Technological Universities Bill 2015: Committee Stage (Continued)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Select Sub-Committee on Education and Skills Debate
Vol. 2 No. 23

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Deputy Jonathan O'Brien: Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien I intend to bring forward amendments to sections 10 and 11 on Report Stage.

  Question put and declared carried.

SECTION 11

  Question proposed: "That section 11 stand part of the Bill."

Chairman: Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy Deputy O'Brien opposes section 11.

  Question put and declared carried.

  Section 12 agreed to.

SECTION 13

  Question proposed: "That section 13 stand part of the Bill."

Deputy Jonathan O'Brien: Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien I will bring forward an amendment on Report Stage in respect of the phrase, "Two or more colleges".

Chairman: Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy Does the Deputy seek a response from the Minister on that at this stage?

Deputy Jonathan O'Brien: Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien No, this is just to indicate an amendment will be tabled on Report Stage in this regard.

  Question put and agreed to.

  Sections 14 to 16, inclusive, agreed to.

SECTION 17

  Question proposed: "That section 17 stand part of the Bill."

Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan: Information on Maureen O'Sullivan Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan I wish to indicate I intend to table an amendment to section 17(2) regarding the applicant colleges and the need to provide that other stakeholders such as, for example, staff may make representations to the Minister.

Chairman: Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy Does the Deputy seek a response from the Minister at this Stage? Is the Minister in a position to respond to that suggestion?

Deputy Jan O'Sullivan: Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan Again, I suppose "colleges" is an inclusive term although I acknowledge the Deputy's particular concern is for staff. The question that will arise is whether one should name other elements of the college. If one names one element of the group, should one name students or others? That would be my concern, whereas "colleges" is an inclusive term.

Deputy Jonathan O'Brien: Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien I also intend to table an amendment on Report Stage in this regard.

  Question put and agreed to.

SECTION 18

  Question proposed: "That section 18 stand part of the Bill."

Deputy Jonathan O'Brien: Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien Following on from the previous matter raised in respect of section 13, I wish to indicate I also intend to table an amendment to section 18 to amend "colleges" to "college".

Chairman: Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy Does the Minister wish to respond?

Deputy Jan O'Sullivan: Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan That will be on Report Stage.

Chairman: Information on Joanna Tuffy Zoom on Joanna Tuffy While I am not supposed to be partisan, if there is an amendment from the Opposition that can be taken, it should just be taken. Perhaps there could be some liaising in this regard if the principle is conceded. While it is not my call to make, as someone who has tabled amendments previously, I believe that if an amendment from the Opposition can be taken, it should be taken if there is no disagreement on its substance.

Question put and agreed to.

Sections 19 to 21, inclusive, agreed to.


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