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#Ruairí Quinn

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 26 July, 2013

Costly college fees axed for migrants who become EU citizens
# Third Level
# Third Level

Costly college fees axed for migrants who become EU citizens

Jul 26th 2013, 8:30 AM 6,715 Views 47 Comments

Up until now, students who are resident in Ireland but whose families are from outside the EU get free primary and secondary education – but have had to pay more than €10,000 per year at third level.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Ethics watchdog received nearly 400 complaints over Michael Lowry last year
# SIPO
# SIPO

Ethics watchdog received nearly 400 complaints over Michael Lowry last year

Jul 23rd 2013, 5:48 PM 7,967 Views 32 Comments

The complaints concerned alleged contraventions of the Ethics Acts by Lowry with regards to his ownership of lands in Wigan in the northwest of England.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair
# Opinion
# Opinion

Micheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fair

Jul 2nd 2013, 7:00 AM 604 Views 31 Comments

Even as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn “was doing the right thing on resource hours, he refused to back down on Special Needs Assistants”, writes the FF leader.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 28 June, 2013

Colm Keaveney hits back: The Labour chief whip is the 'professor of sniping'
# Labour Pains
# Labour Pains

Colm Keaveney hits back: The Labour chief whip is the 'professor of sniping'

Jun 28th 2013, 7:45 PM 6,750 Views 31 Comments

The former Labour Party chairman has criticised Emmet Stagg and hit out at Labour ministers following his resignation from the party this week.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Education Minister quizzed over needs of schoolchildren with Down Syndrome
# Education
# Education

Education Minister quizzed over needs of schoolchildren with Down Syndrome

Jun 26th 2013, 8:08 PM 4,829 Views 13 Comments

The group are looking for the Minister to recognise that children with Down Syndrome have complex and enduring needs.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

‘We listened’: Minister reverses special needs education cuts
# U-turn
# U-turn

‘We listened’: Minister reverses special needs education cuts

Jun 25th 2013, 10:29 PM 12,101 Views 64 Comments

A working group will be established to review the provision of special education and the NCSE will publish revised details of resource hours in the coming days.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 21 June, 2013

Government announces 6,000 extra third-level places for the unemployed
# Upskilling
# Upskilling

Government announces 6,000 extra third-level places for the unemployed

Jun 21st 2013, 5:48 PM 4,544 Views 21 Comments

Springboard initiative has already helped 10,000 people in declining industries get into further education.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 20 June, 2013

Children with Down Syndrome "let down" by resource allocation
# Ruairí Quinn
# Ruairí Quinn

Children with Down Syndrome "let down" by resource allocation

Jun 20th 2013, 9:30 PM 6,335 Views 16 Comments

Down Syndrome Ireland is to meet with the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, on Tuesday.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Petition wants Minister to fire Eddie Shaw for giving pro-life leaflets to kids
# Eddie Shaw
# Eddie Shaw

Petition wants Minister to fire Eddie Shaw for giving pro-life leaflets to kids

Jun 18th 2013, 7:37 PM 10,544 Views 219 Comments

The chairman of the school board distributed leaflets to children as young as five to promote a ‘Vigil for Life’ rally in Dublin on 8 June.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 10 June, 2013

Over 100 school prefabs to be replaced with permanent classrooms
# Prefabs
# Prefabs

Over 100 school prefabs to be replaced with permanent classrooms

Jun 10th 2013, 9:58 AM 7,173 Views 41 Comments

Minister Ruairí Quinn said the new scheme will see the creation of around 360 jobs.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

And they're off: 116,845 pupils begin Leaving and Junior Cert exams
# Eyes Down
# Eyes Down

And they're off: 116,845 pupils begin Leaving and Junior Cert exams

Jun 5th 2013, 3:55 PM 7,359 Views 19 Comments

It was English paper I for both groups this morning, with Home Ec and English paper II being sat this afternoon.

