Minister launches service to make condoms freely available in colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The majority of colleges across the country will soon have free condom dispensers on campus. The Health Minister Simon Harris has today launched the roll-out of the National Condom Distribution Service in a bid to reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 November]

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Free condoms to be made available to students from September

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Free condoms are to be made available at third level institutions from September, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed. The service is part of a targetted government strategy to promote sexual health. Figures show that last year, 409,319 condoms and 287,565 lubricant sachets were delivered through the National Condom Distribution Service …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 August]

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Minister for Health publishes new Bill to reform the Research Ethics landscape

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published the General Scheme of the National Research Ethics Committees Bill confirming plans to develop a streamlined, regulated and fit-for-purpose model for the ethical review of health research projects. The Bill will modernise the current system, will support more consistent and more efficient decisions for research studies and will mean better results for patients …” (more)

[Department of Health, 30 July]

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Plan for vending machines to give out free condoms in universities and pubs

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Vending machines could be used to dispense free condoms in a drive to reduce crisis pregnancies and promote sexual health. The HSE is seeking to provide free condoms in colleges and among ‘at risk’ groups. The installation of machines in pubs and clubs has emerged as one of the options to be investigated as the HSE researches the best way to distribute the condoms …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 31 December]

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Harris: ‘All graduating nurses and midwives will be offered full-time contracts here in Ireland’

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

Ireland“The Minister for Health Simon Harris has claimed that all graduating nurses and midwives will be offered full-time contracts here in Ireland. 30-yr-old Harris was speaking at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation annual conference in Wexford …” (more)

[James Brennan, TheLiberal.ie, 7 May]

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Renowned UCD doctor drowns while fishing

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Health Minister Simon Harris has led tributes to a renowned cancer specialist who drowned in a tragic accident on a lake beside his home town. Professor Aongus Curran, a 51-year-old father of five, went missing on Lough Corrib in Co Galway on Friday after he had gone fishing …” (more)

[Greg Harkin, Independent, 15 August]

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Deadline for student grants extended after system crashes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The deadline for student grant applications has been extended until midnight on Monday after the online processing system crashed on Thursday night …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 2 August]

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SUSI needs to urgently get its house in order – Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, has today (Friday) called for SUSI, the student grant body, to urgently get its house in order after it was forced to extend the deadline for online applications due to a website crash …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 2 August]

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We can’t afford Croke Park deal, says Fine Gael TD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2012 by steve

“Another member of the Fine Gael party has called on his Government to re-examine the Croke Park Agreement. Speaking to Declan Meehan on East Coast FM’s morning show, Wicklow TD Simon Harris said the agreement is not working the way it should …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 September]

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The divisions on the Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2012 by steve

“Labour & Kenny Highly Supportive of Croke Park … Eamon Gilmore, December 12: ‘The Croke Park Agreement is delivering in terms of the reforms that are required in our public service …'” (more)

[Independent, 26 August]

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Irish students at American universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the funding options available to Irish citizens who have been offered places at American universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 June]

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Grants for Postgraduate Degrees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the grants available to Irish students who have been accepted for post graduate study at universities in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 15 May]

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Third Level Fees – Students formerly resident in the US

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the policy of a university (details supplied) to charge non-EU resident fees for persons who are Irish and EU citizens who have resided in the United States of America but are classified as non-resident by the American authorities …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 March]

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Croke Park Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the Croke Park agreement; if he has received implementation plans for this agreement from his Department and each State agency under his remit; the status of these implementation plans; the discussion he has had with the EU and IMF regarding the agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 October]

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