Why I Took the Decision to Make Third-Level Education Free

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In 1993, when many of you were not even born, or were only toddlers attending play school, a newly elected government committed itself to opening the gates to universities. I was well into my five-year term as Minister for Education when a report commissioned on third-level fees from Dr Donal de Buitleir landed on my desk …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, University Times, 2 November]

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Paying for a university education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – How sad that in your newspaper Sean Melly, chairman of Trinity Business School, peddles the notion that ‘The abolition of fees for third level was a regressive step’ (Education Opinion, April 19th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Opinion: Third level tuition fees should be reintroduced – here’s why

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 25th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The decline of Irish universities in the latest international league tables is hardly surprising given the decline in funding of third level education over the past six years. Between 2008 and 2014, spending on third level education has fallen by 32% …” (more)

[Sean Byrne, TheJournal.ie, 25 November]

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Where the money will come from

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“One of the many ironies of ‘free fees’ for higher education is that they didn’t even succeed in getting Niamh Bhreathnach re-elected. The minister for education who introduced the measure in 1995, at a time when Labour was trying to strengthen its middle-class vote, lost her seat in the general election just two years later …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Technological universities? A view from the South-East of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2013 by steve

“The question of technological universities has come to the fore again in Ireland this week. According to an article in Thursday’s Irish Times, the Cabinet has accepted proposals from the Minister for Education and Skills to form three new technological universities …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, University Blog, 30 May]

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Niamh Bhreathnach, taxi drivers and tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2010 by steve

“As we continue to struggle with questions of university funding, there is a fascinating little debate in today’s Irish Independent between Niamh Bhreathnach and Colm Harmon. Ms Bhreathnach was Minister for Education in Ireland when tuition fees were abolished in the 1990s …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 May]

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Debate: Was abolition of college fees a good idea?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2010 by steve

“A recent ride in a taxi reassured me that the government decision I spearheaded to abolish fees was the right one. A quiet Dublin taximan’s parting words to me were an embarrassed, muted thanks ‘for the four children you put through university’ …” (more)

[Niamh Bhreathnach, Independent, 25 May]

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Students to stage Dáil rally over fees plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Angry students are to stage a mass rally outside the Dáil tomorrow at the possible reintroduction of third-level fees. Up to ten tents were being pitched overnight outside Leinster House in advance of the protest. Guest speakers at the demonstration include former Education Minister Niamh Breathnach as well as students union presidents of Australia and New Zealand …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 September]

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