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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CIT aim to open arena in September 2021 as sod is turned on €22m sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sod has been turned on a €22m sports complex on Cork Institute of Technology’s Bishopstown campus. It will deliver an indoor arena, with basketball courts and seating for 400 people, capable of hosting exams and conferences for up to 1,000 people, and an indoor high-performance indoor athletics centre, which will include a large multi-event zone, with a sprint track and elite training labs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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New technological university for Munster as IT merger is expected to get green-light today

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Munster is to get a new, long-awaited university, and Cork is to get a second university, with the project expected to get the green-light this Wednesday. Technological University status is to be granted to a consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee) …” (more)

[Jess Casey,, 26 May]

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Decision to shut schools, childcare facilities made without Cabinet approval

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The decision to shut every school, college and childcare facility in the country, as well as cultural institutions, was done without Cabinet approval, it can be revealed. The Irish Examiner has confirmed that the decision to execute the shut down was not subject to Cabinet approval before it was announced this morning, but that some ministers were contacted to be told of the decision …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell,, 12 March]

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UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family’s deportation order. Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 17 January]

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Government hopes hard Brexit would not affect fees for cross-Border students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government is hopeful that students will be able to study north and south of the Border without incurring hikes in student fees in the event of a hard Brexit. About 1,200 students from the North attend colleges in the Republic, while more than 2,000 students from the Republic attend colleges in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 January]

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Irish government considers grants for Northern Ireland students after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government is considering a grant scheme for Northern Ireland students applying to universities in the Republic, to avoid fee hikes post-Brexit. A-level students in Northern Ireland say they have been left in limbo over whether they will have to pay non-EU student fees after the UK leaves the EU in March, a factor that could heavily determine where they choose to attend university …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 3 January]

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Questions Surround Security Following Protest Disruption

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Enquiries have been made to various departments in UCC following a confrontation at a Young Fine Gael (YFG) society event involving An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney and two Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) protestors …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, UCC Express, 18 October]

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Protestors confront Tánaiste at UCC over housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tensions around the housing crisis reached boiling point in Cork on Monday night after protestors interrupted a Brexit briefing from Tanaiste Simon Coveney. Security had to be called to a lecture theatre in University College Cork last night after a heated discussion on housing between the Tanaiste and members of the Connolly Youth Movement …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 3 October]

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‘King of promises’: Tánaiste slated over student housing prices

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

“Tánaiste Simon Coveney insisted the Government was meeting its targets on developing student accommodation on Thursday as he faced trenchant criticism in the Dáil that students could not afford the rates for purpose-built housing. The Government is considering encouraging more digs-type accommodation and rent-a-room schemes as short-term measures …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Maynooth and Cobh added to 4% rent cap list

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth in Co Kildare and Cobh in Co Cork have been added to the growing list of residential areas where rent increases are capped by law. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the latest Residential Tenancies Board ‘Rent Index’ identified the towns as ‘Rental Pressure Zones’, where rents were above average and rising rapidly …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Athlone should have city status and a university – McFadden

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senator Gabrielle McFadden has urged the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD to consider city status for Athlone and asked him to encourage the Minister for Education to consider Athlone Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Westmeath Examiner, 8 March]

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Accommodation for students is a priority: Coveney

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Government ministers have promised to fast-track the provision of purpose-built student accommodation, on or close to college campuses. The move is aimed at freeing up space in the private rental market, while also providing students with quality facilities for their college years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 August]

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Coveney wants modular homes for students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Modular housing for students and purpose-built communities for the elderly could free up more accommodation for families, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn and Barry Lennon, Independent, 25 May]

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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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Jobs to flow from €25m Dairy Processing Technology Centre in UL

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to host a €25 million Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC). Announced today, the DPTC is a collaboration of eight companies and 10 Research Performing Organisations creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the five year term of the centre … ” (more)

[Donal O’Regan, Limerick Leader, 2 February]

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Sherlock is bookies’ favourite to take over department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Labour is odds on with the bookies to retain the Education portfolio in the Government following the resignation of Ruairi Quinn. Favourite to succeed Mr Quinn is junior minister for research and innovation Sean Sherlock at 2-1 …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 3 July]

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Government and industry announce €50m research investment

Posted in Research on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD have announced Government funding through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation of €36m …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 21 June]

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FG revolt ends Quinn reforms of means test for grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has been forced to shelve plans to change the student grants means test due to a Fine Gael backbench revolt …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 5 June]

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College lecturers say they’ll fight any move to enforce wage cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2013 by steve

“University lecturers have said they will fight any move by the Government to enforce pay cuts or changes in conditions following the rejection of Croke Park II proposals …” (more)

[Louise Hogan and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 April]

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