December 2011

Staff Picks:

Year in, year out

Ruairí Quinn seeks expressions of interest for State boards


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Academics awarded nation’s highest honour

Review may force arts students to move colleges

Skills shortages can be addressed


Disability Headlines

No limits as Joanne shines on Late Late

Extravaganza in store for visually impaired people

NDA Disability Equality Training


General Education Stories

Anxious teens bearing the brunt of cuts, say guidance counsellors

‘The wonder is eternally fresh’

Plans for 35 schools unveiled by Minister

Spending on school buildings faces €70m cut

‘All we’ll be left with is bigger class sizes’

Quinn backs Leaving points overhaul

Leaving Cert to be less predictable and more general

Reform of Leaving Cert high on Minister’s agenda

Pupils call on Santa to save school from new staff ratio

New teacher-TDs holding on to their school jobs

Education reform – It’s time for an honest discussion


Mental Health in the Media

Suicide body calls for drink awareness

Greek suicide rate now the highest in Europe

Calls to reform mental health detainment law

Man detained after GP wrote letter without ever seeing him

A quarter of Irish have experienced mental illness

Mental health abuse – Better care needed


Employment Features

IHRC video on human rights

Human Rights Training & Education Project

Announcing UEmploy – Promoting employment for European citizens with disabilities

Hack Your Productivity: A Time-Management Geek’s 10-Minute Solution

In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. To view the full lecture, go to


Staff Picks:

Christmas Medley in Irish Sign Language by Societies of DIT

Action needed to safeguard education

Third-level graduates more likely to find employment


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Where to next for the Bailout Generation?

Two Irish universities lead study of rare cancer

‘Too lazy to come to class’

UCD scientists make key finding on eyeless babies

Students juggling work and pleasure to land the top jobs

Third-level scholarships that give athletes a sporting chance

Rising tuition fees force students into sex work, says students’ union

Report on funding crisis ups pressure for third-level fees

Subject choices ‘hit by third-level funding crisis’


Disability Headlines

Life-saving ‘Act Fast’ campaign curtailed over cost

North urged to adopt law on welfare reform or miss benefits

Disability cut all Labour’s idea, says Varadkar

Rehab listed as a top not-for-profit organisation with income of €190m

Thanks be to God it was only diabetes

Home visit teaches Kenny harsh reality of budget cuts


General Education Stories

Warning of cuts at schools in poorer areas

Minister’s thinking is fatally flawed

Keeper of the Woods

The school around the corner

Women outstrip men in terms of education

Cuts will erode students’ progress, principal warns

Budget has gone after soft targets: The young and vulnerable

Disadvantaged schools set to lose 400 teachers

Teacher turned up for work to learn she was losing job

Kenny hints at funding rowback for some schools

In My Opinion: We must respect human rights of parents who want secular schools

Loss of 40 teachers to double class sizes

Thousands speak out over languages-teaching cuts

Taoiseach defends education cuts

Over 400 teachers to be axed from schools as cuts bite

Stop streaming students, it’s harmful to education – ESRI

Cyber Bullying: The night I heard my 16-year-old tough-guy son sobbing

Extra ‘alleviation’ teachers to assist hardest hit disadvantaged schools

Disadvantaged schools will not be as badly hit

Teachers’ watchdog pushed for 20pc hike to outgoing boss’s salary

Government U-turn on teacher numbers


Mental Health in the Media

Double-edged role of alcohol in suicidal talk

Patients face Christmas in lock-up

Suicidal talk must be taken seriously

Mental health patients forced into locked ward

President Higgins: Urged to be a ‘moral advocate’ for mental health services.

Expert: Central hospital facing legal challenges

Lack of staff in mental healthcare posing ‘risk’

Lynch pledges to ‘pursue’ staff crisis

Mad Pride workshop to get the creative juices flowing


Employment Features

Government urged to rethink jobs strategy

Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012

Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning

Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems — and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.

Staff Picks:

Disability fund will meet demand, claims department

‘That’s the thing about your death . . . it pulls in all your loved ones’

Suzy Byrne: A pause? We need more than that … we need a real discussion on disability

Dedicated to changing lives

Education cuts in the budget


Higher & Further Education News & Views

Who earns most in higher education?

High Earners, Low Funding

Heavy Hitters

USI warning on university fees hike

1,200 college places for jobless unfilled

Higher student fees and fewer teachers on way with €76m cuts

Fees are going up, but you can still win an achievement award


Disability Headlines

€2.5m intellectual disability centre planned for Clonakilty

They have pride, passion and dignity — and they deserve so much more

Cuts ‘will trap young disabled’

We’re in panic mode all the time

Link between ADHD and body clock established

BAI launches public consultation on access 


Budget Coverage of Disability Payments

Gilmore defends cuts to disability payments

Kenny announces review of payments to young disabled

Proposed cuts: measures would have saved €36m

Young people with disabilities to be ‘further excluded from society’

‘I thought that Enda Kenny was going to be a legend . . . Not anymore’

Suzy Byrne: We’re not talking bad backitis here … we’re talking about people with real disabilities

Dear Enda …

A U-turn that raises as many questions as it answers

Blame game on over disability pay plan

‘They did not think this through’

Climbdowns seriously undermined the previous coalition

Disability cut U-turn – In fairness, better late than never

Apology as Bill on disability pulled


General Education Stories

Pupil-teacher ratio change on hold until at least 2013

Building blocks to your child’s future

Pilot scheme for pupil literacy expands to eight more schools

Bus fee the main route to school economies

1,000 teachers to take early retirement

Ratio changes threaten student guidance

Quinn defends broken pledge not to increase fees

School transport appeals increase 500% in four years

Quinn told schools could have no heat

In My Opinion: Parents will have a more active role in how schools adapt to changes


Mental Health in the Media

Seeking answers but not retribution on subject of suicide

Column: Suicide isn’t just about depression – it’s about all of us

‘Depression can be a slow ebb’

€35m cash for mental health

Half of psychiatric admissions have a drug problem

Families protest against closure of psychiatric unit

Actor Brenda Fricker says she battled with depression

HSE sends psychiatric notes to wrong family


Employment Features

Employers will pay for sick leave, vows Burton

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

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