Third Level Admissions – Leaving Certificate 2019

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students that have taken a gap year from their studies following the leaving certificate 2019 will receive support from his Department in the CAO process to ensure comparability between an unprecedented 2019 and 2020; if there are substantial increases in CAO points in the leaving certificate 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 September]

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Fine Gael TD set to progress John Hume Memorial University proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A member of the Irish parliament has reiterated his support for a John Hume Memorial University saying it could benefit Derry in the same way university expansion enabled Cork to prosper. In the coming days Cork-based Fine Gael TD Colm Burke will be raising the issue of a cross-border university with the intention of having it adopted as party policy …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 10 September]

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Scientific Research – CERN

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the application by Ireland to become a full member of CERN will be progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Cern membership ‘vital for Irish universities’

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland must apply for membership of the world-renowned European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in order to combat the effect of Brexit and boost university rankings. That is according to Cork senator Colm Burke as the campaign to join Cern gains momentum, after Ireland recently became a member of the European Space Observatory …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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Ireland ‘missing out’ by not joining Cern

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are growing calls for Ireland to join the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in order to capitalise on €300m worth of commercial projects as well as encouraging more Irish students to enter the scientific field …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Ireland and nuclear research

Posted in Research on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Kevin O’Sullivan’s report on Senator Colm Burke’s discussion on the question of Ireland’s membership of Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research ) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reflects a campaign that has run for over five decades …” (more)

[Denis O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Failure to join CERN means State ‘losing out’ on research contracts

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is losing out on major research contracts by not being a member of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has claimed. CERN is the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. It operates particle accelerators including the famous Large Hadron Collider …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 15 August]

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And so it begins (again) … that public/private sector pay differentiation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2013 by steve

“Reading the Irish Times this morning what does one see but the following report from the Seanad …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 18 April]

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Third Level Grant Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2012 by steve

Senator Colm Burke: My query relates to third level grants. I understand this is not the Minister’s area, but I presume he has been provided with a response on it. In the past three weeks I have been in contact with two people who have dropped out of college …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 17 October]

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Medical students: ‘No option but to emigrate’

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2012 by steve

“The majority of medical students graduating this year want to stay working in Ireland but believe they will have little alternative than to move overseas, according to a survey …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

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Ensuring career opportunities are available to medical graduates is key to retaining their skills

Posted in Life on April 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Fine Gael Cork Senator and the Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Senator Colm Burke, has said the issues that are forcing Irish medical graduates and interns to move abroad to complete their training or to gain experience must be addressed so that their skills can be retained in Ireland for the benefit of everyone …” (more)

[CorkPolitics, 23 April]

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