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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Monday 5 September, 2022

Harris: CervicalCheck chief’s comments ‘inappropriate, unfortunate, insensitive’
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

Harris: CervicalCheck chief’s comments ‘inappropriate, unfortunate, insensitive’

Sep 5th 2022, 2:06 PM 21,468 Views 6 Comments

Harris said the comments ‘really hurt’ the 221+ group.

'Significant intervention is needed': Coalition leaders to meet to discuss rising energy costs
# Budget Supports
# Budget Supports

'Significant intervention is needed': Coalition leaders to meet to discuss rising energy costs

Sep 5th 2022, 1:38 PM 14,910 Views 20 Comments

Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan will bring a memo to Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting setting out a series of options.

# simon-harris - Friday 29 July, 2022

Additional €2 million in financial supports for underrepresented and disadvantaged students
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

Additional €2 million in financial supports for underrepresented and disadvantaged students

Jul 29th 2022, 6:00 AM 6,903 Views 1 Comment

The new funding will allow people who are on existing scholarships to retain funding for additional courses, including graduate entry medicine.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 28 June, 2022

Extra 1,056 college places will be available in September, Harris says
# College Places
# College Places

Extra 1,056 college places will be available in September, Harris says

Jun 28th 2022, 4:28 PM 12,499 Views 16 Comments

There is a push taking place to increase the number of college places and apprenticeships.

# simon-harris - Thursday 2 June, 2022

Colleges to get €3 million euro a year to support students with autism
# Education
# Education

Colleges to get €3 million euro a year to support students with autism

Jun 2nd 2022, 5:45 PM 9,087 Views 4 Comments

Funding will start to be rolled out next year to approved projects.

# simon-harris - Friday 27 May, 2022

Communication of plans for special needs education ‘less than ideal’, Harris says
# Special Education Centres
# Special Education Centres

Communication of plans for special needs education ‘less than ideal’, Harris says

May 27th 2022, 11:22 AM 6,596 Views 3 Comments

The Higher Education minister said it’s “absolutely essential” that the number of special education classes in mainstream schools is increased.

# simon-harris - Saturday 14 May, 2022

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
# The Fix
# The Fix

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

May 14th 2022, 8:19 PM 8,355 Views 0 Comments

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

Hundreds protest over NMH as Harris says it's wrong to suggest Catholic influence at hospital
# Maternity Hospital
# Maternity Hospital

Hundreds protest over NMH as Harris says it's wrong to suggest Catholic influence at hospital

May 14th 2022, 4:41 PM 16,184 Views 46 Comments

The former Health Minister said “abortion services will be provided” at the new facility.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Harris says bullies have 'no right' to be in FG, calls on councillor with bullying claims to make complaint
# Fine Gael
# Fine Gael

Harris says bullies have 'no right' to be in FG, calls on councillor with bullying claims to make complaint

May 4th 2022, 5:34 PM 18,904 Views 32 Comments

‘It cannot be tolerated, will not be tolerated,’ said Minister Simon Harris.

No date yet for promised cut to student contribution fee, Harris says
# Third Level Education
# Third Level Education

No date yet for promised cut to student contribution fee, Harris says

Updated May 4th 2022, 1:32 PM 12,021 Views 20 Comments

The Higher Education Minister said the Government is firmly against “unfair” student loans.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 3 May, 2022

Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system
# SUSI
# SUSI

Simon Harris plans to 'overhaul' student grant system

Updated May 3rd 2022, 1:00 PM 21,929 Views 25 Comments

The minister is bringing proposals to the Cabinet today.

# simon-harris - Saturday 30 April, 2022

Minister 'disappointed' by BOI decision to end graduate medical student loan
# Fees
# Fees

Minister 'disappointed' by BOI decision to end graduate medical student loan

Apr 30th 2022, 7:30 AM 27,614 Views 30 Comments

Fees for graduate entry medicine (GEM) students are now set at €16,290 per year for Irish students.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 20 April, 2022

One-stop hub to open next week for Ukrainians who want to continue studying, Harris says
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

One-stop hub to open next week for Ukrainians who want to continue studying, Harris says

Apr 20th 2022, 9:04 AM 11,074 Views 6 Comments

We cannot allow Putin’s wish of depriving the next Ukrainian leaders an opportunity to finish their education, Simon Harris said.

# simon-harris - Monday 21 March, 2022

Harris announces €450k funding to assist Traveller and Roma students in higher education
# Close The Gap
# Close The Gap

Harris announces €450k funding to assist Traveller and Roma students in higher education

Mar 21st 2022, 6:00 AM 19,206 Views 37 Comments

There is a significant gap in higher education between Travellers and the wider population, Minister Simon Harris says.

