Are returned emigrants not Irish enough for free university fees?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The consequences may have been unforeseen, but the outcome is still hard on some Irish who go abroad. A rule made by the Department of Education to limit the number of foreigners availing of ‘free fees’ at Irish universities means that Irish people living outside the EU for as little as three years can face high costs to pursue second or post-graduate degrees at an Irish college. It should be changed …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Third Level Expenditure: Returning Emigrants and Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of providing 100 higher education places for students of returning emigrants or those that came through the direct provision service; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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Irish teenager whose family emigrated during recession charged ‘outrageous fees’ to study here

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A teenager whose family were forced to leave the county during the recession to find work is now being hit with higher university fees if she wants to study in Ireland …” (more)

[Cathal McMahon, Independent, 23 February]

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Coming Home to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“During the last 6 months, Dr Charles Larkin and I have been working together on a project commissioned by the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Essentially, it is a study into the potential for further student recruitment opportunities with the Irish expatriate community in Asia …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 12 December]

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Attracting emigrants back

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The twin problems of university fees and offering tax incentives to entice emigrants to return could be solved very easily by introducing university fees that could be allowable against income tax for a period of, say, 20 years …” (more)

[John Murphy, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements: Returning Irish Citizens

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills why Irish citizens who have emigrated with their family are classed as overseas students when they return to study at third level; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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Irish Expatriate Citizens and their Children – Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 560 of 24 February 2015, her plans to progress the change mooted by her predecessor, so that Irish expatriate citizens and their children, who are also citizens, are not penalised in terms of restrictions to access free-fee university education, in view of the fact that they had left the country for work reasons during the recession …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 May]

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Fees and the Irish Diaspora

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandSenator Rónán Mullen: The Minister of State is very welcome. Much is said about the needs of young people in Irish society, but when it comes to young people returning to Ireland, either to work or further their education, having had to spend a period abroad because of economic failures, it seems there is very little sympathy for their plight …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 2 April]

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Irish emigrants returning home for work can expect competitive salaries

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More Irish emigrants are returning home confident of securing employment as the professional recruitment market rebounds, according to Morgan McKinley …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 27 January]

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Opportunities in Ireland still not enough to draw emigrants back

Posted in Life on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“There are strong indications that the wave of mass emigration out of Ireland prompted by the downturn may be finally slowing, with the number of Irish people leaving the country last year falling 20% compared to the previous 12 months …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Third Level Fees – Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the announcement made on St. Patrick’s Day this year to the effect that Irish citizen children, children from Irish emigrant families living outside the European Union who return as undergraduates to Irish universities or third-level colleges, would no longer have to pay the full international fee applies equally to …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 17 June]

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Few eligible for low college fees

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

“After his father’s construction business folded, in 2009, Kevin Lynch emigrated to San Francisco with his family just a year before his Leaving Cert. Despite having been educated in north Kerry, the 20-year-old was not, until this week, eligible for a ‘free’ third-level place in Ireland …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times Generation Emigration, 22 March]

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Quinn confident universities will agree to cut in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2014 by steve

“Minister of Education Ruairí Quinn says he is confident universities will agree to his plan to drastically lower third-level fees for children of Irish emigrant families living outside of the European Union ….” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Universities yet to agree on lower third level fees for emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“A Government decision on lower third-level fees for returning emigrants and children of Irish families living outside the EU has not yet been agreed by individual universities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 March]

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Universities criticise cut in fees for emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“The representative body for the seven Irish universities has said moves to reduce fees for the children of Irish emigrants living outside the European Union could have a significant financial impact on third-level institutions …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 19 March]

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USI President Welcomes Reduced Fees for Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today welcomed the St Patrick’s Day announcement by Minister Quinn of fee reductions for returning emigrants and the children of Irish families living outside the EU …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 18 March]

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Third-level fees are cut for children of Irish emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Government has made a significant St Patrick’s Day gesture to Irish emigrant families living outside the European Union by dramatically lowering the fees their children will pay for third-level colleges here …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 18 March]

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New initiative will see Irish emigrants’ university fees slashed if they come home to study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2014 by steve

“The children of Irish emigrants will have their college fees slashed if they return to go to university here, the Education Minister has revealed …” (more)

[Pat Flanagan, Irish Mirror, 17 March]

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Minister Quinn announces lower higher education fees available to children of Irish emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2014 by steve

“Children of Irish migrants and other qualifying European citizens who spend 5 years in primary or post primary school in Ireland will now pay lower fees for third level …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 March]

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Third Level Fees – Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 25th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Skills regarding the residency requirements for accessing third level education for returning emigrants, his plans to make any changes to the current system which states you must be resident in Ireland for three out of the past five years to qualify for the free fees scheme, with the result that young persons who emigrate for two years or more and wish to return to education may be charged full non-EEA international fees …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 January]

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