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Cowen refuses to answer Gilmore on third-level fees

Posted on November 03, 2010

This morning as tens of thousands of students prepared to take to the streets of Dublin calling on the Government to protect education the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD questioned the Taoiseach about commitments made in the programme for government on third-level tuition fees.

"Will the Taoiseach confirm to the House that the interpretation of the commitments in the programme for Government given publicly by the Green Party over a period of time is correct and that there will not be a reintroduction of tuition fees, an increase in the student registration fee to €2,500 or €3,000 or the introduction of a fee for post-Leaving Cert certificate students?

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Labour Youth call for opportunities for Leaving Cert students

Posted on August 17, 2010

Labour Youth call for opportunities for Leaving Cert students - Deputy Roisin Shortall joins Labour Youth in their protest calling for more opportunities for Leaving Cert students
Deputy Roisin Shortall joins Labour Youth in their protest calling for more opportunities for Leaving Cert students

Tomorrow is a big day for our 55,000 Leaving Certificate students with the release of the Leaving Cert exam results.

To highlight the lack of opportunities available for those students Labour Youth today organised a demonstration at the Dáil.

Speaking at the event, the chairperson of Labour Youth Rory Geraghty said: "Since this recession began the government has made no serious effort to invest in job creation or education and training. We have seen many of the allowances available for Third Level students slashed, we've seen the availability of college courses decrease and we've watched the introduction of Third Level fees by stealth.

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Deputy Róisín Shortall supporting the case for second-level Educate Together school - Where to Next?

Posted on August 10, 2010

Deputy Róisín Shortall supporting the case for second-level Educate Together schools, seen here at the launch of Where to Next?

Educate Together recently launched its Where to Next? research on the kinds of secondary schools children from Educate Together primary schools progress to. The research found that children progressed to all types of post-primary schools, but with a preference for co-educational models.

The research also surveyed the opinion of parents on where they would like to send their children if an Educate Together secondary school were available and 90% of parents expressed a preference for a second level Educate Together School.

Established in 1978 with the opening of the Dalkey School Project, Educate Together is patron to 58 multidenominational primary schools nationwide. It applied to open its first second level school in Lucan in 2007, where it has five primary schools in operation.

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An investment in education is an investment in recovery

Posted on February 02, 2010

Yesterday was the deadline date for CAO submissions and today we learned applications are well up on previous years with two applications for every college place.

This issue was raised during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil this afternoon when the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore reminded the Government that Labour has argued time and time again that additional places in higher and further education are needed to meet the needs of those who have lost their job.

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BT Young Scientists Exhibition 2010

Posted on January 14, 2010

BT Young Scientists 2010 - Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Fiachra Maguire from St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin.
Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Fiachra Maguire from St Mary's College, Rathmines, Dublin.

This afternoon the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and Ruairi Quinn TD, our Education Spokesperson paid a visit to the BT Young Scientists Exhibition in Dublin's RDS. Ruairi has posted a few thoughts about the exhibition and education in general. Do let us know what you think in the comments section below. More images from this afternoon will be available soon on Flickr.

It was great to see the large numbers of young people at the Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin today. I was very impressed by the levels of enthusiasm and interest in science, particularly when it is often remarked how under-promoted the subject is. The students in our schools today are the key to Ireland's economic success tomorrow.

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Stand up for Education

Posted on November 27, 2009

Eamon and Ruairi - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD with Labour's Spokesperson on Education Ruairi Quinn TD.
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD with Labour's Spokesperson on Education Ruairi Quinn TD.

Deputy Ruairi Quinn is our spokesperson on Education and today he posts about education expenditure.

"We need to raise the debate on the funding of education in Ireland above the current controversies over existing and proposed cuts. While these clearly are important in themselves, Labour believes that Ireland must see the bigger picture.

Ireland is currently spending 4.7% of GDP on education. The percentage has fallen since Charlie McCreevy became Finance Minister under Bertie Ahern in June 1997. The European/OECD average spend on Education is 5% plus of GDP.

Ireland, unlike nearly every other EU Member State, has a growing population. Last year's birth rate was the highest since 1896, according to the CSO.

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No to third-level fees

Posted on September 15, 2009

No to Fees - Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach, and former Minister for Education with Deputy Ruairi Quinn, Labour Spokesperson on Education at the USI No to Fees protest.
Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach, and former Minister for Education with Deputy Ruairi Quinn, Labour Spokesperson on Education at the USI No to Fees protest.

Investment in 3rd Level education is the way forward to building a knowledge based economy. Education has a cost; for students parents and the taxpayer. Fees are a barrier to entry, particularly for middle and low income groups. We cannot, as a society allow such a barrier block entry to some of our brightest and best students. As successful graduates, they will create new jobs and pay higher income taxes, thereby repaying society's investment in them and their future.

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Ruairi calls for change in school patronage system

Posted on July 14, 2009

Deputy Ruairi Quinn

Today's Irish Independent has an opinion piece by Deputy Ruairi Quinn, our Spokesperson on Education, on primary school patronage, let us know what you think in the comment section below.

 

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Gilmore welcomes Archbishops's Education Forum initiative

Posted on June 17, 2009

The speech made by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, where he said that it is no longer tenable to have the Catholic Church manage the vast majority of schools in the country, was raised today in the Dáil by Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD during Leaders' Questions.

Archbishop Martin suggested of the establishment of a National Forum on Education where discussions can take place over a period of time between the State, the Churches, the various educational interests, the various bodies who are currently patrons of schools or who wish to be patrons of schools and which can be open to hearing the views of the different stake holders in the education systems such as parents and teachers.

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Children with special needs being left behind because they are poor

Posted on June 16, 2009

Back in February the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O'Keeffe TD, closed down 118 special needs classes throughout the country; classes where children with mild learning disabilities were enabled to progress their education at their own pace.

Today during Leaders' Questions the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD questioned the Taoiseach about the axing of these classes and urged the Government to reverse the decision calling it a 'cost saving measure' which has caused huge concern and anxiety particularly to the parents of the children.

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