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Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Mattie McGrath: I, too, am delighted for the Minister of State. I wish him well in his portfolio. I, too, am astounded that the Minister, Deputy Harris, could not have waited until the end of the debate. Has he gone out to look into the black hole that is the children's hospital site? Some legacy he has in that regard. His absence is totally insulting to Deputies, smaller parties and groups who have...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Marian Harkin: I listened to the Minister, Deputy Harris, earlier. He had some good news. I was pleased to hear about the 58 new apprenticeship courses that are available, not only in traditional areas such as carpentry and plumbing but also in areas such as cybersecurity, accounting and supply chain management. I was also very pleased to hear that Ireland is now the ninth most innovative country in...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Harkin for giving that parent a voice here today.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Niall Collins: I thank the Deputies for their constructive and valuable contributions. My plan, and that of the Minister, Deputy Harris, and my Department, is to work in collaboration with our stakeholders, Oireachtas colleagues and many others. I look forward to our continued engagement. Nobody has to be reminded that education is not just primary school followed by secondary school, followed by going...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I was due to share time with Deputy Murnane-O’Connor so I will not be taking all the time allotted.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I see Deputy Durkan is here.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: Yes, I saw him prowling and I specifically referred to the spare time just in case he was prowling for just such a reason.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy the Durkan is just in the nick of time.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I welcome the formation of this new Department which was warranted and I hope that we see consequent and substantial improvements in our provision and learning outcomes as a result. I welcome in particular the emphasis that this Minister and Minister of State placed on the training and skills facet of the Department and their commitment to prioritise lifelong learning, one of the aspects of...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Bernard Durkan: I am glad to have an opportunity to speak on this particularly important item and I thank the Minister for State for the work that has been done in that Department. It is timely that the emphasis is put on third and fourth level education for the simple reason that we face much competition in the workplace and will face greater competition in the future as our next-door neighbour moves away,...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Carol Nolan who is sharing with Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Carol Nolan: Tá áthas orm labhairt. We are here to discuss third level education in the round mainly. I also want to raise the challenges that are facing many students in the price of student accommodation which is effectively acting as a barrier for many students who just cannot take up places in college. We need to get to grips with that as this is excluding bright and gifted students. We...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Verona Murphy: I bring to the Minister's attention an issue that was raised by a constituent regarding delays in completing apprenticeships. The correspondence states that the constituent's electrician apprenticeship is supposed to be a four year programme, but there is such a waiting list to move on to the next phase that apprentices such as this person will spend more than five years doing the...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: I was listening to the Fine Gael spokesperson on insurance a while ago. I was reminded of the sentence "an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea". Is the Minister with responsibility for higher education a part-time Minister? He is unable to attend the complete debate here. The Deputies left in the Chamber represent thousands of people in our...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Murnane O'Connor who is sharing with Deputy Alan Farrell.

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: I welcome the Minister's update on his work and that of his Department. Much has been achieved to date and it is to be commended. I welcome the €50 million announced today for third level students for a once-off payment of €250 to each student. It was a welcome announcement for the almost 5,000 students of the Institute of Technology, Carlow and St. Patrick's College in...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Alan Farrell: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to these statements. I note with appreciation both Ministers appearing before the Oireachtas committee recently to create their Department so I express my congratulations on that point. I believe it has to be formalised by the House but that will be a great day for both of them. I know they will be very pleased to formally have a Department in which...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I wish the Ministers well in this necessary Department, which all of us want to see do very well. A number of Members have already spoken about the fact that we have some staffing issues in third level. A number of people would be on precarious contracts. That must be brought to a head from the point of view of sustainability and ensuring that people can put in all the effort and time they...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Darren O'Rourke: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this topic. I welcome also the establishment of the Department and the focus on third level and higher education. The third level experience presents people with the opportunity to broaden their horizons and gain additional skills, and it is transformative in its nature. A central theme needs to be around access and ensuring that all people,...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Covid-19 has forced us to rethink many of our priorities and understand what is important. Many of those things that we have learned the importance of during Covid-19, and which we should have known before, start with higher education. There are the doctors, the nurses and the scientists we need to cope with a health crisis, the engineers, the architects and the apprentices we need to build...

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