Archive for Deirdre Clune

Changes in R&D Policy will stimulate growth amongst entrepreneurs and smaller businesses

Posted in research with tags , on 11 February 2011 by Steve

“Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Research and Innovation yesterday (Thursday February 10) visited the UCC IGNITE Graduate Business Programme. The new centre which recently opened offers graduates of any 3rd level institution the opportunity to turn innovative ideas into new products and services …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 11 February]

Frontline teachers must be supported if Ireland’s underperforming maths education is to improve

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 18 December 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has called on Education Minister Mary Coughlan TD to address Ireland’s underperforming standards in maths education …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 17 December]

Only 713 Higher Education Grants awarded in Cork out of 5,926 applications

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 November 2010 by Steve

“Cork Fine Gael TD Deirdre Clune has highlighted that more than two months into the college year of 5,926 applications in Cork for Higher Education Grants only 713 have been awarded …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 26 November]

A smart economy doesn’t export its talent

Posted in Life with tags , , , , on 21 October 2010 by Steve

“The current unemployment crisis among people who have recently graduated means that emigration once again haunts the dreams of people across Ireland. As a nation we run the risk of being the victim of a brain drain …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 21 October]

100,000 unemployed graduates – 2,000 Govt training places

Posted in Life with tags , , on 18 October 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has challenged Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe TD to ‘ramp up’ the Government’s initiatives to tackle graduate unemployment …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 18 October]

Bonus Points for Leaving Cert Maths – Priority Question to Minister for Education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , , on 4 October 2010 by Steve

“My Priority Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Education & Skills was: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the steps she has taken to introduce a system for the awarding of CAO bonus points for Leaving Certificate maths by 2012 …” (more, video clip)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 4 October]

Coughlan must act on maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 20 September 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation and Research spokesperson Deirdre Clune has welcomed UCD’s decision to introduce bonus points for Leaving Cert Higher Level Maths …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 20 September]

Maths potential squandered says TD

Posted in teaching with tags , , , on 15 September 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has warned that the Government is squandering a vital opportunity to capitalise on the high uptake of maths and science subjects in the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 15 September]

Smart Economy a pipedream if Govt ignores Bonus Points for maths

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 18 August 2010 by Steve

“The disappointing leaving cert results in maths and science are yet more proof that bonus points are urgently required in these areas, Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD warned …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 18 August]

Yet another annual debate on future of maths is only guaranteed Leaving Cert result

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 17 August 2010 by Steve

“One guaranteed result of the 2010 Leaving Cert will be the resumption of the now annual debate on the future of maths and the need for the introduction of bonus points for higher level maths at Leaving Cert. This is usually a very one-sided debate with expert groups …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 17 August]

R&D will suffer from university cuts

Posted in research with tags , on 28 July 2010 by Steve

“Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ revised capital programme has slashed investment in higher education infrastructure by a massive €1 billion and this could have a hugely negative affect on Ireland’s university level R&D capacity, according to Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson, Deirdre Clune …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 28 July]

€2bn university budgets cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“Fianna Fáil and the Greens’ revised capital programme announced yesterday has slashed investment in higher education infrastructure by a massive €1 billion and this could have a hugely negative affect on Ireland’s university level R&D capacity, according to Fine Gael Innovation & Research Spokesperson, Deirdre Clune TD …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 27 July]

Six weeks to apply to County Council for college grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 22 July 2010 by Steve

“Local authorities have this year extended the time that students could apply for higher education grants and are welcoming applications at the moment. The closing deadline is August 31, that gives people just six weeks to get all their information gathered …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 21 July]

Investment in Third Level Research is Vital but needs Focus

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

“Fine Gael Frontbench Spokesperson on Innovation & Research, Deirdre Clune TD, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the €359 million investment in third level research and innovation. However, Deputy Clune called for the funds to be invested in a focused manner in order to have the greatest possible impact on economic recovery …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 16 July]

Clune is new Fine Gael front bench spokesperson for Innovation and Research

Posted in research with tags , , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… One of my main ambitions is to ensure the government implements recommendations in the Innovation Taskforce Report. The report highlighted that in 2008, a total of €2.6b was spent on Research and Development, an equivalent of 1.66% of GNP. In the same year, business expenditure on Research and Development rose to €1.68b …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 2 July]

Disappointing Irish results in Science Survey a direct result of Government inaction

Posted in Life with tags , , on 22 June 2010 by Steve

“In response to the publication of the Eurobarometer Survey which found Irish interest and understanding of science to be below the EU average, the Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD expressed the hope that this poor result will spur the Government into action …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 22 June]

Allowing Early Applications for Third Level Grants good news

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 26 May 2010 by Steve

“Today’s news calling for students to apply now for maintenance grants is a welcome sign for all according to Deirdre Clune TD for Cork South Central. Today’s students are the people who will help us get out of the recession in the future so their education needs to be supported for all our benefit …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 26 May]

Deirdre Clune TD on the conferring fee

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 15 April 2010 by Steve

“Deputy Deirdre Clune discusses the controversial conferring fee with Daniel O’Carroll, the website’s editor.” (mp3)

[Cork Student News, 15 April]

Frontbench TDs get behind fee protest

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 15 April 2010 by Steve

“Frontbench politicians from Fine Gael have rallied behind the UCC party’s campaign to have the conferring fee eliminated. Bryan Hayes, the party’s spokesperson for Education & Science, said: ‘I strongly oppose the introduction of the €65 Conferring Fee by University College Cork …'” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 14 April]

Stealth charges no way to fund third level system

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 14 April 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Innovation Spokesperson Deirdre Clune TD has described UCC’s decision to charge students a €65 graduation attendance fee as the wrong way to fund our third level education system …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 14 April]