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Ministers Breen and Mitchell O’Connor announce the establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector

Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, has formally accepted the recommendation of the Labour Court for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector. He made the announcement today together with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD.

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National Student Accommodation Strategy Update

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English T.D. today released the end Q3 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor opens the 5th National Forum on Education for Sustainable Development

The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (Thursday 28th November) opened the 5th National Forum on Education for Sustainable Development in the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches new Action Plan to promote Traveller participation in higher education

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, launched the Action Plan to Promote Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The Minister was joined at the launch, held in TU Dublin, by several third level students and recent graduates from the Traveller community, who told their own stories of studying in universities and colleges around Ireland, and gave insights into the supports that are most useful to students.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlights importance of College Awareness Week

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today highlighted the importance of College Awareness Week, a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness relating to the benefits of going to college. The Minister also took the opportunity to emphasise to prospective students the many other pathways available to them through apprenticeships, traineeships and Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses.

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Minster Mitchell O’Connor welcomes launch of Ireland’s largest accessible digital library for people with print disabilities

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today attended the launch of Bookshare.ie – an initiative of the NCBI to provide a place that will be a single, secure platform to host both home-grown and international book titles across all higher and further education study areas/fields. Bookshare.ie will allow all eligible students to search and instantly download books freely.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor congratulates first graduates of the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship at Capstone Project Awards Ceremony

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today congratulated the first graduating cohort of apprentices from the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice who traveled to the Department of Education to receive awards for their capstone projects submitted as part of their final year work. The 33 graduates at the ceremony graduated from IT Sligo on Friday 1 November.

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joins Ministers to launch €300 million Human Capital Initiative and Future Jobs Ireland Skills and Talent Pillar

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. today (Thursday 7th November) joined Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD. to launch the €300 million Human Capital Initiative and the Skills and Talent pillar of Future Jobs Ireland.

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Announcement of €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness & Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group.

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Minister announces €500,000 to support Irish Higher Education Institutions preparing for the pilot European Universities Initiative

The Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (24 October) launched a call for applications for financial support for eligible Irish higher education institutions (HEIs), in advance of the second call of the European Universities Initiative by the European Commission.

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