NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic. The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 25 February]

Tags: , , , , ,

USI calls on Oireachtas to pass student accommodation Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has called on the Oireachtas to pass a Bill being tabled on Thursday that would force landlords to return prepaid rents to students who cannot live in the accommodation due to public health restrictions. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021 would also enable students to terminate contracts on accommodation they no longer need because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 February]

Tags: , , , ,

Student renters entitled to refund of accommodation costs under new Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD and spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have commented on the launch of the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021. The Bill has been signed by 56 opposition TDs and was launched with the USI today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Harris Leads Consultation on Higher Education Authority Legislation Reform

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Simon Harris has launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) legislation. A report on this reform has also been published by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science …” (more)

[Rosie Kuntz, College Tribune, 23 February]

Tags: , ,

Minister Harris launches stakeholder consultation on reform of Higher Education Authority legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (19 February, 2021) launched a stakeholder consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority legislation. A report to update stakeholders on the recent developments in the reform of the legislation has also been published …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 19 February]

Tags: , ,

‘Step up to the plate and do the right thing’: Bill on student nurses’ pay due before Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A bill which would see student nurses and midwives paid the same rate as health care assistants is due to be debated in the Seanad this afternoon. However, Cabinet decided during the week that it’s not going to oppose the opposition bill in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 February]

Tags: , , , ,

Government accused of ‘playing games’ over plan to send bill on student nurse pay ‘into the ether’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Labour Senator Annie Hoey has accused the government of ‘playing games in order to avoid bad headlines’ after Cabinet decided yesterday that it’s not going to oppose the latest bill on student nurses’ pay in the hope of sending it ‘into the ether’. Hoey‘s Student Nurses (Pay) Bill 2020, due before the Seanad this Friday, would ensure student nurses and midwives are paid at a minimum at the same rate as healthcare assistants when working in the health service as part of their training …” (more)

[Adam Daly, TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

Tags: , , , ,

‘You’re Fired!’ – Government Could Fire UCD Management under Proposed Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is set to consider passing a sweeping new Bill which will enable the Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Research to suspend and replace the governing bodies of state-funded universities if there are serious concerns around their operation. Alongside suspensory powers, imposing financial and non-financial penalties against universities are also part of the proposed bill …” (more)

[Rowan Kelleher, College Tribune, 4 February]

Tags: , ,

University Autonomy is Under Threat. Colleges Must Step Up

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Alarm bells sounded last week when this newspaper reported that the government is considering a bill which would give the Minister for Higher Education the power to suspend or replace the governing bodies of a state-funded universities if it has serious concerns about how the institution is being run …” (more)

[University Times, 31 January]

Tags: , , ,

Govt to Consider Granting Itself Power to Replace University Leadership

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The government will this year consider passing a bill that would give the Minister for Higher Education the power to suspend and replace the governing body of state-funded universities, if there are very serious concerns about how the institution is operating …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 28 January]

Tags: , , ,

University governing bodies to be slimmed down under new reforms

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University governing bodies will be smaller and feature more external members under new legislation to be published next year, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. He said current legislation on higher education governance is ‘not fit for purpose and does not reflect the world in which we live’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

Tags: , ,

Harris Pledges to Overhaul ‘Archaic’ College Governance Structures this Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris pledged to bring forward legislation overhauling current governance structures in higher education institutions, and called some current governance structures ‘archaic’ …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 2 September]

Tags: , ,

College party crackdown by Coalition

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is examining new measures to crack down on large gatherings, such as college parties, after Health Minister Stephen Donnelly’s plans to make it a criminal offence to have more than six people in a person’s home were blocked by the Cabinet …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 30 August]

Tags: , , ,

Students and SU Believe New Legislation ‘Not Enough’ to Protect Students’ Rental Rights

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins signed the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 into law on August 1st, ensuring tenants who are struggling to pay rent as a result of the pandemic remain protected. This legislation has been met with mixed opinions with Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, one of many opponents to the act describing the measure as an ‘attack on renters’ …” (more)

[Oisín Magfhogartaigh, College Tribune, 18 August]

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: That leave be granted to introduce Bill entitled an Act to provide for the amendment of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts 1937 to 2006, to provide for the provisions of the seventh amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann and to extend the franchise of the university panel of Seanad Éireann to all people who are over eighteen and are holders of an appropriate third level qualification from an Irish Institute of Higher Education and to provide for related matters …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 July]

Tags: , ,

Legislation Agreed by Cabinet for ‘Economically Focussed’ Department of Higher Education

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

Ireland“On the 13th of July, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD, welcomed government approval to publish legislation to establish his department as a major ministry. According to Minister Harris, the Cabinet has approved the new Department which will now be proposed to Dáil and Seanad Éireann …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda, College Tribune, 14 July]

Tags: , , , ,

Referendum result on extending Seanad vote may be put into effect after 41 years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally give effect to the result could be among the first Bills debated if a new government is formed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 June]

Tags: , , ,

Cork residents urge gardaí to use 1947 Act to stop house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near University College Cork have called on the HSE and gardaí to use powers available under health legislation to stop students and others having house parties. Magazine Road and Surrounding Areas Residents Association spokeswoman Catherine Clancy said the gardaí and the HSE should use the 1947 Health Act to stop parties in the area in the interest of public health …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 8 June]

Tags: , , , , ,