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Labour continues to deliver on education reform - Ó Ríordáin

Posted on August 21, 2012

Aodhan O Riordain

Reflecting on my first full Dáil term, the issue of education reform remains one of the key highlights. Against a backdrop of huge financial difficulties and unprecedented demand, I was proud that the Labour Party continued to deliver on its education reform agenda.

The last Dáil term saw the commissioning of 275 new schools and refurbishments across Ireland which will thankfully see school prefabs as a thing of the past. More recently, €280 million out of the Government's €2.25 billion economic Stimulus Package will be spent on education, which will help see the new DIT Grangegorman campus come to fruition.

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14 new schools to be established in 2013 - 2014

Posted on July 25, 2012

rq image - Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.

This morning the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn TD has announced the patronage of 14 new schools due to open in 2013 and 2014. Today's announcement is the culmination of the process which began in June 2011 and demonstrates the Government is committed to providing diversity of ethos and respect for all forms of parental choice. Minister Quinn also announced a new Catholic and Church of Ireland voluntary secondary school is to open, which are to be the first new schools opened in a generation.

"I am confident that these new schools, alongside the existing schools in each area will mean that parents and students have real choice when it comes to deciding which school most reflects their own ethos," Minister Quinn said.

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Stimulus Package another step on path to recovery

Posted on July 17, 2012

A €2 ¼ billion infrastructure Stimulus Plan has been announced today by Minister Brendan Howlin, representing a step in the right direction on the path to recovery with the creation of 13,000 jobs, €280m investment in education, €115m in health, €850m in transport, €190m in justice and €1.4b in projects that meet key infrastructural needs.

Among the projects to benefit will be the development and rejuvenation of a campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman; the upgrading of the N17/N18 Gort to Tuam motorway and the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy project.

Other projects include €190m to be invested in the State Pathology Laboratory, two new Garda headquarters as well as the provision of two bundles of primary care centres comprising of up to 10 centres.

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SUSI goes live - new streamlined student grant website launched

Posted on June 12, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, today launched Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), a new centralised online system for the awarding and managing of student grants.

As a new 'one-stop- shop', SUSI will process new grant applications for students starting college in the coming academic year or those beginning new courses.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said, "The process is quick and easy, you do not have to have decided on your college course before applying and you will be informed much quicker on the outcome of your application.

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EU education council meeting report

Posted on May 11, 2012

Ruairi Quinn - Minister Ruairi Quinn and Kaisa Penny from the PES
Minister Ruairi Quinn and Kaisa Penny from the PES

Ruairi Quinn is spending two days in Brussels this week, attending meetings of the Presidency of the PES (Party of European Socialists) and the EU Education Council.

The PES is Labour's family in Europe - bringing together socialist and social democratic parties from across the EU. The Presidency of the PES is chaired by Ruairi.

One of the major items for discussion at the PES Presidency was the start of the PES Youth Guarantee campaign - a campaign that follows on from the agreement of this report which explored solutions to youth unemployment.

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Quinn announces anti-bullying forum, report from Forum on Patronage and Pluralism and new scholarship scheme

Posted on April 11, 2012

rq image - Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.

This week, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D., has made a number of announcements which will see our education system in a better position to cater for the children of 21st century Ireland.

Earlier this week, the Minister published a report from the Advisory Group on the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector. Noting the recent societal changes, it records a strong demand for new forms of multi denominational and non denominational schooling, as well as increased demand for Irish language schooling.

Offering a number of ways to achieve this, it concludes that regardless of who is providing the education, all schools must be offer an inclusive and respectful environment for all pupils.

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Minister Ruairi Quinn speaking about the Government's first year

Posted on March 12, 2012

We have been talking to our Labour ministers about the first year of the Government and today we spoke to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn about the past year, the work he has been doing and what is happening next. You can see what he said in the video.

The previous video from the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is available at this link and the video from Minister Kathleen Lynch at this link and Minister Joe Costello at this link. Do check back over the coming days for the next videos.

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One and a half billion euro school building programme announced

Posted on March 12, 2012

rq image - Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.

This morning the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, has announced a €1.5billion five-year school building programme which will see 106 new primary schools, 65 extensions to existing primary schools, 43 new schools and 49 large scale extensions, eight new special schools and extensions to four further special schools. The programme reflects the Programme for Government's commitment to prioritise school building projects in a revised national development plan.

The €1.5billion major schools capital investment in the five-year plan will provide approximately 15,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs over the period of the programme. The investment will result in over 11 per cent of the total school population benefiting from the new permanent places delivered during the period 2012 to 2016.

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School broadband roll-out for 2012 announced

Posted on March 06, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn and Minister Pat Rabbitte

This morning Minister Pat Rabbitte announced the roll-out during 2012 of broadband for schools in are Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Laois , Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath. Speaking on Morning Ireland today Minister Rabbitte said the schools would have high speed broadband either in advance of schools coming back in September or during September.

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€35 million initiative to replace rented prefabs announced

Posted on March 01, 2012

Today the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, announced the biggest ever initiative taken to replace rented prefabs in schools.

Grants are to be offered to almost 200 schools to build permanent accommodation this year. This represents over a third of the schools who currently rent prefabs and a total of €35m has been allocated for this initiative this year.
Minister Quinn said the Government is determined to tackle this issue.

"It is hard to believe that at the height of the economic boom the previous Government had a policy of renting prefabs in schools. The result of this policy is that we have a legacy of rented prefabs in schools around the country," the Minister said.

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