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  • Stormont Ministers options for EMA’s criticised by student unions » Inside Ireland
    our joint review indicates that the scheme could be better targeted at those young people from lower income families who otherwise would not have carried on with their post 16 education without the incentive of Education Maintenance Allowance the DEL Minister said The consultation has selected five options for the future structure of the EMA These options are structured around the existing scheme and look at the three weekly payment bands the bonus payments and the household income thresholds However these options have been criticised by the umbrella body for student unions in the North NUS USI who argue that every option outlined by the consultation from the Education and Employment and Learning Departments advocates the scrapping of the 10 and 20 weekly payments NUS USI President Adrianne Peltz said I am extremely annoyed about the options announced in the consultation they are nothing short of disastrous for young people here The scrapping of the two lower bands of EMA would hit thousands of students around Northern Ireland very hard Ms Peltz believed the announcement was terrible news for students in Northern Ireland EMA is meant to be all about helping young people fulfil their potential their hopes and their dreams These proposals could see many people s hopes and dreams placed in serious jeopardy For the Executive Minister O Dowd said about the Consultation We are determined that we target support to where it is really needed to ensure young people are not forced out of education and training for financial reasons The public consultation will run for 14 weeks Comments Comments are closed Latest Education and Training Recruitment begins for almost 100 PhD positions at SFI Software Research Centre at UL Recruitment has begun for almost 100 PhD positions at the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Software Research Centre

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2012/07/31/stormont-ministers-options-for-ema%e2%80%99s-criticised-by-student-unions-78153/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Third-level students urged to apply for grants » Inside Ireland
    Third level students urged to apply for grants July 18 2012 Share Tweet By Alix New third level students are being urged to apply as soon as possible for college and university grants The closing date for new applicants to apply for the coming college year is August 31 however students are being reminded that the sooner their application is made the sooner their grant can be awarded Local TD for Roscommon and South Leitrim Denis Naughten told iRadio that students should not wait until they receive an offer to apply for a grant He said My fear is that because the closing date is the 31st of August students will wait until the CAO offers are out before making an application If that s the case there is a traditional backlog there and it could mean students won t get their grant until next year Apply early get your required documentation in so the grant can be paid early Comments Comments are closed Latest Education and Training Recruitment begins for almost 100 PhD positions at SFI Software Research Centre at UL Recruitment has begun for almost 100 PhD positions at the Science Foundation Ireland Irish Software Research Centre at the University of Limerick Online petition calling on Ulster University to reverse its decision to close its school of modern languages has received over 3 000 supporters An online petition calling on Ulster University to reverse its decision to close its school of modern languages has received over 3 000 supporters since the news was announced on 2nd September ETBI welcomes Education Minister s Announcement of Agreement with Teacher Unions regarding all aspects of Junior Cycle Reform USI shocked and devastated at death of Irish students when apartment balcony collapsed during birthday party in California Advice and tips for 119

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2012/07/18/third-level-students-urged-to-apply-for-grants-77328/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Education and Training » Inside Ireland
    at UL University of Limerick researchers have been awarded 346 600 in funding to develop a unique software tool suite that will support rapid innovation and ensure a competitive edge for power semiconductor companies based in Ireland Minister Creighton launches Blue Star Award Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton presented the first Blue Star Award to a Dublin primary school today Teachers raise concerns over confusing physics exam question Teachers have raised concerns over a question on the Leaving Cert Physic higher level paper Special needs pupils face more cutbacks Special needs pupils face more cutbacks in the time they spend with their resource teachers in the next school year Cash prize on offer from NUI Galway to top Leaving Cert students Top Leaving Cert students will be offered cash prizes by NUI Galway administrators NI students at Republic universities to foot own fees Stormont will no longer foot a portion of the bill for NI students studying in the Republic 5 cut for special needs support There will be a further 5 cut in support for children with special needs ESRI study finds those with literacy problems respond better to training According to a new study from the Economic and Social Research Institute ESRI those with literacy problems respond better to training and often sign off the live register quicker Ruari Quinn slams university chiefs over failed reforms Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has criticised university chiefs for failing to deliver reforms in the wake of a report aimed to make it easier on students applying to third level institutions Sinn Féin latest to slam Leaving Cert maths paper Sinn Féin is demanding an inquiry into the controversial higher level Leaving Cert maths paper Ruari Quinn urges students to apply for grant aid Education Minister Ruari Quinn has urged all