Quinn wishes students luck in exams during "stressful" time
# Good Luck
# Good Luck

Quinn wishes students luck in exams during "stressful" time

Jun 5th 2013, 6:30 AM 5,092 Views 15 Comments

The Minister said he is “delighted” that 4,000 additional students will sit the Higher Level Maths paper this year.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Technological Universities to be created in higher education shake-up
# Education
# Education

Technological Universities to be created in higher education shake-up

May 30th 2013, 11:11 AM 7,281 Views 39 Comments

The details of the re-organisation of the country’s higher education sector were announced by Minister Ruairí Quinn this morning.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

‘I won’t take my eye off the ball’: Quinn promises better SUSI system
# Student Grants
# Student Grants

‘I won’t take my eye off the ball’: Quinn promises better SUSI system

May 28th 2013, 9:54 PM 7,396 Views 51 Comments

‘Did we get it wrong? Yes’: The education minister admits the reform of the student grants system was botched.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 18 May, 2013

55 public-paid educators earning more than the Taoiseach
# Public Pay
# Public Pay

55 public-paid educators earning more than the Taoiseach

May 18th 2013, 7:45 AM 15,610 Views 66 Comments

Figures released by Ruairí Quinn show that 55 people under the remit of the Dept of Education earn over €200,000 a year.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Over 2,200 students still without grants as college year draws to a close
# Student Grants
# Student Grants

Over 2,200 students still without grants as college year draws to a close

May 8th 2013, 7:49 PM 10,998 Views 62 Comments

While 328 grants have still to be processed by SUSI, an additional 1,938 students remain in limbo as the result of ongoing disputes over documentation.

Organ donation education project scoops Young Social Innovators award
# Social Innovators
# Social Innovators

Organ donation education project scoops Young Social Innovators award

May 8th 2013, 6:38 PM 6,614 Views 3 Comments

Students from Eureka Secondary School in Kells, Co Meath, took the prize with their ‘Bring Organ Donation Into Education’ project.

Boys ditch homework and mitch school (but still better at maths than girls)
# Growing Up In Ireland
# Growing Up In Ireland

Boys ditch homework and mitch school (but still better at maths than girls)

May 8th 2013, 4:29 PM 9,145 Views 38 Comments

An ESRI conference heard boys are more likely than girls to be absent from school and less likely to do homework.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We need to produce a generation of independent thinkers – history is the key

May 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 626 Views 46 Comments

TV shows like ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Rome’ show that history is more popular than ever – yet, under proposed changes to the Junior Certificate, history could become an optional subject or short course. It makes no sense, writes teacher Christian O’Connor.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 3 May, 2013

Fears of repeat delays to grants as SUSI retains a fraction of staff
# SUSI
# SUSI

Fears of repeat delays to grants as SUSI retains a fraction of staff

May 3rd 2013, 3:18 PM 6,277 Views 20 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien says keeping more of last year’s staff would help to avoid a repeat of 2012′s chronic delays.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Education Minister: ‘Do we really need 150 minutes of religion class per week?’
# Ruairí Quinn
# Ruairí Quinn

Education Minister: ‘Do we really need 150 minutes of religion class per week?’

Apr 28th 2013, 7:45 AM 16,474 Views 219 Comments

In a recent broad-ranging interview, Ruairí Quinn talks patronage, third-level fees, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral and his own future.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Ruairí Quinn: Even conservative groups know homophobic bullying is a problem
# Ruairí Quinn
# Ruairí Quinn

Ruairí Quinn: Even conservative groups know homophobic bullying is a problem

Apr 27th 2013, 8:15 AM 4,639 Views 22 Comments

In a recent interview with TheJournal.ie, the Minister for Education outlined concerns about homophobic bullying and the bullying of the ‘bright, pretty young person’ in the classroom.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Principals want 'CAO-style' admissions for primary and secondary schools
# Enrolment
# Enrolment

Principals want 'CAO-style' admissions for primary and secondary schools

Apr 24th 2013, 10:26 AM 6,952 Views 15 Comments

Both primary and secondary schools would have an online ‘preference’ system under the plans from primary principals.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

'Nothing on the table' to provoke teachers' strike, says Minister
# Ruairí Quinn
# Ruairí Quinn

'Nothing on the table' to provoke teachers' strike, says Minister

Apr 23rd 2013, 6:30 AM 6,981 Views 62 Comments

Ruairí Quinn said it is “far too early” to say if legislation will be brought to legislate for pay cuts following the rejection of Croke Park II.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 22 April, 2013

Applications open to determine patronage of four new primary schools
# Patronage
# Patronage

Applications open to determine patronage of four new primary schools

Apr 22nd 2013, 4:42 PM 7,234 Views 38 Comments

The four schools – due to open in September 2014 – are in Cork, Dublin Fingal, Dublin South, and Galway.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 19 April, 2013

Column: To bring about any change, we must redefine what we expect from our politicians
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: To bring about any change, we must redefine what we expect from our politicians

Apr 19th 2013, 7:00 PM 19 Views 52 Comments

If we want to reclaim the current political landscape we need to re-establish the ground rules for office holders and ensure their words turn into actions, writes Martin Critten.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 11 April, 2013

Here's who is attending Thatcher's funeral on behalf of the Irish government...
# Thatcher
# Thatcher

Here's who is attending Thatcher's funeral on behalf of the Irish government...

