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#Simon Harris

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Harris to seek government approval for 4,600 extra college places for upcoming semester
# Education
# Education

Harris to seek government approval for 4,600 extra college places for upcoming semester

Jul 13th 2021, 7:56 AM 13,771 Views 18 Comments

There has been a significant increase in demand for college places this year.

# simon-harris - Monday 12 July, 2021

Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses
# College
# College

Staff and students urged to sign up for pilot antigen testing project on four college campuses

Jul 12th 2021, 9:01 AM 19,460 Views 14 Comments

Testing will involve volunteers providing saliva samples twice weekly.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Simon Harris says the pandemic has been particularly hard for college students - but next year will be different
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

Simon Harris says the pandemic has been particularly hard for college students - but next year will be different

Jun 15th 2021, 4:21 PM 9,439 Views 5 Comments

CMO Dr Tony Holohan has endorsed the return to college campuses in the coming academic year.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters
# Cabinet Plans
# Cabinet Plans

Landlords will not be allowed to demand in excess of two months’ rent upfront under new rules, including from student renters

Updated Jun 9th 2021, 1:43 PM 62,466 Views 101 Comments
  • Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien brought a memo to Cabinet today that will restrict upfront payment demands made by landlords, reports Political Correspondent Christina Finn
  • The new rules, which will be in place before the next academic year, will ensure that students only have to pay one months' rent at a time.
  • Cabinet has also extended the current Covid-19 protections for renters until January 2022.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Limerick IT and Athlone IT merge to form new technological university
# Midlands
# Midlands

Limerick IT and Athlone IT merge to form new technological university

May 5th 2021, 12:46 PM 16,715 Views 18 Comments

AIT President Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin described today’s announcement as a “historic day” for the region.

# simon-harris - Monday 19 April, 2021

Employers will be paid more to take on women or lone parents as apprentices
# Apprenticeship
# Apprenticeship

Employers will be paid more to take on women or lone parents as apprentices

Apr 19th 2021, 11:43 AM 20,989 Views 38 Comments

Additional money will also be given to businesses that take on people with a disability, or are from direct provision as apprentices.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Hotel quarantine bookings 'paused' by Department of Health in order to ramp up capacity
# Hotel Quarantine
# Hotel Quarantine

Hotel quarantine bookings 'paused' by Department of Health in order to ramp up capacity

Updated Apr 13th 2021, 9:20 PM 61,029 Views 129 Comments

No bookings are available on the State’s mandatory hotel quarantine site until next Monday.

# simon-harris - Friday 2 April, 2021

Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister
# ANTIGEN TESTING
# ANTIGEN TESTING

Rapid testing to be piloted in four universities, says minister

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:43 PM 25,532 Views 27 Comments

Antigen testing on construction sites will begin in a matter of weeks, say sources.

# simon-harris - Saturday 20 March, 2021

Reform needed on Leaving Certificate and CAO application, says higher education minister
# Third Level
# Third Level

Reform needed on Leaving Certificate and CAO application, says higher education minister

Mar 20th 2021, 10:52 AM 16,671 Views 9 Comments

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said he intends to “overhaul” the CAO application form next year.

# simon-harris - Monday 8 March, 2021

Harris says Ireland will continue 'to look everywhere and anywhere' to ramp up vaccine supply
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Harris says Ireland will continue 'to look everywhere and anywhere' to ramp up vaccine supply

Updated Mar 8th 2021, 3:56 PM 31,528 Views 106 Comments

Separately, there were were 420 patients in hospital with Covid-19 last night.

CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

CAO system set to be overhauled as government plans to ramp up apprenticeship numbers

Mar 8th 2021, 11:51 AM 13,503 Views 10 Comments

At present the CAO doesn’t include applications for apprenticeships, or some further education traineeships.

# simon-harris - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak
# Preliminary Inquiries
# Preliminary Inquiries

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak

Updated Feb 14th 2021, 6:31 PM 41,012 Views 0 Comments

Gardaí are currently assessing correspondence that has been received over the leaking of the contract.

# simon-harris - Monday 18 January, 2021

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
# Special Needs
# Special Needs

Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers

Updated Jan 18th 2021, 8:49 PM 102,343 Views 118 Comments

Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen

Jan 18th 2021, 6:21 PM 22,507 Views 46 Comments

Questions have been raised about the government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €81,000 for the post.