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/category/education-and-training/page/3/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Thirteen sets of 17th Century Human remains found after Derry Archaeological dig » Inside Ireland
    uncovering evidence of Derry s development from the post medieval period and possibly earlier The excavations were organised by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency NIEA Derry City Council and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork Queen s University Belfast Volunteers are welcome at the dig and should contact Derry City Council Museum and Heritage Service for more information Excavating on site in the rain and mud with the first volunteers Sean Malcolm Billy Picture http legenderrydigs blogspot co uk Lead archaeologist Emily Murray said We have only excavated seven skeletons so far but 13 have been found There could be more We found feet bones that are quite small Researchers at the site said that the depth of soil is not an indication of age Stormont Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said the find of human remains will hopefully shed a light on what existed at this important site many centuries ago Archaeological excavations are an important way of shaping our understanding of the past and give a valuable insight into our fascinating history for locals and tourists alike said the Minister who replaced Alex Attwood as Minister during the Summer The dig is expected to finish on 27 September 2013 with a family open day planned for 28 September 2013 I look forward to hearing of the history of this find in addition to other hidden gems which will be uncovered in the remaining weeks of the dig Minister Durkan Comments Comments are closed Latest Environment Met Office issues Yellow warning of snow and ice for the North The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning of snow and ice for the North from Thursday night into Friday morning 7 8th January HSA 18 people died in the agricultural industry in the Republic with 4 of them children HSA figures

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/09/20/three-sets-of-17th-century-human-remains-found-after-derry-archaeological-dig-101887/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Fianna Fáil calls on government to ‘confirm’ that Fuel Allowance package ‘will be protected’ in forthcoming budget » Inside Ireland
    for the company s 380 000 gas customers according to Fianna Fáil Rise in Tariffs Dave Kirwan speaking for Bord Gáis said the key factor driving the price increase was the rise in networks tariffs which affect all suppliers Bord Gais Energy regrets that a price increase is necessary and although networks tariffs are beyond our control we continue to do everything we can to deliver good value for our customers he said Chief executive of the Consumers Association Dermott Jewell welcomed the fact that the regulator had granted Bord Gáis a smaller rise than it initially sought but that even a 2 hike will hurt families he said No Fairness However Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Energy and Natural Resources Michael Moynihan claimed that since the Government came to power gas prices will have increased by almost 300 per year for households when the latest price increase comes into effect next month Earlier this year Bord Gáis announced that profits had increased by 29 To seek and be granted further price increases in this context raises some very serious questions There is no fairness in hiking gas prices when so many customers are in arrears Gas disconnections rose by 82 in 2012 with the winter fast approaching families will have to do without heat and electricity because they cannot afford to pay their bills Michael Moynihan TD The Deputy called on Minister Rabbitte to show some leadership and engage properly with the Regulator Electric Ireland Increase Electric Ireland announced on 3rd September that its gas prices will also increase by 2 from 1st October 2013 According to the company this will result in an average increase of around 0 35 per week on the average residential gas bill The supplier blamed the price increase on the CER approval of charges which are outside the control of Electric Ireland These charges are applicable to all gas consumers regardless of supplier and relate primarily to the networks costs of transporting gas over the gas networks system and into customers homes the company said in a statement Jim Dollard Executive Director Electric Ireland said We regret that we have to increase our gas prices at this time We are extremely conscious of the financial pressures facing our customers and we have tried to minimise this increase The price change announced today is predominantly due to regulatory approved gas network costs Electric Ireland continues to offer competitively priced gas products in the market The new increase for both companies is set to come into effect on October 1 just two weeks before the budget Folly Willie O Dea said that Minister Joan Burton cut the Fuel Allowance by six weeks in last year s budget and that families now only receive the payment for 26 weeks per year The folly of the decision was shown this year when the severe weather conditions in the spring forced the Minster into a climb down by extending the allowance said Deputy O Dea The Minister for