Apr 11th 2013, 3:34 PM 27,302 Views 111 Comments

With the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste unavailable, it will be Education Minister Ruairí Quinn who attends the late British Prime Minister’s funeral next week.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

'2,000 extra tech staff a year' with education and visa reforms – ministers
# Jobswatch
# Jobswatch

'2,000 extra tech staff a year' with education and visa reforms – ministers

Apr 10th 2013, 12:20 PM 9,097 Views 83 Comments

Ruairi Quinn and Richard Bruton are to create extra education spaces and visa placements to provide more ICT staff.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 7 April, 2013

How parents are trying to raise €2 million on the internet to build a school in Clare
# Crowdsourcing
# Crowdsourcing

How parents are trying to raise €2 million on the internet to build a school in Clare

Apr 7th 2013, 7:45 AM 10,013 Views 32 Comments

The parents at the Mol an Óige national school in Clare were hoping to get the money from the Department of Education – but instead they’ve turned to the internet.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'
# Education
# Education

Ruairí Quinn: School enrolment to be 'more structured, fair and transparent'

Apr 3rd 2013, 8:18 AM 6,636 Views 41 Comments

The minister is to publish a bill which will curtail the “over-use of preferential treatment” in the enrolment process.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Teachers' union votes to reject further talks on Croke Park 2
# Education
# Education

Teachers' union votes to reject further talks on Croke Park 2

Apr 2nd 2013, 11:38 PM 10,075 Views 165 Comments

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland also proposed the withdrawal of goodwill tasks like supervision duties.

The Evening Fix... now with added Sinéad O'Connor puppet
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix... now with added Sinéad O'Connor puppet

Apr 2nd 2013, 7:48 PM 9,838 Views 11 Comments

Things we learned, loved and shared today…

Ruairí Quinn faces red cards and heckles during INTO address
# INTO
# INTO

Ruairí Quinn faces red cards and heckles during INTO address

Apr 2nd 2013, 10:35 AM 17,999 Views 189 Comments

The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, was addressing the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation at their annual conference in Cork.

Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey
# Patronage
# Patronage

Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey

Apr 2nd 2013, 7:48 AM 13,329 Views 86 Comments

The change comes after surveys were carried out in 38 towns across the country.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 28 March, 2013

Dept. of Education to overhaul Leaving Cert programme and points race
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Dept. of Education to overhaul Leaving Cert programme and points race

Mar 28th 2013, 9:42 AM 11,541 Views 75 Comments

Plans include reducing the number of degree programmes, cutting grade bands and changing the predictability of exams.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick's Day
# Air Miles
# Air Miles

19 ministers set for overseas travel for St Patrick's Day

Mar 13th 2013, 10:19 AM 10,566 Views 96 Comments

13 senior ministers, five junior ministers, and the attorney general are all jetting off next week to lead trade missions.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Column: Restricting young people's access to social networks would be a huge mistake
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Restricting young people's access to social networks would be a huge mistake

Mar 12th 2013, 7:00 AM 42 Views 22 Comments

It would be foolish to overlook the amazing opportunities social networks and other digital tools present for young people just because older generations are intimated by change, writes Dr Stephen Brennan.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions
# Pensions
# Pensions

Two years' service means ministers now guaranteed to receive pensions

Mar 9th 2013, 8:00 AM 13,306 Views 121 Comments

The government was appointed two years ago today – meaning senior ministers now have enough service for a pension.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 1 March, 2013

Poll: Should means testing for student grants include assets and savings?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should means testing for student grants include assets and savings?

Mar 1st 2013, 9:38 AM 8,393 Views 121 Comments

Coalition parties are divided over new proposals to broaden the criteria for the means testing of third level grants.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 4 February, 2013

New campaigns against cyber bullying launched
# Bullying
# Bullying

New campaigns against cyber bullying launched

Feb 4th 2013, 4:02 PM 7,229 Views 25 Comments

Teen-led campaign Watch Your Space and the Garda programme Connect with Respect were launched by Minister Ruairí Quinn and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan this morning.