Maynooth and Cobh added to 4% rent cap list

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth in Co Kildare and Cobh in Co Cork have been added to the growing list of residential areas where rent increases are capped by law. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the latest Residential Tenancies Board ‘Rent Index’ identified the towns as ‘Rental Pressure Zones’, where rents were above average and rising rapidly …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Athlone should have city status and a university – McFadden

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senator Gabrielle McFadden has urged the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD to consider city status for Athlone and asked him to encourage the Minister for Education to consider Athlone Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Westmeath Examiner, 8 March]

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Accommodation for students is a priority: Coveney

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Government ministers have promised to fast-track the provision of purpose-built student accommodation, on or close to college campuses. The move is aimed at freeing up space in the private rental market, while also providing students with quality facilities for their college years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 August]

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Coveney wants modular homes for students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Modular housing for students and purpose-built communities for the elderly could free up more accommodation for families, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Barry Lennon, Independent, 25 May]

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Government approach to pay talks repeat Celtic Tiger errors, Creighton claims

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is happy to repeat the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger in its approach to public sector pay and remuneration, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has claimed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Jobs to flow from €25m Dairy Processing Technology Centre in UL

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to host a €25 million Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). Announced today, the DPTC is a collaboration of eight companies and 10 Research Performing Organisations creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the five year term of the centre … ” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 2 February]

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Sherlock is bookies’ favourite to take over department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Labour is odds on with the bookies to retain the Education portfolio in the Government following the resignation of Ruairi Quinn. Favourite to succeed Mr Quinn is junior minister for research and innovation Sean Sherlock at 2-1 …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 3 July]

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Government and industry announce €50m research investment

Posted in Research on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD have announced Government funding through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation of €36m …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 21 June]

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FG revolt ends Quinn reforms of means test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has been forced to shelve plans to change the student grants means test due to a Fine Gael backbench revolt …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 June]

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College lecturers say they’ll fight any move to enforce wage cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2013 by steve

“University lecturers have said they will fight any move by the Government to enforce pay cuts or changes in conditions following the rejection of Croke Park II proposals …” (more)

[Louise Hogan and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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Fine Gael TD says Quinn wants to establish ‘a communist state’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2013 by steve

“A Fine Gael TD has accused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and a prominent Labour deputy of wanting ‘a communist state’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 5 March]

[After the SUSI fiasco, surely we’re not too worried about Ruairi’s ability to organise a communist state … or anything else?]

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Means-testing of farm assets will be fair, says Minister for Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 4th, 2013 by steve

“Means-testing of farm assets for third-level grants will make a ‘very clear distinction’ between those essential for running a business and other investment-type assets, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Coalition divisions deepen on means-testing for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The two Coalition parties are experiencing deepening divisions on an imminent proposal by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to include business and farm assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Coveney denial: Reports of rift with Quinn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has denied reports he told Fine Gael TDs that Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn had backed down on plans to include farm assets in the means test for college grants …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Coveney denies college grants rift

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

“Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has denied reports he told Fine Gael TDs that Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn had backed down on plans to include farm assets in the means test for college grants …” (more)

[Alison Healy and Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Coveney makes three appointments to Teagasc for five-year term

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

“Brendan Gleeson, Dr Karina Pierce and Tom Tynan have been appointed to the Teagasc authority for a five-year term by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Science Foundation Ireland and Teagasc team up to launch strategically important Research Funding Call for ‘The Future Agri-Food’

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“A Memorandum of Understanding, between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Teagasc, was signed today at the Teagasc Research Centre, Moorepark, Co. Cork. This collaboration agreement ‘the Future Agri-Food’, aims to strengthen and accelerate research and innovation in Ireland’s Agri-food sector which employs in the region of 150,000 people here ….” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 1 February]

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SFI signs agri-food agreement with Teagasc

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Teagasc aimed at strengthening and accelerating research and innovation in Ireland’s agri-food sector …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 1 February]

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Cabinet heads for split over Quinn grant plan

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

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is set to create a cabinet split in the New Year by pushing ahead with his plan to include farmland and business assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 31 December]

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Croke Park accord must be reviewed in light of fiscal needs, says Coveney

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he finds some limitations of the Croke Park agreement very frustrating and has called for a delay in the payment of increments to public-sector workers to be considered …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 28 December]

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