Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the action being taken to support schools in which less than 65% of students continue education to third level, to ensure more of these students can continue to third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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SUSI stuck on grants merry-Go-Round – Seán Crowe TD

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

Ireland“Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to use her position and intervene directly with SUSI to fast track payments due to thousands of students waiting for their grants …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 November]

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University grant must be protected in 2014 Budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“With the new university year and government budget fast approaching, Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe, has called on the government to ensure that the university maintenance grant is protected from austerity cuts in the 2014 Budget …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 15 August]

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Third-level education at breaking point, warns unions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“… The Union of Students in Ireland called on the Government and education minister Ruairi Quinn to keep the costs of college ‘at the forefront of their minds’ when drafting the October budget …” (more)

[Audrey Ellard Walsh, Irish Examiner, 14 August]

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Government must do more to reduce costs of going to college – Crowe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has said the government must do more than lip service to reduce the costs of going to college. Responding to the Irish League of Credit Unions latest research …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 13 August]

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Student Visas

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress that has been made in achieving the goal, as set out in the Programme for Government, to overhaul the student visa system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 24 October]

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Third Level Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will carry out an investigation into the unauthorised payment of €7.5 million in allowances to academics working in Irish third level institutions from 2005–2011; and if he will provide a list of the persons who received unauthorised allowances during that period. [43097/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): At the request of my Department the Higher Education Authority (HEA) carried out an investigation, in conjunction with the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG), to determine definitively the quantum of monies in respect of unauthorised payments to senior staff in each of the universities between 2005 and 2011. The investigation identified total excess payments of €7.5 million to senior staff in the universities during that period.

“Having regard to the requirements of data protection regulations it is not appropriate for me to provide a list of the persons who received unauthorised allowances, save to say the recipients were either at the level of President, Professor and equivalent grades, academic medical consultants or senior management positions.”

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 October]

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Leaving Cert maths problems ‘must be addressed’, says TD

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2012 by steve

“There have been calls made for the State Examinations Commission and Education Minister to assess the fairness of this year’s Leaving Certificate higher level maths exam after paper two was deemed ‘a disgrace’ by a textbook author …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 12 June]

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Languages – Blue Star Programme

Posted in Teaching on May 2nd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Taoiseach in view of the budget announcement to end the modern languages in primary schools initiative, the justification for the launch of the new pilot project called the blue star programme, one of whose aims is to promote awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 1 May]

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Third Level Fees – Changes of Status

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason when a student enters a course in an Irish university or institute of technology their eligibility for State support such as the free fees scheme is assessed and remains unchanged even if their status changes during their course; and the reason students who have been granted Irish passports and citizenship are still treated as if they are international non-EU students and charged fees accordingly …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 March]

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Minister accused of ‘spin’ on school plan

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has been accused of ‘over-spinning’ and being ‘disingenuous’ in relation to a €1.5bn school building programme. The claims from Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman Brendan Smith came amid confusion about the resources available …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 13 March]

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Higher Education Grants – HEAR

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of leaving certificate students who have applied for the higher education access route, HEAR, grant from as far back as August 2011, are still waiting for medical cards to be issued and that one of the criteria for applying for HEAR is that the family hold a medical card in 2011; and if he will ensure that disadvantaged students are not excluded from receiving the HEAR grant due to the long delays in issuing medical cards …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 24 January]

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North West Gateway Strategic Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the actions that have resulted from the 2009 North West Gateway Strategic Alliance, NWGSA, scoping study prepared for Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster by a company (details supplied) in association with London Economics …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 11 January]
[The 2009 study is here]

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Postgraduate Diploma in Education – Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is ethical for students to pay €6,500 to enrol for a postgraduate diploma in education at University College Dublin when they were unaware that plans were in place to downgrade the qualification from level nine to level eight …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 October]

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Postgraduate Diploma in Education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if staff at University College Dublin were aware of the plans to downgrade the postgraduate diploma in education from level 9 to level 8 when students were applying for entry to the course through the postgraduate applications centre in 2010 for entry in 2011 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 October]

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Unions say plan will not work if teachers cut

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2011 by steve

“The National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy will cost €6 million next year, rising to €19 million by 2017 but funding will have to come from existing resources. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said, however, that the education budget was ‘vast’ and ‘we can find €19 million out of €8 billion. We will reduce and have to take from here and there’ …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 9 July]

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