Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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Education must be accessible to all – Archibald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Further and Higher Education spokesperson Caoimhe Archibald has said widening participation and access for all, is an important factor in supporting economic growth by developing a more skilled workforce …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 June]

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Students and staff at WIT are being penalised for Government cuts – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has accused the Department of Education and the HEA of making students and staff at Waterford Institute of Technology pay for sustained Government cuts since 2008. He said news of cost cutting measures being considered by WIT is causing anger and concern within the institute …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 June]

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HEA and Department must account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions – Nolan

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan has said that the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills must come before the Oireachtas Education Committee to account for the Governance of Third Level Institutions. Teachta Nolan was commenting after significant revelations relating to the financial management of third level institutions were raised in the Prime Time Investigates Programme last evening …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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Why I Can’t Support a Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As a member of the Oireachtas Education Committee and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, I have been closely monitoring the development of the debate in relation to income-contingent loans. At the outset, I must state that my own ideological viewpoint and that of my party, is that education is a fundamental right …” (more)

[Carol Nolan, University Times, 9 May]

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Student Loan Proposals ‘as clear as mud’ – Nolan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today at the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan said that there is huge uncertainty about the potential costs and operation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 May]

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David Cullinane TD launches a framework for a Technological University of the Southeast

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has today launched a comprehensive discussion document on a Technological University of the Southeast. Deputy Cullinane said that the Southeast needs a University that is focussed on the social and economic needs of the region and one that acts as an engine driving creativity and growth …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 February]

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Ní Riada urges UCC to defend tradition of debate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has expressed her concern at the decision by UCC University Management to prevent an academic conference debating the legitimacy of the state of Israel from taking place on campus …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 January]

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Notion of student loans rejected loud and clear – Senator Fintan Warfield

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield today attended the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) march. Speaking afterwards Senator said that the message from students is loud and clear, they don’t want student loans …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 October]

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Sinn Féin protests at British army recruitment at university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin staged a protest against a British army recruitment event at Queen’s University Belfast on Tuesday. Tam Donlon, of the party’s Northern executive, said that universities ‘should not be used to recruit young people for imperialist conflicts’ …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Student accommodation crisis requires more than soundbites from government ministers – Nolan

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the government to act to resolve the accommodation crisis facing thousands of students. Teachta Nolan said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 August]

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Cork rent levels ‘unsustainable for families and students’ – Ó Laoghaire

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that the latest rent report from Daft.ie has proven what many people in Cork have feared; that rents in the city are spiralling out of control and that the situation is becoming unsustainable for many, including families and students …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 August]

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Varadkar’s response on lone parent educational supports ‘disappointing’ – Brady

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Minister Varadkar’s long awaited response on lone parents and educational supports tells us nothing new …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 August]

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Lone parents’ access to education must be improved – Brady

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to reverse changes made by his predecessor Joan Burton TD that deny lone parents access to education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 August]

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Introduction of Student Loans will not address Third Level Funding Crisis – Nolan

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

Ireland“Commenting on the proposals contained in the Cassell’s report published today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, Deputy Carol Nolan, has said that the introduction of a student loan system will not address the funding crisis in third level education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 July]

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This will be a real test for ‘new politics’ as Fianna Fáil handed hot potato

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

Ireland“The fate of the Cassells Report lies with Fianna Fáil, which has clearly been enjoying its power over recent government decisions – without having to take any responsibility for the unpopular ones. But that’s about to change – at least as far as taking responsibility for the hot political potato of funding higher education …” (more)

[John Walshem, Independent, 11 July]

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Sinn Féin will oppose measures to restrict access to third level education – Nolan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Commenting on proposals contained in the brief to the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform in respect of third level fees, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education, Carol Nolan TD has called for the publication of the Cassels Report …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 May]

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Cutbacks have left Waterford IT seriously underfunded – Cullinane

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

Ireland“David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said today that successive government cutbacks have left Waterford Institute of Technology seriously underfunded, with only 15% of its budget now available for non-payroll issues …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 May]

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Fianna Fáil’s refusal to commit to the abolition of student fees is ‘gutless’ – Jonathan O’Brien TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD has described as ‘gutless’ Fianna Fáil’s confirmation that the party will not scrap student fees if elected to government. Speaking from Cork City today, Deputy O’Brien said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 February]

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What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

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

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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