Trinity could attract ‘star academics’ after Brexit if pay restraints eased

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Constraints on public pay should be loosened after Brexit to attract international ‘star academics’ working in important areas of national interest to Ireland, the Seanad has heard. Thomas Molloy, director of public affairs and communications at Trinity College, Dublin, said Ireland was in danger of squandering the opportunities presented by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Senator denies claims over Limerick IT role

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

Ireland“Former mayor has denied claims she tried to cling onto a high-profile job on the board of LIT after she was elected to the Seanad. A number of councillors have alleged Maria Byrne had sought to remain on the governing body at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), and other roles, despite her April election …” (more)

[Nick Rabbits, Limerick Leader, 26 July]

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Senators criticise proposal for student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proposed introduction of a third-level student loan scheme has been criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell. ‘The idea of asking students for loans … and the way the banks have treated graduates and undergraduates in this country, is absolutely outrageous’, she said. ‘You could not write it down’ …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Senator Bacik expresses concern about student loan proposal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On the Order of Business today, Senator Ivana Bacik expressed her concern regarding the proposal to introduce a scheme of income contingent student loans to fund third level education, and called for a debate on the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education chaired by Peter Cassells …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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Senator Lynn Ruane: Student loans would have excluded me as single parent from college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A senator who returned to education as a mature student after leaving school at 15 has said that a loan system would have stopped her from progressing to university. Lynn Ruane, the former president of Trinity College Students’ Union, said that …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Newstalk, 11 July]

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 Seanad debates – Order of Business

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“… Lynn Ruane (Independent): As we approach the end of the 2015-16 academic year, the Cassells report which was due for publication eight months ago has still not been published. The higher education sector is at crisis point. Students are being charged a steadily increasing fee to attend college under the guise of a contribution charge. These increases and the corresponding decrease in State funding for higher education have had a noticeably negative impact on the quality of education …” (more)

[Seanad, 21 June]

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University of Limerick graduates ‘should get the vote’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Newly elected senator Alice-Mary Higgins believes it is ‘imperative’ Limerick college graduates should be allowed vote for the universities panel. Ms Higgins, a daughter of Limerick-born President Michael D Higgins, visited UL during her campaign …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 4 May]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Lynn Ruane Defeats Barrett on Fifteenth Count to Secure Third TCD Panel Seat

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

Ireland“In a hotly contested race, current President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Lynn Ruane, has been elected in the University of Dublin constituency of Seanad Éireann. Ruane secured the third and final seat on the 15th count with 3,344 votes, beating her nearest rival, incumbent Senator Sean Barrett, by just 116 votes …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

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

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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Norris Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on First Count

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

Ireland“Incumbent Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad’s TCD panel on the first count having exceeded the quota. During the campaign, Norris, who has served as independent senator on the panel since 1987, highlighted his past political successes as well as his connection with Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 27 April]

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Call for extended Seanad voting rights

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

Ireland“A campaign has been launched by three of Ireland’s third level institutions in an effort to extend voting rights for Seanad elections to the graduates of all third level institutions in the State. Graduate Equality, a joint campaign between Dublin City University (DCU), the University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), aims to have the results of a 1979 constitutional amendment implemented …” (more)

[Tomás Heneghan, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Higher Education Funding Becomes Central in TV3 Seanad Candidate Debate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While candidates largely agreed on the topics of free fees and access to education, the question of how to strike the ‘balance’ in the funding of higher education became central in last night’s Vincent Browne debate between 13 of the 16 candidates for the Seanad’s TCD panel …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 21 April]

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Seanad election and the NUI panel

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – A total of 30 candidates are seeking election to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. To assist in identifying possible preferences, I made the following rough breakdown of candidates’ attributes under some admittedly arbitrary classifications, based on their election literature and selected other accessible information …” (more)

[Michael Walsh, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Former NUIG president in Seanad election row following ‘inappropriate support’ of election candidate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A former president of NUI Galway has been accused of ‘inappropriately’ supporting Aer Arann boss Pádraig Ó Céidigh in the Seanad elections by a leading member of the college’s governing authority. Professor Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh, former NUIG president, has encouraged voting for Aer Arann boss in poll. Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh, President of NUI Galway from August 2000 until March 2008, has in recent days sent out an email to members of the NUI electorate, strongly endorsing Mr Ó Céidigh’s nomination saying he is a ‘man of integrity and energy’ …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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Seanad University Panels are Elitist, But Reform Shouldn’t Lose What Makes them Valuable

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“With the Seanad elections in full swing, and votes due to be counted by the end of the month, ‘reform’ is a word that is being thrown around once again. As with the Seanad abolition referendum, the primary focus of most reform discussions is on the elitist nature of who gets to vote, and this almost always ends up being focused on the university panels …” (more)

[University Times, 3 April]

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Seanad reform and Independents

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Noel Whelan is right to draw attention to woeful lack of conviction from successive Governments of all political parties to reform the Seanad (‘Disgrace that Seanad still being elected in archaic way’, March 18th). There isn’t a candidate currently running for the Seanad that isn’t loudly advocating reform …” (more)

[Barry Johnston, Irish Times, 21 March]

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In Unprecedented Move, USI Endorses Laura Harmon and Lynn Ruane for Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) this morning announced that they ‘fully support’ the Seanad candidacies of former USI President Laura Harmon and the current Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President, Lynn Ruane, making it the first time the national union has ever backed candidates in the Seanad elections …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 16 March]

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Seanad elections: Neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael will control Upper House

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University panel nominations close with 30 candidates for NUI panel and 16 for Trinity. If a minority government is the outcome of the election it would inevitably be in a minority position in the Seanad as well as the Dáil …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Will DCU graduates have a vote in the Seanad elections?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandQUESTION: As a graduate of DCU, I have been looking forward to voting in the forthcoming Seanad election. This follows Enda Kenny’s pledge in 2013 to extend voting rights in the Seanad election to all third-level graduates …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 February]

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