Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I thank the Minister of State for coming to the House again. As the Cathaoirleach has said, we are becoming friends in the context of debates on electoral reform. I am very happy to present this legislation to the House on Second Stage …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 10 November]

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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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Incumbent Trinity Trio Retain Seanad Seats, After Remote Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s three incumbent Senators – Lynn Ruane, David Norris and Ivana Bacik – have all held onto their seats in the Seanad, after an election that concluded on just the eighth count. Norris, a Senator since 1987, reclaimed his seat on the fourth count, with Bacik winning hers on the sixth count and Ruane following on the eighth …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 1 April]

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10 candidates to contest Trinity Seanad seats in election

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

Ireland“10 candidates will contest the election for Trinity’s three seats in Seanad Éireann, having reached the threshold to make it onto the ballot paper as of the close of nominations at 12pm today. All three of Trinity’s incumbent senators, Lynn Ruane, David Norris, and Ivana Bacik, are standing for reelection …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 14 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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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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Campus Rent Increases Will Hit Most Vulnerable, Says TCDSU President

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has criticised increases to College’s student accommodation prices, arguing that they make living on campus unaffordable to those in need of financial grants. In a statement published this evening, TCDSU President Laura Beston said: ‘TCDSU has not, nor will it ever, support rent increases on our campus’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 9 August]

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College’s Senators at Odds Over Proposals to Scrap Trinity Seats

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The College’s Senators are at cross purposes over proposals that would see the amalgamation of the Trinity and National University of Ireland (NUI) panels in the Seanad …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 20 December]

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Ivana Bacik: ‘Gender quotas are necessary to help tackle hidden bias’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I was delighted at the announcement that the Government will establish women-only professorships in third-level institutions to tackle structural gender inequality. This initiative is very necessary. Despite equal numbers of women and men entering academic careers, women make up less than a quarter of professors …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

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Senator Praises Trinity Students’ Campaign Against New Exam Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senator Ivana Bacik has welcomed the success of the campaign being organised by the students to oppose the proposed imposition of a new fee for supplemental examinations within the College …” (more)

[Hot Press, 16 March]

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Senator Ivana Bacik to raise supplemental exam fees in Seanad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Senators David Norris and Ivana Bacik have criticised Trinity’s decision to introduce supplemental exam charges with a flat fee of €450. Speaking to Trinity News, Norris said that he thinks that the fees are ‘considerable overcharging’. Norris continued by stating: ‘In my view Trinity is completely out of sync with other universities’ …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 9 March]

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Bacik expresses support for gender quotas in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said the third level sector needs to dramatically up its game and take positive action measures to increase the number of women in senior academic positions in Irish universities. It comes after new figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that while over half of all lecturers are women, the numbers in more senior roles fall significantly …” (more)

[Labour Party, 20 July]

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Calling All Senators: Vote Tomorrow to Reject Loans and Support Free Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow, the Seanad will debate a private members’ motion on third-level funding put forward by the Labour Party. Our motion, which I am proud to be proposing along with my colleagues, will call on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education …” (more)

[Ivana Bacik, University Times, 11 July]

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Bacik welcomes USI support for Seanad Motion

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Labour Leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik has welcomed the support from the Union of Students in Ireland for the Labour Party’s motion to be debated on Wednesday evening. Labour’s motion calls on the Government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education for all …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 10 July]

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Senators to Introduce New Bill After Trinity Lecturer’s Discrimination Case Fails

Posted in Legal issues on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Following the rejection of former lecturer David Parris’s claim of discrimination at the European Court of Justice last year, Trinity senator Ivana Bacik has submitted a bill to the Seanad that would amend College’s current pension regulations …” (more)

[Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 6 February]

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Senators criticise proposal for student loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proposed introduction of a third-level student loan scheme has been criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell. ‘The idea of asking students for loans … and the way the banks have treated graduates and undergraduates in this country, is absolutely outrageous’, she said. ‘You could not write it down’ …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Senator Bacik expresses concern about student loan proposal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On the Order of Business today, Senator Ivana Bacik expressed her concern regarding the proposal to introduce a scheme of income contingent student loans to fund third level education, and called for a debate on the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education chaired by Peter Cassells …” (more)

[Labour Party, 12 July]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Ivana Bacik Re-Elected to Seanad TCD Panel on Thirteenth Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Incumbent Senator and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology Ivana Bacik has been re-elected to the University of Dublin panel of Seanad Éireann with 4,144 votes. During the campaign, Bacik, who has served as senator on the panel since 2007, highlighted her history as a legislator and her connections to Trinity …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker and Charlotte Ryan, University Times, 27 April]

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UL study on hate crime published

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Hate crime is a very real phenomenon in Ireland today, the authors of a report on the subject have said. The report, by University of Limerick academics, entitled ‘A Life Free From Fear’: Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland: An NGO Perspective was launched in Dublin by Senator Ivana Bacik …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 4 September]

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