All Ireland Final

IT Sligo is looking forward to All-Ireland success – no matter what happens at Croke Park on September 23rd.

The Institute has strong links with both the Mayo and Donegal teams, with more than 20 present and former students involved between the two panels.

But the keenest rivalry on All-Ireland Sunday will probably be between pals Mark McHugh (22) the man dubbed Donegal’s “roving dynamo” and his IT Sligo Sigerson Cup team mate Kevin Keane, Mayo’s right corner-back, both beneficiaries of sports scholarships at the Institute.

Mark, named Man of the Match in the Ulster Final, and a second year Accounting and Finance student returned to the class room this week but will probably be forgiven by his lecturers if he had other things on his mind over the next fortnight.

 His team mate Kevin Keane a third year Quantity Surveying student is also savouring the All-Ireland buzz gathering momentum in the college.

 “Mayo played brilliantly against Dublin. I play with Kevin and a few of the other Mayo lads for the college and was delighted for them. There is going to be a huge buzz around the place for the next few weeks,” said Mark.

Kevin Keane who celebrated his 22nd birthday the day after Mayo’s impressive win over Dublin, reckons that a lot of GAA supporters around the country are delighted to see different counties reaching the final this year. “It will be a novelty for people all over the country. When we were playing on the college team last year it probably never struck Mark and myself that we’d be meeting up on Croke Park at the end of September,” he conceded.

Both players acknowledge that it will be a fiercely fought battle to the 70th minute. “When we go on the pitch we will be going into battle,” said Kevin, a member of the Westport club. “But after the game winner takes all but we will shake hands no matter who wins”.

“We may not be friends for the 70 minutes but we will be pals when it is over,” agreed Mark who plays with local club Kilcar. His father Martin as well as being a former Donegal GAA legend, had a role in coaching the first IT Sligo team to win the Sigerson Cup. Mark admitted to being “quietly confident” but pointed out: “Mayo are hungry as well and they quite rightly are confident after that performance against Dublin.”

Both Mark and Kevin acknowledged the importance of having a sports scholarship when they travel home so regularly for training. “The scholarship helps with the rent and the fuel costs,” Mark pointed out.

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said that the Institute prioritises investment in sport and its sports facilities. More than €50,000 is allocated in Sport Scholarships to students each year; “IT Sligo has a very proud tradition and achievement in sport and we encourage and support our students to participate in, and to excel at, their chosen sport in every way we can. To that end, we have recently invested €2 million upgrading campus sports facilities and students now have the benefit of flood-lit playing pitches, an astro turf facility, an international standard running track and the fully equipped Knocknarea Arena.”

“We have a particularly strong record in GAA, having won the Sigerson Cup three times in the last decade, and we’re delighted with the success of all our students and alumni in this year’s Championship. May the best team win!,” she said.

The support of the Institute’s GAA Club is doubtlessly a major contributor to the significant success of its students and alumni. “We get great support in the Institute from people like Michael Harte in the GAA club and we have everything we need there in terms of facilities,” testified Kevin Keane.

Sligo man Michael Harte who is the Gaelic games promotions officer at the Institute is wisely staying strictly neutral for the final. He pointed out that 11 of the Mayo side have (strong) IT Sligo connections including current students Kevin Keane, Danny Geraghty, Micheal Forde and Evan Regan who are on the bench for the final. IT Sligo alumni on the Mayo panel include Colm Boyle, Alan Freeman, Keith Higgins, captain Andy Moran who is out with an injury , Michael Walsh and Pat Harte who is also injured with a broken ankle. Alan Dillon and the Team Manager, James Horan, also studied online courses through the Institute.

Donegal players who formerly attended IT Sligo include Paul Durcan, brothers Eamonn and Niall McGee, Karl Lacey, Christy Toye and Barry Dunnion while Donegal selector Rory Gallagher is a former student, as is goal keeping Coach Pat Shovlin.

“It’s going to be a great occasion for us but I am going to stay strictly neutral,” said Michael Harte.

Fees Increased to Pay for Ruairi Quinn’s Laundry

IRELAND’S MINISTERS are entitled to claim €3,500 off their tax bill in order to cover the cost of washing their dirty laundry, it has emerged.

Finance minister Michael Noonan has revealed that ministers from outside Dublin, who need to take hotel or guest house accommodation while based in the capital, can claim the huge tax refund – without even having to vouch for their expenses.

The information was revealed by way of a parliamentary question tabled by Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty – who blasted the expenses regime while the government “introduce new stealth taxes”.

