Sinn Féin Commits to Spending ‘Hundreds of Millions’ on Third-Level If Elected

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

Ireland“Mary Lou McDonald has said that Sinn Féin is committed to investing ‘hundreds of millions’ of euros into the higher education sector if the party gets into government in the next general election. At the ‘Future of Ireland’ panel hosted by the Irish Universities Associations (IUA) yesterday, McDonald laid out her party’s radical plans for higher education, focusing on funding and access …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 22 June]

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IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: Mary Lou McDonald TD on her vision for the future of Higher Education in Ireland – June 21 13:00-14:00

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandIn the past two years, the IUA’s Future of Ireland series has hosted leaders from across Irish society. On 21 June, we are delighted to welcome Mary Lou McDonald TD, President of Sinn Fein to our next Webinar. Educated in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University, she is no stranger to the sector. We look forward to hearing Mary Lou McDonald’s insights and analysis on the challenges facing the third level sector and her vision for its future … (more)

[IUA, 28 May]

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Taoiseach rejects call for cancellation of Leaving Cert exams

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Micheál Martin has rejected a call for the Leaving Certificate exams to be cancelled and for a university place to be offered to every student who wants one. He also rejected claims that the Government had been ‘dithering’ over the status of the exams and said it was engaging with all the education partners to give students the clarity on the exams that they need …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Students nurses ‘deeply disappointed’ with ‘obsolete’ report and €100 weekly grant

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

Ireland“Student representatives of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are ‘deeply disappointed’ with a report into the treatment of student nurses and midwives and the offer of a €100 weekly grant from the Department of Health …” (more)

[Eoghan Moloney, Independent, 4 January]

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Student nurses rostered for work should be paid, Taoiseach says

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

Ireland“Student nurses who are rostered to work should be paid by their employers, the Taoiseach has said. But he warned such a situation would cause problems for the nursing degree programme, potentially bringing it back to the apprenticeship model, and reducing the quality of nurse education …” (more)

[James Ward, BreakingNews.ie, 15 December]

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Leaving Cert – Calculated Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the delay in receiving leaving certificate calculated grades will impact on students that have applied to study at an EU member state university many of whom require results in August 2020 to secure an offer of a place; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 July]

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Protected Disclosures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his expectations and those of the HEA regarding board members and audit committees handling whistleblowers’ cases in institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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HEA boss denies ‘looking for head’ of ex-Waterford Institute of Technology president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly rejected suggestions that he ‘went looking for the head’ of the former president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 11 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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No, Mary Lou did not avoid a Trinity Sinn Féin event because of a Maíria Cahill protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The party has dismissed reports McDonald cancelled her appearance at an event last night in the wake of a protest …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 26 November]

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After Protest Outside Hamilton Building, Mary Lou McDonald Cancels Visit to Trinity

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has cancelled her visit to Trinity this evening. A group, in support of abuse victim Mairia Cahill, had gathered outside the Hamilton Building to protest her visit …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Protest Against Mary Lou McDonald’s Trinity Visit Begins on College Green

Posted in Life on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A group has gathered on College Green to protest the visit of Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, to Trinity. The protest follows a similar protest in Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) last week …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 25 November]

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Taoiseach urges teachers to reflect on action threat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Taoiseach has appealed to 17,000 secondary school teachers to ‘reflect very seriously’ on their decision to withdraw from meetings with parents and other duties ‘at this time of economic challenge for our country’ …” (more)

[Mary Regan and John Riordan, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Quinn eager to give parents more control over education costs

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said he is considering new ways to give parents more power to control the costs of education including ‘a Parents Charter’ …” (more)

[Judith Crosbie, Irish Times, 2 August]

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518 students still awaiting 2012 grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said a much better system had been put in place for this year and it was intended that all applications would be processed by Christmas …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Five students complain to Ombudsman over grant delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Five students whose grants have been delayed due to ongoing problems at the body that processes them have made complaints to the Ombudsman …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards and others, Irish Times, 18 July]

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SUSI yet to fully process 565 grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“The body that awards third-level student grants has confirmed that 565 students are still waiting to have grants applications relating to last academic year fully processed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 July]

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SUSI affair was ‘chaos’ says Mary Lou McDonald

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“Nearly six hundred students still await payment of third-level student grants in what Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald called a ‘glimpse into the chaos of the last 12 months’ …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 July]

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Gilmore says all third-level grants will be processed by Christmas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“The Government intends to process all third-level grant applications by Christmas, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said. Mr Gilmore was replying in the Dáil today to Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Capital Assets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a guarantee that he has shelved plans to include assets such as farmland and business premises in the means tests for third level students …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 July]

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