Pringle calls on Minister not to introduce third level student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Donegal TD has called on the Minister for Education not to introduce third level student loans. Thomas Pringle (Ind) raised raised the issue as a Priority Question in the Dáil. He was responding to recommendations in the the Cassells Report for increased investment in third level education sector, including the possible introduction of ‘income-contingent’ student loans …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 25 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address the ongoing funding issues regarding institutes of technology across the country and in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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Priority Questions: Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take on board concerns represented by the Union of Students in Ireland and other representative groups if an income contingent loan scheme is established on the basis of the Cassells report; his views on whether it is a viable solution to third level funding as a graduate debt of more than €20,000 will create a two-tier system of higher education, furthering inequality in society; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 18 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make additional funding available in the upcoming budget to institutes of technology, which have been disproportionately affected by the cuts to third-level institutions since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 October]

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Student Grant Scheme – Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the reasons each of the 37 applications for student support under the scheme aimed at making third level education accessible for young persons in the direct provision system were rejected; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 May]

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LYIT Killybegs update

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Following a series of meetings in May 2014 between the LYIT / Killybegs Working Group and multiple stakeholders, it was agreed by LYIT’s Governing Body that those stakeholders who were involved in the consultation process should receive a copy of the working group’s report…” (more)

[Thomas Pringle TD, 3 October]

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Higher Education Institutions Expenditure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has reviewed the discussion paper by the Nevin Economic Research Institute regarding the funding of the higher education system and its call to reverse cuts to third-level education and eventually reduce student registration fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 8 April]

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Question on appointment of Chairperson of an IT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2013 by steve

“To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline the process of replacing a Chairperson of an Institute of Technology (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle, 23 October]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline in tabular form the capital funding which has been allocated to Institutes of Technology over the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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School of Tourism Killybegs statement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“The financial plan agreed on yesterday by the Board of LYIT has presented three options two of which need the funding support of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to be implemented and the third will see the loss of School of Tourism to Donegal …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle, 21 June]

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology – Killybegs Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure that the Killybegs Campus of Letterkenny Institute of Technology will continue to be supported as part of Letterkenny IT to ensure that the campus can continue to contribute to the provision of third level education in South West Donegal …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 8 May]

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TD raises fears School of Tourism may relocate from Killybegs to LYIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2013 by steve

“Thomas Pringle, independent TD for Donegal South West, on Wednesday raised concerns in the Dáil that there may be considerations being given to relocating the School of Tourism campus of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) from Killybegs to Letterkenny …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 9 May]

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Higher Education Institutions Issues – LYIT School of Tourism

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Thomas Pringle: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing this Topical Issue. The school of tourism of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, LYIT, is currently located in Killybegs, in what was formerly the Cert training college. The college has been providing high quality training in the catering and hospitality industry for over 40 years …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 8 May]

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Weight of Schoolbags

Posted in Teaching on March 22nd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the supports and funding opportunities in place for post-primary schools that wish to introduce e-books or e-learning initiatives to reduce the volume and weight of books that children need to carry; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 21 March]

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