Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Higher education fees for students from Northern Ireland to be frozen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Hard Brexit could put major pressure on ‘creaking’ third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A crash-out Brexit could place significant pressure on the third-level education system as thousands of Irish students might have to study at home rather than in the UK, the Oireachtas education committee has heard. Up to 12,000 students from the Republic study in the UK, while about 2,000 attend third-level institutions in the North …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Third Level Institutions – Hazing at Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the practices of hazing at Trinity College, Dublin in respect of student initiation into certain societies …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 January]

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Student Grants Data – Costs of Increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 10th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of increasing the third-level maintenance grant by 10%, 20% and 30%, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 November]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements – UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 20th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the fact that UCD had changed its enrolment policy for the 2018-19 academic year; when his attention was further drawn to the fact that this would impact on the ability of students to commence their studies in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 October]

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An unnerving lack of vision for Ireland’s education system in Budget 2019 – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education Spokesman Thomas Byrne TD has said today’s Budget 2019 announcement goes little or no way towards transforming the quality of our country’s education system. He said, ‘For the most part, Budget 2019 looks likely to change very little of the poor status quo in education …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 9 October]

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Bruton must act on dysfunctional Leaving Certificate appeals process – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has called for an overhaul of the Leaving Certificate appeals process. Deputy Byrne made the comments following yesterday’s High Court judgement which found that the current appeals process is highly unfair and causes untold stress for students …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 27 September]

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Parents will not be fooled by Government spin on education – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has called on the Government to focus on honouring its existing education commitments. Deputy Byrne made the comments following the latest Government announcement where it pledged to increase capital spending on education over the next decade …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 September]

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OECD report shows Irish education system underfunded – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD says that the latest OECD Education at a Glance Report clearly illustrates that investment in education in Ireland is way below what it should be, despite Government rhetoric …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 11 September]

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Higher education chief steps down amid tensions over third-level funding

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

Ireland“The sudden resignation of the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority is being blamed on increasing control over the agency’s activities by the Department of Education coupled with a lack of progress on the third-level funding issue …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Third level education out of reach as student accommodation crisis deepens – Byrne

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

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government over its failure to deliver affordable student accommodation. Deputy Byrne said, ‘The recently published Government report on student accommodation amounts to little more than a whitewash …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 July]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish universities’ ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Higher education suffers as Bruton dithers – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the latest global university rankings show that the Government’s current approach to higher education is failing. The global rankings show that there is no Irish university in the world’s top 100 …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 June]

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New Third Level Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a new third level institution will be established during the lifetime of the National Development Plan 2018-2027 to cater to demographics …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Third Level Funding – New Higher Education Funding Model

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the new higher education funding model will be introduced; and if there will be winners and losers resulting therefrom …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide the necessary funding for third level institutions; the amount identified in the Cassells report in this regard; and his views on the requirements for funding set out therein …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Bruton must address students concerns on repeat exam fees – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has spoken out against the proposed introduction of new fees for supplemental repeat examinations at Trinity College Dublin. Deputy Byrne said, ‘Trinity College Dublin is planning to introduce a €450 flat-fee for those who re-sit examinations. This means that students who fail just one examination will be forced to shell out an exorbitant amount …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 13 March]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a technical study of the Cassells report recommendations has been completed …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 February]

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