Ireland looks to EU: Ireland should engage more with Erasmus programme as funding increases – says Cork MEP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland historically had low take up of programme – says Cork based MEP Deirdre Clune, but budget available for Erasmus expected to double over the coming years, so now is the time to ramp up numbers …” (more)

[Elaine Murphy, TheCork.ie, 30 December]

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Students need to be encouraged to prioritise science and tech subjects

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2013 by steve

“Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Deirdre Clune, has today (Thursday) urged parents and teachers to actively encourage students to prioritise science, engineering and technology as career choices …” (more)

[CorkPolitics, 14 November]

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Clune welcomes major reorganisation of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has today announced a major re-organisation of the country’s higher education sector that includes provision for the creation of new Technological Universities …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune, 30 May]

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Sixth year students should consider ICT courses for further education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 28th, 2013 by steve

“The deadline for students who wish to change their CAO choices is on July 1st. Fine Gael Senator and author of the report ‘A review of the ICT skills demand in Ireland’ Deirdre Clune is appealing for young people to consider selecting ICT related courses …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune, 28 May]

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The focus on science and technology is working

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“I am delighted that Kobo, a global leader in ‘eReading’ is to establish a software development centre in Dublin. This will lead to the expected creation of over 30 highly skilled jobs …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune, 12 December]

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ICT literacy among teachers needs to be improved

Posted in Teaching on October 10th, 2012 by steve

“There is a need to boost the level of ICT-literacy among teachers if Ireland is to prepare a workforce with relevant skills for a knowledge economy, according to a new report A review of the ICT skills demand in Ireland …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 10 October]

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Science should be prioritised at secondary and primary level

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“In light of the recent OECD report ‘Education at a Glance’ Senator Deirdre Clune has called on the Minister for Education and Skills to increase the amount of time spent teaching science each week at primary level …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 13 September]

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Clune welcomes loan scheme for UCC students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2012 by steve

“Deirdre Clune is welcoming a new loan scheme which has been introduced to help UCC students fund the cost of their education. The Bank of Ireland loan is available for undergraduate students …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune, 8 August]

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Changes in R&D Policy will stimulate growth amongst entrepreneurs and smaller businesses

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2011 by steve

“Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Research and Innovation yesterday (Thursday February 10) visited the UCC IGNITE Graduate Business Programme. The new centre which recently opened offers graduates of any 3rd level institution the opportunity to turn innovative ideas into new products and services …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 11 February]

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Frontline teachers must be supported if Ireland’s underperforming maths education is to improve

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2010 by steve

“Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has called on Education Minister Mary Coughlan TD to address Ireland’s underperforming standards in maths education …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 17 December]

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Only 713 Higher Education Grants awarded in Cork out of 5,926 applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2010 by steve

“Cork Fine Gael TD Deirdre Clune has highlighted that more than two months into the college year of 5,926 applications in Cork for Higher Education Grants only 713 have been awarded …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 26 November]

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A smart economy doesn’t export its talent

Posted in Life on October 21st, 2010 by steve

“The current unemployment crisis among people who have recently graduated means that emigration once again haunts the dreams of people across Ireland. As a nation we run the risk of being the victim of a brain drain …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 21 October]

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100,000 unemployed graduates – 2,000 Govt training places

Posted in Life on October 18th, 2010 by steve

“Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has challenged Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe TD to ‘ramp up’ the Government’s initiatives to tackle graduate unemployment …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 18 October]

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Bonus Points for Leaving Cert Maths – Priority Question to Minister for Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 4th, 2010 by steve

“My Priority Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Education & Skills was: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the steps she has taken to introduce a system for the awarding of CAO bonus points for Leaving Certificate maths by 2012 …” (more, video clip)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 4 October]

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Coughlan must act on maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2010 by steve

“Fine Gael Innovation and Research spokesperson Deirdre Clune has welcomed UCD’s decision to introduce bonus points for Leaving Cert Higher Level Maths …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 20 September]

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Maths potential squandered says TD

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2010 by steve

“Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has warned that the Government is squandering a vital opportunity to capitalise on the high uptake of maths and science subjects in the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 15 September]

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Smart Economy a pipedream if Govt ignores Bonus Points for maths

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2010 by steve

“The disappointing leaving cert results in maths and science are yet more proof that bonus points are urgently required in these areas, Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD warned …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 18 August]

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Yet another annual debate on future of maths is only guaranteed Leaving Cert result

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2010 by steve

“One guaranteed result of the 2010 Leaving Cert will be the resumption of the now annual debate on the future of maths and the need for the introduction of bonus points for higher level maths at Leaving Cert. This is usually a very one-sided debate with expert groups …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 17 August]

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R&D will suffer from university cuts

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2010 by steve

“Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ revised capital programme has slashed investment in higher education infrastructure by a massive €1 billion and this could have a hugely negative affect on Ireland’s university level R&D capacity, according to Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson, Deirdre Clune …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 28 July]

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€2bn university budgets cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2010 by steve

“Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ revised capital programme announced yesterday has slashed investment in higher education infrastructure by a massive €1 billion and this could have a hugely negative affect on Ireland’s university level R&D capacity, according to Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson, Deirdre Clune TD …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 27 July]

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