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Minister Mitchell O’Connor announces major Government of Ireland Initiative at launch of Gender Equality Action Plan for Higher Education Institutions 2018 – 2020

Gender Task Force Launch event, The national Gallery.
Iain White / Fennell Photography.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State with special responsibility for Higher Education today (12th Nov 2018) announced the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative for the Higher Education sector at the launch of the Action Plan for Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutions 2018 – 2020.

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Ministers Madigan & Mitchell O’Connor announce co-funding of re-development of Royal Irish Academy of Music on Westland Row

 

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., together with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today (25th October 2018) announced joint funding of €9 million for the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) to assist in the re-development of its historic Westland Row premises.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Launches two Innovative Initiatives in STEM Education in Ireland

 

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched two important initiatives for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Ireland. The first is DCU’s ‘A World of Opportunities’; a landmark STEM careers guide for parents, teachers and students. In partnership the Minister launched the fifth annual I Wish showcases, which takes place across four days in Dublin and Cork next February. To mark with the occasion, I Wish has released its annual survey of more than 2,200 Transition Year students, which shows secondary school girls and their teachers still don’t know enough about STEM subjects and the careers that can follow.

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved and the new Technological University Dublin shall be established. The Seanad had approved the draft order on 9 October.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor Underlines 20% Increase in Investment Levels in Higher Education in Three Years

 

Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, speaking this morning in Maynooth University highlighted her role in securing agreement in the recent Budget for the €300m multiannual Human Capital Initiative (HCI) for Higher Education (HE).

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Speech to National Workshop on Consent and Tackling Sexual Violence in Third Level Education

Good morning.

Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan,
Distinguished guests, Members of An Garda Síochána, students, representatives from higher education, leaders in the area of consent and sexual welfare of our students. Thank you for being here.

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convened a major higher education workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence

Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, with special responsibility for Higher Education has today (4th October 2018) brought together higher education representatives, students unions and other stakeholders for a workshop on consent and tackling sexual violence in third level education.

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Further €6.8m funding allocation to support Technological University development and other higher education landscape restructuring

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State for Education,
Joseph Ryan, THEA.
Iain White – Fennell Photography.

Following on from the announcement made on 17 July at an event held at the Grangegorman campus of Dublin Institute of Technology in the presence of An Taoiseach, of a significant 2018 funding allocation of €4.4 million to the three Dublin based Institutes of Technology – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology, Tallaght – who are seeking designation as the State’s first technological university, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., today ( September 2018) announced the allocation of a further €6.8 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape this year.

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Sports Capital Grants Scheme 2018 Announced

 This morning brought the great news that €40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country with a new round of Sports Capital grants. This scheme has proved very successful in getting much needed funding to clubs across the constituency in recent years and I hope it will benefit many more this year.

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