Government inaction on third level exposed as university rankings tumble

e3a16420-7689-41ec-acae-44a809425661_1497857692The Government’s policy on third level education is failing after the latest global university rankings show that no Irish university is listed in the top 100 worldwide.

This latest news is worrying but comes as little surprise considering the lack of investment by Fine Gael in third level education over the last seven years. There is clearly a funding and leadership crisis in our third level sector that the Government has failed to get to grips with.

The latest information show that almost all of our third level institutions have slid down the global rankings list. The Government claims time and time again that they want to build a smart economy. However it’s approach to dealing with the third level sector as at odds with this commitment considering higher education is the foundation of a smart economy.
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Dunnes to be open in Naas for Christmas

33781992_10156168452471047_5201852548243259392_nExcellent news for Naas Main Street as I have had it confirmed that Dunnes Stores is on course for opening this Christmas 2018. The “To Let” signs revealed on the site in recent days are erroneous and will be taken down overnight. The council have given full planning permission for a supermarket and street cafe and the plan is to have it open by Christmas.

Google finally recognises importance of combatting referendum fake news

cropped_fake-news-computer-keyboardThe decision taken by Google to ban adverts relating to the referendum campaign on its Google Adwords platform is a positive development, but has come far too late in the campaign.

It’s becoming apparent that technology companies such as Google are becoming increasingly aware of the damaging impact that fake news, facilitated by their advertising platforms, is having on our democratic process.

In recent years fake news has had a corrosive impact on the Brexit referendum campaign in the UK, the presidential elections in the US and in recent weeks we have seen this murky tactic being employed by unknown forces in our own referendum campaign.  Continue Reading →

Naas Community College out for tender, School to be built

Naas Community College has finally been granted permission by the Department of Education to proceed to tender. This means the new school building can proceed at Millennium Park and is a great relief to parents, teachers, management and the entire school community.

The school started enrollment in 2014 and has reached maximum capacity at its current temporary home in Craddockstown. The new building will cater for 1,000 pupils and is a state of the art design with facilities for music, art, science and other subjects as well as dedicated ASD units. Continue Reading →