Archive for Batt O’Keeffe

NUI redux

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“In January 2010 the then Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe (now retired from politics), announced that he intended to ‘dissolve’ the National University of Ireland (a statement that made the NUI appear to be a kind of giant Alka Selzer) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 March]

Whatever happened to the review of higher education – and its ‘forensic’ audit?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 5 October 2010 by Steve

“Early in 2009 the then Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe, announced that he was going to commission a root-and-branch strategic review of higher education. So the Minister put together a working group chaired by economist Dr Colin Hunt, had them sharpen their pencils, wished them God speed, and off they went …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 5 October]

Technological universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 4 October 2010 by Steve

“According to the Munster Express regional newspaper, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, told the Waterford Chamber of Commerce that the report of the higher education strategic review steering group chaired by Dr Colin Hunt ‘could have positive news for Waterford IT, Cork IT and Dublin IT’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 October]

Govt appoints dream team to draw up plan for ‘smart jobs’

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2010 by Steve

“Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keefe TD has appointed a group of industrialists, academics and civil servants led by Intel’s Jim O’Hara to draw up a report to spearhead a push for target areas that will create ‘smart jobs’ for the country …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 27 September]

O’Keeffe announces another ‘top-level’ group to advise on retooling shambolic Irish innovation research strategy

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe today announced another ‘top-level’ group to draw up a plan for innovation research priorities. It’s a clear recognition that the shambolic Irish research strategy is floundering and is badly in need of retooling …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 27 September]

Minister announces new industry-run research centres

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today announced the team of technology leaders that will run eight research centres aimed at linking industry and academics to work on market-focused innovative products …” (more)

[TechCentral.ie, 10 September]

O’Keeffe announces team to run industry-led research centres

Posted in research with tags on 9 September 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Batt O’Keeffe TD has announced the team of technology leaders that will run eight research centres aimed at linking industry and academics to work on market-focused innovative products …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 9 September]

O’Keeffe to announce heads of eight research centres

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 September 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe is today expected to announce the heads of the eight new research centres aimed at linking academia and industry …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 September]

O’Keeffe announces graduate programme

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 August 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation has announced details of a new programme aimed at placing college graduates with export-led firms. Batt O’Keeffe said the scheme would create job opportunities and boost exports …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 31 August]

Maynooth SU and USI Tell Minister Batt O’Keeffe to ‘Get Real’ about Graduate Unemployment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 30 August 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the lackluster Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe, to ‘get real’ about graduate unemployment before it is too late …” (more)

[Maynooth Town, 30 August]

Students protest at O’Keeffe office

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“Students staged a protest outside the constituency office of Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe in Co Cork today to highlight what they described as his ‘inaction’ in tackling graduate unemployment …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 16 August]

USI urged to support govt jobs plan

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 August 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Enterprise, Batt O’Keeffe has urged the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) to ‘get behind decisive Government efforts to protect and create jobs’ …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 4 August]

Govt pumps €359m into PRTLI 5 – largest investment in research

Posted in research with tags , , on 17 July 2010 by Steve

“Today, the Government announced the largest investment in research in the State’s history with €359m going into PRTLI Cycle 5. The move will make Ireland Europe’s innovation hub, said Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 16 July]

Mathematicians to solve industry problems at UL

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“A week-long intensive problem-solving challenge involving industry and academic collaboration has begun at University of Limerick (UL). The 75th European Study Group with Industry, organised by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded Mathematics Application Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), was formally opened by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 2 July]

Innovation Taskforce Implementation Group – inaugural meeting

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 June 2010 by Steve

“The inaugural meeting of the Innovation Taskforce Implementation Group was held this evening, from 5pm-6.30pm, at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, with Minister O’Keefe in the chair, and also attended by Minister of State Lenihan …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 1 June]

Minister O’Keeffe pledges overhaul of intellectual property regime

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s intellectual property regime is to be overhauled under plans to be revealed today [Tuesday] at the first meeting of a group set up to drive the recommendations of the Innovation Taskforce, according to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[DETI, 1 June]

‘Turf war’ over funds for college research

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“The allocation of more than €300 million in research funding for Irish universities and college is being held up by a bitter ‘turf war’ involving Government departments and State agencies. The Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) have expressed unease about new arrangements in which they will lose control of the 10-year-old Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 28 May]

An Open letter to Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keefe TD

Posted in research with tags , on 27 May 2010 by Steve

Subject: Promoting Irish Software Innovation Dear Minister O’Keefe, In reply to your proposal that academic research teams be required to partner with industry, while I welcome the proposal in principle, I fear that you may have overlooked that unless this partnering is also enforced under an open source license, this could lead to 100% proprietary software development in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Dev, 27 May]

€8.5m funding for ‘smart economy’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 May 2010 by Steve

“Cutting edge research projects are to get an €8.5 million funding boost, creating jobs and training places for 105 researchers and contributing to the ‘smart’ economy …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

€8.5m for research projects

Posted in research with tags , on 17 May 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe today announced €8.5 million for 47 cutting-edge research projects which will create new jobs for the so-called smart economy …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 17 May]