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#Ruairí Quinn

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 31 January, 2013

National guidelines on mental health in secondary schools published

The guidelines provide information to schools on how to address mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Ireland launches 'radical' new university rankings system

The new system called U-Multirank was launched under Ireland’s EU presidency today.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Quinn ringfences €500,000 for just-launched Action Plan on Bullying

The plan sets out 12 actions to prevent and tackle bullying in Irish schools.

Government to launch major anti-bullying plan

Ministers Ruairí Quinn and Frances Fitzgerald will unveil the Action Plan on Bullying later today, including plans for all schools to keep a formal record of bullying incidents.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 28 January, 2013

New guidelines may make it easier to rent schoolbooks

The Department of Education has issued a series of practical guidelines hoping to get schools to set up schemes.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 27 January, 2013

Calls for Ireland to (finally) outlaw corporal punishment in the home

Corporal punishment was banned in schools in 1982 but is still legal in homes – despite repeated calls for it to be stopped.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 20 January, 2013

Student grant backlog almost cleared (but 21k told applications were incomplete)

New figures show SUSI is onow dealing with just 619 applications, down from a high of 55,000.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 14 January, 2013

Survey begins asking parents who should run primary schools

Ruairí Quinn said the survey is a historic opportunity to parents say whether schools should be denominational, multi-denominational, all-Irish or something else.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Free access to Encyclopaedia Britannica for school-going children

Schoolchildren throughout Ireland can now access the online version of the encyclopaedia from their home.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Taoiseach insists Ruairí Quinn has confidence in James Reilly

It was reported at the weekend that the Education Minister had indicated that Reilly was “not up to the job” of Minister for Health.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Where were the 38 TDs who didn’t vote on the abortion bill?

A TV interview, planting a tree, “official business” and committee work in Mozambique are among the reasons for some TDs not voting on last night’s abortion bill.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 24 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Gardaí lack resources to monitor Love/Hate characters; HSE inquiry to proceed without actually inquiring; and student grants delayed until after emigration.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

SUSI backlog means some student grants delayed until 2013 - Quinn

The Minister for Education says SUSI has taken on another 50 staff this week to clear the backlog of 21,000 applications.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 15 November, 2012

Waterford IT to ‘cooperate fully’ with inspection of campus suppliers

Ruairí Quinn has appointed a former chairman of the Revenue Commissioners to investigate the relationship between the college and companies providing services to it.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Extra staff in place to tackle student grant backlog

CEO of SUSI, Jacinta Stewart said over 66,000 applications were received by the online system.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 12 November, 2012

Construction starts on eight new schools

A loan of €50 million from the European Investment Bank means the building projects in five counties can now go ahead.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Highest number of students ever completing second level education

The number of young men staying on at second level has also risen significantly in the last 11 years.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Student union launches campaign site targeting TDs and Senators Standup This post contains videos

Student union launches campaign site targeting TDs and Senators

The site features information on the cost of college and encourages students, parents and businesspeople to contact their local politicians to voice their opposition to fees and cuts.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Poll: should parents be allowed take children out of school for holidays? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: should parents be allowed take children out of school for holidays?

The Education Minister says no but what do you think?

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 25 October, 2012

More than 50,000 students still waiting for decision on third-level grant

New figures show that 65,000 students applied under the new student grant system – but decisions have been made on just 12,000 applications so far.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 22 October, 2012

Parents asked who they want to educate their children

Surveys about local primary school patronage are being distributed in five areas today but Minister Quinn warned the process will be slow.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 7 October, 2012

False years and Big Bird: The week in quotes Said And Done This post contains images

False years and Big Bird: The week in quotes

“The Celtic Tiger years were false years. They were built on a veneer of endless wealth without hard work.”

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 5 October, 2012

Quinn angry at being misled over primary care centres answer in Dáil

“The information was given was from Minister Reilly’s personal office and it clearly was wrong,” Ruairí Quinn told RTÉ radio this morning.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Formal Junior Cert exams abolished under new system

Reforms announced by Ruairí Quinn this afternoon replace terminal exams with continual assessment – with the terminal exams scrapped altogether by 2020.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Troika forced Ireland into repaying €1bn AIB bond - Quinn

Ruairí Quinn says the Troika are the only people who will affordably lend to Ireland – so what they say goes.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 1 October, 2012

Group recommends teachers should be upskilled to handle student behaviour

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland welcomed the report but said the loss of teachers due to cutbacks is “extremely damaging” to the promotion of positive behaviour in the classroom.

Congregations have 'moral obligation' to meet costs for abuse victims - Quinn

Writing in the Irish Examiner today, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn says that religious congregations must meet their obligation to victims of residential abuse.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Schools will need 3,000 extra teachers to cater for population - Quinn

Ruairí Quinn says at the current ratio, thousands more staff will be needed – but that’s if the current ratio remains in place.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Almost 59,000 teens to receive Junior Cert results today

There are thousands of nervous households this morning as students get graded on their first State exams.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 9 September, 2012

Croke Park talks needed in 'six to eight months if not sooner' - Varadkar

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said that negotiations over the extension or renegotiation of the Croke Park Agreement will be needed within the “next six to eight months if not sooner”.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

Colleges to merge in radical restructuring of teacher training

Academic standard of Irish teaching students among the highest, if not the highest, in the world says report.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 3 September, 2012

Videos: RTÉ doc puts spotlight on Ruairí Quinn and his department Telly This post contains videos

Videos: RTÉ doc puts spotlight on Ruairí Quinn and his department

Documentary being aired tonight promises unprecedented access to Ruairí Quinn during a crucial period in his first months as Education Minister and we have a sneak peek…

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

Poll: Should more than just points be considered for entry to college courses? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should more than just points be considered for entry to college courses?

A new scheme at TCD means students will need personal statements and references from teachers to get into college. Good idea?

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 19 August, 2012

Celebration and frustration: The week in quotes Said And Done This post contains images

Celebration and frustration: The week in quotes

“I’m going to Ibiza with the lads! I’ll probably come back a raging alcoholic.”

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 11 August, 2012

Poll: Should student grants consider the value of family property? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should student grants consider the value of family property?

Fine Gael TDs are threatening a revolt over plans to consider the value of family farmland when considering a grant application.

Explainer: Possible changes to college grants – and why some TDs don’t want them

A number of TDs – including a cabinet minister – are opposed to planned changes to grant criteria. So what’s going on?

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 4 August, 2012

My favourite speech: Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn Famous Words This post contains videos

My favourite speech: Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn

Continuing our summer series on TheJournal.ie of public figures’ favourite speeches, Ruairí Quinn picks the last public speech by perhaps the most famous civil rights leader of all time.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Could Molly be the next to emigrate?

Molly Malone could be following thousands of her fellow citizens to Australia shortly.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

Multi-denominational Educate Together to run secondary schools

Educate Together will be the first new entrant to second level education since the 1930s.