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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Third Level Fees – Refunds

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandMichael Lowry (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if third level students who did not qualify for free fees will receive a refund of their student contribution fees in view of the fact that the majority of students have been forced to move to online learning since the start of the academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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Student nurses who worked for free in Covid wards may be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is examining whether to pay a bonus or other stipend to student nurses who work for free in Covid wards around the country. Confirmation of the move, previously mooted, comes after 12,000 people signed an internet petition overnight calling for the 3,000 students to be paid for both the work and the risk they are running of contracting the life-altering disease …” (more)

[Senan Molony, Independent, 27 November]

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Technological Universities – Athlone IT and Limerick IT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

IrelandMichael Lowry (Tipperary, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his objectives and plans to grant technological university status further to an application by Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology; his views on the application which will incorporate the satellite campuses of Thurles and Clonmel, County Tipperary; the budget available to implement plans for this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 20 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider altering the definition of a dependent student for the purposes of the student grant; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the definition in its current form leads to unfairness when those under the age of 23 years receive no financial support from their parents/legal guardians; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 April]

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Student Grant Scheme Applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason it is taking so long to process college grant applications to Student Universal Support Ireland, in some cases up to four months since applications were submitted …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 6 November]

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Tipperary Students Petition Local TD on Education Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2010 by steve

“Tipperary Institute students’ union will present local Independent TD Michael Lowry with a petition of over 500 signatures of students, who are opposing cuts to Higher Education in the Budget 2011 …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 12 November]

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Lowry ‘saved’ Tipperary Institute

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

“Michael Lowry, the independent TD who supports the government, claims to have saved the Tipperary Institute (TI) from closure. An Bord Snip had recommended that it be ‘disposed of for the benefit of the exchequer’. The TI, which is based in Thurles in Lowry’s Tipperary North constituency, is now likely to be merged with the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), with no loss of staff or any cut to its budget of about €10m a year …” (more)

[Sarah McInerney, Times, 24 January]

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