Archive for 3 February 2010

Irish is Dead?

Posted in Life with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Finally reality and honesty are replacing delusion and denial in the debate about the Irish language. The most noticeable and welcome change is that the theories of linguistics, particularly those relating to endangered languages, or indeed the death of languages, are being used to give the debate a more scientific and realistic grounding …” (more)

[Irish Election, 3 February]

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Mary I head defends University of Limerick president’s new home

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“The head of Mary Immaculate College believes the University of Limerick has been unfairly criticised in some media reports on the construction of a multi-million residence for its president. Peadar Cremin, president of Mary Immaculate College and a member of UL’s Governing Authority, said UL had been phenomenally successful in its fundraising, and the generosity of their donor, Chuck Feeney, should be celebrated …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan and Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 3 February]

Protest @ NUIG

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“just heard that nuig su may have clamped the university presidents car in protest over parking issues!” (tweet)

[Peter Mannion, Twitter, 3 February]

Trouble in the Blog O’Sphere

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“It all began innocently enough: just before Christmas, Sunday Times journalist John Burns wrote a piece lamenting the shortcomings of blogging in Ireland. Leading bloggers naturally begged to differ. A month later, the spat was picked up by Trevor Butterworth writing on Forbes.com, who noted that ‘it’s hard to think of a free country more suited to blogging than Ireland’. By the same token, it’s at least as hard to think of a country more given to litigation …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 February]

‘Now is the time to invest in science, not to make cuts’

Posted in research with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hears warnings of danger to the future of research – and the risk of fewer scientists – if planned cuts go ahead. A reduction in public spending on science would deter companies from investing in research and development and hind …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 3 February]

Waterford students protest for exam results

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Over 3,000 Waterford students demonstrated on the campuses of Waterford Institute of Technology today to demand the release of their overdue exam results. Both full and part-time students at WIT are still waiting on their exam results from semester one exams, held last December, because of a dispute between WIT lecturing staff and college management …” (more)

[Independent, 3 February]

Software R&D ‘matchmaking’ network created

Posted in research with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“In an effort to stimulate the Irish software industry by bringing together software firms and third-level research institutes, the Irish Software Association (ISA) has launched the Irish Software Innovation Network (ISIN). The network, which received Enterprise Ireland funding of €200,000, will be a free service to both the business and academic world looking to collaborate and share expertise …” (more)

[Business and Leadership, 3 February]