Brexit Issues – NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the arrangements that have been made to ensure that students from Northern Ireland will continue to be treated as previously in Irish universities post Brexit as far as fees and so on are concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Student Universal Support Ireland – Study in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Irish students will be able to avail of SUSI grants post Brexit to study at universities in Northern Ireland and the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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Third Level Admissions – Extra places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide further extra places on third-level first year courses in 2020 in view of the higher points achieved by students in the leaving certificate 2020 compared to previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Written answers, 17 September]

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Galway TDs Call for Review of NUIG Repeat Exam Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Galway TDs have called for NUI Galway (NUIG) to review its €295 repeat exam fee, in light of the complications that the coronavirus caused for students sitting exams this year. The university has come under fire from NUI Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) over the exam fee, which NUIGSU said should be waived this year …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 July]

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Galway TD slams government’s treatment of third level students in rural Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv has slammed the Government over what he calls a lack of coordination when dealing with third level students living in Rural Ireland. Students who live within 45 kilometres of their institution receive a much lower maintenance grant then those living further away and get accommodation assistance …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 13 November]

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Student Grant – Adjacent Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the discussions he has had with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to ensure comprehensive transport services for a radius of at least 45 kilometres from towns and cities with third level institutions in view of the fact that under 45 kilometres his Department, through SUSI, only pays the adjacent rate grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Dáil votes to accept bill requiring future NUIG presidents to be fluent in Irish

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil has voted to accept a bill which requires all future presidents of NUI Galway to be fluent in Irish. The bill was introduced by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv to guarantee all future presidents are capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 December]

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Galway TD clashes with Education Minister in Dáil over NUIG Irish language requirement

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway TD has challenged the Education Minister in the Dáil over legislation to ensure all future presidents of NUI Galway are fluent in Irish. It’s after management at the university recently decided to change recruitment criteria …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 December]

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Public Sector Pensions Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Bill Number 6 of 2017. Sponsored by Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív. Source: Private Member. Method: Introduced. Status: New Bill. ‘Bill entitled an Act to rescind the University College Galway (Amendment) Act 2006 and amend the University College Galway Act 1929 …'” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 1 February]

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Step forward for legislation to maintain Irish language requirement for NUI Galway president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bill which aims to legally enshrine the requirement for the president of NUI Galway to be an Irish speaker has made it through the first stage in the Dáil. Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv is pushing for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 26 January]

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University College Galway (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): … The aim of this Bill is to ensure that the president of the National University of Ireland, Galway, NUIG – the college formerly known as University College Galway, UCG – will be capable of doing his or her business in the Irish and English language as has been the situation since 1929. We must remember that in 1929, under Cumann na nGaedhael, the college was given a special statutory responsibility in regard to the Irish language …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 26 January]

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Dáil to discuss Irish language bill for NUIG president

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway West TD is push for new legislation to ensure the incoming NUI Galway president speaks Irish. Eamon O Cuiv is seeking leave to bring a bill before the Dáil tomorrow which would ensure the new president is capable of doing business in both Irish and English …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 25 January]

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Third Level Charges – Online Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to introduce assistance with the cost of fees for persons living in remote areas who wish to access online and accredited third level and fourth level courses; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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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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New Student Grant criteria will discriminate against farm families – Ó Cuív

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has urged the Government to reconsider its plan to include farm assets in means testing for Third Level Grants …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 1 March]

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2,000 students still waiting on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“More than 2,000 students from across Co Galway are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 19 December]

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Student Registration Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to his Department if the income threshold for liability to pay the registration fee was increased by €10,000 and €20,000 respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December]

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Student Assistance Fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he proposes to increase the funding for the student assistance fund, to €12 million per annum, in view of the high demand for this fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December]

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Student Support Schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he intends to negotiate a low interest loan scheme with credit unions that would be guaranteed by the State for post graduate students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55765/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I have no plans at present to negotiate a State-guaranteed loan scheme for postgraduate students with the credit unions.”

(Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 December)

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