Varadkar says public service pay and reforms to form part of new talks

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Government expects salary increases for public servants to form part of new pay talks which will commence in Autumn. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said on Sunday that with rising inflation, it was inevitable that any negotiations for a new agreement between the Government and public service unions would include pay hikes …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Demand for UCC food bank highlights ‘reality of student poverty’

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has acknowledged the hardship faced by college students in the wake of a UCC food bank running out of supplies in less than 50 minutes …” (more)

[Ellen O’Regan, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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Does the Government Even Want to Fix the Student Accommodation Crisis?

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

Ireland“The two main news stories at the forefront of student housing affairs this week appear side by side as a strange oxymoron. Firstly, the news that Dublin City Council granted permission for over 1,000 student beds to be offered as short-term lets this year. Accompanying this are grim accounts of a sleepout organised by the Union of Students Ireland (USI) outside the Dáil, protesting the crisis shortage of student accommodation …” (more)

[Caoimhe Weakliam, University Times, 25 September]

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Using student accommodation for tourism is ‘contrary’ to Government policy

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

Ireland“Turning student accommodation into rooms for tourists is ‘contrary’ to government policy at a time of an acute crisis, the Dáil has heard. Labour leader Alan Kelly told Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that, in Dublin, developers of luxury student apartments are now trying to change their planning permission so they can be used as hotels for tourists …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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Students gather outside Dáil as Varadkar says govt ‘very much aware’ of accommodation crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the government is ‘very much aware’ of the crisis in student accommodation and that it is working to prevent purpose-built student apartments being used for tourists. A student protest using the slogan ‘No Keys, No Degrees’ is being held outside Leinster House this afternoon …” (more)

[Rónán Duffy,, 23 September]

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Irish Universities secure over €80m with their industry partners to develop ground-breaking disruptive technologies

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IUA welcome the announcement of 29 innovative research projects awarded under the third round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar today. This Fund, established under Project Ireland 2040, drives collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base in the higher education sector with industry …” (more)

[IUA, 22 April]

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Varadkar says it would be a real shame if the Tech Uni was delayed over HQ row

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

Ireland“The Tánaiste said he is strongly of the view that the Technological University of the South-East should be centred in Waterford. Leo Varadkar was responding to Waterford Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane and Fianna Fail TD in Carlow/Kilkenny Jennifer Murnane O’Connor in the Dail. Both Deputies were making the case for the headquarters of the new entity to be in their respective areas …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 February]

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Leo Varadkar says former Waterford Crystal site being looked at for WIT expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste has confirmed that the old Waterford Crystal site is being looked at as part of the planned expansion of WIT. The site in Kilbarry is vacant since 2009. It was bought by Waterford developer Noel Frisby, his company Ibrook successfully applied for planning permission to refurbish the site in 2019. Leo Varadkar was responding to questions on promised legislation from Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 4 February]

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IUA universities account for four-fifths of higher ed research spend

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the publication of the Higher Education Research & Development Survey (HERD) by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD. This latest HERD survey clearly shows the need for a step change in research and innovation investment in Ireland given the fall in our research spend rankings from 14th to 23rd place in the OECD list …” (more)

[IUA, 20 January]

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Forcing student nurses to work full shifts ‘tantamount to slavery’, Byrne says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Forcing student nurses to work full shifts is ‘tantamount to slavery’, Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne has said. The Government has been widely criticised in recent weeks for not providing student nurses with full pay for their work. A review is underway of allowances for all student nurses, and for the payment of final year students, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he is certain allowances will increase when the review is completed by the end of the year …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 13 December]

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All student nurses should be paid if doing work of staff , Tánaiste says

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives who are doing the work of staff nurses should be paid for their efforts ‘and that includes those in first, second and third year’, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. But he hit out at the Opposition over a Dáil motion calling for student nurses and midwives to be paid, which the Government rejected …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 10 December]

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A Broken System, A Fed-Up Workforce – Student Nurses React To Dáil Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Late on Tuesday the 2nd of December, the Dáil rejected a motion, brought forward by People Before Profit, to pay student nurses and midwives for working during the Covid-19 pandemic. The motion was rejected by a narrow margin of 77-72. The three parties in government all voted against the motion …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 3 December]

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Student nurses who worked for free in Covid wards may be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is examining whether to pay a bonus or other stipend to student nurses who work for free in Covid wards around the country. Confirmation of the move, previously mooted, comes after 12,000 people signed an internet petition overnight calling for the 3,000 students to be paid for both the work and the risk they are running of contracting the life-altering disease …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 27 November]

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Varadkar rules out ‘significant’ public service pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has ruled out significant pay rises for government employees in the next public service agreement. But he described pay inequality for post-2012 recruits as an unfair ‘running sore’, which had never been intended to last forever …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Third Level Institutions – Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment if universities and third level institutions are bound by SI 146 of 2000 Industrial Relations Act 1990 (Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 October]

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Scientific Research – CERN

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the application by Ireland to become a full member of CERN will be progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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College Students Among Worst Hit From Cuts To Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for part-time workers from €350 to €203 a week, affecting students who were working part-time during the academic term. For many students, the summer months are a time for saving money to pay for college accommodation and student fees. The payment cut affects those who were working part-time and making less than €200 a week prior to Covid-19 …” (more)

[Rachel Healy, College Tribune, 6 June]

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USI call for students to be entitled to €350 pandemic payment for work lost during summer months

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) has called for the government to allocate adequate unemployment payment to students who will miss out on summer work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This follows Taoiseach Leo Varadakar’s statement yesterday that the unemployment payment is due to be cut for some part-time workers …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 5 June]

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WIT President: ‘We Have Earned the Title of University’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While admitting to feeling ‘a little let down’ in the wake of last week’s Munster Technological University (MTU) announcement, WIT President Willie Donnelly has told staff: ‘We have earned the title of University’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 31 May]

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Government announces decision on Munster Technological University application

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (26 May 2020) announced the decision to grant Technological University Status to the TU Consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 May]

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