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# Simon Harris

Yesterday
2nd February 2023
# nursing home charges
Simon Harris suggests he received note on nursing home strategy but claims cases were 'historical'
The past week has seen the revelation that successive governments used the strategy to limit payouts to nursing home residents.
This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# Dáil
Legislation that would allow gardaí to wear body cameras set to be tabled today
The Bill will allow for recording from body worn cameras, helicopters, aircraft, Garda dogs, drones, mobile devices and tablets.
Last month
January 2023
# on the agenda
Grooming children into a life of crime to carry penalty of five years in prison under new law
Minister for Justice Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval for the new Bill.
# ashling murphy
‘We’re turning a big ship’: What has changed in Irish society since Ashling Murphy’s death?
Front-line services have called for greater action on the government’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ strategy
# Refugees
Gathering at Ballymun migrant shelter ‘was intimidation, not a protest’, Harris says
Videos emerged over the weekend of a crowd of people outside a building where families were living.
# community policing
Justice Minister to meet with gardaí to discuss ban on community use of Templemore college pool
In November, then-Taoiseach Micheál Martin had given assurances that the local community in Templemore would get access to the garda college pool.
# anne rabbitte
'Here is some s**t for you': Man refuses to apologise for incident where bag was 'thrown' at Govt TDs
It comes after Minister of State Anne Rabbitte and Fine Gael TD Ciarán Cannon had cow dung thrown at them during a public meeting this week.
Last year
2022
# no justice for us
Third level 'needs full attention' of Harris while he takes Justice brief, say lecturers
Harris is taking the role of Minister for Justice in addition to his current job until Helen McEntee returns from maternity leave.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Justice portfolio will be my priority in the coming months, says Harris
Harris will serve as Minister for Justice until Helen McEntee returns from maternity leave, as well as retaining his Higher Education brief.
# Third Level
Government to part-fund 700 student beds to be let at reduced rates under new plans
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is proposing partially funding the construction of student accommodation for three colleges.
# PhD
National review of State supports, including financial, for PhD researchers to begin next month
The review is expected to be completed early next year.
# maintenance grant
Student grant holders to receive additional maintenance payment in mid-December
For some students, it will result in an additional €679 before the end of the year.
# CervicalCheck
Harris: CervicalCheck chief’s comments ‘inappropriate, unfortunate, insensitive’
Harris said the comments ‘really hurt’ the 221+ group.
# Budget supports
'Significant intervention is needed': Coalition leaders to meet to discuss rising energy costs
Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan will bring a memo to Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting setting out a series of options.
# Higher Education
Additional €2 million in financial supports for underrepresented and disadvantaged students
The new funding will allow people who are on existing scholarships to retain funding for additional courses, including graduate entry medicine.
# College places
Extra 1,056 college places will be available in September, Harris says
There is a push taking place to increase the number of college places and apprenticeships.
# Education
Colleges to get €3 million euro a year to support students with autism
Funding will start to be rolled out next year to approved projects.
# special education centres
Communication of plans for special needs education ‘less than ideal’, Harris says
The Higher Education minister said it’s “absolutely essential” that the number of special education classes in mainstream schools is increased.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Maternity Hospital
Hundreds protest over NMH as Harris says it's wrong to suggest Catholic influence at hospital
The former Health Minister said “abortion services will be provided” at the new facility.
# Fine Gael
Harris says bullies have 'no right' to be in FG, calls on councillor with bullying claims to make complaint
‘It cannot be tolerated, will not be tolerated,’ said Minister Simon Harris.
# Third Level Education
No date yet for promised cut to student contribution fee, Harris says
The Higher Education Minister said the Government is firmly against “unfair” student loans.
# SUSI
Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.
# Fees
Minister 'disappointed' by BOI decision to end graduate medical student loan
Fees for graduate entry medicine (GEM) students are now set at €16,290 per year for Irish students.
# Cabinet
One-stop hub to open next week for Ukrainians who want to continue studying, Harris says
We cannot allow Putin’s wish of depriving the next Ukrainian leaders an opportunity to finish their education, Simon Harris said.
# close the gap
Harris announces €450k funding to assist Traveller and Roma students in higher education
There is a significant gap in higher education between Travellers and the wider population, Minister Simon Harris says.
# Education
Minister says Irish third-level students fleeing Ukraine can continue their studies in Ireland
Simon Harris said work is also underway to ensure Ukrainian people can access higher education in Ireland too.
# Simon Harris
Simon Harris has tested positive for Covid-19
The higher education minister confirmed in an Instagram post that he had tested positive on an antigen test.
# nphet
NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.
# severe morning sickness
Health Minister insists State won't reimburse cost of drug to treat severe pregnancy sickness
When Stephen Donnelly was in Opposition he told Simon Harris that the drug called Cariban should be available on the drugs payment scheme.
# drugs in college
Cocaine now the second-most common drug used by third-level students, new report shows
Cannabis remains the most common drug, but cocaine displaced ecstasy to take the second place spot.
# Paid leave
Several Irish universities commit to introducing domestic abuse leave policy for staff in 2022
Trinity College, UCC, UCD and DCU have all committed to introducing the policies in 2022,
All time
# omicron
NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening
The meeting this evening takes place prior to NPHET’s meeting on Thursday.
# Opinion Poll
Harris says next election result is not inevitable as poll shows SF 15 points clear of FF, FG
A recent opinion poll put Sinn Féin as the most popular party in the country.
# Separation of Powers
Chief Scientific Adviser's dual role to be 'decoupled' following concerns over independence
Minister Simon Harris announced a public consultation on science advice will take place early next year.
# spiked
Campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched, says minister
Minister Simon Harris says there have been a number of cases in the UK that are concerning.
# student options
There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.
# trinity college dublin
Uncertain future of Dublin's Science Gallery to be discussed next week
News emerged this week that the gallery is set to close its doors for good in February.
New technological university announced for the north west
Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology are to combine to become a Technical University.
# speak out
New tool allows higher education students to anonymously report sexual harassment and violence
The Speak Out tool will be launched across 18 universities this academic year.