Archive for 3 November 2010

USI disowns members, ignores Garda violence

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“… According to USI, a sit-in an occupation protest are ‘anti-social behaviour’. This is despite USI themselves engaging in non-violent direct action in the past. RTE’s news coverage made no mention of injuries inflicted on students.” (more, photos)

[Edufactory Ireland, 3 November]

Terry Pratchett gives creative writing masterclass in Trinity

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Celebrated fantasy writer Prof Sir Terry Pratchett has begun teaching a masterclass in creative writing in Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 November]

Police baton students on protest against fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“At todays student demonstration against fees, a group of students occupied the Department of Finance building beside Stephens Green. Hundreds of students gathered outside in support of the occupation when police in riot gear with horses and dogs attacked the protest …” (more)

[Socialist Workers Party, 3 November]

Is the first year of a degree a waste of time?

Posted in Life with tags on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“… Recollections are perhaps more likely to be of freshers’ week and the student union bar than the lecture theatre, with students knowing that – so long as they pass the year – their performance will not affect their final qualifications. So is it worth it? …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 November]

Militant elements blamed for violence, SWP claims Garda brutality

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“‘Militant elements’ have been blamed for unpredicted violence at today’s student demonstration in Dublin, though a post on the Socialist Worker’s Party website, http://www.swp.ie, alleged that police had used batons on students without provocation …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 November]

Free Education for Everyone: A statement regarding events today at the Dept of Finance

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Students from Free Education for Everyone (NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway) and the Students in Solidarity Network (University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin) issued a call for a clearly visible left-wing presence on today’s demonstration against the re-introduction of third level fees, in the form of a registration fee increase or otherwise …” (more)

[Edufactory Ireland, 3 November]

Riot police deployed at Dublin student protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Dublin today. They voiced their fury at plans to increase college registration fees …” (more)

[TV3, 3 November]

Waste of good eggs

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Mammies all over Ireland are raging that the eggs they were going to make a bit of dinner with a now on the windows of the Dept of Finance.” (tweet)

[Michael Seery, Twitter, 3 November]

Fees march also planned for Cork, Dec 1st

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced a regional march to take place in Cork on December 1st also in protest at student emigration and the perceived willingness of the Government to reintroduce tuition fees for third level students …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 November]

Gardaí are using armoured vehicles to push through the crowds at student protest

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Our reporters agree that the level of violence was entirely excessive by the Gardai and that the sit-in was not a ‘riot’. ‘The numbers outside the Department are still growing as people come up from the other at the Dail …'” (more)

[Edufactory Ireland, 3 November]

Students occupy Department of Finance

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“News is coming in that upwards of thirty students have occupied the Department of Finance in the center of Dublin with several hundred supporting them in the streets outside. Tens of thousands of students are demonstrating as part of the USI protests against plans to introduce fees …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 3 November]

Student protest ends in scuffles

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Scuffles have broken out at the end of a mass student demonstration over Government plans to hike registration fees …” (more)

[Independent, 3 November]

USI condemns protest violence as six arrests made

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has moved to condemn the violent outbreaks at today’s student march in Dublin late this afternoon …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 November]

Next year’s CAO opens, at discounted price

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“The 2010-2011 online CAO application facility has opened today at a reduced price, to encourage students to submit their third-level educations sooner rather than later …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 November]

Student protest march a ‘desperate plea’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“Today’s student protest march in Dublin is a desperate plea for a future the government is refusing to guarantee according to Clonakilty Labour Party councillor Aidan Pendlebury …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 3 November]

Student march reaction: what you’re Tweeting

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

Cork Student News takes a look at some of the aggregated reaction to today’s National Student March from the wonderful world of Twitter. Follow the studentmarch hashtag by clicking here and get a feel for what students are feeling and thinking about today’s march! …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 November]

George Boole Petition

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

“As of this evening, close to 700 people have put their names to a petition to show support for the urgent repair and/or restoration of George Boole’s house at Number 5, Grenville Place, Cork …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, Communicate Science, 3 November]

NUI Presidents calls for return of college fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“The President of NUI Galway has called on the Government to reintroduce college fees. Professor James J. Browne, along with other members of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), has asked the State to bring in a tuition charge in a bid to preserve services in the third level sector …” (more)

[Lorraine O’Hanlon, Galway Independent, 3 November]

Saudi students will ‘create jobs and boost the economy’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“A new scholarship programme that will see Saudi students transfer to Irish Technology colleges will ‘create jobs and boost the regional economy’ …” (more)

[Shane Hulgraine, Silicon Republic, 3 November]

What are the University of Dublin and the NUI actually for? And what should they do?

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

“The first item in the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) news feed at present is the report that Professor Petros Florides was recently inaugurated as a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin. This reminds me that I often hear the question: ‘what is the University of Dublin for?’. And in the context of NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, UCC, UCD et al, I often hear the similar question: ‘what is the NUI for?’ …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 3 November]