Cork’s student accommodation building boom: Is it viable in the Covid era?

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

Ireland“Questions have been raised about the viabilty of some of the proposed large-scale student accommodation developments in the city. The Green Party’s Dan Boyle said there are ‘huge question marks’ over some of the future developments in terms of acceptability and suitability …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 24 July]

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USI expresses concern over programme for government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed concern about the lack of a plan to reduce Irish student fees in the programme for government put forward by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party this week. In a statement issued today, USI said that while some elements of the programme were promising, there was a lack of detail on how a number of actions will be taken …” (more)

[Patrick Coyle, Trinity News, 18 June]

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What Third-Level Can Expect from Ireland’s Next Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost four months after the general election, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have drawn up a programme for government, which will now be put to their members for a vote …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins and Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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No Mention of Higher Education Dept in Draft Programme for Government

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite a public appeal by more than 1,700 academics, as well as an intervention from Provost Patrick Prendergast, higher education is unlikely to get its own department under the next government …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 June]

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The Deal Is Done: End to Direct Provision, Changes in Higher Education and Greener Policies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A deal for a Government programme has been finalised by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and The Green Party, with Micheál Martin set to take on the role of An Taoiseach before it is rotated to Leo Varadkar in 2022. The programme for government includes the abolishment of the Direct Provision system and changes in governance for the Higher Education sector …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 15 June]

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New Government to Bring ‘Renewed Focus’ to Third-Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s next government will put a ‘renewed focus’ on higher education funding, but college fees will remain the same, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson has said …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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No increase to third-level fees in next government, sources say

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There will be no increase to third-level fees under the next government, according to talks sources. It’s understood Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have agreed, that despite calls from some within the sector to increase fees in order to protect Irish universities, there will be no additional fees for irish students …” (more)

[Aoife Moore and Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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Putting a value on education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2020 by steve

“Sir, – With the revelation that the State spends 40% less per student than a decade ago (Diarmaid Ferriter, ‘We need a new definition of economic decency’, Opinion and Analysis, April 24th), do you think it may be possible for the Green Party to add an 18th demand, namely educational spending …” (more)

[S Montgomery, Irish Times, 28 April]

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SUSI Grant Must be Extended Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Say Greens

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Green Party has called for an extension of the SUSI grant ahead of the next academic year, to provide additional financial support for students impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The party said that the grant will need to be raised, as well as extended, to cover more families and protect students who were depending on finding summer work to cover their college costs …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 15 April]

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Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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Political parties rule out student loans to fund third level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“All major political parties have ruled out a student loan scheme as a way of funding higher education over the coming years. The comments were made at a debate on the future of higher education involving the spokespeople for the main political parties at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday moderated by Newstalk’s Shane Coleman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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Minister admits need for increased funding as parties debate future of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Representatives from six of Ireland’s main political parties clashed over the future of higher education at a debate held in Trinity today, with significant attention given to the balance between a system funded by taxation or by student fees and the current Fine Gael government’s allocations to higher education, which Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said were larger than suggested by other parties but conceded that the sector still required ‘extra funding …” (more)

[Lauren Boland and Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 January]

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For Third-Level, a Sliver of Election Air-Time But Big Questions Unanswered

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Is the general election campaign rolled on this week, the question of higher education finally received a few slivers of air-time. So far, it’s been abundantly clear that third-level education isn’t top of any party’s agenda, with concrete proposals for the future of the sector still nowhere in sight …” (more)

[University Times, 27 January]

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Public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Fiach Kelly reports that the Green Party in its pre-budget submission is recommending free access to all public transport for students, at a cost of €60 million (‘Greens propose free public transport scheme for students’, News, October 4th) …” (more)

[Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Greens propose free public transport scheme for students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students would be given free access to all public transport, similar to the existing scheme for pensioners, under proposals from the Green Party. The policy, at an estimated cost of €60 million, is an element of the party’s pre-budget submission outlined on Thursday by leader Eamon Ryan, deputy leader Catherine Martin and Dublin city councillor Neasa Hourigan, who is the party’s finance spokeswoman …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 3 October]

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Green Party motion to connect UCD to Metro and Luas links receives unanimous support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have voted unanimously to support a Green Party motion which would see proposed Metro lines extend to Knocklyon and UCD from Charlemont. The MetroLink project is an estimated €3bn project which would see the development of a north-south urban rail service in Dublin …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 14 February]

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Green Party Calls for Reversal on Supplemental Fees Decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Green Party Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education Catherine Martin has criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental fees and said that the government needs to ‘finally confront the issue of third level funding’. As the occupation of the Dining Hall continues …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 13 March]

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Time for a fair deal for teachers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Fiach Kelly writes in ‘State may pay to train teachers’ (News, December 30th, 2017) that the Government is considering paying ‘some if not all of the cost of a teaching qualification’ to tackle chronic shortages of teachers in key subjects. Other proposed measures referred to in this article include …” (more)

[Catherine Martin, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

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

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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