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Taoiseach says teachers’ strike is avoidable, but they don’t agree

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny has said that tomorrow’s teachers strike over Junior Cycle reform is avoidable. The Taoiseach was speaking in the Dáil this afternoon when he said the planned industrial action is ‘avoidable, even today, if the teachers take on board that the Minister has engaged with them and is willing to engage with them’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 21 January]

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Housing crisis forcing students to put off college

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2014 by steve

“Students from as far away as Clare, Cork and Galway will be forced to commute to Dublin. Students are being forced to give up their dream of studying in Dublin because they cannot find anywhere to live …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor and John Drennan, Independent, 31 August]

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Anti-jobs measure sees apprentices hit with extra student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South Central, Micheál Martin, says apprentices are being actively discouraged from starting and finishing their programmes this year because they have been forced to pay at least an extra €833 in student fees …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 22 January]

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Birth rates and snobbery: the factors putting pressure on the education system

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s ability to improve secondary education will be constrained by parents’ desire for their children to go to university and by simple arithmetic …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 30 April]

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‘Foolish statements harm pay talks’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2013 by steve

“Government hopes of coaxing unions back into pay talks could fall flat as politicians’ ‘foolish statements’ further anger workers, Fianna Fail has warned …” (more)

[Independent, 27 April]

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No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts – Kenny

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

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the rejection of the Croke Park 2 public pay deal means public sector workers no longer have any automatic protection against mandatory redundancies …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 24 April]

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Student Grant Numbers

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

Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students enrolled in higher education; the number of grant applications received for the current academic year from students living in Wicklow to Student Universal Support Ireland, Wicklow VEC and Wicklow County Council; the number of successful applicants; the number of grants remaining to be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 16 April]

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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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