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Minister Quinn welcomes expansion of the Music Education programme

Posted on May 05, 2011

Minister Ruairi Quinn - Music Generation launch

"Music education plays an important role in promoting creativity and self-expression and in developing children's cognitive and affective skills," Minister Ruairi Quinn has said following the announcement that Louth, Mayo and Sligo have been selected to participate in the first round of the Music Generation Programme which helps children, young people access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local areas.

"This initiative will enrich the lives of children and their communities," Minister Quinn added. "We are very grateful to U2 and the Ireland Funds for their support in promoting this visionary initiative. The Government is committed to continuing the music education partnerships with Exchequer funding in future when the Music Generation donations cease."

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The patronage of our schools needs to reflect the changes in our society - Quinn

Posted on April 20, 2011

Minister Ruairi Quinn has officially launched the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the primary sector along with Professor John Coolahan, Dr Caroline Hussey and Ms Fionnuala Kilfeather who were appointed as members of the Independent Advisory Group.

Speaking at the launch Minister Quinn said: "Our primary schools are the people's schools. They are deeply rooted in our community. But local communities are changing. We have become a much more mature society, respecting people who hold very different beliefs and viewpoints. The patronage of our schools needs to reflect those changes."

Minister Quinn has called for submissions on a number of specific themes:

  • Establishing parental and community demand for diversity
  • Managing the transfer/divesting of patronage
  • Diversity within a school or small number of schools in a locality

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Minister Quinn overhauls student grants administration

Posted on April 15, 2011

The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn announced this week that the awarding of all student grants is to be centralised under the City of Dublin VEC.

There are currently over 72,000 students in receipt of student grants, and this number is expected to rise. The current grant awarding structure has been in place since 1968, and the centralisation of the awarding of grants from the 66 current VECs and local authorities who administer such grants, should lead to far more efficient and timely processing of these vital student payments.

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Minister Quinn Write to Read project

Posted on April 12, 2011

Minister Ruairi Quinn

The Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has launched the second phase of the Write to Read literacy project, which is a college school partnership project focusing on literacy.

"In the Programme for Government my commitment to radically improving the literacy and numeracy standards achieved by our young people is clear.

"I have indicated that this will be one of the major goals of the Government and one where I am determined that we will address the serious weakness in young people's learning the national assessments, inspection reports and international surveys have identified."

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Minister Quinn establishes Forum to examine school patronage

Posted on March 28, 2011

Minister Ruairi Quinn

Minister Ruairi Quinn has today announced the establishment of a Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector. The forum will take a multi-dimensional approach with key education stakeholders including parents.

The terms of reference of the Forum are to advise the Minister on:

  • how it can best be ensured that the education system can provide a sufficiently diverse number and range of primary schools catering for all religions and none;
  • the practicalities of how transfer/divesting of patronage should operate for individual primary schools in communities where it is appropriate and necessary;
  • how such transfer/divesting can be advanced to ensure that demands for diversity of patronage (including from an Irish language perspective) can be identified and met on a widespread basis nationally.

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Stop the FG Graduate Tax

Posted on February 19, 2011

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"Fine Gael plans to target students and their families for €500m worth of a graduate tax, without including it in their budget plans, and without any appreciation of the brain drain of young people, their knowledge, and their talent it will provoke as Irish students opt to study abroad rather than incur these charges" said Colm Lawless, Chair of Labour Youth, at the launch of Labour's campaign to oppose FG's plan for Graduate Tax at Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal today.

Standing with Colm at the ferry terminal from which so many Irish people were forced to emigrate over the years were Eamon Gilmore TD; Ruairi Quinn, Spokesperson on Education; Joanna Tuffy, Spokesperson on Environment and Ivana Bacik, Labour General Election Candidate for Dun Laoghaire.

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Labour's Plan for Fairness in Education

Posted on February 17, 2011

Labour's Plan for Fairness in Education

"Education policy is central to the recovery of our economy, to giving people the opportunity to realise their true potential and to the development of Irish society. It is also at the core of the mission of the Labour Party. Just as our education system was a major contributory factor to our economic growth in the 1990s, the Labour Party believes that implementing the correct education policies are a crucial part of moving towards economic recovery."

With these words Ruairi Quinn TD launched Labour's Plan for Fairness in Education, alongside Róisín Shortall TD and Labour candidates Senator Ivana Bacik (Dun Laoghaire) and Cllr Tom Kelleher (Dublin North).

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Labour's Plan for BRIC Scholarships

Posted on February 10, 2011

Labour's Plan for BRIC scholarships

Labour's Plan for BRIC Scholarships was announced this morning by Education Spokesperson Ruairi Quinn. Alongside Roisin Shorthall TD, her running mate Cllr John Lyons and Meath West candidate Jenny McHugh, he proposed a postgraduate scholarship program based on the Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships.

"It will focus, not just on those with academic ability, but on people who have demonstrated that they will be among the next generation of leaders in business, the arts, or politics in their home countries. Our intention is that these scholars will, over a period of time, develop a bond between Ireland and their home countries. It is one example of the shift in mind set that we need to make.

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Labour's Plan for Literacy

Posted on February 09, 2011

Labour's Plan for Literacy - At the launch of Labour's Plan for Literacy (left to right) Deputy Roisin Shortall, Cllr Aodhan ORiordain, Cllr Tom Kelleher and Deputy Ruairi Quinn.
At the launch of Labour's Plan for Literacy (left to right) Deputy Roisin Shortall, Cllr Aodhan ORiordain, Cllr Tom Kelleher and Deputy Ruairi Quinn.

"The plans for literacy that we are launching today are a statement of intent that the Labour Party will not allow the situation, where one in three students in disadvantaged schools are illiterate, to continue," said Ruairi Quinn, Labour Party Education Spokesperson at the launch of Labour's Plan For Literacy.

Alongside Róisín Shortall TD, and Labour candidates Cllr Aodhán O'Riordáin and Cllr Tom Kelleher, he showed the Government's failure to equip young people with the basic skills needed to engage fully with society.

“The international OECD skills survey in 2009, which found that almost one in six Irish 15 year olds do not have the literacy skills to cope with further education or the demands of today's workplace, makes tackling literacy problems in our schools even more urgent.

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Reading as a Right

Posted on January 23, 2011

Reading as a Right - Cllr Jenny McHugh, Cllr Tom Kelleher and the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the launch of our 'Reading is a Right' literacy policy document.
Cllr Jenny McHugh, Cllr Tom Kelleher and the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the launch of our 'Reading is a Right' literacy policy document.

"One in 10 primary school children - that is 50,000 pupils - have serious literacy problems. Radical action to break this plateau is long-overdue. Literacy is the foundation on which education is built. If we don't get that right, all of our subsequent investment in education is compromised," the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Deputy Ruairi Quinn, said this afternoon at the launch of Labour's policy document 'Reading as a Right'.

"Labour's literacy strategy is based on the best evidence of what works and we will be ready to begin implementing it from our first day in Government."

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