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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Public Sector Pensions

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

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of and timeframe for the restoration of pensions for retired civil and public servants whose pensions are tied to serving officers pay (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the pension and public pay restoration to be carried out under FEMPI, by Department and public body, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Public service compulsory retirement age set to rise to 70

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed legislation should go forward to increase the compulsory retirement age in the public service from 65 to 70 over a phased period. Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said the changes will enable the service to generate new roles and posts, while retaining a lot of the experience of those already in the public service …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 December]

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Government plans for €250,000 a year trophy-staff will further undermine Third-Level Education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“Government plans to pay exorbitant salaries to attract a small number of ‘top researchers’ to Ireland is like lighting matches to drive away the cold and will further exacerbate the crisis in Third-Level Education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Unravelling of pensions emergency financial legislation will cost €90 million next year

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

Ireland“The restoration of public service pensions will cost €90 million next year with the unravelling of emergency legislation implemented during the economic crash, according to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil that from January 1st next year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Resignation, not Frustration, as Higher Education Assesses Budget 2018

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

Ireland“Yesterday’s Budget was a low-key affair all round. Outside the lobby of Buswells there was the usual hustle and bustle, but across the country, there was little of the usual frenzied anticipation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, themselves were playing down expectations – this was a ‘balance-the-books’ budget, not a glamorous giveaway …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 11 October]

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Teachers warned they won’t receive pay increases unless they sign up to new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said unions that don’t sign up to a new public sector pay deal will not benefit from pay increases under it. The minister was speaking after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) voted to back the Public Service Stability Agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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State cannot immediately repeal FEMPI – Donohoe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said the State cannot afford to immediately repeal Financial Emergency legislation (FEMPI), which underpinned the pay cuts imposed on the public sector during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 June]

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