Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Simon Harris

All time
# moderna
Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
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.
# Survey
Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions
Colleges will be required to report annual bullying and sexual harassment statistics.
# Praeses Elit
Simon Harris awarded by Trinity College Law Society for role in response to Covid-19
The minister said he was ‘humbled’ by his work during the pandemic.
# new restrictions
Government to take 'decisive action' tomorrow, says Harris
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that any new restrictions will be implemented nationwide.
# Simon Harris
Harris says tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians can work in your home despite new restrictions
From tonight until 10 November, a nationwide restriction on household visitors will be imposed.
# re-training
Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year
Minister Simon Harris is due to announce 10,000 places for upskilling today.
# Budget 2021
Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning
SUSI grant to be increased for post-graduate students.
# Covid-19
Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign
The USI aims to make sure students stay up to date with public health guidelines.
# Coronavirus
Colleges and universities told to move most lectures online for next two weeks
The move comes as efforts step up to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community.
# Colleges
Colleges did not investigate majority of sexual assault and harassment cases reported by students in 2018/19
Minister Simon Harris says colleges have until February to publish their action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment.
# Leaving Cert
Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out
The Higher Education Minister faced questions about claims students in private schools had been unfairly marked down under the system.
# Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin
'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment
Dr Ní Shúilleabháin described her ordeal in today’s Irish Times.
# Leaving Cert
Simon Harris: 'We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university'
With the Leaving Certificate results out on Monday, the minister said an apprenticeship is a great way to get the career you want.
# College
Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister
Simon Harris also defended the fact that college fees would remain the same, even as courses move online.
# back to college
Universities and colleges get funding boost to beef up health and safety measures on campus
Minister Simon Harris said it is important that students have a positive campus experience.
# statement
Leo Varadkar: 'The event organised by the Oireachtas Golf Society should not have happened'
Varadkar confirmed that the party whip has been removed from three of his party’s senators.
# Simon Harris
Employers offered €3,000 to take on apprentices, who will play 'key part' in Ireland's recovery
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said that over 18,000 people are already taking part in an apprenticeship.
# Dentists
Dentists seek urgent meeting with Donnelly over claims government failed to deliver promised PPE
In recent months, dentists have warned of the strain their industry is under due to Covid-19.
# Consent
'We need to cop on': Harris says government is committed to changing sexual assault laws
Simon Harris will meet with the National Women’s Council’s advisory committee on ending sexual violence later today.
# july stimulus
Government to spend €200 million on re-education and job incentives
Employers will be given incentives to hire apprentices and young, unemployed workers.
# Higher Education
Over €100 million in Covid-19 support funds sought for third-level sector
The two-metre social distancing rule is also expected to apply on university campuses that reopen in the autumn.
# Online
Twitter and the Taoiseach: Why Fianna Fáil is playing catch-up on social media
Fine Gael is generally seen to have been adept at social media – something heightened during Covid-19 crisis.
# Travel
Tánaiste questions confusion over 'quarantine' for passengers - but HSE advice changed this month
HSE advice shifted from self-isolation to asking people to restrict movements.
# back to college
Not all third-level students will be able to be accommodated on campus in the autumn
The minister said international students can come to the country to study as long as they self-isolate.
# Dáil
'I've can't lift my arms, brush my hair, or even go to the toilet alone': Children still waiting on Spinraza drug, Dáil told
The drug is used to treat SMA which can develop in babies and toddlers and can significantly reduce life expectancy.
# Covid-19
Antibody test to identify 'immune' individuals to get government funding boost
Those that are ‘immune’ could therefore be safe to return to work.
# new lineup
In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers
The new ministerial lineup has been confirmed.
# outbreaks
Community contact tracing for one meat plant is at 73%, not 90%, department confirms
There has been some confusion about the level of contact tracing at meat processing plants.
'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.
Hairdressers and barbers should be allowed reopen at end of month, NPHET recommends
This recommendation will be subject to Cabinet approval tomorrow.
# stable
'It's good news': Health Minister says virus reproductive rate is staying below 1
The reproductive rate gives an indication of the number of other people who are infected by a positive case.
# flu season
Colds, flus and Covid-19 combined could overwhelm Irish health system this winter, experts warn
Flu season normally puts the Irish health system under strain.
# cover up
Government launches campaign to encourage use of face coverings
Health Minister Simon Harris said people will need to get into the habit of bringing a face covering out with them like they do with their phone or keys.
# outbreaks
Employees at meat plants had to wait 16 days to be re-tested for Covid-19
More than 1,000 cases of the virus have been reported across 20 facilities nationwide.
# Back To School
Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light
Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.
# covid19
'It's actually a serious issue': Government to consider next week when hairdressers could re-open
Minister Harris said he recognises the importance of this question for business owners and for the wellbeing of members of the public.
# covid19
Health Minister says virus reproductive rate 'staying remarkably stable'
Harris told the Dáil that the R number is now between 0.4 and 0.8.
# Day One
No return to rush-hour as Dublin's streets remain quiet on the first morning of Phase Two
Buses and train stations remained largely quiet this morning.
# Phase Two
Harris urges public to keep number of close contacts 'small' as Ireland enters Phase Two
Harris was speaking as Ireland enters ‘Phase Two Plus’ of easing Covid-19 restrictions.
# Covid-19
People will rely on family and friends for a ‘dig out’ until creches reopen, says minister
The government plan sets out that creches will open on 29 June.