Education role created ‘for political expediency’ says FF spokesman

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to ‘clearly define’ the role of the Minister of State for higher education following the appointment of Mary Mitchell O’Connor to the role in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million base funding requirement in higher education institutions by 2021 identified by the Cassells report includes the €124 million that has been set aside from the calculation of the fiscal space for demographic increases in third level in 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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FF vows to block law allowing top-up of minister’s wage

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has warned that it will block legislation aimed at topping up Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s TD salary to reflect her new ‘super-junior’ minister role. The revelation that the law will have to be changed to allow for a €16,288-a-year allowance on top of the minister of State salary of €124,439 has provoked a storm of controversy …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan, Independent, 17 June]

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Cabinet Manoeuvres Make Mockery of Government Commitment to Higher Education – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is deeply disappointed in the manner in which Higher Education has been treated on the Taosieach’s first day in office. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it emerged the Taoiseach decided at the last minute to assign Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor as Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education after she took issue with being offered the Equality and Law Reform portfolio …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 June]

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Government must commit to enacting Technological Universities Bill – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the decision by the Teachers Union of Ireland to agree to the implementation of a revised plan for the establishment of Technological Universities in Ireland. Deputy Byrne added that the onus is now on the Government to produce the legislation urgently to complete the process …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

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

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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UL revelations highlight need for corporate governance review – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne says he is alarmed by last night’s Prime Time revelations surrounding governance issues at the University of Limerick. Deputy Byrne added that the Minister for Education Richard Bruton needs to ensure that a review of corporate governance structures is carried out into third level institutions …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Capital Investment

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the level of capital investment in institutes of technology is adequate; the progress being made to address the significant capital shortfall and infrastructure deficits which exist across the sector; and his views on best way in which to remedy these …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Bruton must provide an urgent update on QQI report – Byrne

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

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD is to seek an urgent update from Minister Richard Bruton following a damning report about employee, management and operational structures at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). A review relating to QQI’s internal operations, which was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, found the state agency’s structure was not fit for purpose …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 May]

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Higher Education Courses Provision: Numbers taking PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department or a body under its aegis has figures on numbers undertaking PhDs in each year since 2009, including PhD entry rates compared to completion rates in HEIs here; and if he will provide same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 May]

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Third Level Funding: Funding and Student Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the €600 million core funding requirement by 2020 referenced in the Cassells report includes or excludes provision for demographic increases that have already been included in fiscal parameters for 2018 and 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Third Level Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether the decision to fund the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2016 and 2017, rather than announcing the programme as a five year investment cycle, has negatively affected the ability of institutions to attract matching funding from private sources due to lack of certainty; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 May]

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Irish university post-Brexit fees questioned

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

Ireland“Northern Irish students should not have to pay more to attend universities in the Republic after Brexit, an Irish opposition politician has argued. There should be a guarantee that students from NI will not have to pay non-EU fees when the UK leaves the EU, said Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Language strategy destined to fail unless teacher supply problems are addressed – Byrne

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the system for training teachers in Ireland is in need of urgent reform. Deputy Byrne says the current system is antiquated as it is unplanned and uncoordinated which has given rise to a shortage of teachers for certain key subjects, particularly for foreign languages …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 19 April]

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DIT vetting procedures amount to discrimination – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is alarmed by the decision made by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to require students participating in access programmes to undergo mandatory Garda vetting. Deputy Byrne has called on management at DIT to clarify why they introduced the new procedures …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 March]

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Brexit Issues

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings and discussions he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK or Northern Ireland and-or other barriers to access for Irish or EU students to studying in the UK or Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make a decision on maintenance grants for third level students that attend private colleges …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Brexit Issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on meetings he or his officials have had with counterparts in other EU states with regard to the impact of Brexit on third level fees that would be charged to Irish or other EU citizens studying in the UK …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 22 February]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Dublin IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the amount of money lost to Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT, due to the bankruptcy of a company (details supplied) that was the institute’s information service provider; if he or the Higher Education Authority have undertaken any assessment of the impact of the loss of this funding on other services or programmes within the college; if he or the HEA have knowledge of the source from which the money is being recovered in view of the fact there are reports that students have less access now to online journals as a result of this loss; the reason DIT did not have insurance in place to cover it in the event of this loss; and if it is departmental policy that insurance is in place for such large investments …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 February]

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Research and innovation policy for third level suffers under FG – Byrne

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government for failing to prioritise research and innovation funding for third level institutions. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it was revealed that the Government has so far failed to provide funding for the Programme for Research in Third Level Initiative (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 10 January]

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