What the Election 2016 Manifestos say about third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFianna Fáil: ‘(xv) Freeze student fees. A particularly cynical addition to the government’s list of broken promises was the increase in student fees which has inflicted great hardship on many students. In addition it placed a further burden on already stretched parents struggling to make ends meet trying to support their children’s education …'” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 February]

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Current Leaving Certificate format could be scrapped if one of Ireland’s newest political parties gets elected into Government

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The current Leaving Certificate format could soon be abolished if one if Ireland’s newly formed political parties has their way and gets elected into government in the spring. It is understood that Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland, will completely scrap the states current second level exam …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien, TheLiberal.ie, 7 January]

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Renua(ing) Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I don’t know why I am surprised at Renua. I guess its that when a new political party emerges there is an opportunity for it to really take a radical, evidence based look at areas and suggest alternatives to how we do things …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 5 January]

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Renua pledges to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has pledged to move new public sector workers onto cheaper pensions. Her party’s election manifesto, which was published today, states that …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Business Post, 4 January]

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Renua plans to reform Leaving Cert and bring in public vote for mayors

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Renua Ireland plans to abolish the current Leaving Certificate, introduce directly elected mayors, and outsource the setting of public pay increases to an independent body …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 4 January]

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Renua: Claim that 99.9% of public servants excel at their job ‘is nonsense’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public servants should be given bonuses if they perform well, but lose their automatic pay increases every year, according to Renua. The party wants to abolish the increments system as part of its new policy on public sector reform …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 November]

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Government approach to pay talks repeat Celtic Tiger errors, Creighton claims

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is happy to repeat the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger in its approach to public sector pay and remuneration, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has claimed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Renua Launch: Hobbs says pay cuts should not be reversed

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

Ireland“Renua co-founder gets new party off to a controversial start. New political party Renua got off to a controversial start as co-founder Eddie Hobbs insisted public sector workers should not have their pay cuts restored …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 14 March]

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