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TUI under pressure to end action (via Ninth Level Ireland)

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to 9th level ireland for keeping note of these articles. The lifting of this directive could cause huge pressure on individual teachers. Let’s see how they respond to this likelihood..

TUI under pressure to end action "The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will be under pressure today to consider lifting industrial action in schools and colleges after a sister union decided to put the question to its executive …" (more) [Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 August] … Read More

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Funding higher education (via Ninth Level Ireland)

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Continued push on the fees agenda..

Funding higher education "The cabinet will shortly consider a report from an expert group, chaired by economist, Dr Colin Hunt, on a strategy for higher education. The report has been billed by successive ministers for education as a critically important document, charting a course for the sector until 2030 …" (more) [Irish Times, 28 August] … Read More

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“Pluck of The Irish”, FT.com Editorial, S&P’s slap in the face

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

FT.com – Pluck of the Irish http://goo.gl/UDBo “S&Ps must have felt like slap in the face. But the worst is not yet over for Ireland.”

“It is time to staunch the bleeding. As Irish state guarantees near their expiry date, some banks will not be able to refinance their balances. The government should prepare insolvent banks for forced debt-for-equity swaps, which would instantly recapitalise the banks in question and cap the government’s exposure. This cannot be done frivolously; European institutions are exposed and EU partners must be consulted. But someone must put an end to the practice of handing banks blank cheques.”

Ireland banking on the faith-based smart economy strategy (via Ninth Level Ireland)

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Ireland banking on the faith-based smart economy strategy "… However, the Government’s faith-based smart economy strategy will not provide an engine of growth and its approach is reminiscent of the fatal sense of infallibility it had about construction as a builder of prosperity …" (more) [Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 24 August] … Read More

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Registration Fees to increase by 1000 euro?

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

USI president Gary Redmond said the union was “gravely concerned” that third-level fees would be reintroduced “covertly” by increasing the existing €1,500 cap on the student services charge. (more from the Irish Times).

Third-level colleges urged to forge closer links-Irish Times

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

ANALYSIS: The Hunt Report calls for increased funding – but colleges are asked to be more efficient too, writes SEÁN FLYNN , Education Editor

THE LONG-AWAITED Hunt Report runs to over 200 pages and provides a comprehensive overview of the third-level system.

There is no Big Idea at its core and little that will surprise. The report draws freely – and sometimes at length – on earlier reports on higher education and the skills deficit. Its key finding – that a “persistently” underfunded system requires major additional supports – is an echo of the 2004 OECD report on higher education in Ireland. This also backed a quantum leap in funding and the return of student contribution through fees or loans. But it has never been implemented. (more)

Economist says lessons not learned from crisis

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Morning Ireland

Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Economist and Nobel Prize winner, says careful spending rather than wholesale cuts is the key to long-term economic health
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