A planned appeal from a Galway student against a high court verdict on cuts to the higher education maintenance grant scheme in budget 2011, has encountered a serious delay.
A notice of intent to appeal was served in May last year on behalf of NUIG Arts student Medb McCarthy and Dundalk IT student Robert Johnson after their legal challenge was defeated in April.
However the student body has since been advised that the appeal process could take some time.
Antoinette Giblin reports:
The students had initially sought the judicial review on two grounds.
They argud that they had a legitimate expectation that they would continue to receive the non-adjacent rate of the grant and that the Minister had breached Section 6 of the Student Support Act 2011.
However, the ruling by Mr Justice Hedigan in favour of the Minister and the Department found that grant cuts were in the public interest given the dire financial circumstances facing the country at the time.
However following its notice of intent to appeal, the Union of Students of Ireland has since been advised that there would be a four to five year wait to have such an appeal heard in the Supreme Court due to a backlog of cases.
A spokesperson for the USI says efforts to have it treated as a priority case have so far been unsuccessful.
Incoming USI president Joe O’Connor is currently finishing out his term as Chief of GMIT SU.
He says the delay means that while it may not have a tangible benefit on the education of the two students in question, he hopes to look into ways of expediting the appeal during his time in office as a matter of principle.
6 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, and 183 new cases, 7 in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has now been a total of 2,080 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 2nd December, the HPSC has been notified of 183 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However the department is saying this may be an underestimation.
There is now a total of 73,228* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 82 are men / 101 are women
- 60% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 36 years old
- 56 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 13 in Limerick, 11 in Kilkenny, 11 in Monaghan and the remaining 66 cases are spread across 15 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 239 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 21 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,228 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 02 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 02Dec2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (19NOV to 02Dec2020)||New Cases during last 14 days (19NOV to 02Dec2020)|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 36.9.
Galway Community College to launch project on locally endangered species
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Community College in the city will tomorrow host an official online launch of their three-year Erasmus+ project on locally endangered species and biodiversity loss.
The project is a research collaboration between three schools, GCC and a school in Croatia and Spain, working with national wildlife non-Governmental organisations.
Others involved in the launch include the Irish Wildlife Trust, and MEP Maria Walsh and EU Commissioner Mairead Mc Guinness.
Galway Community College in Moneengeisha introduced Erasmus+ in 2016.
Students involved in the project are due to visit each other’s countries to share their findings annually, but this element has been delayed due to Covid-19.
President of NUI Galway calls for more resources for students in need
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of NUI Galway has called for more resources for students in need
Representatives are before TDs and Senators at the Oireachtas Higher Education Committee today on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The seven major universities made a deficit of 102 million euro between the beginning of the last academic year to this year.
President of NUIG Galway Ciaran O’hOgartaigh says there needs to be equal opportunities for people as the economy fights back.