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Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: Deputy Mattie McGrath is right to end on a positive note. As tough as this time is, we and the next generation will bounce back from this and we must all support them in that regard. Deputies Michael Collins and Mattie McGrath raised the very important matter of student accommodation and I will make a couple of points on it. With college-owned accommodation, I expect universities and...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Niall Collins: Deputy Mattie McGrath correctly queried the range of apprenticeships. I will furnish all Deputies with the full range of approved apprenticeship schemes that are in place and available. We are anxious to create new apprenticeships in a range of new areas, and that will be a central tenet of the apprenticeship action plan, which we referred to a number of times in this session. It will be...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Marian Harkin: I raise the question of the Connacht-Ulster alliance, as I have done on many previous occasions. We had hoped that the application would be submitted by the end of last year but that has not happened. However, I believe that negotiations are in the final stages and hopefully the outcome will be positive. Can the Minister confirm what I have said regarding the Connacht-Ulster alliance...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Steven Matthews: I will share my time with Deputy Devlin. We will have five and a half minutes each.

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Steven Matthews: It is an extremely difficult year for students. The Minister acknowledged that in his opening contribution, as have many speakers in today's debate. There are difficulties across the entire education system for students of all ages. I acknowledge that all the staff, teachers, lecturers and support and administrative staff in both the Departments of Education and Further and Higher...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: If it is okay ,we will hear from Deputy Devlin and then the Ministers can respond at the end.

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Cormac Devlin: I thank the Ministers for their attendance. I have questions for both of them. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the impact the pandemic has had on the higher education sector. As we have heard both in this session and in the earlier session, Covid has had a devastating impact on the education sector as a whole. Lectures and tutorials have gone online. Events and sports events have...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Matthews. I could not agree more with his comments on first-year college students. These are leaving certificate students from last year, who last sat in a classroom in March 2020. Against all the odds and all the challenges, they got themselves into college and now, as he rightly said, they are finding courses being done from the bedroom, the box room or the kitchen table....

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for her contribution. I agree with much of it. With regard to the SUSI review, she made a fair point about the extra costs that people, particularly from rural communities, have to face. There will be a chance to make submissions and have public consultation on that. I hope to have the review completed in advance of the budget so the House can make the necessary...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Matt Shanahan: I gather that higher education cost the State approximately €2 billion last year. To quote the late American Senator, Everett Dirksen: "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money". At a cool €2 billion, the sector costs real money and requires real and meaningful oversight and a thoughtful strategy. I appreciate that appointing a Minister for...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for his questions. We were due to have an engagement this week, but I had to cancel for personal reasons. I am looking forward to having that engagement next week. While I would not necessarily agree with all the language he used to set out his position, I take the points he made about the need for better governance structures. To take his second question first, we...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Lahart. I read the speech the Taoiseach gave to the Irish Universities Association, IUA. We have joked about how it must be peculiar for a Fine Gael Minister to have read and now praised a then Leader of the Opposition’s speech, but it is a very fine speech. While Deputy Lahart rightly refers to the tremendously positive contribution that the late Seán Lemass...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Claire Kerrane: Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCeann Comhairle. I am delighted to contribute to these statements. I am very conscious, as I do so, of the many young people right across the State who have missed out on so much both last year and this year. I was lucky enough to go to college. I attended NUI Galway, thanks to many sacrifices made by my parents. The experience that I had is the experience...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Paul Murphy: Tens of thousands of young people are at home right now and looking to go to further education in September. They are anxious as to how places will be allocated and anxious as to whether they will be able to get a place. Last year, after a massive campaign by school students, the Government promised extra places to remove some of the pressure on students applying through the CAO system....

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I always appreciate people helping to advocate investment in higher education, and yes, I will. Last year saw the largest ever increase in the number of higher education places in our country. Many Deputies opposite were rightly concerned, as was I, that that would be a one-year-only investment. We have managed to ensure that all the extra places we put into the third level system last...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

John Lahart: I wish the Ceann Comhairle and his staff a belated happy new year. I welcome the Minister and the Minister of State, Deputy Collins. In July 2019 I attended a speech delivered by the Taoiseach, Deputy Micheál Martin, who was then leader of the Opposition, in Dublin to the heads of universities and colleges in Ireland. He reflected on the theme of innovation and research in...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: My thanks to the Deputy. I assure him that I am following up on the point he made about bursaries in Cork in this significant year for Cork. The Deputy asked about well-being. In addition to the helpline referenced by him, we have increased mental health funding by €3 million. I appreciate his support in that regard. We have also doubled the student assistance fund. There is...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Niall Collins: The Deputy asked about the numbers who took up the various apprenticeships. I do not have that detail to hand at the moment. Suffice it to say that during 2020 there was naturally a drop-off due to Covid-19 and the impact of the pandemic in terms of the number of people who took up apprenticeships and applied for apprenticeships. That was part of the reason we introduced the...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Mairead Farrell: Le bliain anuas, is minic go raibh mic léinn ó Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, agus Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, GMIT, i dteagmháil liom agus iad trína chéile mar gheall ar bhrú airgid, ar fhadhbanna lóistín agus ar an mbrú meabhairshláinte atá orthu de bharr na paindéime seo. Tá a fhios againn ar fad gur buille...

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