Teachers’ Union of Ireland opposes new public service pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to oppose the proposed new public service pay agreement. The TUI leadership said ‘the limited measures contained in the proposed agreement will not end the ongoing scandal of pay discrimination for second level teachers employed on or after 1st January 2011’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 December]

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‘Still no pay for student nurses’: Cork TD hits out at Government decisions on

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Solidarity TD Mick Barry has criticised the Government’s decision to reverse pension cuts for top civil servants in light of the recent vote against paying student nurses and midwives …” (more)

[Maeve Lee and Cate McCurry, EchoLive, 9 December]

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Harris to Announce Funding for 14,000 College Places With Reduced Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 14,000 higher-education places without fees or with reduced fees will be made available to help support workers affected by coronavirus restrictions, RTÉ News has reported. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is due to announce €30 million in funding to support part-time or postgraduate college places …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 27 October]

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McGrath ‘not sure’ new pay deal can be agreed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country is facing the threat of industrial unrest as public expenditure minister Michael McGrath warned that a new public-sector pay deal ‘simply may not be achievable’. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr McGrath warned of a ‘messy and problematic’ fallout should a deal not be agreed …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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Norma Foley did not inform Cabinet of Leaving Cert grading error at Tuesday’s meeting

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath has revealed that ministers were not told about the Leaving Cert calculated grade error at Cabinet on Tuesday. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr McGrath said that despite this issue being known about for a week, Education Minister Norma Foley did not inform her colleagues at their weekly meeting …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 September]

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New public sector pay deal to be explored

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

Ireland“The Government is to explore a new public sector pay deal with servants, even though it doesn’t have any available funds for any increases without adding to the National Debt. Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath told Cabinet yesterday he had instructed his officials to undertake ‘exploratory’ talks with the public services committee of ICTU over the coming weeks …” (more)

[Senan Molony and Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 8 September]

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Fresh public sector recruitment ban may be needed, minister told

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government may have to consider introducing a fresh staff recruitment ban and freezing promotions in the public sector because of the recession caused by Covid-19, it can be revealed. In briefing documents prepared for new Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath, obtained by the Irish Examiner, it is made clear some of the stark choices facing him as he grapples with the €30bn deficit …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 2 August]

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Leaving Cert predicted grades could lead to lawsuits, Ministers are warned

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ministers have been warned by Government officials of potential lawsuits being taken by Leaving Cert students against the State due to the introduction of predicted grades this year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 July]

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TDs and senators will get their 2% pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TDs, senators and the public service workforce are set for a 2% pay rise in October, the new Expenditure Minister has signalled. Michael McGrath indicated that the Government will honour the wage increase due under a pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 1 July]

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Parties row over cost of public sector deal

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have gone to war over the cost of the next public sector pay deal. With two weeks to go until election day, the two main parties launched attacks on each other’s approach to the forthcoming talks with public sector unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 26 January]

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Capitation Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if universities are free to set out their own level of non-refundable capitation fee for students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 July]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 11th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Thousands may not be claiming tax relief on qualifying 3rd level fees – McGrath

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of parents and students may be missing out on valuable tax relief on qualifying third level fees because they are not claiming it, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD. Deputy McGrath was speaking having received figures from the Ministers for Finance and Education and Skills which point to a significant under claiming of this tax relief …” (more)

[Mary Bermingham, TheCork.ie, 26 July]

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Technological Universities – Munster

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

Michael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position on the planned technological university for Munster; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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Is UCC using non-EU students as ‘cash cow’?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath has accused University College Cork (UCC) of using non-EU medicine students as a ‘cash cow’ while Irish students are left without places. Non-EU students are liable for higher fees than EU students, and in recent years UCC has both increased their fees and taken in more of them …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 12 April]

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Lansdowne Road Agreement – Planned Pay Increase

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the gross cost to the Exchequer for each month that the planned pay increase under the Lansdowne Road agreement of €1,000 in respect of those with a salary of up to €65,000 is brought forward to earlier in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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Labour Court Recommendations: Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps she is taking to ensure that the Labour Court Recommendation LCR20577 in respect of a Labour Court hearing on 29 May 2013, relating to the pay of four workers at University College Cork Tyndall Institute, is fully implemented; if she will provide an update on the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 January]

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Third Level Funding and Student Numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the total funding for higher education; and the total number of students enrolled in higher education in each year from 2011 to 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 March]

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Student Grant Scheme Payments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 28th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of Student Universal Support Ireland grants that were paid to students in advance of the Christmas break; the number that have been paid since the 1 January 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 May]

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Higher Education Institutions Issues – Regional Clusters

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he intends that the higher education system should be reconfigured into five regional clusters; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 17 April]

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