Parents will not be fooled by Government spin on education – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has called on the Government to focus on honouring its existing education commitments. Deputy Byrne made the comments following the latest Government announcement where it pledged to increase capital spending on education over the next decade …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 September]

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OECD report shows Irish education system underfunded – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD says that the latest OECD Education at a Glance Report clearly illustrates that investment in education in Ireland is way below what it should be, despite Government rhetoric …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 September]

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Higher education chief steps down amid tensions over third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The sudden resignation of the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority is being blamed on increasing control over the agency’s activities by the Department of Education coupled with a lack of progress on the third-level funding issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Third level education out of reach as student accommodation crisis deepens – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government over its failure to deliver affordable student accommodation. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The recently published Government report on student accommodation amounts to little more than a whitewash …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 July]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish universities’ ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Higher education suffers as Bruton dithers – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the latest global university rankings show that the Government’s current approach to higher education is failing. The global rankings show that there is no Irish university in the world’s top 100 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 June]

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New Third Level Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a new third level institution will be established during the lifetime of the National Development Plan 2018-2027 to cater to demographics …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Third Level Funding – New Higher Education Funding Model

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the new higher education funding model will be introduced; and if there will be winners and losers resulting therefrom …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide the necessary funding for third level institutions; the amount identified in the Cassells report in this regard; and his views on the requirements for funding set out therein …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Bruton must address students concerns on repeat exam fees – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has spoken out against the proposed introduction of new fees for supplemental repeat examinations at Trinity College Dublin. Deputy Byrne said, ‘Trinity College Dublin is planning to introduce a €450 flat-fee for those who re-sit examinations. This means that students who fail just one examination will be forced to shell out an exorbitant amount …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 March]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a technical study of the Cassells report recommendations has been completed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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Byrne welcomes passage of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the passage of the Technological Universities Bill. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The passing of this Bill has been a long time coming and it has been a key priority for Fianna Fáil to see its passage through the Dáil …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 January]

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Technological universities a step closer following passage of Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The creation of new technological universities has moved a step forward after legislation paving the way for the move was passed by the Dáil. The Technological Universities Bill provides for the merger of existing Institutes of Technology and the creation of a new category of university. Ten of the State’s 14 Institutes of Technology form part of four separate groups in Dublin, Munster, Connacht-Ulster and the southeast who are bidding to become technological universities …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Third Level Expenditure – Counselling Services

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that was spent on the provision of counselling services at third level in each of the years from 2013 to 2017; and the amount that has been allocated for the year 2017-2018 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Technological Universities Bill: Committee Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): It is proposed that we group a number of the amendments together. Amendments Nos 1, 14, 24, 63, 145, 180 and 199 are related and will be discussed together …” (more)

[Select Committee on Education and Skills, 15 November]

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RCSI urges Government to grant college university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has urged the Government to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students. While the college is allowed to describe itself abroad as a ‘university of medicine and health science’, it is prohibited from doing so within the State …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Third Level Funding: Loans to Universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on reports that EUROSTAT has asked the Central Statistics Office, CSO, to determine whether universities are on or off the Exchequer’s balance sheet; the implications of a finding that the universities are on balance sheet; if his Department has made representations to EUROSTAT, the CSO or another State organisation about same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 November]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding spent on the programme for research in third level institutions in each of the years 2002 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Gender Equality Action Plan ‘Must Be Presented Without Delay’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government is being urged not to ‘drag its feet’ on producing a gender equality action plan for third level institutions. The call is coming from Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Hot Press, 7 November]

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Access to Higher Education: Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow greater access for those in direct provision to access higher and further education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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