Maurice Quinlivan TD welcomes UL decision to ‘do the right thing’ on student rents

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan has said that today’s news that students at UL will be granted refunds for vacating student accommodation early due to COVID 19 is very welcome. UL have finally done the right thing. Speaking today in Limerick, Teachta Quinlivan said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 29 May]

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‘Medical school an exciting opportunity for Derry’ – Mullan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said the delivery of a medical school at the Magee campus is an exciting opportunity for Derry and the north west. Speaking after receiving a letter from the Health Minister restating the Executive’s commitment to completing the project, the Foyle MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 May]

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Limerick university students wait for refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has urged the University of Limerick (UL) to ‘get their finger’ out over the refunding of rents to students. It comes after it emerged that Education Minister Joe McHugh took it upon himself to contact the college’s chancellor, Mary Harney to discuss the matter …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 21 May]

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Fianna Fáil Will Seek State Funding for Extra College Places if in Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil will seek to secure state funding for extra college places if it forms a government, its education spokesperson has said, amid fears that some students could be disadvantaged due to the introduction of calculated grades in this year’s leaving certificate …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 8 May]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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SUSI grant eligibility criteria must be clarified in light of Covid-19 – Martin Browne TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin TD for Tipperary Martin Browne has said that the Minister for Education needs to clarify the eligibility criteria for SUSI grant applications for those whose incomes have been affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 April]

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SUSI grant eligibility criteria must be clarified in light of Covid-19 – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that the Minister for Education needs to clarify the eligibility criteria for SUSI grant applications for those whose incomes have been affected as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made his remarks as the SUSI grant application process opens tomorrow (23rd April). Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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Wave of Support for No-Detriment Policy as TDs Back Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“The campaign for third level institutions to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy has gained a significant amount of political attention over the last week as universities begin to make clear decisions on the issue. Many parties such as Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats support the policy on a party-wide level whereas Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to dodge the question towards the relevant department with only few TDs from these parties out-rightly supporting the issue …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 9 April]

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Eoin Ó Broin Blasts Government As Students Fight for Housing Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has blasted the government for its handling of student accommodation refunds amid the coronavirus, criticising a ‘very disappointing’ response from Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 6 April]

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Disappointing response from higher education Minister on student accommodation refunds – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has described the response from the Minister of State for Higher Education on the issue of student accommodation refunds as ‘very disappointing’. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 6 April]

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Landlords must refund students who have vacated property in midst of Covid-19 Emergency – Matt Carthy TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“Cavan Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, has called for government intervention to ensure that students who have left rented accommodation due to the Covid-19 emergency receive refunds from the landlords in respect of time not spent in that accommodation …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 April]

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Irish Universities should implement ‘No Detriment’ policy for student Grades – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Irish Universities to implement a ‘No detriment policy’ in the context of the unprecedented disruption of the COVID 19 outbreak. Speaking today, Deputy Ó Laoghaire said that such a policy was being implemented by numerous institutions to ensure that students are not academically disadvantaged …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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Vacant student accommodation should be freed up for frontline healthcare staff – Senator Máire Devine

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has said that vacant student accommodation and hotels should be used to accommodate frontline healthcare staff where possible, saying that a number of nurses and other hospital staff who have returned home to find they are struggling to access accommodation or who cannot stay at home due to ‘at risk’ people within the household. Senator Devine said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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All landlords must refund students who had to end their licences early because of COVID-19 – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called for all landlords, private and university, to refund students who have had to end their licences early because of COVID-19. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘We have received hundreds of emails from students and their parents who have had leave their private rented accommodation and end their licenses early due to COVID-19. They have been refused rent refunds …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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Student accommodation providers must show rent leniency – Ní Chuilín

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called for student accommodation providers to show leniency and freeze rents while universities and colleges are shut to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Carál Ní Chuilín said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 March]

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Student nurses must be paid for vital work – Senator Máire Devine

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has called on the government to ensure that any student nurse who is working in the health service during this crisis be paid for their vital work. Speaking this morning, Seanadóir Devine said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 March]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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Archibald welcomes Queen’s University move on Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the move from Queen’s University to deliver lecture material remotely with all face-to-face lectures ceasing. The party’s Economy Spokesperson said: ‘I strongly welcome this action by Queen’s University to protect the health and well-being of students, staff and the public during the Coronavirus crisis …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 March]

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Michelle O’Neill calls for Northern Ireland schools to close over coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Stormont deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill has said schools, universities and colleges in Northern Ireland should close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. She claimed the public were concerned and fearful and the difference with the Republic of Ireland’s approach was causing confusion …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 13 March]

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Closure of schools and universities necessary, however clarity needed for students, parents and teachers – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has welcomed the decision of the Chief Medical Officer and the Government to close schools with effect this evening. Speaking today, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 March]

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