While ministers are not entitled to claim the same overnight accommodation expenses as other TDs, they are entitled to make expenses claims for the cost of hotels, or a refund on any interest they pay on a loan for buying a second residence.

“In addition, they can claim for the actual vouched additional costs associated with maintaining a second residence in a hotel. Examples of maintenance costs in such circumstances are laundry, etc,” Noonan wrote.

“As an alternative to vouched expenses, a tax deduction may be claimed on an amount of €3,500 per annum.”

Noonan said that ministers making such unclaimed expenses may still be subject to random checks by the Revenue Commissioners who may seek receipts to substantiate some of the claims that ministers make.

The identities of any ministers who make such claims could not be released, though Noonan was able to say that the number of ministers claiming the allowance for a second residence had fallen to 14 in 2009, the last year for which figures were available.

In that year, the State paid €74,996 to the 14 ministers to compensate them for the interest on their mortgages, or for the cost of hotel accommodation.


Students’ union condemns Govt proposal to abolish postgraduate grants

THE UNION OF Students in Ireland has spoken out against Government proposals to abolish all financial support for new postgraduates from next year.

The union claims that by not giving postgraduate students maintenance support and grants, they will emigrate in search of other work and study opportunities.

“News of this proposal has been greeted with shock and dismay by students, parents and families,” said USI President Gary Redmond. “The  Programme for Government promises a surgeon’s scalpel would be taken to  waste and inefficiency in Higher Education. Instead a butcher’s cleaver  appears to have been taken to student supports such as the Maintenance  Grant.”

This morning, the Sunday Business Post revealed that the Government plans to scrap state support for new postgraduate students in order to save about €50 million per year.

“In practice, entry to many professions requires  some form of a postgraduate qualification. Families who are not in a  position to pay fees for postgraduate courses and pay for other  associated costs would find it impossible for their children to progress  to postgraduate courses,” continued Redmond.

There is not even any pretence at fairness in this  proposal. A student, no matter how talented, would not be able to  continue in education any further than their own financial  resources would permit.”

The value of this year’s Government maintenance grants ranges from €315 to €6,100 depending on family income and commute to college.

The USI has expressed its disappointment in the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn because of his pre-election promises to ensure there would be no increases in college fees or cuts to maintenance grants.

Indeed, many Labour TDs are not happy with the proposals.

Speaking to this afternoon, TD for Dublin West Patrick Nulty said he would fight “tooth and nail” against proposals that were floated in the media today.

“I think it is vitally important that as much pressure as possible is brought to bear on the Cabinet to make sure the Budget is fair and does not undermine young people’s opportunity to receive an education,” he said.

“Abolishing grants would be a negative move – especially when other savings can be made,” added the newly-elected TD.

He suggested the Department of Education can save money by looking at the subsidies paid to fee-paying schools and the university pay scales.

“If we are going to grow our economy, we have to make sure that education is accessible to every single citizen,” he concluded.

The USI has organised a national protest to be held on Wednesday at Parnell Square in Dublin from 1.30pm. The union expects tens of thousands of people to attend the rally to put pressure on the Government to “protect education and Ireland’s future”.

Source – The Journal

Education report: rights body backs diversity in schools

At the announcement of the Irish Human Rights Commission report on education in Dublin yesterday were, from left, Dr Maurice Manning, commission president; Éamonn MacAodha, chief executive; Sinéad Lucey, legal officer and Prof William Binchy, commission member. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

DIVERSITY IN Irish schools was “the overarching recommendation” to Government by the Irish Human Rights Commission in its document Religion and Education: a Human Rights Perspective, published in Dublin yesterday. It makes the point that this should also apply to schools at secondary as well as primary level.

The State, it said, “should ensure that there is a diversity of provision of school type within educational catchment areas throughout the State which reflects the diversity of religious and non-religious convictions represented in the State”.

This would “ensure that the needs of faith (including minority faith) or non-faith children in schools can be met”.

It said “a review of the experience gained in relation to diversity of school patronage from the introduction of the VEC community national schools, and the development of Gaelscoileanna and Educate Together schools should also inform this process”.

Introducing the document, commission president Dr Maurice Manning said it received 60 submissions from individuals and organisations which would be published on the commission’s website, authors’ permission allowing.

A “heartening thing” arising from the submissions was the sense that this was a problem “we can collectively resolve”, he said. A voluntary commitment by the Government to implement commission recommendations would go a long way to showing it was serious about meeting Ireland’s human rights in this area, Dr Manning said.

