Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael): I very much welcome the opportunity to update the House on some of the work of the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science just under five months on from its creation and the formation of the Government. I very much appreciate the support and interest from all sides of the Oireachtas for a new stand-alone Department to place a renewed focus on the further and higher education sectors and enhance and develop research and innovation …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 19 November]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

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

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the use of postgraduates in precarious positions for teaching and other duties is increasing in NUIG and that the university expects postgraduate workers to carry out unpaid teaching; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduates at NUIG have declared their intention to refuse to carry out work which is not remunerated at the existing collectively bargained rate; and the steps he will take to meet the demands of postgraduate workers (details supplied) …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Third Level Admissions – Leaving Certificate 2019

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students that have taken a gap year from their studies following the leaving certificate 2019 will receive support from his Department in the CAO process to ensure comparability between an unprecedented 2019 and 2020; if there are substantial increases in CAO points in the leaving certificate 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 September]

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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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Spring Exchanges ‘Proceeding As Planned’ For UCD Students – Subject to Review

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

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) cancelled their outgoing exchanges for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year on May 15th due to uncertainty as to when international travel restrictions would be lifted. The university stated that it as a result it would not be feasible for students to adequately plan their exchange activities. UCD Global stated that ‘cancelling the outgoing exchanges was the best option for students in terms of ensuring their health and safety and avoiding disruption to their academic programmes’ …” (more)

[Ahmed Jouda and Aine Burke, College Tribune, 26 June]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will request and urge UCD to revoke the cancellation of all outgoing Erasmus arrangements for 2020 in circumstances in which the receiving institutions are willing to accept students from Ireland and in view of UCD preparing to accept international students onto campus-based courses from September 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Student Universal Support Ireland – Coronavirus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if amendments will be made to the requirement to submit payslips for work done by a student applying for a grant to SUSI in view of the impossibility of contacting some previous employers, for example, pubs due to them being closed as a result of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Languages Programme

Posted in Teaching on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a recent EUROSTAT report (details supplied) showing that Ireland has the second lowest level of foreign-language learning in schools in the EU27 and a rate significantly below the average; his further views on the decline since 2009; the measures he will take to improve resources for foreign language learning; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Temporary Contracts in Trinity Raise Questions Over University Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The dispute between Trinity and its support and service staff rumbles on, with SIPTU and Unite currently considering their options for further action and the issue gathering momentum. This week the issue was raised in the Dáil by Paul Murphy TD in a question to the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton …” (more)

[University Times, 29 January]

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Trinity College Dublin – Promotion for non-academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has discussed with management of Trinity College Dublin proposals to freeze promotions for non-academic staff and to impose a moratorium on offering permanent contracts to non-academic staff; his views regarding increased precarity in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 24 January]

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Student fees plan is ‘an attack on the right to education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A proposed increase in third-level fees to more than €4,000 a year would deter people from poorer backgrounds from attending college, critics have said. Responding to the recommended increase in a draft report on tuition fees, the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) said the move would represent an ‘attack on the right to education’ and open the door to further hikes …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Third Level Funding – Basic Research in Science

Posted in Research on March 27th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the open letter from over 900 scientists to the Government (details supplied); her plans for the successor to the strategy for science, technology and innovation 2006 to 2013; and her further views on increasing funding for basic research across all scientific disciplines …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 25 March]

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Third Level Facilities – Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans for student accommodation; her discussions with third level institutions on the issue of student accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 3 March]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Casualisation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the high rates of casualisation and low rates of pay in the third level sector for casual academics; and her plans to address the situation …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 November]

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35 firms disqualified from JobBridge scheme

Posted in Legal issues on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“A total of 35 companies have been disqualified from the JobBridge scheme following investigations by the Department of Social Protection …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 24 January]

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UCC Émigré study: Young people in Ireland, like cattle, are being brought up for export

Posted in Life on September 27th, 2013 by steve

“Today sees the publication of a report by the UCC Émigré project which graphically shows the devastation caused by emigration. The study shows that nine in ten of 25 to 29 year olds have had someone in their circle of friends emigrate, 17% of households have seen at least one immediate family member leave …” (more)

[Paul Murphy MEP, 27 September]

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Burton ‘only scratching the surface of the abuse of JobBridge’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2013 by steve

“While it is to be welcomed that 23 companies have been banned from the scheme for their abuse of interns and employees, Minister Burton is only scratching the surface of the abuse of JobBridge …” (more)

[Paul Murphy MEP, 10 July]

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INTO must vote yes for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2013 by steve

“The following is a press release issued by Joe Higgins TD and Paul Murphy MEP, both from the Socialist Party, in response and in support of Irish National Teachers’ Organisation members looking to engage in industrial action against legislated pay cuts, and against austerity policies …” (more)

[Paul Murphy MEP, 8 May]

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JobBridge internship programme criticised

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The organisers of a campaign against the Government’s JobBridge scheme have called for it to be replaced by ‘real jobs’ instead of internships …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 3 May]

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Defending access to third level as a universal right!

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 31st, 2012 by steve

“The opening of the pre-budget season has seen the return of veiled and not-so-veiled debate between the coalition partners in the pages of the newspapers. Fine Gael and Labour are going to great lengths to create the impression that they are fighting hard for ‘their’ constituencies …” (more)

[Paul Murphy MEP, 31 August]

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