Public servants to work until 70 amid spiralling pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers, university lecturers, and other key public servants will be asked to work until they are 70 in a bid to cut back on spiralling pension costs and to shore up staff gaps in vital frontline services. Cabinet signed off on the move at its weekly meeting yesterday after the plan was put forward by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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IFUT criticise lack of higher education funding in today’s budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today criticised Budget 2019 for what it sees as a lack of attention to higher education. The federation noted that ‘it is incredible that this year’s Budget set aside €1.5bn for a future rainy day fund while higher education is drowning in an existential funding crisis that is being ignored’. Budget 2019 was announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 9 October]

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‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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€150m Funding Increase for Higher Education in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The government has allocated an extra €150 million to higher education in today’s Budget 2019, amid persistent indecision over the future funding model of the sector. The extra €150 million will go towards research, higher and further education and marks a significant increase on the €47.5 million extra allocated to the sector in last year’s Budget …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 October]

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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full remaining cost of ensuring that all public sector workers recruited on lower salary levels since 2011 are brought to pay levels that match colleagues at the same grade; and the way in which he plans to address this inequality …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Colleges’ sabbatical pay under Higher Education Authority spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A review of policies on pay and other benefits for third-level college staff is about to begin, almost a year after it was due to commence. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) review is to focus on examining policies in respect of pay, pensions, travel, and leave, and how those policies are applied …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 September]

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Gender equality in third level remains a distant hope

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest figures on gender progression among academics from the Higher Education Authority show some improvement in what has been an intractable problem, but illustrate the extent of the hill still to be climbed. The HEA figures show that among ‘core funded’ academic staff the proportion of female professors has increased from 23% to 24% since 2015 while the number of female associate professors has increased from 32% to 34% …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Government Gives Green Light to Ireland’s First Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“The Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (17th of July 2018) announced that the application for Technological University status from the TU4Dublin consortium would be granted …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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Ibec calls for boost to local firms and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Business and employer lobby group Ibec has issued a stark warning about Ireland’s eroding competitiveness and urged the Government to arrest the decline by providing greater support to local industries, as well as injecting €250m into higher education …” (more)

[Gretchen Friemann, Independent, 16 July]

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Cabinet agrees bill to allow public servants to work until 70

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has agreed the text of new legislation that will allow thousands of public servants work until they are 70 years of age. As people are living longer and are in better health, many public servants want to work for longer, but they cannot because of a mandatory retirement age of 65 for those recruited before 2004 …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ, 5 July]

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Legislation for public service pay cuts still needed, Donohoe says

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Financial emergency legislation which allowed the State to reduce the pay of public servants and cut fees for its contractors continues to be needed, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

Bríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to renew FEMPI legislation in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Ministers turn sod on €220m building project in DIT Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Ministers Bruton, Donohoe and Mitchell O’Connor announce construction is to begin on €220m building project for DIT at Grangegorman. 10,000 students and 600 staff to be accommodated on 52,000m² development …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 30 April]

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DIT Launches ‘Historic’ Expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“Crowds gathered at Grangegorman today as government ministers, staff and students came together to mark the next stage of Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) historic expansion, as technological university status looms. Speaking at DIT today, Minister for Education Richard Bruton called the €220 million project ‘the greatest investment we have made in many years in higher education’ …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 30 April]

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Three Dublin ITs submit application to become Ireland’s first technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three Dublin institutes of technology have submitted an application to become Ireland’s first technological university – with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) is made up of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 April]

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Bruton refuses to reveal penalties for teachers who strike over pay structure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Education Minister Richard Bruton has declined to say what penalties, if any, teachers will face should they strike over the lower-pay structure for post-2011 recruits. On Tuesday, Mr Bruton warned the public service pay deal had provisions that allowed the imposition of pay freezes and other penalties if industrial action in breach of that agreement were to take place …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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Government delivers Major PPP Investment in DIT Grangegorman Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today welcomed the signing of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project Agreement which now paves the way for the construction of two flagship new buildings at the DIT campus in Grangegorman, Dublin 7…” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 March]

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€200m bill to restore equal pay for public servants

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It would cost €200m to restore equal pay for over 60,000 public servants recruited since 2011 on lower terms and conditions, according to a new report published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. During the economic crisis, the Government unilaterally cut pay rates for new recruits by 10%, as well as reducing allowances, and introducing a new pension scheme viewed as less generous than the existing scheme applicable up to then …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 March]

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