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Not to be overlooked

Apart from the Baby Ann case, two other stories caught my eye, one relating to another judgment of the Supreme Court yesterday (my, they were busy!), the other relating to current controversies in third level education in Ireland.

First, in Cooney v Minister for the Environment [2006] IESC 61, the Supreme Court held that the requirement that all 30 of those nominating a non-party candidate in general elections to attend in person at local authority offices with photographic evidence, such as a passport or driving licence, to authenticate nominations, was unconstitutional. The requirement was contained in sections 46(4A) and (4B) of the Electoral Act, 1992 as inserted by section 1(a) of the Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2002 but the court struck it down as disproportionate. Mary Carolan has a good piece on the case in today’s Irish Times. Strike one for participatory democrarcy.

Second, in the Education supplement to today’s Irish Times, Prof Tom Collins (NUI Maynooth) argues that Irish university leaders must reach out to their academics. Decrying the

structural predisposition towards centralised management structures within the universities – with the associated risk that the academic community feels more or less disengaged or ignored

he argues instead for a consensual style of leadership

built upon a rich engagement with academics and the wider community on the future direction of each institution.

Hear, hear!

One Response to “Not to be overlooked”

  1. […] According to reports in the Irish Times and Irish Independent (here and here), a submission from the Irish University Association to the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector argues for a salary increase of up to 55 per cent for the seven heads of Ireland’s universities on the basis that they now face considerably greater complexity and accountability than heretofore in a global, highly competitive market. In fact, another article in today’s Irish Independent provides an intriguing vignette of how competitive the business of attracting students has become. The presidents’ jobs may indeed have got harder (they are certainly doing more, and more controversial (see Sean Barrett and Tom Collins) things). However, the jobs of all us at every level right across the sector have become that much harder. If they’re worth it, so are we. […]

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Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I'm Eoin O'Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie - the Irish for rights.

"Cearta" really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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