Spiralling college costs pricing out families on ordinary incomes – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion for Carlow Kilkenny has accused the government of failing third-level students as college costs continue to spiral out of control and many are struggling to find accommodation …” (more)

[Sian Moloughney, Kilkenny People, 25 August]

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Crippling accommodation costs pricing students out of Third-Level Education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD has accused the government of failing third-level students struggling to find accommodation due to the housing crisis. She has called on the government to act urgently and end this cycle, which unfairly and increasingly excludes students from families on low incomes. Speaking today, Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 August]

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Unfair student accommodation costs continuing despite Residential Tenancies Act – Pa Daly TD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Law Reform, Pa Daly TD, has called for strict enforcement of the Residential Tenancies (No. 2) Act 2021 which came into operation on 9th July 2021, following a USI bill brought forward by Sinn Féin and 56 other opposition TDs. Teachta Daly said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 July]

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Rose Conway-Walsh TD welcomes breakthrough on PUP exclusion from SUSI calculation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After months of fighting for the exclusion of PUP payments in assessment for SUSI, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has received assurance that no students will be denied or pushed out of SUSI for accepting the PUP. The Minister has confirmed on the floor of the Dáil that all students have the right to reapply based on the 2021 year and have PUP earned by a student excluded from the calculation. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 13 July]

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Higher Education Authority faith in University of Limerick ‘questionable’ – Imelda Munster TD

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee Imelda Munster TD, has issued a scathing rebuke of the testimony from representatives of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), who were before the Committee today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 July]

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Sinn Féin Commits to Spending ‘Hundreds of Millions’ on Third-Level If Elected

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Mary Lou McDonald has said that Sinn Féin is committed to investing ‘hundreds of millions’ of euros into the higher education sector if the party gets into government in the next general election. At the ‘Future of Ireland’ panel hosted by the Irish Universities Associations (IUA) yesterday, McDonald laid out her party’s radical plans for higher education, focusing on funding and access …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 22 June]

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Planned reopening of college campuses welcome but light on detail – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD has welcomed the government’s announcement that further and higher education campuses will be open in September but called on the Minister to provide greater clarity. The Mayo TD said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 15 June]

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Additional third level places needed to increase supply of skilled mental health staff – Pauline Tully TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Cavan-Monaghan TD Pauline Tully has called for an increase in places available for those studying for a mental health qualification. Teachta Tully said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 31 May]

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IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: Mary Lou McDonald TD on her vision for the future of Higher Education in Ireland – June 21 13:00-14:00

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandIn the past two years, the IUA’s Future of Ireland series has hosted leaders from across Irish society. On 21 June, we are delighted to welcome Mary Lou McDonald TD, President of Sinn Fein to our next Webinar. Educated in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University, she is no stranger to the sector. We look forward to hearing Mary Lou McDonald’s insights and analysis on the challenges facing the third level sector and her vision for its future … (more)

[IUA, 28 May]

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O’Dowd welcomes clarity on teaching arrangements for Ulster University Students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the announcement by Ulster University on teaching arrangements for the next academic year. The party’s spokesperson for Higher and Further Education said: ‘Today’s announcement should be welcomed as it provides clarity for students, parents and staff across the Ulster University campus …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 27 May]

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End Israeli access to Horizon and billions in EU funding – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has said there is a ‘window of opportunity’ to use the powerful lever of Horizon funding to pressurise Israel to end its apartheid regime. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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Student Mobility Survey: Great potential for all-Ireland third-level education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD, John O’Dowd MLA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokespersons on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh and John O’Dowd MLA, have launched a survey to look at how we can remove barriers and increase cross-border enrolment in third-level education. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 May]

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Joint application by WIT and IT Carlow to become a Technological University a huge step forward – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has warmly welcomed news that Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow have lodged an application to become a Technological University. Speaking this evening, Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 April]

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Anderson meets with University of Ulster on Magee Expansion

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

“Sinn Féin MLAs Martina Anderson and John O’Dowd today met with the Vice Chancellor of University of Ulster to press for the expansion of Magee University and the delivery on the New Decade New Approach commitments to grow the campus to 10,000 students. Martina Anderson MLA said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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More than 90% of students ‘struggling with loneliness and stress in pandemic’

Posted in Life on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than 90% of students say they are struggling with loneliness, stress and feeling disconnected, a Sinn Fein survey has found. The Student Wellbeing Survey found that four out of five students say their college experience is negatively impacting their mental health in the pandemic …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Independent, 4 March]

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Mental health crisis looming among students – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has warned of a looming mental health crisis among students and urged the Government to act urgently. Teachta Conway-Walsh’s comments come as she publishes the results of her Student Wellbeing survey which reveals extremely concerning feelings of isolation, stress and poor mental health among students …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 4 March]

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USI calls on Oireachtas to pass student accommodation Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has called on the Oireachtas to pass a Bill being tabled on Thursday that would force landlords to return prepaid rents to students who cannot live in the accommodation due to public health restrictions. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021 would also enable students to terminate contracts on accommodation they no longer need because of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Student renters entitled to refund of accommodation costs under new Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD and spokesperson on Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD have commented on the launch of the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021. The Bill has been signed by 56 opposition TDs and was launched with the USI today …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Delay in paying student nurses and midwives returning to work unacceptable – David Cullinane TD

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

IrelandWSinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane has reiterated his call for the Minister for Health to immediately pay student nurses and midwives. This follows a Sinn Féin motion which was passed by the Dáil a month ago on January 20th …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 February]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD comments on ASTI ballot result

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has commented on the decision of the ASTI to vote against the public service pay agreement. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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