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Posts Tagged ‘ Ruairi Quinn ’

News in Brief: Quinn Jumps Before He’s Pushed

NIB's favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

NIB’s favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

In what can only be described as typical, Enda Kenny’s put his foot firmly into his mouth -this week he’s been calling Joan-people! People, he’s been calling people fat, according to Micheal Martin anyway. The Fianna Fail leader accused the Taoiseach of being fattist following questioning over the decision to suspend gastric band operations. In a bid to save money Enda suggested the waiting patients go for a jog instead and cut out the Supermacs: ‘prevention is better than cure’ to which Martin took offence. He reckons obese people are subject to ‘the last acceptable form of discrimination’, although conceded this couldn’t be applied to James Reilly.

In other political news Ruairi Quinn has been retired! Well jumped, before he was pushed, out of Leinster House. What does this mean for us?! NIB hears you all cry. Oh no sorry, you were wondering about your World Cup Office sweepstake now USA are out. Continue reading

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News in Brief: MP Suggests Ireland Join British Commonwealth

 

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Tory MP With A Great Thatch

The Cabinet is being rifled with again, like a bowl of crap crisps at a party. Apparently the Taoiseach has said it will be in September after the European elections and could see Ruairi Quinn sent to the back of the class in the Department of Education. A senior source though has said no one really knows what’s going on. Sure if they don’t know who’s in charge of what, how will we know who to complain about?

A fella in Dublin is complaining, about his complete lack of golfing ability. In fact he is selling his clubs after coming to the realisation ‘I’m a danger to both myself and everyone else on the golf course’. Aww. The vendor, Ciaran, has declared himself the worst golfer in the world and is also selling some other golfing kit on Done Deal, ‘Also included is a Sureshot GPS unit for measuring distance to front/middle/ back of green on each hole. Please note this is only of use if you have any balls left to hit.’ Continue reading

Quinn Signs SOLAS Order And Dissolves FAS In The Process

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The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has signed the Order for the establishment of the new further education and training authority SOLAS. Its commencement brings about the dissolution of FÁS.

The new statutory agency will operate under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills. SOLAS, in partnership with the 16 new Education and Training Boards, will be responsible for the integration, co-ordination and funding of the wide range of training and further education programmes around Ireland. One of its first tasks will be to devise a strategy for the development of a unified further education and training sector. Continue reading

Government Penny Pinching May Do More Harm Than Good

covBackbenchers from Fine Gael and Labour have warned of impending trouble within the coalition over the issue of means testing for third level grants. The Government has indicated that proposals regarding the inclusion of assets worth over €750,000 are still being discussed – meaning farms and business assets could now come under scrutiny when applying for education grants. The issue first reared its head last summer and has once more come to the fore this week. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has argued previously that farmers and the self-employed are not averse to manipulating their incomes to ensure their children receive third level grants. Continue reading

News in Brief-When The Council Gets Tough Boyzone Bertie Gets Going

Bertie Ahern (remember that man with all the money from last week) has been lobbying Dublin City Council for a posthumous statue of Stephen Gately to be erected following some words from the rest of Boyzone. Isn’t it a wonder.The Love me for a Reason singer died in 2009 whilst abroad with his partner. No matter what, Bertie and the boys may want however, the council’s policies set out procedures preventing a statue being placed until twenty years after the singer’s death. I love the way they love Steve, but when the council get’s tough Bertie gets going.
Bank of Ireland’s new post-graduate loan scheme comes attached with a higher rate of interest than loans being offered by Ulster Bank and Allied Irish but has still been “warmly welcomed” by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn. The new loan follows the withdrawal of maintenance grants for post-grad students. So now if you want to continue your education you will be required to pay only interest on the loan for the duration of their studies with capital repayments starting three months after completion of the course. You don’t need a PhD to realise post-grad study for some will now be out of the question.
If you didn’t get enough of American Michael Phelps, the world’s greatest swimmer in his trunks at the Olympics never fear. He could be swapping swimming for swinging (not like that) in a new movie version of Tarzan. The film is reputedly to be re-made by director, David Yates responsible for the last four Harry Potter films. The news brings a whole new meaning to ‘wet and wild’.
If the chances of winning the lotto are one in fourteen million imagine being the Donegal family that won twice in one day. This week two members of one family each bought a ticket with the same numbers at different shops both scooping part of the cool €250,000.
The Baltimore whale stuck in a west Cork harbour since Tuesday has breathed its last. The fin whale died after becoming stuck in the harbour and injuring itself as it anxiously thrashed. The giant mammal’s corpse which faces the same fate as similar creatures – that due to their size have had to be left to naturally decompose causing quite a stink – is now to be moved to Waterford. Seems a bit unfair, what did Waterford do?
In international news in Vatican City everyone is asking what the pope’s butler saw. Paolo Gabriele the pope’s personal butler is being charged with aggravated theft after reportedly taking and photocopying documents from the desk of Georg Gaenswein, the pope’s private secretary. Gabriele was one of the few with access to pope Benedict’s “private chambers” and at any time could be pardoned by his holiness. To err is human, to forgive – well actually for God’s ultimate representative on earth forgiveness is apparently unlikely and Gabriele is almost certain to face jail time.

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.

 

Kenny Deals His Hand

 

New Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed his cabinet after succesfully winning a Dàil vote by 117 votes to 27. 

After gaining the seal of approval from president Mary McAleese, Kenny returned to the Dàil to outline the TD`s he has chosen to help secure the future of Ireland.

The Fine Gael leader has spread out the ministerial positions with his party taking 10 positions, with a further position coming in the form of the chief  whip, which Wexford TD Paul Kehoe has taken.

The Labour party have taken up 6 positions, with party leader Eamon Gilmore taking on the role of Tànaiste aswel as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Michael Noonan has been named as the new Minister for Finance, completing a remarkable turnaround  for the former Fine Gael leader, who was in charge when the party suffered their worst ever results during the 2002 elections.

Former Finance Minister and Labour party member Ruairi Quinn, who held the position from 1994-97 has taken up the role of Minister For Education and Skills.

His party colleague Brendan Howlin takes on the role of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Richard Bruton, who famously failed in a heave against Kenny last year has been given the portfolio for Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Economic Planning.

Labour Deputy leader Joan Burton is the new Minister for Social Protection.

Former Kerry footballer and Fine Gael candidate Jimmy Deenihan is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht affairs.

Former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte has taken on the ministry for communications, energy and national resources.

Phil Hogan, a trusted supporter of Kenny during Bruton`s failed heave is the new Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Fine Gael`s Alan Shatter is the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.  

Former MEP Simon Coveney is Kenny`s pick for Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food.

Dublin Mid West TD Frances Fitzgerald is the new Minister for Children.

James Reilly, one of the key figures in Fine Gael`s success at the polls is the new Minister for Health.

Leo Varadkar, who openly supported Bruton has taken on the ministry for Transport,Tourism and Sport.

Labour`s Willie Penrose has assuemd the position of Junior Minister with responsibility for housing and planning.

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