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# simon-harris - Tuesday 19 October, 2021

New tool allows higher education students to anonymously report sexual harassment and violence
# Speak Out
# Speak Out

New tool allows higher education students to anonymously report sexual harassment and violence

Oct 19th 2021, 6:15 AM 6,163 Views 4 Comments

The Speak Out tool will be launched across 18 universities this academic year.

# simon-harris - Saturday 16 October, 2021

Pop-up vaccination centres to be extended on college campuses
# Vaccination Week
# Vaccination Week

Pop-up vaccination centres to be extended on college campuses

Oct 16th 2021, 12:35 PM 11,272 Views 5 Comments

The pop-up centres were established across 15 higher education sites two weeks ago as part of Vaccination Week.

# simon-harris - Friday 15 October, 2021

Taoiseach: 'It's not a case of pressing the panic button'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Taoiseach: 'It's not a case of pressing the panic button'

Updated Oct 15th 2021, 8:33 PM 73,299 Views 166 Comments

It follow concerns from NPHET about the spread of Covid-19.

# simon-harris - Thursday 23 September, 2021

Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister
# New York
# New York

Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister

Sep 23rd 2021, 8:00 PM 20,844 Views 18 Comments

Coveney said he was not sure whether legislation to tackle protests at the homes of politicians would be possible.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 22 September, 2021

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and wife announce birth of baby boy
# New Baby
# New Baby

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and wife announce birth of baby boy

Sep 22nd 2021, 10:37 PM 28,991 Views 1 Comment

The Taoiseach congratulated Harris and his wife Caoimhe on the arrival of their second child.

# simon-harris - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Varadkar says SF TD who named Harris as leaker has no evidence and was just repeating a rumour
# Rumours
# Rumours

Varadkar says SF TD who named Harris as leaker has no evidence and was just repeating a rumour

Updated Sep 16th 2021, 2:14 PM 32,199 Views 63 Comments
  • TD Matt Carthy claims a junior Fine Gael minister operated a 'sting operation' to uncover the leaker
  • Minister Simon Harris says Carthy's claims are untrue
  • Harris says he will 'consider very strongly" reporting the Carthy to the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges

# simon-harris - Friday 10 September, 2021

Opinion: If the way we live and work after Covid can be reformed, why not education too?
# Leaving Cert 2021
# Leaving Cert 2021

Opinion: If the way we live and work after Covid can be reformed, why not education too?

Updated Sep 10th 2021, 10:15 AM 15,691 Views 22 Comments

It’s an ideal time to reform the Irish educational system, writes Emma DeSouza.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Higher education minister questions if Leaving Cert is ‘right way to go’
# Points Race
# Points Race

Higher education minister questions if Leaving Cert is ‘right way to go’

Sep 8th 2021, 7:31 PM 16,786 Views 41 Comments

Simon Harris said the points race for third level places is ‘not the international norm’.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Harris to seek government approval for 4,600 extra college places for upcoming semester
# Education
# Education

Harris to seek government approval for 4,600 extra college places for upcoming semester

Jul 13th 2021, 7:56 AM 13,957 Views 18 Comments

There has been a significant increase in demand for college places this year.

# simon-harris - Monday 12 July, 2021

Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses
# College
# College

Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses

Jul 12th 2021, 9:01 AM 19,554 Views 14 Comments

Testing will involve volunteers providing saliva samples twice weekly.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Simon Harris says the pandemic has been particularly hard for college students - but next year will be different
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

Simon Harris says the pandemic has been particularly hard for college students - but next year will be different

Jun 15th 2021, 4:21 PM 9,636 Views 5 Comments

CMO Dr Tony Holohan has endorsed the return to college campuses in the coming academic year.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters
# Cabinet Plans
# Cabinet Plans

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 1:43 PM 63,868 Views 101 Comments
  • Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien brought a memo to Cabinet today that will restrict upfront payment demands made by landlords, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
  • The new rules, which will be in place before the next academic year, will ensure that students only have to pay one months' rent at a time.
  • Cabinet has also extended the current Covid-19 protections for renters until January 2022.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Limerick IT and Athlone IT merge to form new technological university
# Midlands
# Midlands

Limerick IT and Athlone IT merge to form new technological university

May 5th 2021, 12:46 PM 16,936 Views 18 Comments

AIT President Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin described today’s announcement as a “historic day” for the region.

