Students gather outside Dáil as Varadkar says govt ‘very much aware’ of accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the government is ‘very much aware’ of the crisis in student accommodation and that it is working to prevent purpose-built student apartments being used for tourists. A student protest using the slogan ‘No Keys, No Degrees’ is being held outside Leinster House this afternoon …” (more)

[Rónán Duffy, TheJournal.ie, 23 September]

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‘No keys, No degrees’ – Students say they are dropping out over accommodation shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland is to demonstrate outside the Dáil and sleep out overnight to urge the Government to address shortages in student accommodation. It said students are being forced to defer or drop out of their third-level courses …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 September]

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USI to Stage Sleepout at Dáil Over Student Accommodation Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will stage a sleepout protest in front of the Dáil on Thursday, calling for government action on the student accommodation crisis. The union is calling for additional funding and planning for purpose-built student accommodation, no new course places to be given without living spaces provided, legislation to retain student accommodation beds and as the introduction of rent controls …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 21 September]

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Students Dropping Out Due to Lack of Accommodation, Says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the lack of accommodation for students returning to campuses, saying some are dropping out as they cannot find somewhere to live. The union said in a press statement today that one student union has reported receiving over 100 requests for help a day on its accommodation Facebook page …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 September]

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Dáil hears student nurse had to shower man after his toe fell off

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A student nurse had to help an elderly patient shower after his toe fell off, the Dáil has heard. As the TD’s debated the motion of pay for student nurses and midwives, Sinn Féin TD for Kildare, Patricia Ryan, read one nurse’s particularly gruesome account into the Dáil record …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Irish Examiner, 20 January]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill relating to Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI. It is important to note one of the contexts in which this is relevant. There are only five or six countries in the world that are English speaking and the English language education market is a significant market in that regard. With the pending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in some shape or form, Ireland is the principal English language speaking destination and therefore English language education destination in the European Union …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I am pleased to bring the Bill before the House. It will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI, the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 11 June]

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Remuneration in Universities

Posted in Legal issues on September 29th, 2010 by steve

“Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the date and the way in which her attention was drawn to the fact that some universities were sanctioning allowances and bonuses without her sanction; the action that she has taken on this matter; the action her predecessors took on this matter; if she will take steps to recover these moneys; if she will ensure that all future third level sector funding will be administered to the laws governing same; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Debates, 29 September]

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Higher Education Grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2010 by steve

“Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she has altered the 2010 rules governing the higher education grants scheme which resulted in mature students becoming unable to re-enter college until a three year period has elapsed since their study; the date and location at which this decision was announced to the public; if she will consider reversing this change in view of the way it has been introduced and the level of disappointment by mature students who have only now discovered that they cannot continue their studies; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Debates, 29 September]

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UL ‘paid president’s salary to three people’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2010 by steve

“… Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd said the university was ‘getting away with murder and the money should be paid back’. But Minister Haughey said there are legal problems with recovering the funds …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 September]

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Dáil committee to examine university staff salaries today

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2010 by steve

“The controversial salaries of university staff will come under the spotlight at a Dáil Public Accounts Committee later …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 September]

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Dáil and Seanad spent €160k sending staff to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The Houses of the Oireachtas have spent almost €160,000 paying for staff university fees since 2008. According to new figures, €93,878 was spent in 2008 when 41 staff members or members of the Dáil and Seanad decided to avail of the ‘free-fees’ scheme. To date this year, 28 people have received a total of €63,602 towards taking up a part-time or further-education course in Ireland’s top universities …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 25 October]

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