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End of Academic year brings more anxiety for Students facing uncertain future in Third Level Education.
By a DCU student.
As the academic year comes to a close and exam season is upon us many students will be wondering if they can afford to return next September? With assignments such as reports, essays and examination preparation looming over student’s minds as end of year deadlines are coming ever nearer. Irish student’s minds are in a limbo cycle combatting academic pressures with part time jobs in order to sustain themselves. Recent statistics from college newspapers highlight how an increasing number of students are forced to find employment resulting in them missing lectures, labs and tutorials. This places many students at crossroads, should I work to pay my fees or try to pass my exams.
Corporate lobbying to prevent a ban on Bee pesticides is intensifying. This issue is a concern to us all. I will be pushing Minister Coveney on this critical issue when the Dail reconvenes.
Biotech and pesticides giants Syngenta and Bayer are waging an all-out lobbying war against an upcoming vote on a limited ban on three of their pesticides1. The European Commission (EC) proposed this ban following very critical conclusions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) based on new scientific evidence. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) had access to private letters and emails sent by these two companies and allied lobby groups to the EC as well as EFSA, which displayed their strong-arm tactics to
try to avoid the ban.
It’s been a difficult week for the Labour Party who are reaping the rewards of their betrayal of the Irish people. The collapse of their vote to less than 5% in the Meath By-Election is an indication of what they can expect from the nation at the next General Election. To add further distress to the Party, the Teachers unions have given a hostile reception to education minister Ruairí Quinn at their annual conferences.
The Teachers Union of Ireland conference, being held in Galway this week, has called for its members to vote against Croke Park II and instructed its executive to withdraw from ICTU if it tries to impose the deal on its members. Over 80% of the TUI membership voted to reject the deal in a ballot held last month. They now say that they will take industrial action if the Croke Park deal is forced upon their members.
Clare asked Enda Kenny if the Minister for Justice was trying to discourage whistleblowers. She asked where the protection for those whistleblowers who tried to uncover malpractice is. Further, she asked: How can the general public have confidence in an internal inquiry which dismissed the allegations of the whistle blowers before the investigation began?