Commission member Prof William Binchy said if the State retained the present model of patronage in schools, significant changes would be required “to meet human rights standards” and needed “to occur now”.

Denominational terms, or otherwise, in describing schools should be defined in primary legislation, ministerial regulation or under the Education Act, Prof Binchy added.

The Irish Times – Wednesday, May 25, 2011

USIT – Work in Australia Events


Work in Australia Events

Events on South Australia are also being held in the following cities to give information on living in Australia, Jobs, Work Visas,  Accommodation & getting there. 
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26 May                        Savoy Hotel, Limerick  – 6.30pm

28 May                        Imperial Hotel, Cork  – 2-4pm

29 May                        USIT, 19/21 Aston Quay, Dublin  – 2-4pm




The South Australian Tourism Commission ( in conjunction with the Government of South Australia and USIT, Ireland’s leading travel specialist, is offering two young people the chance of winning two very different, very exciting paid jobs in South Australia.

The campaign, designed to promote Working Holiday Visas and to highlight job opportunities that exist in South Australia for people aged 18-30, is offering the following ‘prize’ jobs:

  • Crew mate for ADVENTURE BAY CHARTERS, an adventure operator based in Port Lincoln. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of their day to day tours including  aquatic adventures like cage shark diving and swimming with tuna and sea lions. The job will cover an eight week period from December 2011 to January 2012.


  • Radio reporter for FRESH 92.7 an Adelaide-based radio station with their own “Fresh Foreigner” slot. This job will be four weeks work in July 2011.


Over and above winning the above jobs, the prize includes:

  • International return flights to Adelaide
  • Accommodation
  • A one year Working Holiday Visa
  • One of the paid jobs above!

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College head loses bid to keep job in wake of expenses row

Professor Kieran Byrne has failed in his bid for re-appointment as president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in the wake of revelations over high spending by his office.

It included the use of taxis for 200-mile (322km) round trips between Waterford and Dublin as well as hospitality expenses amounting to €290,000 over seven years.

It is a dramatic turnabout in fortunes for Prof Byrne, who has been WIT president for 10 years and championed the college’s case for university status.

Up to yesterday, Prof Byrne was the sole nominee for the post, which had been publicly advertised. He was recommended by a sub committee set up as part of the selection process.


However, Prof Byrne’s road to re-appointment became mired in controversy as questions were asked about spending authorised by his office between 2004 and 2011.

The Waterford Colleges branch of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) had submitted a Freedom of Information request to establish that funding was being diverted to priority areas.

The detailed spending breakdown was provided to the TUI last Friday.

Yesterday, the day before the information was released to the TUI, the governing body postponed a decision on Prof Byrne’s re-appointment and called in the accountancy firm Deloitte to review budgetary spending procedures.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA), the funding arm for higher education, had been monitoring the situation, and earlier this week HEA chief executive Tom Boland sought a report from WIT on the outcome of the Deloitte review.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn was advised of unfolding events earlier this week and on Wednesday issued a statement letting his interest be known. The minister has no role in the affairs of the governing body.

Speaking to the Irish Independent on Wednesday, Prof Byrne defended the spending and said “in order to accumulate you have to invest”.

He said the seven years involved were busy at the college, and included a high-profile campaign for university status.

He conceded that he made regular use of taxis for trips to Dublin, but said he did not claim personal mileage expenses, and he also travelled by train.

A statement issued by the governing body last night made no reference to the spending controversy.

It said that given the strategic nature of the appointment, at a time of change and challenge in the third-level sector, the board had decided to broaden its search.

Prof Byrne’s contract expires today and he may remain as a member of management at the institute.

Mr Tony McFeely, secretary/ financial controller of WIT, has been appointed as interim president by the Governing Body.

– Katherine Donnelly

Irish Independent

Numbers sitting Leaving Certificate increases


A new report suggests that the number of students staying in second level education is at its highest rate ever.

Minister for Education – Ruairí Quinn

A new report suggests that the number of students staying in school to complete their second level education is at its highest rate ever.

The Department of Education study indicates that there is a large increase in the number of young men who are staying on at school to sit their Leaving Certificate exams.

This report looked at students who entered secondary school between 1991 and 2004 and completed their second level education no later than 2010.

It found that almost 88% of students are staying on to sit the Leaving Certificate, an increase of 6% in 8 years.

Young women are more likely to complete their second level education at just over 86%, compared with 
82% males.