# simon-harris - Monday 14 March, 2022

Minister says Irish third-level students fleeing Ukraine can continue their studies in Ireland
# Education
# Education

Minister says Irish third-level students fleeing Ukraine can continue their studies in Ireland

Mar 14th 2022, 8:23 PM 19,597 Views 3 Comments

Simon Harris said work is also underway to ensure Ukrainian people can access higher education in Ireland too.

# simon-harris - Friday 11 March, 2022

Simon Harris has tested positive for Covid-19
# Simon Harris
# Simon Harris

Simon Harris has tested positive for Covid-19

Mar 11th 2022, 11:21 AM 24,376 Views 32 Comments

The higher education minister confirmed in an Instagram post that he had tested positive on an antigen test.

# simon-harris - Thursday 17 February, 2022

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
# Nphet
# Nphet

NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings

Updated Feb 17th 2022, 4:20 PM 86,533 Views 104 Comments

Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.

# simon-harris - Friday 4 February, 2022

Health Minister insists State won't reimburse cost of drug to treat severe pregnancy sickness
# Severe Morning Sickness
# Severe Morning Sickness

Health Minister insists State won't reimburse cost of drug to treat severe pregnancy sickness

Feb 4th 2022, 6:00 AM 17,773 Views 14 Comments

When Stephen Donnelly was in Opposition he told Simon Harris that the drug called Cariban should be available on the drugs payment scheme.

# simon-harris - Thursday 20 January, 2022

Cocaine now the second-most common drug used by third-level students, new report shows
# Drugs In College
# Drugs In College

Cocaine now the second-most common drug used by third-level students, new report shows

Jan 20th 2022, 12:20 PM 16,841 Views 37 Comments

Cannabis remains the most common drug, but cocaine displaced ecstasy to take the second place spot.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 January, 2022

Several Irish universities commit to introducing domestic abuse leave policy for staff in 2022
# Paid Leave
# Paid Leave

Several Irish universities commit to introducing domestic abuse leave policy for staff in 2022

Jan 3rd 2022, 11:41 AM 17,935 Views 19 Comments

Trinity College, UCC, UCD and DCU have all committed to introducing the policies in 2022,

# simon-harris - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening
# Omicron
# Omicron

NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening

Updated Dec 14th 2021, 7:00 PM 32,909 Views 46 Comments

The meeting this evening takes place prior to NPHET’s meeting on Thursday.

# simon-harris - Sunday 12 December, 2021

Harris says next election result is not inevitable as poll shows SF 15 points clear of FF, FG
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Harris says next election result is not inevitable as poll shows SF 15 points clear of FF, FG

Dec 12th 2021, 1:30 PM 24,081 Views 83 Comments

A recent opinion poll put Sinn Féin as the most popular party in the country.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 10 November, 2021

Chief Scientific Adviser's dual role to be 'decoupled' following concerns over independence
# Separation Of Powers
# Separation Of Powers

Chief Scientific Adviser's dual role to be 'decoupled' following concerns over independence

Nov 10th 2021, 3:22 PM 10,957 Views 0 Comments

Minister Simon Harris announced a public consultation on science advice will take place early next year.

# simon-harris - Friday 5 November, 2021

Campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched, says minister
# Spiked
# Spiked

Campaign to raise awareness around spiking to be launched, says minister

Nov 5th 2021, 2:16 PM 11,536 Views 26 Comments

Minister Simon Harris says there have been a number of cases in the UK that are concerning.

There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes
# Student Options
# Student Options

There's a 'national obsession' with the points race, says Harris highlighting CAO changes

Nov 5th 2021, 1:02 PM 14,424 Views 30 Comments

The new enhanced CAO website now includes Further Education and Apprenticeship options.

# simon-harris - Friday 29 October, 2021

Uncertain future of Dublin's Science Gallery to be discussed next week
# Trinity College Dublin
# Trinity College Dublin

Uncertain future of Dublin's Science Gallery to be discussed next week

Oct 29th 2021, 10:54 PM 17,342 Views 14 Comments

News emerged this week that the gallery is set to close its doors for good in February.

# simon-harris - Thursday 28 October, 2021

New technological university announced for the north west

New technological university announced for the north west

Oct 28th 2021, 3:58 PM 21,387 Views 23 Comments

Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny institutes of technology are to combine to become a Technical University.

# 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 6,354 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 11,428 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 73,708 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 20,944 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 29,051 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 32,312 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 15,855 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 16,926 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 14,039 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 19,582 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 9,692 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 65,034 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 17,113 Views 18 Comments

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

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