Archive for Fine Gael

Programme 83, Education Spokespersons

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

“In this programme Barry spoke to education spokespersons from three of the main political parties: Fergus O’Dowd of Fine Gael, Paul Gogarty of the Green Party and Ruairí Quinn of the Labour Party. They were all attending the special delegate conference organised by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. Spokespersons from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin were invited to be on the programme but to no avail.” (podcast)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 17 February]

Fine Gael’s crude Irish language policy would undo decades of good work

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

“Fine Gael’s Irish language policy, which proposes that Irish should be an optional Leaving Certificate subject, is as puzzling as it is unsettling. Poll after poll regarding the Irish language has confirmed the majority of the people of this country are supportive of State efforts to protect the language …” (more)

[Anna Ní Ghallachairi, Irish Times, 17 February]

Kenny under fire for language policy

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

“Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny came under heavy pressure over his party’s controversial Irish-language policy in the first three-way debate of the election campaign on TG4 last night …” (more)

[Paul O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

Fine Gael tops academics’ assessment of political reform pledges

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

“The incoming government’s record on political reform is to be tracked and graded after a team of leading academics trawled through party pledges and rated proposals for change. Fine Gael scored highest overall when it came to proposals for political reform but most parties scored poorly on plans to change local government …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

FEE students picketing Fine Gael HQ

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“Students from the FEE (Free Education for Everyone) campaign are picketing the offices of Fine Gael today (2:30pm) in protest at the plans of the party to introduce a Graduate Tax system …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 16 February]

Fine Gael plan for graduates: Tax, internships and homework

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“A graduate tax, a national internship scheme, compulsory jobs diaries and a requirement to take part in a FÁS course or lose your dole are among Fine Gael’s plans for Ireland’s unemployed graduates …” (more)

[Gerard Cunningham, NewsWhip, 16 February]

Debunking the Compulsory Irish Myth

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“This week 500 hundred students marched on Fine Gael headquarters to demand the right to make everyone else have to study Irish after the Junior Cert. From the manner of the march, with protesters gagged and forlorn looking one would imagine that Fine Gael was campaigning to proscribe the language and punish its use with threat of prison …” (more)

[Derwin Brennan, Tea and Toast, 16 February]

Party time: Fine Gael

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“It is widely presumed that, after the coming Irish general election, the new government will be led by Fine Gael …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 February]

Irish language policy will cost us votes, admits Fine Gael senator

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“Fine Gael’s controversial plan to drop Irish as a compulsory subject is now a ‘big issue’ in Gaeltacht areas and will cost them votes, one senator admitted last night …” (more)

[Aine Kerr, Independent, 16 February]

I have seen the future, but does it work?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“If we make certain assumptions about the likely composition of the next government in Ireland, we do well to study the manifestos of Fine Gael and Labour. Both are now available …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 February]

Teacher’s pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“As the election campaign enters its final phase, senior education figures are focusing on one question – who will be the next Minister for Education Everything depends, of course , on the balance of forces between Fine Gael and Labour after the poll …” (more)

[Irish Times, 15 February]

Silent protest: students oppose Irish language proposal

Posted in Life with tags , , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“Several hundred students marched on Fine Gael headquarters at lunchtime yesterday in protest at Enda Kenny’s proposal to make Irish optional for the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 15 February]

FG wants all schools to publish Leaving Cert results

Posted in teaching with tags , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“The country’s 730 secondary schools will be compelled to publish Leaving Certificate exam results under a Fine Gael-led government, the Irish Independent has learned …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 February]

Irish language students protest at being ‘dumped’ by Fine Gael

Posted in Life with tags , , on 14 February 2011 by Steve

“A crowd of around 200 Irish language students have gathered at Fine Gael headquarters this Valentine’s lunchtime, accusing party leader Enda Kenny of ‘dumping’ them …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 February]

Fine Gael and the nursing cut

Posted in teaching with tags , on 12 February 2011 by Steve

“FG has said it is not prepared to guarantee a 100% reversal of the threatened student nurses pay cut in the course of an election. #ge11” (tweet)

[RTÉ Election, Twitter, 12 February]

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]

Motley: Jan Edition

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 30 January 2011 by Steve

“Madam, The December edition of Motley contained an article on 3rd level fees. In that article the Fine Gael party policy was misquoted by the author. The piece suggested that Fine Gael is in favour of a student loan funding mechanism for 3rd level, while insinuating that the party was also in favour of 3rd level fees at point of entry. These claims are both inaccurate and misleading …” (more)

[Scandalcentral’s Blog, 29 January]

Main parties differ on their education policies

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“Key differences in education policy have emerged between Fine Gael and Labour – the next likely partners in government …” (more)

[Independent, 25 January]

Time now for everyone to unite and deliver a University of the South East based in the South East

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 18 January 2011 by Steve

“Business leaders, employers, community activists and the public at large right across the South East need to unite now in an all-out drive to deliver a University of the South East in the region, Fine Gael’s John Paul Phelan says …” (more)

[Senator John Paul Phelan, 18 January]

Grant time delays still putting pressure on cash-strapped students, says Healy Eames

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 13 January 2011 by Steve

“Substantial time delays in the processing of student grants and other funds are continuing to cause huge difficulties and undue stress for students in Galway and across the country, according to Fine Gael Seanad Education spokesperson, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames …” (more)

[Martina Nee, Galway Advertiser, 13 January]