However the number of young men staying on in school has increased by almost 12%.

County Longford students are most likely to complete second level.

Drop out levels are highest in cities, including Cork, Dublin and Limerick.

There has also been an increase in the number of students attending schools in disadvantaged areas that are completing their Leaving Cert exams, up 5% to 73%.

The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn has said issues in the labour market have probably helped improve the numbers of students staying in school.

He claimed that extra resources for school completion programmes have also played their part.  Friday, 13 May 2011

Want to be named Ireland’s Top Undergraduate?


Round 3 is officially open!

The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland & Northern Ireland are looking for the top undergrads on the island of Ireland. If you believe you have compiled an excellent essay or project which has received a high 2.1 or above during this academic year why not submit it for consideration?

Open to all final and penultimate year students, the awards aim to recognise Ireland’s brightest students, who have demonstrated innovation, originality and excellence in their coursework. You can submit now on with the final deadline of 30 June.

If you believe you have composed an excellent project or essay of the highest standard; if you would like to be recognised as one of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s top undergraduates and if you want your CV to really stand out, enter now at:

Don’t forget! You need to prepare a 100-word abstract of your essay.

We are also delighted to announce our collaboration with GenePool, a graduate recruitment specialist.  Entrants to the Undergraduate Awards can now avail of fantastic recruitment opportunities, internships and placements – an invaluable opportunity in today’s harsh economic climate.

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has been confirmed to host this year’s awards event which will also be welcoming our top entrants from the United States of America for an exciting three day event in Dublin.

For more information about eligibility and categories, see or email the Project Co-Ordinator, Sasha de Marigny, at





This year the 9 current students from the performing arts course will travel to Dublin for their annual performing arts showcase audition. This will take place in may in  a theatre in Dublin which is yet to be decided. This showcase audition will give the students the chance to show off the acting skills they have learned over the past four years here at IT Sligo under the guidance of lecturer Dr Agnes Palai .

The purpose of the showcase is to get students signed up to acting companies and begin their careers in the world of theatre .Various casting agents and directors will be invited to this private event to view the students acting abilities. Students on the day will act out different scenes and will have to give the performance of their lives as their future career depends on this audition.

This event is being organised by the third year Marketing PR & Event Management students as part of their course. Overseeing and detailing every aspect of the event is giving them practical hands on experience they can take into the workplace with them when they leave IT Sligo.

The performing arts course here at IT Sligo is a four year course where students study a wide range of topics relating to drama which include acting, directing, theatre design and arts management.  Students get the chance throughout the four years to perform in many plays in the black box theatre giving them the opportunity to blossom. The most recent play called “Tarry Flynn” which was performed by the third and fourth year drama students and was a great success.

For more information  please contact: Jackie Lynch Event Organiser

                                                              Telephone: 0868935037


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


Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny launches his party’s General Election Manifesto in Dublin. Photo: PA

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.

Gaelscoileanna, mna na tithe with Irish summer colleges and Conradh na Gaeilge are intensifying pressure on Fine Gael election candidates to have the party’s position reversed.

Senator and Galway West election candidate Fidelma Healy Eames last night conceded it had become a “big issue” in areas such as Connemara and many parts of Galway city.

The senator said no changes should take place until a “solid review” was undertaken in order to diagnose the problem.

But the party’s education spokesman Fergus O’Dowd last night claimed that while there would be a period of consultation about improving the curriculum and proficiency levels, the decision had been made to make Irish an optional Leaving Certsubject. Some 15,000 people have now signed a petition opposing Fine Gael’s plans to end compulsory Irish.

At the launch of the party’s manifesto, party leader Enda Kenny also signalled that Ireland must move beyond its traditional neutrality and take a more active role abroad.

He said “change is necessary” within the spirit of United Nations agreements so that Irish defence forces could make a greater contribution to humanitarian crises.

And in another contentious move, the party also confirmed plans to reverse the ban on stag hunting that was hard-fought for by the Green Party last year.

But on issues such as legislating for the 1992 X-case, which would make abortion lawful if the life of the mother is at risk, or legislating for gay marriage, Mr Kenny was less forthright.

The abortion issue has re-emerged as a political issue following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights last year. The next government faces a decision on whether to ignore the X-case decision, to legislate for it or to rescind the X-case ruling by means of a new referendum.

But Mr Kenny refused to be drawn on any specifics yesterday. Instead, he insisted that an all-party Oireachtas committee should first examine the issue. “This is obviously a very sensitive matter and one that requires and deserves serious consideration and analysis,” Mr Kenny said.

