Archive for Fine Gael

Graduate tax will push poorer students away from college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael is proposing a radical rise in the charges for third-level education. Its manifesto states that its plan involves a graduate contribution from students of roughly a third of the cost of their course …” (more)

[Independent, 2 March]


Teacher fury over FG plan to publish exam results

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“Parents could soon be able to check the Leaving Cert grades of each school. The new Fine Gael-led Government is set to find itself on a collision course with teachers over its plan …” (more)

[Independent, 2 March]

‘Third Level Fees must be a Red Line Issue in Government Negotiations’ – USI

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Student in Ireland (USI) has warned that third level fees must be a red line issue during Government negotiations ahead of the inception of the 31st Dáil …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 1 March]

Irish election raises questions for stem cell research

Posted in research with tags , , on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“The Fianna Fail party, in power in Ireland since 1997, had supported science well enough over the last decade or so to allow the small country to dramatically raise its international profile. This year it even scraped into the top twenty science-producing countries in terms of citations per research paper. Irish scientists now have to worry about whether this progress will be maintained under Fine Gael …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, The Great Beyond, 28 February]

Fine Gael should be tearing up the Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“… With €50bn of the bailout needed to fund public pay and pension liabilities – mainly of existing staff – and a further €100bn in future liabilities, the cost of the bank bailout, awful though it is, pales in comparison. But, unlike the banks, politicians depend utterly on the public service. Our new emperor isn’t to blame for this. But his pension entitlement as a former teacher is a symbol of an age-old problem …” (more)

[Marc Coleman, Independent, 27 February]

FG’s plan to ‘tax’ graduates faces legal challenge

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“A Fine Gael-led government will face a High Court challenge if it proceeds with plans to make 40,000 students starting college in the autumn pay back part of the cost of sending them to third level …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 February]

Stem Cell Research

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael policy department confirmed to me today that they are opposed to embryological stem cell research. I specifically asked if that means that Fine Gael in government will defund existing stem cell research …” (discussion thread)

[, 21 February]