Grand Canal innovation district

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Grand Canal innovation district; the status of the project; if he has had engagements with Trinity College Dublin with regard to the status of the district; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

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

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. It is a great pleasure to present to the House the Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020, which passed all Stages in the Seanad yesterday. This Bill establishes, for the first time in the history of the State, a Department focused on further and higher education, research, innovation and science. We will now have a Department whose chief remit will be the further and higher education needs of our economy and our people …” (debate, resumed debate)

[Dáil debates, 24 July]

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Call for urgent plan to safeguard third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to Covid-19

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

“An urgent plan to safeguard the Irish third-level sector from serious financial fallout due to the Covid-19 crisis must be a top priority for the Government. That is the warning as Irish universities face potential revenue losses running into the hundreds of millions due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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Ireland lagging behind in funding ‘blue skies’ scientific research

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, ‘blue skies’ research, the kind in which real world applications are not immediately clear. During Science Week 2019, Fianna Fáil’s science spokesman James Lawless, stated it was ‘over-concentrating resources around applied-commercial research at the expense of basic/discovery research’ …” (more)

[Conor Purcell, Irish Times, 2 January]

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Ireland should join Cern, says Oireachtas committee

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland should join Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, if ambition to be a global leader in innovation is to be realised, the Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation has strongly recommended. Based outside Geneva in Switzerland, Cern is one of the world’s leading scientific laboratories. Its primary focus is on particle physics but it also plays a vital role in developing the technology of tomorrow …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Membership of CERN Key to Ireland’s Standing in International Science Community – Lawless

Posted in Research on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development, James Lawless has said that if Ireland is to be a real player in the international science community, membership of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is key …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 12 November]

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‘Philistine’ Government Hindering Irish Research, Says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil has criticised Fine Gael’s ‘short-sighted and philistine’ approach to research funding in Ireland, after the country won just one of 400 grants from the European Research Council. Fianna Fáil spokesperson on science, technology, research and development James Lawless said the government’s approach is hindering research in Ireland …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 16 September]

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Govt Short-Sightedness Causing Crisis in Research and Development

Posted in Research on September 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development, James Lawless, has said the short-sighted approach taken by Fine Gael in only funding research with expedient commercial outputs has greatly hampered the research and development ecosystem in Ireland …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 September]

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Lawless urges Government to commit to CERN membership

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development James Lawless TD has called on the Government to begin the process of joining CERN. Deputy Lawless made the comments after meeting with CERN Professor Emmanuel Tsesmelis in Dublin earlier today …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 30 July]

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Funding priorities of Science Foundation Ireland need re-balancing

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), which receives the largest proportion of Irish research funding from the Government, needs to be reconfigured to ensure its supports basic third-level research more, according to Fianna Fáil spokesman on science James Lawless …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Third Level Education – Higher Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take in offering additional supports to the higher education sector, in view of the recent university rankings which saw Ireland achieve just one university in the top 200 while Scotland, with a similar population, achieved five of its colleges in the top rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Research Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the next round of PRTLI funding will occur; if the PRTLI funding programme is not confirmed her plans to provide a successor programme of this type of essential funding for third level institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 November]

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Research Centres Programme

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she has given consideration to the provision of an annual funding scheme for the provision of physical infrastructure such as equipment, buildings, libraries and laboratories untied to specific centres or priority areas to further research activities in third level institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 October]

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Government should commit to joining CERN and ESO – Lawless

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development James Lawless TD has called on the Government to commit to joining the European Organization for Nuclear Research and European Southern Observatory. Deputy Lawless pointed out that membership of these organisations offers enormous benefits to Ireland …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 October]

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Research Funding Data

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SMEs that have undertaken applied research in conjunction with a funded agency or institution under the aegis of her Department in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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University rankings highlights need for greater emphasis on research – Lawless

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Research and Development James Lawless TD says the publication of the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings highlights the need for a greater emphasis to be placed on developing Ireland’s third level research sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 September]

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Lawless urges Minister to bring CERN talks to Cabinet

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless TD has urged Minister Francis Fitzgerald to accelerate the process of Ireland joining CERN. Membership of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has major benefits for the research and development sector in Ireland yet no progress has been made by the Government in joining the organisation …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 22 August]

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Third Level Admissions Data: Projected Student Numbers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his projections for growth in higher education student numbers over the next decade; the way in which he proposes that demand will be met; the projected costings involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 July]

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Lawless calls for greater oversight of universities – Fianna Fáil

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research & Development James Lawless says the Government must consider proposals to increase the level of oversight into financial governance at Irish universities …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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