University Status Applications: Athlone IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for university status to be conferred on institutes of technology and in particular upon Athlone Institute of Technology; the timescale envisaged for such development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration – Research Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2018 by steve

Willie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): A significant number of people have contacted me about the failure of Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, to fund to completion those pursuing doctoral studies in various disciplines. These postgraduate students are eligible to grant aid under SUSI’s criteria. However, it is cut off due to time limits …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 27 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

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

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the cuts to the student grant implemented in 2011 and 2012 and restore the distance of adjacent rate to 24 kilometres from the current distance of 45 kilometres; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Labour split over Quinn’s grant plans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s plan to include farmland worth over €750,000 in the means test for college grants has exposed an urban-rural divide within Labour …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 2 March]

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Students protest at landlords withholding rent deposits

Posted in Legal issues, Life on August 26th, 2011 by steve

“Minister of State for Housing Willie Penrose has asked the Private Residential Tenancies Board to examine the merits of introducing a deposit protection scheme for people who rent properties. The Union of Students in Ireland has made representations to the previous and current Government about that idea …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 26 August]

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