Student Support Bill 2008: Second Stage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 13th, 2011 by steve

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): I am pleased to introduce the Student Support Bill to the Seanad and to outline its main provisions. The Bill is the key element of our broader programme of legislative and administrative reform of the student grants system …” (more)

[Seanad Debates, 12 January]

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Lecturers warn over college reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2011 by steve

“College lecturers will only introduce reforms if changes being discussed with the Department of Education are acceptable to them, a union leader has said …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 13 January]

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Report calls for upfront fees and loan plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2011 by steve

“Students face significant hikes in college costs as Tánaiste Mary Coughlan endorsed calls for a mix of upfront fees and a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 12 January]

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Report urges student fees system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2011 by steve

“The long-awaited Hunt Report on higher education was formally launched by Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan today. The report backs student fees and loans in order to allow hard-pressed colleges deal with record levels of student demand – while playing a key role in economic recovery …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Coughlan: New education strategy to have ‘positive’ impact

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2011 by steve

“Minister Mary Coughlan has said that the Government’s new strategy for Higher Education will have a ‘very positive’ impact …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie,11 January]

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Tánaiste launches the National Strategy for Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2011 by steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D., today launched a strategy that will see the transformation of Ireland’s higher education sector over the next two decades. The National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, which has been endorsed by the Government as the future blueprint for the sector, was developed by a High Level Group under the Chairmanship of Dr Colin Hunt …” (more, link to report)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 January]

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Coughlan defends her decision to pay for site

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2011 by steve

“Minister for Education Mary Coughlan has defended her decision to approve the payment of a sum, believed to be €6 million, for a 10-acre site in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, which is jointly owned by a former Fianna Fáil councillor …” (more)

[Cronan Scanlon, Irish Times, 11 January]

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Tanaiste says LYIT land deal all above aboard

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2011 by steve

“According to Highland Radio, Letterkenny IT has this morning unveiled a land purchase deal at a cost in excess of €8 million euro. The LYIT has secured a 10 acre site directly opposite the institute on the Port Road …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 10 January]

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Tanaiste says LYIT land deal all above aboard

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2011 by steve

“Letterkenny IT has this morning unveiled of a land purchase deal at a cost in excess of €8m euro. The IT has secured a 10 acre site directly opposite the institute on the Port Road and a second 66 acre piece of land lies adjacent to the Knocknamona Roundabout …” (more, audio)

[Highland Radio, 10 January]

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Introduction of ‘asset test’ to change grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 6th, 2011 by steve

“Minister for Education Mary Coughlan is expected to make the controversial announcement of a new ‘asset test’ to be applied to students wishing to receive the maintenance grant, next week …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 5 January]

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Tánaiste announces €42m devolved Grant Scheme for the Higher Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2010 by steve

“The country’s seven universities and 15 Institutes of Technology are to receive funding for small-scale building works and high-tech equipment upgrades as part of a €42 million scheme announced today by the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 December]

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Tánaiste launches new academic alliance between NCAD and UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2010 by steve

“The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD formally launched a new academic alliance between the National College of Art and Design and University College Dublin …” (more)

[National College of Art and Design, 7 December]

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Tánaiste outlines contribution of education and skills sector to National Recovery Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2010 by steve

“Outlining the expenditure measures for her Department contained in the National Recovery Plan, the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms Mary Coughlan, TD, today said that Government had gone as far as it could to protect front line education services over the four years of the plan …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 24 November]

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Teaching course is spared in cutbacks

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2010 by steve

“The Government is not cutting back on the number of postgraduate places for primary teacher training, the Irish Independent has learnt. Education Minister Mary Coughlan has given the go-ahead for 200 places on an annual postgraduate course, which starts in February …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 November]

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Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2010 by steve

“Mary Coughlan, her secretary general Brigid McManus and a small coterie of senior officials have been burning the midnight oil at the Department of Education as they cast around for those cutbacks. The shape of the cuts is becoming clearer. They will probably include: fees/charges of about €2,200 at third level …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 November]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2010 by steve

“The broad outline of the education cutbacks expected in the Budget is clear after those weekend leaks. College fees of up to €3,000, increases in class size and cuts to the capitation grant for schools are all on the agenda …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 November]

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NUI Maynooth library extension gets go-ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2010 by steve

“Building work on a new €20m extension to a university library was today given the go ahead. Tánaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan approved the contract to almost double the size of the library at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Maynooth …” (more)

[Independent, 29 October]

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Tánaiste approves €20million investment for NUI Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2010 by steve

“Building work is set to start on a new €20 million project at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth after the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, approved the contract for the project today …” (more)

[Mary Coughlan, Fianna Fáil, 29 October]

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Training agency to take over from Fás

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2010 by steve

“A new training agency is to take over the work of State agency Fás, the Dáil has heard. Tánaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan made the announcement as she warned of a ‘severe restriction’ in Government spending for the education sector …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 October]

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FÁS to be replaced with new agency – Tánaiste

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2010 by steve

“Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has told the Dáil that she intends to replace FÁS with a new training agency …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 October]

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