Third Level Staff Recruitment – Employment Control Framework

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to continue or amend the employment control framework, ECF, currently in place for higher education institutions; if he will consider a phased withdrawal of the ECF to ease the restriction on staffing in higher education institutions; if he will ensure that arts humanities departments have the same capacity to recruit academic staff as science technology engineering and maths departments in any amendment of the ECF; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 November]

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Institutes of Technology – Dropout Rate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the dropout rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department propose to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; when it will return to Dáil Éireann; the amendments he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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Lone parents’ access to education must be improved – Brady

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to reverse changes made by his predecessor Joan Burton TD that deny lone parents access to education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 8 August]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of full-time students that applied via the Central Applications Office for a State approved Quality and Qualifications Ireland degree in third level institutions such as Dublin Business School and Griffith College, Dublin that cannot apply for a Student Universal Support Ireland grant; his plans to extend the availability of the grant to students at these third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 July]

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3rd Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An expert group examining funding for Third Level education has recommended the introduction of a student loan system as one possible option for addressing funding difficulties in the sector. We spoke to Joan Burton and Dr. Ed Walsh.” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 11 July]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the report (details supplied) into funding of the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Government launches Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025

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

Ireland“The new Strategy is a key pillar in the Government’s plan to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste today (Wednesday) launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, along with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English, TD, at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 January]

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Tánaiste and Minister O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The National Access Plan for 2015-19 contains 5 key goals and more than 30 actions that are intended to assist under-represented groups to participate in third level education. It contains a number of targets for specific categories of students, including ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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Tanaiste arrives in Galway to open new NUIG research facility

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton is in the city this afternoon, where she’s officially opening a major new research building at NUI Galway. The Institute for Lifecourse and Society is a newly designated research centre for the applied social sciences …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 11 November]

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Public pay talks aimed at curbing strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New deals aimed at curbing strikes in the public sector have been signalled by Tánaiste Joan Burton. She insisted industrial action was ‘the last thing we want’ as negotiations resume regarding the restoration of pay cuts imposed during the financial crash …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 16 May]

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‘Right’ that public sector invited to pay restoration talks, says Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was ‘right and appropriate’ that public sector workers enter talks with the Government on restoring pay levels. She said the Government wanted to ensure public servants, in an appropriate way, were able to share in the economic recovery …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Burton awaits report on JobBridge cleaning posts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2014 by steve

“Department officials are to report to Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton about the JobBridge controversy in which school cleaner and caretaker jobs were advertised on the intern scheme …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 20 September]

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Government ‘working hard’ to provide young with options

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“Tánaiste Joan Burton has said youth unemployment is a ‘very important issue’ and that the Government was working hard to provide young people with positive options. She was commenting after an OECD report found that …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Ministers Hail New Era for DIT as 1,000 Students begin study at Grangegorman Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“Tánaiste Joan Burton, TD, together with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Pascal Donohoe, TD, today spoke of their confidence in the continued success of the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 9 September]

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Quinn resignation set to usher in sweeping changes in Cabinet

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Sweeping changes in the personnel and structure of the Government have been set in motion with the resignation of Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Exit straight left – Quinn bows out before he is dropped

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Not many politicians get close to another decade in politics after their autobiographies are published, but the outgoing Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has already managed that feat …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Quinn had ‘unshakeable’ commitment to make State better – Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Politicians from Labour and other parties have paid tribute to the outgoing Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who has announced his decision to step down will coincide with the reshuffle which is expected next week …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Education Minister Ruairi Quinn resigns as Cabinet minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The Dublin South-East TD said he will not be running in the next general election. Mr Quinn has confirmed he will be standing down as a Cabinet minister and doesn’t want to be reconsidered for inclusion …” (more)

[Independent, 2 July]

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Burton says front bench will change if she becomes leader

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2014 by steve

“… Former deputy party leader Barry Desmond said he believed Ms Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin would ‘remain as key members of the cabinet’, with Mr Howlin remaining in his current role. He believed Ms Burton would ask Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to ‘step aside’ for new members …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 1 June]

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