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Sinn Féin call for a stop to Technological Universities Bill process

27 January, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today called on the Minister for Education to halt the progress of the Technological Universities Bill currently making its way through the Dáil in order to give more time to engage with the stakeholders and staff, and for the Minister and Department to answer important questions regarding the implications of the Bill.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“This is a very large and complex piece of legislation that we have huge concerns about.

“There are over one hundred amendments from myself and other opposition deputies, who are seeking protection of the terms and conditions of employment for staff that will be transferred from Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities, as there is currently no protection in the Bill and their pay and pensions may be cut.

“There is a very real possibility that Institutes of Technology will be forced to merge and will never actually secure Technological University status, showing this process up for what it really is – a large programme of rationalisation that is putting the regional provision of education at risk.

“These mergers cannot be forced and they can’t be done on a shoestring budget and forcing through this legislation in a rush is short-sighted on the Minister’s part.

“I am calling on Minister Jan O’Sullivan to stop the passage of this legislation until further engagement with the stakeholders can take place, otherwise we have no option but to vote against the Bill.”

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