Looking to upskill or retrain? New online portal launched for the unemployed, businesses and employees
# Unemployed
# Unemployed

Looking to upskill or retrain? New online portal launched for the unemployed, businesses and employees

Jan 18th 2021, 2:34 PM 19,036 Views 6 Comments

Those on the PUP can sign up to courses without losing their payment.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Government plans to have almost 4 million people vaccinated by end of September, says Donnelly
# Vaccine Plan
# Vaccine Plan

Government plans to have almost 4 million people vaccinated by end of September, says Donnelly

Jan 13th 2021, 5:11 PM 38,060 Views 84 Comments

Varadkar says between 50,000 and 55,000 people will be vaccinated this week.

# simon-harris - Monday 4 January, 2021

Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF
# Still Waiting
# Still Waiting

Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF

Jan 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 30,552 Views 27 Comments

Expert says linking IVF funding with the commencement of legislation is a ‘way of putting it off’.

# simon-harris - Friday 1 January, 2021

Creation of new Munster Technological University an 'important milestone' for south west
# MTU
# MTU

Creation of new Munster Technological University an 'important milestone' for south west

Jan 1st 2021, 1:37 PM 33,133 Views 24 Comments

Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee have joined together to become the Munster Technological University (MTU).

# simon-harris - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

Simon Harris warns universities over sexual harassment cases as he speaks of increased funding
# Universities
# Universities

Simon Harris warns universities over sexual harassment cases as he speaks of increased funding

Dec 30th 2020, 11:48 AM 12,911 Views 22 Comments

Harris said Irish institutions needed to do more to tackle sexual harassment.

# simon-harris - Monday 14 December, 2020

Government monitoring case numbers but no restrictions on the cards this side of Christmas
# Every Contact Counts
# Every Contact Counts

Government monitoring case numbers but no restrictions on the cards this side of Christmas

Dec 14th 2020, 5:57 PM 13,979 Views 17 Comments

Those in government circles are looking at the rise in cases in Europe, stating that Germany is a worrying example.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
# Moderna
# Moderna

Cabinet agrees to purchase 875,000 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine

Dec 1st 2020, 6:10 AM 28,207 Views 40 Comments

The Cabinet is also due to be updated on the progress to date of the Government’s new task force on the delivery of vaccines.

# simon-harris - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions
# Survey
# Survey

Bullying and harassment survey to be carried out at higher education institutions

Nov 26th 2020, 12:21 PM 14,287 Views 7 Comments

Colleges will be required to report annual bullying and sexual harassment statistics.

# simon-harris - Monday 9 November, 2020

Simon Harris awarded by Trinity College Law Society for role in response to Covid-19
# Praeses Elit
# Praeses Elit

Simon Harris awarded by Trinity College Law Society for role in response to Covid-19

Nov 9th 2020, 10:40 PM 32,140 Views 78 Comments

The minister said he was ‘humbled’ by his work during the pandemic.

# simon-harris - Sunday 18 October, 2020

Government to take 'decisive action' tomorrow, says Harris
# New Restrictions
# New Restrictions

Government to take 'decisive action' tomorrow, says Harris

Oct 18th 2020, 12:48 PM 89,119 Views 192 Comments

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said that any new restrictions will be implemented nationwide.

# simon-harris - Thursday 15 October, 2020

Harris says tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians can work in your home despite new restrictions
# Simon Harris
# Simon Harris

Harris says tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians can work in your home despite new restrictions

Oct 15th 2020, 11:00 AM 122,418 Views 117 Comments

From tonight until 10 November, a nationwide restriction on household visitors will be imposed.

Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year
# Re-training
# Re-training

Scheme offering employers €3,000 to take on apprentices extended into next year

Oct 15th 2020, 6:45 AM 16,881 Views 6 Comments

Minister Simon Harris is due to announce 10,000 places for upskilling today.

# simon-harris - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning

Oct 13th 2020, 3:25 PM 18,766 Views 10 Comments

SUSI grant to be increased for post-graduate students.

