DkIT chaplaincy battle will see all colleges have to hire by public tender

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. The new ruling follows a review which will be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 30 June]

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Third-level college chaplaincies to be open to lay people

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lay people will be entitled to apply for State-funded chaplaincy posts in third-level colleges under changes aimed at ensuring they meet public sector recruitment rules. This follows a review to be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority that raises concern about the arrangements used in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 June]

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How much do chaplaincy services cost each third-level institution?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. This follows a review to be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Funding chaplaincy services

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

Ireland“Sir, – Fr David Keating, the Waterford Institute of Technology chaplain, makes a good case for addressing the more holistic care needs of third-level students (‘College chaplains are not religious operatives’, Student Hub, May 17th). Most of us could agree wholeheartedly with this point …” (more)

[Andrew Doyle, Irish Times, 19 May]

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College chaplains are not religious operatives

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I work as a chaplain in higher education. Every day I and others – both ordained and not ordained – provide pastoral care to students and staff through a ministry of presence and gentle human encounter. Chaplains are not religious operatives. We do not proselytise …” (more)

[David Keating, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Third-level chaplaincy services

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As an atheist, I find myself in the unusual position of writing to you to defend an arm of the church, but here goes. It was reported that Atheist Ireland revealed that university and college chaplains cost the exchequer €1.5 million a year and yet very few students ever attend their religious services …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Chaplaincy service and students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Citing average Mass attendance at an average college chapel service is an incredibly flawed and reductive measure of the important role a chaplain has to play in a third-level institution …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Poll of the Day: 65% of readers think colleges should employ chaplains

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“65% of Irish Times readers think colleges should continue to employ chaplains, according to an online poll. The Irish Times Poll of the Day on Monday asked readers: ‘Should Irish colleges continue to employ chaplains?’ …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 April]

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Very few students attend campus religious services, figures show

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A handful of students are turning up to weekly Masses held in some third-level colleges, new figures show. While colleges and universities spend about €1.5 million in public funds annually to employ chaplains, attendance rates at services in many institutions are in single figures …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Chaplains and student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Further to ‘Inquiry into way public funds used to pay third-level chaplains’ (October 8th), once again I find myself wondering which century some people think this is …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 14 October]

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University chaplains

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I am surprised that Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is questioning the appointment of chaplains to third-level colleges (‘Inquiry into way public funds used to pay third-level chaplains’, October 8th) …” (more)

[Seán O’Cuinn, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Inquiry into way public funds used to pay third-level chaplains

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education has ordered an investigation into the way public funds are used to pay for third-level college chaplains, some of whom receive €50,000 a year. The majority of chaplains in universities, institutes of technology and colleges of education are Catholic and usually male …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 8 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Chaplains

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 115 of 30 June 2015, if she is aware that the institutes of technology are not following the provisions of the Employment Control Framework at present, as they are allowing publicly-funded positions to be filled by the local Bishop, rather than based on objective criteria around the best interests of students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 September]

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