And on the issue of gay marriage, Mr Kenny would only say that his priority is to have the conclusions of the Civil Partnership Bill enshrined in the Finance Bill. This, he said, was the main priority in the area “for the moment”.

In contrast, Labour wants a referendum asking people about recognising same-sex unions on the same basis as marriage. It also wants to legislate for the 1992 X-case.

– ine Kerr Political Correspondent

Irish Independent – February 16 2011

Labour to ‘look at’ third-level fees


THE Labour Party has left open the possibility of some form of student contribution to the cost of third-level education, saying it will be “looked at in the context of budgetary constraints.” Labour is the only one of the three main parties opposed to fees — something that could be an issue in any programme for government negotiations with Fine Gael. 

But it refused to rule out some form of contribution from students, which could include a graduate tax or student loan scheme. 

Education spokesman Ruairí Quinn said that while “access” to third level should be free, “this does not mean education is free.” 

Asked if students could be sure that Labour in Government would not impose some form of fees, he said the party’s position remains “exactly the same” but “we are in a very difficult economic situation.” 

He said: “As to what we can do next September, quite honestly we are going to have to look at that in the context of budgetary constraints and everything else and where it is.” 

Mr Quinn was speaking at the launch of the Labour party’s policy on improving literacy among school children, particularly in disadvantaged schools. 

The party believes teachers should spend at least 120 minutes a day on improving reading and writing skills among pupils through the teaching of the normal curriculum rather than adding it as a new subject. 

Almost one-in-six 15-year olds — the figure is one-in-four for boys — do not have the literacy skills to cope with further education or the demands of today’s workplace, according to a 2009 OECD skills survey. 

Mr Quinn said improving literacy does not need more resources, just more joint-up thinking in schools. And he believes reducing class sizes is not the answer. 

“Overall child literacy rates in Ireland have not improved since 1980, despite more investment and smaller classes,” he said. 

And he pointed out that the former governor of Mountjoy prison. John Lonergan, had repeatedly stated that the majority of inmates could not read or write. 

“We are going to make literacy a national cause. Dublin is the city of writers — Unesco approved. And one third of working class kids are illiterate. 

“We pride ourselves on our great literary tradition. But we have excluded 10% population from even understanding, let along comprehending, that tradition.” 

Irish Examiner – 10/02/2011

By Mary Regan, Political Reporter

Nurse students to protest over pay cuts

[Posted: Tue 08/02/2011 by Deborah Condon –]

Nurse and midwife students will be taking part in lunchtime protests at 13 hospitals across the country tomorrow.

The action forms part of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Orgnaisation’s (INMO) campaign to reverse pay cuts aimed at working fourth year pre-registration nurses and midwives. These health professionals replace paid qualified staff on wards for the final nine months of their degree programme.

However, the government has decided to phase out their pay over the next four years and pay them nothing from 2015 onwards. This means they will be expected to work full-time, providing direct patient care, for no wage.

According to the INMO, the government made this decision without any consultation and it is a breach of a national agreement.

Tomorrow’s protest will coincide with talks at the Labout Relations Commision (LRC) on this issue. The INMO is seeking a reversal of these pay cuts as it insists they are in breach of the Croke Park agreement and the EU directive on information and consultation.

The protests will be attended by pre-registration nurses/midwives and students from all four years of the undergraduate programme. They will also be supported by qualified colleagues. However, there will be no disruption to patient services, the INMO insisted.

Following the lunchtime protests, the next phase of the campaign will be a protest march and rally, to be held on February 16 at 11.30am in Parnell Square, Dublin. The march will proceed to the Department of Health where a letter, calling on the in-coming Minister for Health to reverse this decision, will be handed in.

Following these two days of action, if there is no resolution, the INMO will ballot all 4th year pre-registration nurses and midwives for a withdrawal of labour, with industrial action commencing in early March.

“The INMO will continue with its campaign of action until these cuts are reversed. This proposal devalues, to the level of slave labour, the nature of the essential direct care given during this 36-week rostered placement. No one can seriously expect people to work the full roster and range of duties, while replacing qualified staff, for no pay,” commented INMO general secretary, Liam Doran.

