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#VINB Tue 13/11/2012: Third level grants and fees

Norman Bates

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At the slightly later time of 23:05 - info not ‘official’ tv3; it’s from USI

John Logue, USI President https://twitter.com/john_logue
Derek Nolan, Lab TD Galway West http://www.labour.ie/dereknolan/
Jonathan O'Brien, SF TD Cork North Central http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/20207
Catherine Halloran, Political correspondent Irish Daily Star http://irishpoliticalpopcorn.blogspot.ie/

Sorry folks, but I haven’t the foggiest idea what’s on tonight as I haven’t been given any info from tv3 on tonight’s #vinb, so I’ll have to fill in the details on the grid as we go along and I hear the broadcast. So it’s just one big surprise to me as well as you!

According to USI, John Logue will be on #VINB to talk about third level grants and fees. Tonight this was the situation:

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has formally apologised to students and their parents for the distress caused by delays in processing grants.

Speaking during this evening's private members debate in the Dáil on the issue, Mr Quinn said that as Minister, he accepted responsibility for the problems.
So that’s all the info I have at the moment. I’ll update as soon as I get more info. But it seems strange that Vinny would look at this as RTE’s The Frontline covered it last night.

Yup, Vinny is covering grants tonight. Also being looked at is gay marriage and the inter-Government row over abortion legislation.


Minister formally apologises after less than a third of student grants processed - RT News
'Mistakes' made in new grant system - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 13, 2012
Grant delays leave students in limbo
Student grant delays not surprising says Louth VEC boss
RTÉ’s Frontline adds to the student grant debate «


http://www.politics.ie/forum/education-science/196573-clare-coco-back-down-over-threats-student-grants.html
http://www.politics.ie/forum/education-science/193978-quinns-rich-persons-only-government-backed-loan-scheme-post-graduate-students.html
http://www.politics.ie/forum/education-science/197387-ucds-student-bar-goes-bust-university-pay-750k-debts.html
Paper preview:
Michael O'Brien, O'Brien Press http://www.obrien.ie/

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RobertW

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Was there a delay in processing Ruairí Quinn's car/work journey expenses for his trip to his holiday home in Galway?

Somehow I doubt it.
 

drummed

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Another shambles. Anything the public sector attempt ends in disaster. Who would give any VEC control over this sort of task? A more incompetent and pointless organisation would be hard to imagine. Minister should walk the plank.

But.............its Ruari Quinn so no chance of that. Most over rated politician in Ireland since Mary Harney retired. A total waste of space.
 

Ribeye

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Oh I hope vinny feckin sautés Louge,

He really annoys me with his gimme gimme gimme and gimme it now attitude, and he smarmy face,

A champagne socialist in the making if I ever saw one,
 

tigerben

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Oh I hope vinny feckin sautés Louge,

He really annoys me with his gimme gimme gimme and gimme it now attitude, and he smarmy face,

A champagne socialist in the making if I ever saw one,


Just what I'm thinking !
 

Con Gallagher

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Oh I hope vinny feckin sautés Louge,

He really annoys me with his gimme gimme gimme and gimme it now attitude, and he smarmy face,

A champagne socialist in the making if I ever saw one,
He might make the cabinet if Labour decide to skip two generations.

At the risk of making a sillier point; has the number of places in courses expanded during the boom being cut back eg law, architecture, marketing etc?
 

Ribeye

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He might make the cabinet if Labour decide to skip two generations.

At the risk of making a sillier point; has the number of places in courses expanded during the boom being cut back eg law, architecture, marketing etc?
Is he in Labour?
 

ruserious

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All of your taxes are paying my grant. Thanks.
 

constitutionus

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Is he in Labour?
look at the track record of who's been USI president and take a wild guess ribby !

:D

blokes got the stank of LAB all over him IMO.

Have to say this doesnt interest me at all. ill take a chance on it but if its dull central im off.
 

drummed

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I just assumed he was from your description. Opps!
Course you did. This is the internet. Why bother with the facts when you can engage in daft speculation?
Its what makes the site great.
 

Mr. Bumble

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Another shambles. Anything the public sector attempt ends in disaster. Who would give any VEC control over this sort of task? A more incompetent and pointless organisation would be hard to imagine. Minister should walk the plank.

But.............its Ruari Quinn so no chance of that. Most over rated politician in Ireland since Mary Harney retired. A total waste of space.
We should have farmers running the country. Everyone would be making a fortune with dodgy diesel, fake vat receipts, CAP payments, free university places etc. We'd have to teach them to read and write first but things would be grand then. Things would be grand altogether so they would.
 

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Ruairi has accepted responsibility for the fiasco, no resignations there so.
 

carlovian

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Was just thinking of quinns well paid advisers on that rte documentary.

They were sitting around drinking coffee all the time.

Shame they couldn't have been sorting out this mess.
 

Ribeye

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look at the track record of who's been USI president and take a wild guess ribby !

:D

blokes got the stank of LAB all over him IMO.

Have to say this doesnt interest me at all. ill take a chance on it but if its dull central im off.
Yeah, if he's not in yet, he soon will be,

I wonder will tiggy still fancy him when he's been in Lab for a few years and has acquired the Gilmore waddle and the Rabbites chins:)
 

carlovian

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Ruairi has accepted responsibility for the fiasco, no resignations there so.
This is Ireland where we don't do resignations.

Was kinda surprised about even the apology.
 


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