Growing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be examined, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been warned that developing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be scrutinised because of concerns about human rights violations in China. Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said the State’s education system may be ‘contaminated’ as a result of developing these links amid such violations …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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Rónán Mullen, Michael McDowell, Alice Mary Higgins Keep NUI Seanad Seats

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Incumbent Senators Rónán Mullen, Michael McDowell and Alice Mary Higgins have been re-elected to the Seanad in the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel. Mullen reached the quota on the first count with 9,642 first-preference votes. He exceeded the quota by 112 votes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 April]

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First Seanad seats filled from NUI and Labour panels

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

“Ronán Mullen has been the first person elected to the NUI panel of the Seanad. He was elected on the first count with fellow outgoing Senator Michael McDowell almost reaching the quota …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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Disparity in NUI representation is a symptom of the lack of Seanad reform

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In both 2002 and 2015, major overhauls of the Seanad were proposed by All-Party Oireachtas Committees, and in 2013 a referendum to abolish the Seanad completely, was defeated by a tiny margin of three and a half percent …” (more)

[Nathan Young, University Observer, 21 November]

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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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Fees and the Irish Diaspora

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandSenator Rónán Mullen: The Minister of State is very welcome. Much is said about the needs of young people in Irish society, but when it comes to young people returning to Ireland, either to work or further their education, having had to spend a period abroad because of economic failures, it seems there is very little sympathy for their plight …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 2 April]

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Following Controversy, ELSA Discuss Irish Blasphemy Law with Selim and O’Dell

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s blasphemy laws were discussed at an event organised by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), following the controversy surrounding Dr Ali Selim, who last month threatened legal action if media outlets were to republish Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 February]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2014 by steve

IrelandSenator Rónán Mullen: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. I wish to raise the proposed technological universities legislation and specifically the current timeframe for its enactment, which is a cause of concern for some people. I should declare a certain interest in that I hold a lecturing post in the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown, albeit on a part-time basis these days …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 7 October]

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Former NUIG student leader Senator Mullen calls for clarity on university’s suspension of Legion of Mary Society

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2013 by steve

“Senator and former NUIG Student Union President Ronan Mullen has called for clarity on the university’s decision to suspend the Legion of Mary college society …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 5 December]

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Internet providers accused of hypocrisy over blocking access

Posted in Legal issues on February 8th, 2012 by steve

“It was a terrible shame that Irish internet service providers were more concerned with stopping the downloading of songs and other forms of entertainment than they were with awful images of children being abused, Jillian van Turnhout (Ind) said …” (more)

[Jimmy Walsh, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Economist Barrett takes seat with Norris and Bacik

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2011 by steve

“Economist Dr Seán Barrett won the last seat on the Dublin University panel for Seanad Éireann on the 18th count, which was announced at 11.30pm. By the 15th count, announced just after 8.30pm, the TCD lecturer had overtaken his main rival …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Crown expected to take seat

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2011 by steve

“Outgoing Senator Ronan Mullen has topped the poll in the first count for the election of three members of Seanad Éireann on the National University of Ireland panel. The socially conservative former spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin was first elected to the Upper House in the last general election in 2007 …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 28 April]

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