4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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Benefit concert announced! Tiernan to host; The Stunning, My Fellow Sponges featured

Posted in Legal issues on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Save the date: Wednesday, March 29th! Three local acts — The Stunning, Tommy Tiernan and My Fellow Sponges — will play a benefit concert supported by the NUI Galway Students’ Union with all proceeds going towards the legal costs of the five women taking court cases against NUI Galway …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 10 February]

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Westwood to close next year to make way for 400 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The well-known Westwood Hotel in Newcastle will close its doors next year to make way for the development of 400 student accommodation bed spaces. Hotelier and publican Terry Sweeney has sold the business to a UK investment fund which specialises in student accommodation – it will continue to operate as a hotel until early 2018 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 10 February]

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Galway firm to build 429 bed student accommodation at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway contractor JJ Rhatigan has been selected to build a new 429 bed student accommodation block at NUI Galway. The Salthill-headquartered firm will design and build the accommodation, and works are now underway …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 February]

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Gaeilgeoirí Gan Cúis Imní Tar Éis Cinnidh NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Agus díomá chomh maith le fearg an domhain ar chúpla chuid den phobal Gaelach tar éis cinnidh Údarás na hOllscoile in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh (NUIG) fáil réidh leis an riachtanas Gaeilge d’Uachtaráin na hinstitiúide, is maith an deis atá again faoi láthair stádas na Gaeilge in Éirinn nua-aimseartha a phlé …” (níos mó)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 8 February]

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Gardaí prepare for RAG Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardaí are preparing for this year’s unofficial RAG Week ‘celebrations’, which take place next week. There were 43 public order incidents attributed to the event last year, ten alone on so-called Donegal Tuesday …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 8 February]

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The Catholic Church and Opus Dei – the reason why NUI Galway came to have so few women in senior posts?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Since we started this campaign we’ve often pondered how NUI Galway became so exceptionally bad for the representation of women in higher posts. They are so bad it was possible to show, using the previous SHE figures, that only the University of Malta could have a worse Glass Ceiling Index in all of Europe! …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 3 February]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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Step forward for legislation to maintain Irish language requirement for NUI Galway president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bill which aims to legally enshrine the requirement for the president of NUI Galway to be an Irish speaker has made it through the first stage in the Dáil. Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv is pushing for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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NUIG seeks recruitment services for new President

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking executive search and recruitment services for the appointment of a new President. The deadline for interested tenders closes on February 15th …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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Dáil to discuss Irish language bill for NUIG president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD is push for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president speaks Irish. Eamon O Cuiv is seeking leave to bring a bill before the Dáil tomorrow which would ensure the new president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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NUIG resorting to low-paid agency staff, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ‘unfair and discriminatory’ employment practices at NUI Galway were highlighted at a trade union conference in Dublin last week, which focused on precarious employment in higher education. SIPTU’s seminar at Liberty Hall shone a spotlight on unsavoury work practices at NUIG, which are said to be widespread in Ireland’s universities and colleges …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 January]

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Why has the Irish language been removed as a requirement for NUIG’s President?

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

Ireland“Students at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) are protesting against a decision to remove fluency in the Irish language as a requirement for the position of President. The current President of NUIG Dr Jim Browne is due to resign in January 2018 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 January]

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Up to 50 people gather at NUI Galway protest on change to Irish language requirement for university president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 50 supporters of the Irish language gathered at NUI Galway this afternoon for céilí protest over the college’s decision to drop the requirement that its president be fluent in Irish. Late last year, NUIG’s governing authority decided to change the recruitment criteria for appointing a new president …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 January]

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Head to head: Against capping – an argument on behalf of human error

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Capping is but the latest in a series of crackdowns on the freedom of students here at NUI Galway. In the last two years, the capping of repeat examinations at 40% has been gradually phased in and received by the student body in general with all the warmth of a limp handshake …” (more)

[Eoin Molloy, SIN, 11 January]

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Head to head: an argument in favour of capping repeat exams at 40%

Posted in Teaching on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“So since last year, if you have to repeat an exam in NUI Galway in the summer, the best result you can get is a bare pass, 40%. And this is only fair. The repeat exams are a safety net to stop people having to repeat a year, or fail a course. But they were never meant to be a get out of jail free card for people who didn’t feel like putting the work in during the year. Don’t pretend that isn’t a thing …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, SIN, 11 January]

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Protest at NUI Galway over relaxing of requirement for president to speak fluent Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A céilí protest will will held at NUI Galway tomorrow (Wed) over the college’s decision to drop the requirement that its president be fluent in Irish. Misneach na Gaillimhe is a branch of Misneach – a group that was originally founded by Mairtín Ó Cadhain over 50 years ago …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 January]

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Gender-isory

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This November marks the second anniversary of my successful gender equality case at the Equality Tribunal against NUI Galway for its failure to appoint me to the post of Senior Lecturer. It was hailed as a landmark case and should have been a call to arms, not just for NUI Galway, but for all third-level institutions. However, the awakening is slow and I doubt that much has changed on the ground – or in attitudes amongst university management …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Village Magazine, 10 January]

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