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/09/04/fianna-fail-calls-on-government-to-confirm-that-fuel-allowance-package-will-be-protected-in-forthcoming-bud-101635/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Sinn Féin welcomes introduction of plastic bag tax in the North » Inside Ireland
    Northern Ireland came into effect on April 8th The department hopes to see an 80 reduction in the use of carrier bags as a result of the levy The tax also applies to bags made from paper plant based material or natural starch but there are exceptions in cases of hygiene and food safety the protection of goods and consumers and confidentiality in respect of bags for medicines Environment minister Alex Attwood said I think most people will see the benefit of this and most people will embrace this new proposal The Republic has had the levy since 2002 with Wales introducing the plastic bag tax in 2011 Environmental nightmare Cathal Boylan the Sinn Féin Environmental spokesperson said the vast majority of these bags are non bio degradable and continuing to use over 30 000 bags an hour is unsustainable and creating an environmental nightmare for future generations By reducing the number of bags in use we can create an environmental legacy and educate our young people of the importance of being environmentally aware said the MLA North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay said the levy has been enormously successful in the rest of Ireland and I expect that it will also lead to a significant reduction in the number of carrier bags being used in the north Carrier bags are littered throughout our countryside They are unsightly and need to be tackled if we want to see cleaner neighbourhoods and build on the clean green tourism product that we want to promote added the MLA Comments Comments are closed Latest Environment Met Office issues Yellow warning of snow and ice for the North The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning of snow and ice for the North from Thursday night into Friday morning 7 8th January HSA 18 people

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/04/09/sinn-fein-welcomes-introduction-of-plastic-bag-tax-in-the-north-98428/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Fianna Fáil accuses Government of making up water reform policy ‘as it goes along’ » Inside Ireland
    that the charges would come into effect on 1st January 2014 a date set by the Troika Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen said the more we hear from individual Ministers on the issue of water reform the clearer it becomes that the Government is making it up as it goes along Just days after the Minister responsible for water charges Phil Hogan confirmed that charges will be introduced on January 1st 2014 the Labour Party Leader has now attempted to overrule him said Deputy Cowen In his comments the Tánaiste talks about the poor progress on installing meters as a reason to postpone charges Yet again there is nothing in the reported comments of a senior minister about the quality of our water system its reliability or its efficiency and how these factors should influence the timetable for charging the Deputy added The Chairperson of the Labour Councillors Association Niall McNeilus said Labour councillors met in Gorey last week and at that meeting we made the point that thanks to the introduction of the local property tax people were already facing major increases in taxation this year and next There has been a long standing commitment to link water charges to consumption levels as required by EU law As a Party it has always been our belief that there should also be a free basic allocation per household above which people could then be charged Given the lead in time before an effective water metering system could be rolled out there is no justification for water taxes before 2015 Electoral meltdown Sinn Féin party spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley accused the Tánaiste of being too concerned with electoral meltdown which was the motivating factor behind the decison Some 1 1 billion is spent annually on water services in

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/04/08/fianna-fail-accuses-government-of-making-up-water-reform-policy-as-it-goes-along-98395/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Customers urged to conserve water as further restrictions are imposed by Dublin City Council » Inside Ireland
    and with some additional capacity gained as a result water levels still remain below a normal and sustainable level Further Extension to Restrictions Dublin City Council announced at the weekend it was extending water restrictions to 12 hours per day from around nine hours previously and will continue to review and monitor the storage levels on an ongoing basis The Council said that Treated water storage is currently at an unsustainably low level Water demand is currently running higher than average due to the cold weather which has caused an increase in leakage Our crews are repairing any breaks as they arise To help us in this regard we would ask people to report any location where they see water rising or running the statement went on The Council referred people to www taptips ie for easy water saving tips The statement added It should be stressed that there is no problem with the quality of treated drinking water or with storage levels of untreated raw water Dublin City Council has issued the following tips to conserve water Easy Water Saving Tips include 10 minutes in a power shower uses 250 litres of water which is two and a half times more than a bath does o Keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap running a tap for one minute to produce one cold glass of water wastes 6 litres of water o Not delaying in the shower 10 minutes in a power shower uses 250 litres of water which is two and a half times more than a bath does 100 litres o Turning the tap off for two minutes while brushing your teeth will save 12 litres of water o Turn the dishwasher and washing machine on only when they have a

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/04/02/customers-urged-to-conserve-water-as-further-restrictions-are-imposed-by-dublin-city-council-98282/ (2016-02-11)
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