Minister for Education and Skills increases power to investigate universities

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, has announced that the Minister’s powers will expand to allow him to appoint investigators to look into issues of concern in higher education institutions.   This announcement follows revelations of financial mismanagement and issues of poor governance in a number of universities. Both the Higher Education Authority (HEA) […]

Trinity Professor Patrick Geoghegan hired as Taoiseach’s speechwriter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hired Professor Patrick Geoghegan, a Historian at Trinity College, to assist him in speechwriting, research and other issues. Prof. Geoghegan is on sabbatical in Trinity College and will be given a leave of absence to join Mr Varadkar’s staff.   Speaking to Trinity News, Professor Geoghegan said: “The details of the […]

Government agree to extend Graduate Scheme for non-EU students

The government have recently announced the decision to extend the Third Level Graduate Scheme from 12 to 24 months. The scheme which has been in existence since 2007, applies to non EU/EEA students with level 9 qualifications and above under the National Framework of Qualifications. It currently allows these students to remain in Ireland for […]

HEAD TO HEAD: Student Loans

For Student Loans ~ Rory O’Sullivan   “It’s popular in certain circles to say otherwise, but free university fees in a country like Ireland would be a terrible idea, just as they have been in Scotland.” There is a hole in the budget of every Irish university, and it’s growing; and while quality of service is […]

Government introduces €4 million grant scheme for low-income postgraduate students

The government has announced the introduction of a full maintenance grant for 1,100 postgraduate students as part of Budget 2017. The grant, worth almost €6,000, will be made available to students in the lowest income category.   The scheme is part of an €8.5 million package to support disadvantaged students, including lone parents and Travellers, […]

Budget: Minority government offers short-term solutions for long-term problems

Having digested today’s budget, one can’t escape the underlying feeling that it provides short term solutions to long term problems. The government today showed a reluctance to commit to particular approach to student housing, and higher education funding. While this may be expected, given the volatile nature of a minority government, this budget has failed […]

Homeowners could earn up to €12000 Tax-Free in frantic measures to house students

Homeowners have been urged to rent any spare space in their houses in a desperate attempt to house students by the government, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU). With today’s release of the CAO offers and term starting in less than a month, desperate moves are being […]

Trinity has previously been used for talks by those with power, and those seeking it

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s talks aren’t the first time that Trinity has played host to warring sides hoping to come to a compromise

A House Divided

John Adams once wrote “one worthless man is called a disgrace, two are called a law firm and three or more become a legislature.” By God, if he could see this legislature. The Irish political establishment has time and again failed to adhere to the mandate it was elected to supposedly carry out, from the […]

The government response to the housing crisis

William Foley dissects the most recent statistics to examine the current government’s record and proposals for tackling the housing crisis.

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