Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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Institutes of Technology: University for the South East

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane: I welcome the Minister to the House. I have raised this issue with her previously. The last time we discussed it was a couple of months before the Christmas recess in the aftermath of Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT’s withdrawal from the process of developing a technological university for the south east via the planned merger with Carlow Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 3 February]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Fifth Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

IrelandAveril Power (Fianna Fail): … As I pointed out in the course of the debate, 90% of the Bill relates to the putting in place of an extraordinary new procedure for the benefit of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, whereby that institution, which is not entitled to call itself a university within this State because it does not satisfy the relevant criteria, may market itself abroad as a university …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 November]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Report Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2014 by steve

IrelandSean Barrett (Independent): … This is a strange Bill which it is widely believed has been drafted to assist the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, although the name of that institution is not and was not mentioned on the last occasion. The danger in not mentioning in the Bill the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is that it makes possible for the Bill to be used by a different body without the former’s standards and reputation …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 12 November]

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Quinn prepared to address junior cycle concerns but no change on exam

Posted in Teaching on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said he is prepared to address teacher concerns about the junior cycle reforms ‘as best’ as he can . However he said there would be no change in his decision to replace the Junior Cert exam with in-school assessment …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Teachers ‘horrified’ at Quinn’s lack of consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn opened up a fresh conflict with teachers yesterday by telling those in further education they will have to work during the summer under a major reform of the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Merger of second-level unions moves step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A merger of two of the country’s second-level teaching unions appears to have moved a step closer, after the leaders of both groups said the current separation was ‘absurd and certainly wasteful’ and one voted in favour of entering talks on the deal …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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Institutes of technology could face industrial action by academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Institutes of technology could face industrial action by academic staff if they fail to consult them or try to change their conditions in any mergers to form technological universities (TUs), a union has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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4,000 extra teachers needed by 2024, says TUI

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2014 by steve

“The need for almost 4,000 more teachers over the next decade to cater for a rise of 75,000 second-level students must not be used as an excuse for more education cutbacks, a union has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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If Junior Cycle ‘nonsense’ continues, teachers could strike, says union

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The results of a ballot of teachers over the new Junior Cycle programme will be known this Wednesday …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 March]

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Students test each other in Ruairi’s brave new world

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“The teacher will no longer be ‘the sage on the stage’ as the Junior Cert is replaced, Kim Bielenberg reports …” (more)

[Independent, 19 March]

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Concern over Junior Cycle plans

Posted in Teaching on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers agree with much of what Victoria White states in her thoughtful and measured contribution on educational innovation (Irish Examiner, March 13) …” (more)

[Gerard Craughwell, Irish Examiner, 18 March]

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27,000 teachers protest over reform

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers protested against the new junior cycle plans yesterday as the Minister for Education defended the programme and rejected claims that the reforms were moving too fast …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty and Harry McGee, Irish Times, 12 March]

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‘Angry’ teachers to protest against the Junior Cycle today

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2014 by steve

“Up to 27,000 teachers will protest over the new junior cycle plans across the country at lunchtime today. Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) president Gerard Craughwell said teachers were ‘angry’ at the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s failure to listen …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Quinn says junior cycle reform necessary

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said it is important that students are kept in school as long as possible, but that the way in which the junior cycle is taught needs to be reformed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

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Unions insist on external assessment of junior cycle

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“… But the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) insisted last night that students must be assessed externally and the planned Junior Cycle Student Award certified by the State Examinations Commission (SEC), instead of by their own teachers and schools, which Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is proposing …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 25 January]

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TUI confirms ballot over Junior Cycle reforms

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2014 by steve

“… The union’s Executive Committee confirmed the decision at a meeting today. However ballot dates are still to be set …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 January]

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Quinn urged to enter mediation talks with teachers over junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“Members of teaching union TUI are looking for more consultation on the Junior Cycle Student Award – and could ballot for strike action over issues …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 January]

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Second level unions to ballot teachers on Junior Cert reforms

Posted in Teaching on January 18th, 2014 by steve

“Two unions representing second level teachers, the ASTI and TUI, are to ballot their members on withdrawal of co-operation with planned Junior Cert reforms …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 18 January]

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TUI: Education system ‘creaking’; new Junior Cert will be ‘fiasco’

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2014 by steve

“The Teachers Union of Ireland wants the implementation of the new Junior Cert cycle to be postponed …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 January]

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