Third Level Funding – Legal Services

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the checks and balances in place to ensure third level institutions are not using public funds to access legal services to defend themselves against persons who have no access to similar legal services thus placing them at a disadvantage to the publicly funded institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the process and timeframe for the Government’s decision on the options laid out in the Cassells report on funding for third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme – Postgraduate Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to restoring maintenance grants for postgraduate students; the cost for doing so; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Staff member ‘made homeless’ following Incorporation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“DCU member of staff and their son were made homeless following the Incorporation Programme, which saw the Church of Ireland College of Further Education among others amalgamate into the university this year, according to TD Richard Boyd-Barrett …” (more)

[Aaron Gallagher, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Higher Education Institutions Staff – Dublin City University

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

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, as a result of the merger of the former Church of Ireland College of Education and other training colleges with Dublin City University, a person and their son (details supplied) have now been made homeless following eviction by the college from the person’s accommodation, despite assurances that accommodation, which had been part of their employment arrangements with the college, would continue to be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Institutes of Technology – Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she has identified any educational merits to the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee, County Kerry; the purpose of the prerequisite for institutes to merge prior to being considered for technological university status; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 10 March]

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Government agency spends €315k to send officials to college

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The cost to the taxpayer of sending a select number of senior local government officials to an exclusive management course at Harvard University tops €315,000 for the past seven years, figures show …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

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Horizon 2020 Strategy Implementation

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on April 10th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the context of Horizon 2020 programme and its emphasis on expanding digital programming as an area for significant job potential and the grants being awarded in this area, his views that there may be a gap in the area of developing and supporting distribution and marketing skills in this sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 April]

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Quinn refuses to intervene in veil ban

Posted in Teaching on August 16th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has refused to intervene after a school banned a Muslim girl from wearing the hijab — a veil worn by Muslim women and girls. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has taken up the case …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 16 August]

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JobBridge internship programme criticised

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The organisers of a campaign against the Government’s JobBridge scheme have called for it to be replaced by ‘real jobs’ instead of internships …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 May]

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Further Education and Training Programmes Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has quantified the likely number of teaching jobs, course offerings and student places that may be lost as a result of his plans to increase the student teacher ratio in the further education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 March]

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Proposed pay cuts ‘a monstrous betrayal’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said there is no point in TDs attempting to second guess the outcome of Croke Park agreement negotiations. ‘The only matter of which we can be sure is that those discussions are under way’ …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Third Level Fees for Non-EEA Nationals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 12th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the doubling of registration fees for non-EEA nationals to €300; the basis for giving five days’ notice to non-EEA nationals of the increase; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 December]

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Student Grant blackmail over unjust household charge – an outrage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 18th, 2012 by steve

“In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People before Profit Alliance/ULA has condemned as ‘outrageous’ the move by Clare Co Council to deny third level grants to applicants whose parents have not paid the household charge …” (more)

[United Left Alliance, 18 September]

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Abolition of postgraduate grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the possible impact of abolishing postgraduate grants on his areas of responsibility such as promoting innovation, research, enterprise, investment and job creation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 January]

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UCD restaurant

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a State body, UCD, is going to pay the wages of staff in the UCD restaurant who will be in the employment of a private company; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 14 December]

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