Archive for An Bord Snip Nua

Public sector jobs freeze will last years, unions told

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Government’s rigid freeze on public sector recruitment will continue for a number of years, a union chief claimed last night. Trade unions were also told that public sector numbers will be cut, but the Government did not spell out any specific figures during talks in Government Buildings yesterday. The talks, taking place against the backdrop of An Bord Snip recommending a 20,000 cut in numbers, are expected to hear more specific details on the Government’s plans today …” (more)

[Aine Kerr, Independent, 4 November]

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Head diplomat for the universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, has a fine line to straddle between universities and the State – and with the agency’s fate yet to be decided, his stance is more in question than ever before …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 13 October]

The Battle for Tipperary Institute

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Even with the greatest number of recent graduates and the highest amount of incoming students in a decade, Tipperary Institute faces real scrutiny by the Irish government. The government has spent more than €100 million on third level education in County Tipperary since 2009. Using just an accountant’s weighing scales, the McCarthy report says the college should be closed and its property sold off. As reported on local radio, in regional newspapers and by several national broadsheets, the locals are outraged …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 8 October]

For the sake of the unemployed, spare education more cuts

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 6 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“There is an emerging consensus that all Government departments – including Education – must take their share of the pain during this economic crisis. I don’t agree. What Colm McCarthy and his Bord Snip team have failed to consider is the fact that cuts in expenditure in one area can (and often do) lead to even higher increases in expenditure in others …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 6 October]

Student numbers to hit the million mark as cuts kick in

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Student numbers will hit the one million mark for the first time next year. The rise will put government finances under severe strain at a time when it is looking for €4bn in savings. New figures reveal that almost one-in-three public servants now work in the education sector …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 September]

Education and Finance clash over approach to Budget cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 15 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Background documents prepared by the Department of Education and the Department of Finance for An Bord Snip provide a fascinating insight into official thinking on education spending. They are essential reading – and a key guide to the future direction of education policy …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 15 September]

McCarthy: No option but to cut public sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Government has no option but to cut public sector pay because the country is going bust, the head of An Bord Snip has warned. Colm McCarthy also said some civil and public servants were ‘out of touch with reality’ and a large chunk of the €400 million the Government was borrowing each week was going on their pay …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 10 September]