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Inclusion Ireland Call For Independent Àras Attracta Inquiry


Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland Tom Healy is calling for an independent inquiry into the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo to restore confidence in disability services following the RTÉ Investigations Unit programme last night (Tuesday, 9th December).

The disturbing, distressing and shocking programme shone a depressing light on the standards of residential care for persons with intellectual disabilities in this HSE-run facility. Continue reading


Childcare Association Aims To Reform Industry

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald has said she believes a new organisation set up to represent childcare professionals will be effective in bringing about higher standards in an industry desperate for reform.

The Association of Childcare Professionals (ACP) hopes to represent over 22,000 childcare professionals across the country aiming to give a voice to such professionals. The ACP also want the early-years sector to become a fully-developed professional branch in its own right, similar to teaching, medicine or law. Continue reading

USI Set To Protest As Government Look Set To Pull Plug On 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 have also announced details of a national protest to be held this Wednesdayat Parnell Square in Dublin from 1.30pm in order to put pressure on the government so as to ensure education mains accessible to all.

The union claims that by not offering maintenance support and grants, the government are forcing emigration upon thousands as they search for 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.”

Yesterdays Sunday Business Post revealed Government plans to scrap state support for new postgraduate students in order to save about €50 million per year. Students currently receive grants ranging from €315 to €6,100 depending on family income and how far they must travel to college.

“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.

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

The proposal has caused some tension among the ranks of the Labour Party.

It was only last week that Redmond and Quinn came face to face in a Prime Time debate, with the latter’s silence on whether or not grants would be scrapped speaking volumes of his future plans.