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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Michael McNamara: The shortage of student accommodation is a widespread issue. Deputy Boyd Barrett referred to UCD specifically. The Minister of State, Deputy Collins, and I both know there is a shortage of student accommodation in Limerick. What are University of Limerick's plans to develop the Clare bank? It already has some accommodation on that, but there is a large land bank. Deputy Conway-Walsh...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I will do my best to address the three issues. The Government's position is not that graduate-entry medicine is the only route into medicine, which is important. We are talking about significantly increasing the number of medicine places, beginning in September. We ruled out student loans as a model to sustainably fund education. I said earlier that it is not about asking the bank to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Michael McNamara: How will students get there if there are no light rail plans and no northern distributor road? Is there scope for a supplementary question?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: No.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I was given a minute to answer the questions. It is quite hard.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: It was really one question, with the other two being additional to it. The Minister did his best.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I do my best.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Michael McNamara: I appreciate that. I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for facilitating it.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Third Level Costs

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: 105. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline measures to improve funding supports for students in further and higher education, including an update on the review of the SUSI grant scheme and an update on the implementation group to look at the issue of future funding of our higher education institutions, grant supports and reform implementation; and if he will make a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: The Minister recently made an announcement of substantial extra funding for third level education. He also committed to revamping the Student Universal Support Ireland grant scheme. I am interested in where we are with that and about its timeline. How will the extra funding he announced for third level address the problems that we have just discussed?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I think it will remove any excuses about universities needing to hike up student accommodation costs. The sector now agrees that €307 million is needed and if we provide that, we need to start to see fair play on a number of these important issues. The €307 million will drive down the student-staff ratio. It is about 19:1 or 20:1 in Ireland. The EU average is about 14:1 or...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: I thank the Minister. He has been in this House for long enough to know that money will not absolve people from not taking responsibility. We are good at throwing money at things, but we need to make sure that we get outcomes. What is the timeline to reduce the teacher-student ratio or lecturer-student ratio? The student contribution is currently €3,000 per annum. The Minister...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I am actively seeking support to reduce the registration fee. I welcome the support of the Deputy and everybody else on this because I believe €3,000 per year is too high. We could and should increase the grants, but there will always be people who we all represent who will not qualify for the grant. The €3,000 was brought in at a time of extraordinary difficulty in this...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: Could we anticipate a reduction in the student contribution fee or an increase in SUSI in 2023? It is important that we expand the available SUSI grant support. I am with the Minister on the student contribution. It is a fee. "Student contribution" is a silly, insulting phrase. It is a fee and it excludes many people from education. The same people are hit all the time. They may be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I could not agree more with the Deputy. He has summed it up correctly. The core funding is key. We cannot rob Peter to pay Paul. We have to close the gap in the core funding of €307 million in the lifetime of this Government. We also have to make progress on the cost of education. We have published a Government policy that states we will, through successive budgets, increase...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: How many of the 250 contacts the Minister mentioned are likely to seek places? Is that information available? To broaden it out, can those who seek apprenticeships access that contact point? Will they be supported by the ETBs? Will the examination the Minister mentioned be the passageway to potentially beginning college in the next academic year for those Ukrainian equivalents of leaving...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: The short answer is "Yes". That is how we will help those people access the education system, either here or in Ukraine. A point I hear very strongly from the Ukrainian Government and people from Ukraine who are living in Ireland is one of wanting to maintain their connection with their education system. We even see at primary and secondary level that people want to continue to access...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (19 May 2022)

Question No. 103 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Education Costs

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