# simon-harris - Monday 28 September, 2020

Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Students encouraged to keep their social life 'safe, small and distant' in new campaign

Sep 28th 2020, 6:30 AM 13,846 Views 6 Comments

The USI aims to make sure students stay up to date with public health guidelines.

# simon-harris - Friday 25 September, 2020

Colleges and universities told to move most lectures online for next two weeks
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Colleges and universities told to move most lectures online for next two weeks

Sep 25th 2020, 4:04 PM 69,004 Views 78 Comments

The move comes as efforts step up to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community.

# simon-harris - Thursday 24 September, 2020

Colleges did not investigate majority of sexual assault and harassment cases reported by students in 2018/19
# Colleges
# Colleges

Colleges did not investigate majority of sexual assault and harassment cases reported by students in 2018/19

Sep 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 11,001 Views 9 Comments

Minister Simon Harris says colleges have until February to publish their action plans on tackling sexual violence and harassment.

# simon-harris - Friday 11 September, 2020

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Harris defends calculated grades and says it meant students in more disadvantaged schools didn't lose out

Sep 11th 2020, 6:17 PM 32,635 Views 57 Comments

The Higher Education Minister faced questions about claims students in private schools had been unfairly marked down under the system.

# simon-harris - Saturday 5 September, 2020

'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment
# Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin
# Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

'We need to make sure it never happens again': Ní Shúilleabháin praised for speaking out over sexual harassment

Sep 5th 2020, 5:18 PM 85,907 Views 33 Comments

Dr Ní Shúilleabháin described her ordeal in today’s Irish Times.

# simon-harris - Friday 4 September, 2020

Simon Harris: 'We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university'
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Simon Harris: 'We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university'

Sep 4th 2020, 5:49 PM 119,099 Views 88 Comments

With the Leaving Certificate results out on Monday, the minister said an apprenticeship is a great way to get the career you want.

# simon-harris - Monday 31 August, 2020

Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister
# College
# College

Students should have rents refunded in event of second lockdown, says higher education minister

Aug 31st 2020, 11:06 AM 20,024 Views 43 Comments

Simon Harris also defended the fact that college fees would remain the same, even as courses move online.

# simon-harris - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Universities and colleges get funding boost to beef up health and safety measures on campus
# Back To College
# Back To College

Universities and colleges get funding boost to beef up health and safety measures on campus

Aug 27th 2020, 6:05 AM 11,193 Views 1 Comment

Minister Simon Harris said it is important that students have a positive campus experience.

# simon-harris - Friday 21 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar: 'The event organised by the Oireachtas Golf Society should not have happened'
# Statement
# Statement

Leo Varadkar: 'The event organised by the Oireachtas Golf Society should not have happened'

Aug 21st 2020, 12:07 PM 54,426 Views 88 Comments

Varadkar confirmed that the party whip has been removed from three of his party’s senators.

# simon-harris - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Employers offered €3,000 to take on apprentices, who will play 'key part' in Ireland's recovery
# Simon Harris
# Simon Harris

Employers offered €3,000 to take on apprentices, who will play 'key part' in Ireland's recovery

Aug 12th 2020, 6:01 AM 31,039 Views 23 Comments

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said that over 18,000 people are already taking part in an apprenticeship.

# simon-harris - Monday 3 August, 2020

Dentists seek urgent meeting with Donnelly over claims government failed to deliver promised PPE
# Dentists
# Dentists

Dentists seek urgent meeting with Donnelly over claims government failed to deliver promised PPE

Aug 3rd 2020, 6:10 AM 32,616 Views 12 Comments

In recent months, dentists have warned of the strain their industry is under due to Covid-19.

# simon-harris - Monday 27 July, 2020

'We need to cop on': Harris says government is committed to changing sexual assault laws
# Consent
# Consent

'We need to cop on': Harris says government is committed to changing sexual assault laws

Jul 27th 2020, 6:05 AM 18,991 Views 24 Comments

Simon Harris will meet with the National Women’s Council’s advisory committee on ending sexual violence later today.

# simon-harris - Friday 24 July, 2020

Government to spend €200 million on re-education and job incentives
# July Stimulus
# July Stimulus

Government to spend €200 million on re-education and job incentives

Jul 24th 2020, 4:34 PM 17,033 Views 29 Comments

Employers will be given incentives to hire apprentices and young, unemployed workers.

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