# simon-harris - Monday 19 April, 2021

Employers will be paid more to take on women or lone parents as apprentices
# Apprenticeship
# Apprenticeship

Employers will be paid more to take on women or lone parents as apprentices

Apr 19th 2021, 11:43 AM 21,097 Views 39 Comments

Additional money will also be given to businesses that take on people with a disability, or are from direct provision as apprentices.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Hotel quarantine bookings 'paused' by Department of Health in order to ramp up capacity
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

Hotel quarantine bookings 'paused' by Department of Health in order to ramp up capacity

Updated Apr 13th 2021, 9:20 PM 61,044 Views 129 Comments

No bookings are available on the State’s mandatory hotel quarantine site until next Monday.

# simon-harris - Friday 2 April, 2021

Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister
# ANTIGEN TESTING
# ANTIGEN TESTING

Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:43 PM 25,552 Views 27 Comments

Antigen testing on construction sites will begin in a matter of weeks, say sources.

# simon-harris - Saturday 20 March, 2021

Reform needed on Leaving Certificate and CAO application, says higher education minister
# Third Level
# Third Level

Reform needed on Leaving Certificate and CAO application, says higher education minister

Mar 20th 2021, 10:52 AM 16,715 Views 9 Comments

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said he intends to “overhaul” the CAO application form next year.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 March, 2021

Harris says Ireland will continue 'to look everywhere and anywhere' to ramp up vaccine supply
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Harris says Ireland will continue 'to look everywhere and anywhere' to ramp up vaccine supply

Updated Mar 8th 2021, 3:56 PM 31,530 Views 106 Comments

Separately, there were were 420 patients in hospital with Covid-19 last night.

CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers

Mar 8th 2021, 11:51 AM 13,568 Views 10 Comments

At present the CAO doesn’t include applications for apprenticeships, or some further education traineeships.

# simon-harris - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak
# Preliminary Inquiries
# Preliminary Inquiries

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak

Updated Feb 14th 2021, 6:31 PM 41,019 Views 0 Comments

Gardaí are currently assessing correspondence that has been received over the leaking of the contract.

# simon-harris - Monday 18 January, 2021

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers

Updated Jan 18th 2021, 8:49 PM 102,380 Views 118 Comments

Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen

Jan 18th 2021, 6:21 PM 22,530 Views 46 Comments

Questions have been raised about the government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €81,000 for the post.

Looking to upskill or retrain? New online portal launched for the unemployed, businesses and employees
# Unemployed
# Unemployed

Looking to upskill or retrain? New online portal launched for the unemployed, businesses and employees

Jan 18th 2021, 2:34 PM 19,468 Views 6 Comments

Those on the PUP can sign up to courses without losing their payment.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Government plans to have almost 4 million people vaccinated by end of September, says Donnelly
# Vaccine Plan
# Vaccine Plan

Government plans to have almost 4 million people vaccinated by end of September, says Donnelly

Jan 13th 2021, 5:11 PM 38,067 Views 84 Comments

Varadkar says between 50,000 and 55,000 people will be vaccinated this week.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 January, 2021

Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF
# Still Waiting
# Still Waiting

Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF

Jan 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 30,862 Views 27 Comments

Expert says linking IVF funding with the commencement of legislation is a ‘way of putting it off’.

# simon-harris - Friday 1 January, 2021

Creation of new Munster Technological University an 'important milestone' for south west
# MTU
# MTU

Creation of new Munster Technological University an 'important milestone' for south west

Jan 1st 2021, 1:37 PM 33,168 Views 24 Comments

Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee have joined together to become the Munster Technological University (MTU).

