November date in Cork for Judge McDonnell recusal appeal

Posted in Legal issues on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Burkes’ request for a new judge to hear their religious discrimination case against NUI Galway will be heard by the High Court sitting in Cork on a date in November. The Burkes appealed to the High Court in June this year after Judge Petria McDonnell refused to recuse herself from hearing their case …” (more)

[Isaac Burke, Burke Broadcast, 12 August]

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President of NUI Galway says student accommodation is not aimed at making profit

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says the college’s student accommodation is aimed at providing accessible and affordable bed spaces to students. A new survey reveals the university took in €5.2m last year for student accommodation fees – a decrease of several hundred thousand euro for the second year running, despite rising rents …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 August]

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NUIG continues to experience fall in student accommodation revenue

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has once again experienced a sharp drop in revenue from student accommodation. A new survey reveals the university took in €5.2m last year – a decrease of several hundred thousand euro for the second year running, despite rising rents …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 August]

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NUI Galway president says cheating remains low despite threat by new technology

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of NUI Galway says while instances of exam cheating are increasing, overall the number of cases remains extremely small. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh is reacting to new figures which reveal ‘smart watches’ are being linked with increases in cheating at colleges nationwide …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 August]

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Surge in university students wearing banned smartwatches in exams

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on August 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities have recorded a sharp increase in the number of students wearing banned smartwatches in exam halls. Most third-level institutions prohibit the use of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other devices which allow users to upload and access documents …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 August]

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NUIG campus bedrooms get Failte Ireland seal of approval as tourist accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUIG campus bedrooms, which are let out to tourists during the summer, have been accredited as ‘Approved Tourist Accommodation’ under Fáilte Ireland’s Welcome Standard Programme. Over 22,000 visitors make use of campus bedrooms at NUIG for tourist accommodation each year through the company Campus Living …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 23 July]

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Judge Petria McDonnell: Submission lodged with Justice Minister, Equalities Watchdog and Parliamentary Committee

Posted in Legal issues on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Plaintiffs in Burkes v NUI Galway have serious concerns regarding the conduct of Circuit Court Judge Petria McDonnell. Today, they lodged a formal submission with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan, and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality …” (more, download)

[Burke Broadcast, 8 July]

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High Court appeal lodged in students’ discrimination case against NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The religious discrimination case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG is headed to the High Court as individual notices of appeal seeking another judge. They are pursuing their High Court appeal to seek a different judge for their case against NUIG after asking Judge Petria McDonnell to recuse herself at the Circuit Court hearing …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 4 July]

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President of NUIG Students’ Union issues appeal to homeowners following new short term letting legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the NUIG Students’ Union is appealing to homeowners in Galway to rent out rooms in a bid to deal with the ongoing crisis in student accommodation. The appeal follows the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting which came into force this week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 July]

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High Court application for recusal of Judge Petria McDonnell

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Burkes lodged an appeal in the High Court yesterday against Judge Petria McDonnell’s refusal to recuse herself from hearing their religious discrimination case against NUI Galway. They are seeking to have another judge take the case …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 29 June]

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Court drama continues in discrimination case against NUIG

Posted in Legal issues on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was more drama this week at Galway Circuit Court in the ongoing case of the four Burke siblings against NUIG. The Burkes received a lifetime ban from all student societies at NUIG in 2014, in what they say was an act of discrimination based on their religion …” (more)

[Paul Kelly, Galway Daily, 22 June]

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NUI Galway Gets Green Light for 674 New Beds

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has received planning permission for a new 674-bed student accommodation complex worth an estimated €23 million …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 22 June]

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674 bedroom student accommodation development gets planning approval

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A massive student student accommodation project in Dangan with an estimated value of €23 million has been granted planning approval. NUI Galway applied directly to An Bord Pleanála for permission to build four blocks of student accommodation with 125 apartments at the Northern Campus in Dangan …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 21 June]

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Plan for more student accommodation in city’s West End

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Stagrock Limited is seeking planning permission for the demolition of houses at Munster Avenue to be replaced with a student accommodation building. It would be 3 to 4 storeys high with a caretaker apartment, 73 single bedrooms …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 June]

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The proceedings in Burkes v NUI Galway put on hold indefinitely

Posted in Legal issues on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The hearing of Burkes v NUI Galway began at 10:30am Tuesday with Judge Petria McDonnell presiding. Clíona Kimber SC, Counsel for NUI Galway, spoke near the outset, noting that NUI Galway had lifted the lifetime ban on the Plaintiffs (the Burkes). At this point, Judge McDonnell questioned or commented on whether the lifting of the lifetime ban ‘would render the whole thing moot’ (ie render the proceedings unnecessary) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 19 June]

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Siblings banned for life from NUIG societies refuse college’s offer

Posted in Legal issues on June 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Four siblings who claim their freedom of speech and religious expression was curbed by NUI Galway have rejected a call from the university to drop their legal case. Isaac, Kezia, Ammi and Enoch Burke were banned for life from all student societies at the university on November 10th, 2014 …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 18 June]

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NUI Galway lifts ban on Christian students days before Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has lifted a lifetime ban on four Christian students in advance of a Circuit Court hearing next week. The University banned Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke and Ammi Burke for life from all student societies on 10 November 2014 …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 14 June]

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When my father met Gandalf: Tolkien’s time as an external examiner at UCG

Posted in Research on June 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So there I was, staring at my computer screen having just typed the words Chapter Six, when it occurred to me that the sensible thing to do was to log on to Twitter. I believe it’s called displacement activity. It appears to happen when I’m working on a novel …” (more)

[Felicity Hayes McCoy, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Christian Students Win Right to Challenge NUI Galway in Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From the 18th to the 20th of June 2019, Galway Circuit Court will hear the linked cases of Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke, Ammi Burke -v- NUI Galway. This follows a Court ruling in December 2018 which overturned a key portion of the previous decision at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 1 June]

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Medieval history at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The academic societies we represent are dedicated to the study and promotion of medieval Irish culture and heritage in North America, Europe and across the globe. We are therefore greatly distressed to learn about pending cuts in medieval Irish history at NUI Galway …” (more)

[Westley Follett and Patrick Wadden, Irish Times, 8 May]

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