Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. It is a great pleasure to present to the House the Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020, which passed all Stages in the Seanad yesterday. This Bill establishes, for the first time in the history of the State, a Department focused on further and higher education, research, innovation and science. We will now have a Department whose chief remit will be the further and higher education needs of our economy and our people …” (debate, resumed debate)

[Dáil debates, 24 July]

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Student Accommodation – Refunds

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

IrelandMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she will introduce to provide protections for third level students in circumstances in which many are expected to pay accommodation deposits and a number of months’ rent up front when it is not clear whether they will be attending their colleges for classes in the coming term; if she will ensure that legislative protections are introduced to ensure that those providing student accommodation cannot take advantage of students in view of the current circumstances; if her attention has been drawn to the large demands being placed on students for payments up front despite the fact that many received no refunds for last term; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Third Level Fees – Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposals he is considering with respect to a change in the existing third level fee arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Third Level Courses Availability – LIT Tipperary Clonmel Campus

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of CAO applications for BSC Honours Computing and Creative Multi-Media Courses in Limerick Institute of Technology; the number of these applicants that have applied for LIT Tipperary Clonmel Campus; the direct cost of educating such students in the LIT Tipperary Clonmel Campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 May]

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20,000 grant applications still to be decided

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

“Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi), which is handling all first-time applications, insists 20,100 of the 67,500 applicants have not yet sent in all the necessary paperwork …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Maintenance Grants – Hardship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 20th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there is a mechanism in place for a person who is above the income threshold for the higher education top up grant to have the application considered on hardship grounds; if there is any mechanism in place to appeal a decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 18 July]

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Student Grant Scheme – Processing of applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the online applications for student grants will be made available; the reason for the delay in making these forms available; if he will assure students that their applications will be processed prior to the start of their college year to prevent undue financial pressures on students and their families; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 June]

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Refusal of a Higher Education Grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person who is under financial difficulties and is being assisted by the Money Advice and Budgetary Agency can be refused a higher education grant for their children to continue in third level education …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 1 May]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2012 by steve

Mattie McGrath: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of the qualifications and quality assurance authority of Ireland; when new applications for provider registration for FETAC will be accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann written answers, 17 January]

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