The 13 hospitals where lunchtime protests are due to take place on Wednesday, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, are: 
– Tralee General Hospital 
– Mayo General Hospital
– Cork University Hospital 
– Mid West Regional Hospital, Limerick
– University Hospital Galway
– Tullamore General Hospital
– St James Hospital, Dublin 
– St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin
– Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 
– Waterford Regional Hospital 
– Sligo Regional Hospital
– Letterkenny General Hospital
– Louth County Hospital, Dundalk

How to apply for deferred places


Q I deferred two places through CAO last year, first an offer from UCD and then one from Trinity. How do I apply for them this year?

A If you received two offers last year, first from one college and then from another, (presumably in different rounds), you must have deferred one place first, and then deferred acceptance of the other.

However, just as an acceptance in a later round automatically cancels and supersedes any previous acceptance, your second deferred acceptance cancelled and superseded the first. So the deferred place to which you are entitled is the last place you deferred.

In order to take up a deferred place, you must re-apply through CAO in the succeeding year — in other words, now — and pay the appropriate application fee, placing the deferred course as your only preference on the application form.

When reapplying, you must complete an application fully. You must include again any documentation which you provided with the original application.

If you enter more than the single deferred course code on your application, you will forfeit your right to it. You may, if you wish, apply to other courses, and even include your deferred place amongst your choices.

Meanwhile, many school leavers will apply not only to third-level/higher education institutions through CAO, but also to a college in the FE sector. Most FE/PLC colleges offer courses at post leaving certificate (PLC) level, and they are classified as ‘further’ education (FE) rather than ‘higher’ education.

Many of them lead to awards from the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC). In turn, students who have graduated with a FETAC qualification may apply to CAO on the basis of that qualification, under several different routes. See for information.

There is no central applications system for the FE sector. Applicants apply directly to each college. Application to all FE colleges will start shortly — indeed in some instances it has started already. Applications will be accepted up to August.

Q Are points required for FE colleges?

A No. Most FE courses are open to applicants with a basic Leaving Cert. Applicants to some courses may be asked to meet minimum entry requirements of specific Leaving Cert results.

Colleges of further education usually conduct interviews for all courses, and applicants are given an opportunity to talk about themselves and to say why the course interests them.

Check your local VEC for further information about courses — the larger VECs have the greatest range of courses, with CDVEC (City Of Dublin VEC) leading the list. The VECs in Cork City and County, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Limerick, Galway, and Monaghan are among other significant players in the sector.

Cavan Institute of Further Education, which has developed progression links with Athlone Institute of Technology, is one of the largest colleges of further education in the country.

Open days today: Marino College of Further Education, Marino, Dublin 3; Ballsbridge College of Further Education, Shelbourne Rd, Dublin 4; Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire (10am — 4pm) Rathmines College of Further Education, Rathmines, Dublin 6 (1pm — 6pm) Dunboyne College of Further Education, Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Co Meath (1pm – 4pm) Also this evening, Trinity College, Dublin hosts an Information Evening on Disability Access Route to Education, at 6pm in Room 3074 of the Arts Building.

Irish Independent – January 26 2011

A Big thanks to everyone!!


We in IT Sligo Students’ Union would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the National Demonstration yesterday. Over 500 students for IT Sligo travelled to Dublin to protest against the proposed cuts to education in the forthcoming December budget…

National demonstration 3rd November 2010

On Tuesday 19 October 2010 IT Sligo Students’ Union held a protest rally from 1-2pm on campus against the proposed budget cuts to education. The Government is making over €3 billion in cuts in the upcoming Budget and it is estimated that at least €270 million of this will come from education.
At the moment there is speculation the maintenance grant could be cut by ten percent. A recent Bank Of Ireland survey showed a four years degree costs €42,000 per student and the maximum a grant provision is €24,000 over 4 years. This represents a deficit of €18,000. During the boom years, this could be covered by part-time jobs for students but not anymore. Since 1985, the dole has risen by 146%, the pension went up 148%, however the Grant only went up by 69%. Yet, in last year’s Budget, the pension stayed static, the dole was cut by 4.1% & the student grant was cut by 5%! On top of the cuts to the grant, the current registration fee of €1,500 is being rumoured to double in the budget to €3,000.
IT Sligo Students Union President Breffni Gorman said:
“The Greens promised fees were not on the cards but yet here we see it coming in through the back door. Since the registration fee was introduced in 1995 at 150 it has increased 689% to €1,500. I cannot believe that the Government could be so short sighted that they would put further burdens on third level students when we call ourselves a smart economy yet we are literally forcing people into the dole queues it just does not make sense”.

Today’s demonstration is a lead up to a national protest march taking place in Dublin on November 3rd.




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