# simon-harris - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

Simon Harris warns universities over sexual harassment cases as he speaks of increased funding
# Universities
# Universities

Simon Harris warns universities over sexual harassment cases as he speaks of increased funding

Dec 30th 2020, 11:48 AM 12,922 Views 22 Comments

Harris said Irish institutions needed to do more to tackle sexual harassment.

# simon-harris - Monday 14 December, 2020

Government monitoring case numbers but no restrictions on the cards this side of Christmas
# Every Contact Counts
# Every Contact Counts

Government monitoring case numbers but no restrictions on the cards this side of Christmas

Dec 14th 2020, 5:57 PM 13,981 Views 17 Comments

Those in government circles are looking at the rise in cases in Europe, stating that Germany is a worrying example.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
# Moderna
# Moderna

Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine

Dec 1st 2020, 6:10 AM 28,218 Views 40 Comments

The Cabinet is also due to be updated on the progress to date of the Government’s new task force on the delivery of vaccines.

# simon-harris - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions
# Survey
# Survey

Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions

Nov 26th 2020, 12:21 PM 14,300 Views 7 Comments

Colleges will be required to report annual bullying and sexual harassment statistics.

# simon-harris - Monday 9 November, 2020

Simon Harris awarded by Trinity College Law Society for role in response to Covid-19
# Praeses Elit
# Praeses Elit

Simon Harris awarded by Trinity College Law Society for role in response to Covid-19

Nov 9th 2020, 10:40 PM 32,153 Views 78 Comments

The minister said he was ‘humbled’ by his work during the pandemic.

# simon-harris - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Government to take 'decisive action' tomorrow, says Harris
# New Restrictions
# New Restrictions

Government to take 'decisive action' tomorrow, says Harris

Oct 18th 2020, 12:48 PM 89,120 Views 193 Comments

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that any new restrictions will be implemented nationwide.

# simon-harris - Thursday 15 October, 2020

Harris says tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians can work in your home despite new restrictions
# Simon Harris
# Simon Harris

Harris says tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians can work in your home despite new restrictions

Oct 15th 2020, 11:00 AM 122,498 Views 117 Comments

From tonight until 10 November, a nationwide restriction on household visitors will be imposed.

Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year
# Re-training
# Re-training

Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year

Oct 15th 2020, 6:45 AM 16,891 Views 6 Comments

Minister Simon Harris is due to announce 10,000 places for upskilling today.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning

Oct 13th 2020, 3:25 PM 18,842 Views 10 Comments

SUSI grant to be increased for post-graduate students.

# simon-harris - Monday 28 September, 2020

Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign

Sep 28th 2020, 6:30 AM 13,856 Views 6 Comments

The USI aims to make sure students stay up to date with public health guidelines.

# simon-harris - Friday 25 September, 2020

Colleges and universities told to move most lectures online for next two weeks
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Colleges and universities told to move most lectures online for next two weeks

Sep 25th 2020, 4:04 PM 69,032 Views 78 Comments

The move comes as efforts step up to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community.

# simon-harris - Thursday 24 September, 2020

Colleges did not investigate majority of sexual assault and harassment cases reported by students in 2018/19
# Colleges
# Colleges

Colleges did not investigate majority of sexual assault and harassment cases reported by students in 2018/19

Sep 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 11,117 Views 9 Comments

Minister Simon Harris says colleges have until February to publish their action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment.

# simon-harris - Friday 11 September, 2020

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out

Sep 11th 2020, 6:17 PM 32,680 Views 57 Comments

The Higher Education Minister faced questions about claims students in private schools had been unfairly marked down under the system.

# simon-harris - Saturday 5 September, 2020

'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment
# Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin
# Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment

Sep 5th 2020, 5:18 PM 85,915 Views 33 Comments

Dr Ní Shúilleabháin described her ordeal in today’s Irish Times.

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