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# ruairi-quinn - Friday 26 July, 2013

Costly college fees axed for migrants who become EU citizens

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains images

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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)

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

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

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?’

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

In a recent interview with, 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

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 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

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

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...

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

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

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'

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

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

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Ruairí Quinn faces red cards and heckles during INTO address

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

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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 This post contains videos

New campaigns against cyber bullying launched

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.