Higher Education Authority Bill

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

IrelandMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the higher education governance Bill; when the Bill is expected to be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 November]

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Leaving Cert – Timeframe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMarc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the possible challenges facing leaving certificate students in accessing entry to universities outside of Ireland and the UK arising from the later than the usual date of issuing of leaving certificate results; the plans she has in place to ensure that concerned students will not be affected by the late issuing of their results; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 June]

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Select Committee on Education and Skills – Vote 45 – Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

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

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I thank the committee for the opportunity to speak to it as part of its consideration of the Department’s Revised Estimates. I am accompanied today by the Minister of State, Deputy Niall Collins, who has responsibility for skills and further education and by officials from the Department. I am conscious that I have only five minutes to deliver my opening statement so I will be very brief and give an overview of the Revised Estimates for my Department for 2021. I can pick up on issues in the exchanges with members. The allocation for the Department’s 2021 Estimate was drawn up in late 2020 as part of the 2021 Estimates process, which allocated an additional €236 million …” (more)

[Select Committee on Education and Skills, 23 March]

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Minister Harris gives clarity about South East Tech Uni in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education says there will be no changes to the terms and conditions for staff at the new university in the south-east. The new technological university is expected to open early next year with the consortium to submit their application no later than April 28th …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 11 March]

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Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I am delighted to be here today again addressing Dáil Éireann on the work of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. We have been working very hard in recent months to establish a new Department. Indeed, the Department was only formally set up in law last August and we have tried to pursue an ambitious agenda of work since then …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 10 March]

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Swimming Naked

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… Even as I write, the background chorus of nervousness about the future of WIT is gaining ground. Government Oireachtas members, Butler, O’Cathasaigh and Cummins tell us that we must accept the ‘only game in town’ and that WIT and Carlow IT must merge to form the TUSE and get the word ‘university’ over the door in some form in Waterford? Even Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane is at it …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 8 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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Funding for a University in the South East a ‘Critical Issue’, Green Party TD says

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

Ireland“The young people of Waterford should ‘accept no less’ than a commitment on behalf of the Government to adequate funding of the TUSE project, Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh has said. Speaking in the Dáil on Thursday 19 November, Mr Ó Cathasaigh said the Technological University for the South East is a ‘project so important in terms of balanced regional development’ that it is specifically referenced twice within the Programme for Government and that is must receive adequate funding going forward …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 19 November]

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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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SUSI Grant Must be Extended Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Say Greens

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Green Party has called for an extension of the SUSI grant ahead of the next academic year, to provide additional financial support for students impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The party said that the grant will need to be raised, as well as extended, to cover more families and protect students who were depending on finding summer work to cover their college costs …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 15 April]

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