Current Leaving Certificate format could be scrapped if one of Ireland’s newest political parties gets elected into Government

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The current Leaving Certificate format could soon be abolished if one if Ireland’s newly formed political parties has their way and gets elected into government in the spring. It is understood that Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland, will completely scrap the states current second level exam …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien,, 7 January]

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Renua pledges to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has pledged to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions. Her party’s election manifesto, which was published today, states that …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Business Post, 4 January]

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Renua plans to reform Leaving Cert and bring in public vote for mayors

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

Ireland“Renua Ireland plans to abolish the current Leaving Certificate, introduce directly elected mayors, and outsource the setting of public pay increases to an independent body …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 January]

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Renua: Claim that 99.9% of public servants excel at their job ‘is nonsense’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public servants should be given bonuses if they perform well, but lose their automatic pay increases every year, according to Renua. The party wants to abolish the increments system as part of its new policy on public sector reform …” (more)

[, 3 November]

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Government approach to pay talks repeat Celtic Tiger errors, Creighton claims

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is happy to repeat the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger in its approach to public sector pay and remuneration, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has claimed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Renua Launch: Hobbs says pay cuts should not be reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Renua co-founder gets new party off to a controversial start. New political party Renua got off to a controversial start as co-founder Eddie Hobbs insisted public sector workers should not have their pay cuts restored …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 14 March]

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Islamic scholar has ‘no place’ in party, says Lucinda Creighton

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Ali Selim said he was interested in talking to Creighton about new party. Lucinda Creighton has indicated she has no interest in talking to a Dublin-based Islamic scholar about joining her new party …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Hobbs: New party aims to keep public-sector pay in check

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Eddie Hobbs says his new party has left-wing targets – using right-wing economics. The financial journalist is joining Lucinda Creighton to form a new political party being launched in around eight weeks time …” (more)

[, 2 January]

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Higher Education Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the total number of recommendations in the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 that have been implemented; if we will further provide an update on each recommendation implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 November]

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Low Erasmus entry due to poor language skills, says Creighton

Posted in Teaching on September 13th, 2012 by steve

“Poor language skills and concerns over course accreditation have resulted in a low take-up by Irish students of the Erasmus study programme, Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 September]

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No change to Croke Park deal: Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2012 by steve

“Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said nothing can be changed under the Croke Park deal until it ends in 2014 and that talks on extending it need to start early next year. Mr Varadkar admitted that talks on Croke Park II — a successor to the current deal with workers — would need to begin in the next six to eight months …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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