Lack of career structure in the area of medical research

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of Senator Sean Barrett’s private member’s Bill Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015] I thank Senator Barrett for allowing me the privilege of seconding this worthy legislative proposal. If and when somebody sits down to write the history of this Seanad, he or she will acknowledge that … Continue reading

Problems in the structure of Irish medical education

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014] I will shamelessly take the opportunity of having the Minister held captive in the Chamber to make a cri de coeur to her in her new capacity as Minister for Education and Skills to seriously examine the structure and number of … Continue reading

Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014] I thank the Minister for his contributions to the education portfolio. I would like to state that one of the joys of my brief career here to date has been the opportunity to interact with the Minister. He has done, and … Continue reading

Higher Education and Research (Consolidation and Improvement) Bill

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[speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Higher Education and Research (Consolidation and Improvement) Bill 2014] I am strongly supportive of Senator Barrett’s Bill. The presence of people like Senator Barrett in these Houses should be a lesson to us all. It says something about the way politics in general esteems expertise and … Continue reading

Science Week

[Speaking in the Seanad on ‘Science Week’] I am delighted we have the opportunity to discuss science policy. It is not widely appreciated that the brief of the Minister of State is the most important in the Government. It is unlikely that the future of our species will be determined by real estate prices or … Continue reading

Junior Certificate Reform and the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy

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I join with colleagues in welcoming the Minister to the House. There are many nice aspects to being in Seanad Éireann, but one of the nicer ones is that no one is ever in the press gallery and few are in the public Gallery. It is like having a private audience with the Minister. He … Continue reading

Which problem are we fixing by introducing this extra bureaucracy? The answer is none.

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Having worked on the fringe and, in recent years, directly in the academic medical and academic scientific sectors for the past 19 years, I have a certain perspective on this matter. It is that we have not supported the sector well and that any deficiencies that exist within the sector cry out for reform of … Continue reading

Speaking on the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Bill

Having worked on the fringe and, in recent years, directly in the academic medical and academic scientific sectors for the past 19 years, I have a certain perspective on this matter. It is that we have not supported the sector well and that any deficiencies that exist within the sector cry out for reform of … Continue reading

Nursing Education

…….. I welcome and urge implementation of an increased curricular emphasis on gerontology, geriatric medicine and nursing, and care of the elderly. This is critically important not only in nursing care but also in medical care – I believe it is fundamental. …. the precedent of psychiatric nursing, which has followed a somewhat unique model … Continue reading

Nursing and the elderly, part of a debate on gerontic nursing

There should be a mandate, especially for those in nursing leadership positions, to have postgraduate qualifications. That is how these qualifications attract esteem and how to attract more people to these positions. There is a difficulty in recruiting staff to work in this area, but it should be acknowledged that it is a difficult area … Continue reading