Call for zero-Vat rating for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tax breaks are needed on the construction of student accommodation to help attract more overseas students, a university president has told the Government. University College Cork president Dr Michael Murphy said the benefits of applying the same zero-Vat already in place for social housing to building student facilities would extend into the wider economy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 July]

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Kenny opens ‘world class’ maritime facility in Cork

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A state-of-the-art maritime facility which will power the ‘blue economy’ was opened in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on Saturday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The 4,700m-squared five-storey Beaufort building with state-of-the-art wave simulators, test tanks, workshops and offices provides Ireland with world-class infrastructure for renewable energy and maritime research …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Minister to travel to Berkeley to show support

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan will go to the United States ‘as a show of solidarity’ on behalf of the Government, following the deaths of six students in Berkeley, California …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 June]

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Deaths of Irish students in California: Expressions of Sympathy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandThe Taoiseach: I am shocked and saddened to hear of the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. My heart breaks for the parents who lost children this morning. I can only imagine the fear in the hearts of other parents whose children are in California this summer as they seek to contact them. The telephone number of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 June]

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Public service pay deal costing €566m affordable, says Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new public service pay restoration deal, which will see most public service staff receive €2,000 on a phased basis, will cost the State €566 million over three years. However, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin last night said it was ‘affordable’ and the ‘right thing to do’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 May]

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University status for Carlow IT is ‘back on track’

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a plan for a south-east technical university with IT Carlow at its core is ‘back on track’. The ambitious plans had looked dead in the water after Waterford IT pulled out of the merger, but Mr Kenny was emphatic that the project be pushed forward with IT Carlow playing a crucial role …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 6 May]

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New bid to resolve Junior Cert row likely next week

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mediator hopeful that further talks will be more productive. A new approach to breaking the impasse over Junior Cert reform is expected in talks arranged for next Thursday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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Taoiseach says teachers’ strike is avoidable, but they don’t agree

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Enda Kenny has said that tomorrow’s teachers strike over Junior Cycle reform is avoidable. The Taoiseach was speaking in the Dáil this afternoon when he said the planned industrial action is ‘avoidable, even today, if the teachers take on board that the Minister has engaged with them and is willing to engage with them’ …” (more)

[, 21 January]

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Public sector workers shouldn’t expect a pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated it is unlikely this year that there will be a reversal of the cuts to public sector pay. Speaking to political correspondents in a pre-Christmas briefing, Kenny said economic recovery is the government’s priority …” (more)

[, 4 January]

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Indian giant gives lifeline to struggling universities

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“India’s richest company is forging a deal to transform Ireland into the world’s first stop for e-learning and earn millions for the country’s floundering universities …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 30 November]

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Taoiseach to launch €5m technology centre in Cork

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today launch a €5 million technology centre in Cork designed to create new business opportunities for Irish financial services and technology companies through addressing governance and compliance issues …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Teachers want new Junior Cert offer to halt strike

Posted in Teaching on November 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Secondary teachers have refused to call off two strikes unless Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan tables a new offer on plans to make them mark the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 15 November]

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Bicentenary of mathematician George Boole to be celebrated

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today join with the president of University College Cork Dr Michael Murphy to launch next year’s celebration to mark the bicentenary of the birth of leading mathematician, George Boole …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 6 November]

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Enda Kenny wants to see WIT IT Carlow talks resumed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach says he wants discussions between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT back on track. WIT suspended all merger activities with IT Carlow recently. Enda Kenny says the government supports a Technological University for the South East …” (more)

[WLR FM, 5 November]

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TCD to target foreign students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The country’s top university plans to rely on more funding from foreign and online students to reduce its reliance on public funding, a part of its €600m five-year strategy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 October]

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Sligo IT has the formula for our scientists of the future

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2014 by steve

“A state-of-the-art €17m third-level science building, boasting some of the most advanced teaching facilities in the country will be opened by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny …” (more)

[Gareth Morgan, Independent, 25 August]

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Quinn resignation set to usher in sweeping changes in Cabinet

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Sweeping changes in the personnel and structure of the Government have been set in motion with the resignation of Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Quinn: Resignation ‘a bit sooner than I’d have liked’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Ruairi Quinn has announced his resignation as Education Minister and as a member of the Cabinet saying that he wants to ‘clear the path’ for the next generation in the Labour party …” (more)

[, 2 July]

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Quinn to step down as cabinet minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Labour’s Ruairi Quinn has announced his impending resignation from the Cabinet. Mr Quinn, 68, took to the plinth at Leinster House this lunchtime to say he would resign as Minister for Education and Skills when Taoiseach Enda Kenny carries out a cabinet reshuffle, expected next week …” (more)

[, 2 July]

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Taoiseach launches new innovation centre at NCAD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2014 by steve

“A new on-campus centre for commercialisation and innovation has been launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 19 June]

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