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Labour makes good on election promise to upgrade IT in schools

Posted on February 06, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn and Minister Pat Rabbitte

Today's announcement of the rollout of high speed broadband for all second level schools follows Labour's commitment in our election manifesto to upgrade IT in schools.

Minister Pat Rabbitte and Minister Ruairi Quinn announced the national roll-out which will see all schools being connected by 2014. It follows a successful pilot project involving 78 second-level schools where the use of broadband has been shown to have improved both teaching and learning.

Welcoming the roll-out the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said: "We need to ensure that appropriate digital technology and high-speed internet are in place in our schools as a basic building block to deliver a 21st century learning experience to all learners."

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Labour committed to develop strategies to eliminate educational disadvantage

Posted on January 12, 2012

Last night and today the Dáil debated budget provisions for disadvantaged schools where the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn spoke of his personal commitment to continue working to develop strategies that strive to eliminate educational disadvantage from our society.

Minister Quinn said: "I want to place on the record my admiration and appreciation of the commitment, dedication and affection that is involved in alleviating educational disadvantage within our society. The work of teachers, principals, staff, parents and wider school communities in ensuring the continuing success of the DEIS scheme, and the education of so many children from disadvantaged homes and communities. This work allows children to experience a genuine equality of opportunity that was denied to too many children in this country for too many years."

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Capital Investment Plan announced - Labour prioritises schools, hospitals and job creation

Posted on November 10, 2011

Deputy Brendan Howlin

The Labour Party has prioritised schools, hospitals and job creation in the Government's capital spending programme announced this afternoon.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, set out the Government's capital spending programme saying: "Clearly we are now living in different economic times. This report, by necessity, is about priorities... Our priorities as a Government are clear and are manifest in this plan. In summary: jobs, schools and health."

Among the priorities include 40 new schools, a new National Children's Hospital, job creation, the linking of the two LUAS lines, the Railway Safety Programme, replacement buses and upgrades of existing QBCs.

You can read what Minister Howlin said in his announcement in our media centre, and you can see the full document below.

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Minister Quinn launches National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy

Posted on July 12, 2011

Minister Ruairi Quinn launches the National Literacy Strategy

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn has launched the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. The strategy, Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, aims to improve the literacy and numeracy skills among children and young people.

Some of the aims of the strategy are to;

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Minister Joan Burton launches National Internship Scheme

Posted on June 29, 2011

Minister Joan Burton launching the National Internship Scheme

The European Headquarters of Facebook in Dublin today was the location for the launch of JobBridge' - The National Internship Scheme which was launched by Minister Joan Burton. In attendance were business leaders and people from the community and voluntary sectors.

Find out more about the National Internship Scheme at JobBridge.ie

JobBridge is aiming to provide 5,000 internship places to the unemployed over the next two years.

It is part of the Governments 'Jobs Initiative' which will offer 20,900 education, training and work experience places for the unemployed as well as the 'Springboard' initiative which will provide 6,000 places on a range of 200 part-time courses.

The launch was a great success and a step in the right direction for getting Ireland working again.

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40 new schools to be established

Posted on June 28, 2011

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn - Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn launching the world's first masters and undergraduate degrees in Cloud Computing
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn launching the world's first masters and undergraduate degrees in Cloud Computing


The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, got an A+ for delivering another Labour Party election promise, with the announcement that 40 new schools are to be built.

In the next six years, the Department will commission 20 new primary schools and 20 post-primary schools, as well as extend a number of existing schools. Of the 40 new schools, 17 will be in Dublin, 12 will be in the commuter belt of Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth, six in Cork, three in Galway and one each in Wexford and Cavan. The project will cost in the region of €380m, and comes in addition to the seven new primary schools opened in autumn 2010.

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Deputy Ciara Conway on Minister Quinn's Forum on Patronage and Pluralism

Posted on June 23, 2011

In the last post we talked about Minister Ruairi Quinn's Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in primary schools at the start of a three-day public working session. If you've not been able to attend the forum and would like to see what is happening, you can watch a live stream of the events from this link.

In the accompanying video our new TD for Waterford Ciara Conway TD, herself the mother of a primary-school age child, speaks about the forum and what it means to her.

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Forum on Patronage and Pluralism begins public session

Posted on June 22, 2011

Minister Ruairi Quinn - attending the first session of the Forum on Patronage and Pluraism in the Primary Sector
attending the first session of the Forum on Patronage and Pluraism in the Primary Sector

This morning the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn attended the opening session of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism.

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The purpose of the Forum which began a three-day public working session today is to allow the Advisory Group the opportunity to engage in discussions with the main stakeholders including officials from the Department of Education and Skills based on their written submissions.

A limited number of places have been made available to the public to attend the working session, but proceedings are also being broadcast live which you can view from here.

Find out more about the Forum in our media centre and you can also read previous posts written about the Forum below:

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Every child must fairly get place at school

Posted on June 14, 2011

Yesterday the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, paved the way to end unfair school enrolment policies which shows preferential treatment to certain students.

Publishing the "Discussion Paper on Regulatory Framework for School Enrolment", this document contains suggestions on how to make the process of enrolling at both primary and secondary schools more open, equitable and consistent. In light of the 750% rise in the school entrance appeals since 2002, the paper suggests that the enrolment process should be standardised with both the appeals and decision making process becoming more transparent. It puts forward the suggestion that enrolment policies, ethos and general objectives should also be easily available to the public.

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Quinn launches world's first Cloud Computing degrees

Posted on June 01, 2011

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn - Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn launching the world's first masters and undergraduate degrees in Cloud Computing
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn launching the world's first masters and undergraduate degrees in Cloud Computing

Yesterday the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn launched the world's first masters and undergraduate degrees in Cloud Computing yesterday. This joint venture by EMC and Cork Institute of Technology will see students offered these innovative study programmes remotely.

Commenting on the development, Minister Quinn said:"This government has already identified Cloud Computing as a key driver for growth and jobs. Cloud computing is the future of technology and is likely to revolutionise the operation of businesses in Ireland if we grasp its potential.

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