Legislative Measures – Technological Universities

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the Technological Universities Bill 2015; if he still favours the amalgamation of AIT with Dundalk; if his Department is examining alternative proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 21 February]

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Legislative Programme – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reintroduce the Technological Universities Bill; the number of technological universities that will be created as a result of this legislation and the timeframe for this; if he will amend the mandatory requirement for a merger; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the concerns of many members of the teaching staff in the Tralee Institute of Technology in County Kerry relating to the proposed development of a Munster technological university in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology; how she will address their many concerns; if she will take an active role in resolving the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

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O’Sullivan criticised over delay in accommodation report

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A report examining the student accommodation crisis will not be published until early next month, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said amid mounting criticism over perceived Government inaction …” (more)

[Emer Connolly and Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – Ordinary Residence Rule

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way a person who was born here, has Irish parents, studied here until the age of 15 is now not permitted to attend university here; this person had to travel to America for two years with their parents for work purposes, the family is now back here and would like their child to attend university here but are being charged non-EU citizen prices to study here …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Delays – Athlone IT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will explain the position that many students at Athlone Institute of Technology are now facing due to ongoing problems with the Student Universal Support Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 May]

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Student Support Schemes Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 1st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm when the external review of the central online system for student grant applications Student Universal Support Ireland will be completed; the higher education section of his Department confirmed on 25 April 2013 that the report has yet to be finalised …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Reform

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the report of the Capital Asset Test Implementation Group regarding higher education grants will be published; if he has received this report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51311/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The Deputy will be aware that, following agreement in principle by the Government to broaden the current means testing arrangements for student grants by way of inclusion of the value of capital assets, I set up a dedicated implementation group to bring forward detailed proposals for implementation in 2013. I have received a draft report from the implementation group. This is currently under consideration and I will be consulting further with my cabinet colleagues in the coming weeks before the report is published.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 November]

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‘Students forced out of college due to delays in student grants’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2012 by steve

“Longford Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy has said students at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) have been forced to withdraw from college because of delays in access to student grants …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 21 November]

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Concern at college grant processing backlog in Westmeath

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2012 by steve

“Westmeath TD Robert Troy has voiced concern this week that just 20% of student grant applications from Westmeath and Longford have been processed to date …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 31 October]

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Croke Park Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information the date on which the Croke Park agreement expires; if he has indicated to the public sector unions if and when talks on a successor agreement will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 10 October]

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Payment of Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which third level grants will be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.” [42479/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The process of assessing and paying third level or further education grants is a matter for the relevant grant awarding authority, i.e. local authority, VEC or SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) as appropriate.

“The timing of processing and payment of grants varies between the awarding authorities depending on a number of variables, including the volume of applications received, staffing resources and whether or not properly completed application forms have been submitted. Work prioritisation across different functions and the way in which available staff are deployed to execute those functions are matters for the management of each awarding authority concerned.

“Students and parents should ensure that all necessary supporting documentation is provided at the earliest date to assist the awarding bodies to make prompt decisions on entitlement.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 4 October]

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Registration Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of third level registration fees for first and subsequent children; and if he plans to introduce a payment plan to alleviate the pressure on parents …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 19 July]

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Cost-benefit analysis of library merger urged

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Arts and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan has been urged to publish a cost-benefit analysis of proposed changes to the State’s national cultural institutions …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Top earning academics reject pay cut request

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2012 by steve

“The country’s highest-earning academics have snubbed a request by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to take a voluntary pay cut to benefit the State …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 2 March]

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Earnings over €200,000

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he has taken to address the number of persons in third level who are continuing to earn more than the €200,000 pay cap; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 February]

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Third level institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will give a commitment that no decision will be made on the future of third level institutes by him or the Higher Education Authority prior all submissions being received, acknowledged and consulted with …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 21 February]

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