Fine Gael TD says Quinn wants to establish ‘a communist state’

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

“A Fine Gael TD has accused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and a prominent Labour deputy of wanting ‘a communist state’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 5 March]

[After the SUSI fiasco, surely we’re not too worried about Ruairi’s ability to organise a communist state … or anything else?]

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Means-testing of farm assets will be fair, says Minister for Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 4th, 2013 by steve

“Means-testing of farm assets for third-level grants will make a ‘very clear distinction’ between those essential for running a business and other investment-type assets, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Coalition divisions deepen on means-testing for student grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The two Coalition parties are experiencing deepening divisions on an imminent proposal by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to include business and farm assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Coveney denial: Reports of rift with Quinn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has denied reports he told Fine Gael TDs that Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn had backed down on plans to include farm assets in the means test for college grants …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Coveney denies college grants rift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has denied reports he told Fine Gael TDs that Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn had backed down on plans to include farm assets in the means test for college grants …” (more)

[Alison Healy and Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Coveney makes three appointments to Teagasc for five-year term

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

“Brendan Gleeson, Dr Karina Pierce and Tom Tynan have been appointed to the Teagasc authority for a five-year term by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 8 February]

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Science Foundation Ireland and Teagasc team up to launch strategically important Research Funding Call for ‘The Future Agri-Food’

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“A Memorandum of Understanding, between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Teagasc, was signed today at the Teagasc Research Centre, Moorepark, Co. Cork. This collaboration agreement ‘the Future Agri-Food’, aims to strengthen and accelerate research and innovation in Ireland’s Agri-food sector which employs in the region of 150,000 people here ….” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 1 February]

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SFI signs agri-food agreement with Teagasc

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2013 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Teagasc aimed at strengthening and accelerating research and innovation in Ireland’s agri-food sector …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 1 February]

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Cabinet heads for split over Quinn grant plan

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

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is set to create a cabinet split in the New Year by pushing ahead with his plan to include farmland and business assets in the means test for student grants …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 31 December]

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Croke Park accord must be reviewed in light of fiscal needs, says Coveney

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he finds some limitations of the Croke Park agreement very frustrating and has called for a delay in the payment of increments to public-sector workers to be considered …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 28 December]

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Croke Park savings methodology ‘came from Finance’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2012 by steve

“Consultants Grant Thornton have confirmed that controversial methods that led to claimed savings achieved under the Croke Park deal being ‘inflated’, were included in documentation they received from the Government …” (more)

[Daniel McConnnell, Independent, 4 November]

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Taoiseach plays down Coalition divisions over any changes to grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2012 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday attempted to play down divisions between Fine Gael and Labour over proposed changes to the college grant system which may take farm ownership into account …” (more)

[Mary Minihan and Barry Roche, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Something has to give in Cabinet over college grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“Over the coming weeks, you can expect a cascade of statistics about students’ and farmers’ grants. All the main players in this classic rural-urban divide come armed with impressive statistics …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 August]

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State pension form of wealth, says ICMSA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2012 by steve

“A farming group has called on Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to include public sector pensions among the forms of wealth that would be considered for means-testing when new eligibility criteria for third-level grants are introduced …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Savings, second homes targeted in college grant test plans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of people with large savings or second homes could be hit under proposals to change how student grants are means-tested …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 17 August]

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Noonan slaps down Coveney over stance on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2012 by steve

“Finance Minister Michael Noonan yesterday bluntly warned Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to stop publicly opposing changes in student grant rules …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 16 August]

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Minister moves to play down any rift over grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, yesterday moved to play down possible tension between Fine Gael and Labour over proposals by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to review how eligibility for third-level grants is assessed …” (more)

[Barry Roche and Declan Rooney, Irish Times, 16 August]

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Noonan denies rift over third level grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2012 by steve

“The Finance Minister Michael Noonan is denying there is any rift between Fine Gael and Labour over controversial proposals to change the student grant system …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 August]

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College grant system favours farmers and self-employed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2012 by steve

“Farmers and the self-employed are more than twice as likely to get college grants for their children as PAYE workers. According to the latest figures from the Higher Education Authority, more than 40% of farmers and close to 50% of all self-employed people secure a college grant for their sons or daughters …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Poll: Should student grants consider the value of family property?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2012 by steve

“A row appears to be brewing between Fine Gael and Labour, after FG’s agriculture minister Simon Coveney added his voice to those opposing Ruairí Quinn’s planned reform to college grants …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 August]

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