The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced that 22 projects across 23 educational institutions have been awarded a total of €23 million under the new Innovation and Transformation Fund.
February 7 2019 9:58 PM
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has decided against running the European Parliament elections.
Speaking at Fine Gaell constituency event, in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Ms Mitchell O’Connor told supporters she would not be putting her name forward.
In a statement, the Minister said: “Having taken some time to consult with my family, friends and constituents, I have decided not to run in the forthcoming European elections.”
She said was persuaded by “senior colleagues” to consider running in the Dublin constituency in the May election.
“After much consideration, the draw to continue to serve my constituents in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown won out. The opportunity to represent Dublin and Ireland in Europe was one that was worthy of serious consideration, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I would prefer to continue making a positive difference for my constituents in Dáil Éireann,” she added.
“Added to that is the fact that I genuinely love my current ministry and wish to continue to develop policy in the area. We have work left undone in many areas but in particular, we’ve work to do in making sure that our third level institutions lead the way on areas such as gender equality and the correct teaching of issues around consent.
“Similarly, I’m keen to continue progress in areas like establishing our technological universities, increasing funding for third level colleges, the new professorial apprenticeships, the green initiatives within our HE Institutions, improving English Language Schools and improved access for all to Higher Education and Further Education.
“I wish to sincerely thank An Taoiseach and senior cabinet colleagues for their support and patience while I reached this decision,” she added.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced that changes to the minimum entry requirements for the Professional Master of Education (PME) for primary teaching will come in to place in September 2020.
As part of my visit to UCC today (Monday 28 January) I got a guided tour of Bio Green Café, Ireland’s first plastic free café. No plastic packaging or single use plastic cutlery to be seen. I look forward to other cafés and businesses following their example as we work to reduce our dependence on single use plastics.
The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (28th January 2019) launched the Online Bystander Intervention Programme at University College Cork. The programme was developed by Dr Louise Crowley in the School of Law, UCC.
Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching.
Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed today’s release of key statistics from the Higher Education Sector in ‘Higher Education: Key Facts and Figures’ by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has today appointed the former General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI), Mr Patrick King, to work with relevant stakeholders to explore the potential to address some of the employment related issues that have arisen in the English language education sector.
The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today (1 January 2019) welcomed the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin.
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today (December 2018) announced that Professor David FitzPatrick has been designated under the Technological Universities Act 2018 for appointment as the first president of Technological University Dublin.