Public sector wage growth should be gradual – IMF

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The International Monetary Fund has warned the Government that any increases in public sector wages should be gradual and efficiencies should be continued …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 June]

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Head of economics at NUI Galway appointed as IMF advisor

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway’s head of economics Prof Alan Ahearne has been appointed as an external advisor to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 16 June]

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The university debate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2013 by steve

“It seems to me that the Irish university system is heading down a particular path without much debate or even basic reflection by those driving it down that path …” (more)

[Ronnie Munck, University Blog, 13 October]

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IMF launching courses on online university

Posted in Teaching on June 19th, 2013 by steve

International“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is set to join an online university network and will run finance courses which will be available free to students around the world …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 19 June]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2013 by steve

“How will the Government respond to the demand from the International Monetary Fund that a student-loan scheme be introduced within two years? …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 5 February]

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Student loan system suggested by IMF

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2013 by steve

“The International Monetary Fund has suggested the Government take the radical step of introducing a loan scheme for third-level students within two years …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Pensions, health costs & education fees for 2014-2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2012 by steve

“Staying with the IMF report on Ireland, and with the theme of 2014-2015 adjustments, here’s again what the IMF had to say on what we should expect from the Government …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 20 December]

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Public pay cuts ‘should be considered’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2012 by steve

“The Government should keep an open mind on cutting public sector pay and pensions, increasing taxes and looking at welfare rates, as its attempts to meet the EU/IMF deficit target by 2015, the Fiscal Advisory Council has recommended …” (more)

[John Walsh, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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Quinn and Noonan must reject IMF recommendations on fees and invest in third level sector

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2012 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has called on the Ministers for Finance and Education, Michael Noonan and Ruairi Quinn, to reject the IMF’s recommendation to re-introduce full college fees …” (more)

[, 11 September]

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IMF urges Government to cut social welfare spending

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2012 by steve

“… a new model of funding for higher education could deliver broad access without additional public investment by taking into account skills priorities in course availability and linking college fees ‘to the costs and earnings potential of courses while supporting low income students through affordable loans and grants’. ‘While savings from such reforms can take time to realise, they are important to help ensure the consolidation can be sustained by enabling the growing needs for these services to be met at manageable cost’, the IMF said …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 10 September]

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IMF Report on Ireland: Public Sector Pay Reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2012 by steve

“Continuing with analysis of the IMF Article IV report on Ireland, the first post dealt with headline assessments of economic performance and risks, the second post dealt with mortgages distress. In the present post, I am focusing on the IMF analysis of our public sector pay and pensions …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 16 June]

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Letter to IMF chief reveals guarantees to increase student contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 24th, 2011 by steve

“The University Times has received an excerpt of a letter which reveals that former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan and Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan had explicitly promised the IMF that the government would increase the student contribution from 2012-2014 …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 24 November]

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The public sector remains shielded

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2011 by steve

“… But what last week’s review again underlined was the extraordinary lengths to which this government, like its predecessor, is prepared to go to protect the public sector. Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin stoutly defended the Croke Park agreement, describing it as ‘a very important piece of architecture to make change in the public sector possible’. This is quite extraordinary …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 23 October]

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Legal fees must be slashed, says competition chief

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2011 by steve

“… Under the EU/IMF bailout, Ireland has given a commitment to remove restrictions to competition in the legal, medical and pharmacy professions by the end of September. Thornhill will recommend that professional representative bodies should not be allowed to control entry to the sector, or dominate the education of people working in it …” (more)

[Lisa Jackson, Sunday Business Post, 12 June]

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Enda vows no public pay cuts ‘at all costs’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2011 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Government will avoid cutting public sector pay ‘at all costs’, despite the dramatic cut in the country’s economic growth forecasts this weekend, according to a confidential memorandum sent to all government departments. The sharp downgrade now means cuts of up to €5bn in December’s Budget will be needed …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 1 May]

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Impending changes to legal education

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on April 11th, 2011 by steve

“While Portugal and Iceland garner headlines for their international financial woes, Ireland is getting on with implementing the terms of last November’s EU IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland. For readers of this blog, one very important element of that programme requires the removal of restrictions to competition in sheltered sectors, such as the legal and medical professions …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 11 April]

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IMF slams ‘outrageous’ public pay rates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2011 by steve

“The EU and the IMF are carrying out an intensive investigation into Irish public sector pay. As part of this process, high-level European and IMF bureaucrats have compiled a list of top-level public sector pay and are believed to be deeply unimpressed …” (more)

[John Drennan, Independent, 27 March]

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The impact of the IMF on Irish legal education

Posted in Teaching on December 1st, 2010 by steve

“I never thought I’d see the day when I’d put both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Irish legal education together in the title of a blogpost. But there it is …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 30 November]

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Public servants face pay and job cuts as the IMF moves in

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2010 by steve

“An emergency team of up to a dozen IMF officials arrives in Dublin today to finalise details for a €100bn deal to bail out the banks and the country. As a result, thousands of public sector workers are at risk of pay cuts and job losses in the aftermath of drastic measures likely to be imposed …” (more)

[Brendan Keenan and others, Independent, 19 November]

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