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Former Tipperary Family Connection Associated With New British Educational Scheme

Beginning September 2021; the British government has committed some 100 million sterling to a new study and work abroad programme for students, to be known as the ‘Turing Scheme’.

The Turing Scheme gets its name from Alan Turing OBE. FRS. a brilliant mathematician, cryptographer and founder of modern day computer science and artificial intelligence, whose family once resided at Tombrickane, Kyle Park, Borrisokane, North Co. Tipperary.

Click HERE to read more about the man with the Tipperary connection, who according to British statesman, Sir Winston Churchill, shortened World War II, by at least 2 years and single handedly saved the lives of some 2 million people.

Same Turing Scheme is set to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+. This new Turing Scheme aims to fund 35,000 students in universities, colleges, and schools abroad. Educational institutions are welcome to begin applying to participate in this scheme this year affording British students the opportunity to attend European universities.

Erasmus+ remains the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. With the UK unable to agree on the cost of their continued participation in Erasmus+, the programmes budget is now no longer available for participation to British students.


DIY Christmas Decorations For December 8th

Many of the activities that families typically enjoy at Christmas time are not possible this year. Trips to visit Santa in shopping centres and a trip to the cinema to see the latest Christmas movie won’t take place in 2020.

Although we are somewhat limited in what we can get up to outside our homes this Christmas, there are lots of fun Christmas crafts and games we can enjoy in the warm comfort of our own homes.

December 8th traditionally marks the start of Christmas in Ireland and many families begin decorating their homes from this date.

Why not add a bit of family fun to your Christmas decorating this year and try and make some of these fun and traditional Christmas paper crafts?
All you need is Sellotape or Glue, Paper, a Stapler and a Scissors.

If you want more examples why not try out these links hereunder: –

3D Paper Snowflakehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4wK8l_0On0

3D Paper Christmas Treeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZAsOQiZMEs

Paper Snowflake Templateshttps://www.firstpalette.com/printable/snowflake.html

Christmas Tree Garlandhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BD_EZDcutg

Enjoy making your 3D Paper Snowflake and please do be careful with that sharp, pointed Scissors.


Pupils Test Positive For Covid-19 In Tipp Primary School

Multiple coronavirus cases have been confirmed in urgent correspondence forwarded to parents on Tuesday, November 24th last, from a primary school here in Co Tipperary.

According to the Irish Mirror today, school officials have stated that the children who had tested positive, were in two separate classes and had NOT been in school for a number of days.

The letter sent to parents and guardians reads:
“I am writing to inform you that two pupils in separate classes have tested positive for Covid-19 today.

These pupils have not been in school for a number of days and they were both asymptomatic over the weekend. You will appreciate the school has to respect the confidentiality of the families involved and has to abide by Data Protection Laws.

If your child has not been identified as a close contact, he/she does not need a test and he/she can safely continue to attend school as normal. No further actions are required on your part.”

Figures, published today, show schools are the third most likely place to record clusters of the virus.


Clonmel & Thurles On Course To Become University Towns

Clonmel and Thurles on course to become University Towns by September 1st 2021, as AIT-LIT Consortium’s TU application goes to Government.

Combined Economic Impact of LIT and AIT found to be close to €420 million

Clonmel and Thurles are on course to become university towns as early as September 2021, following confirmation that the AIT-LIT Consortium has formally submitted its Technological University application to Government.

The new Technological University for the Mid-West and Midlands is expected to comprise a student population of up to 15,000 and a staff complement of approximately 1,200 people across six campuses – Thurles, Clonmel, Ennis, Athlone and two in Limerick.

An economic impact study commissioned by the consortium has found that the combined impact of the two institutions on the Irish economy is close to €420 million euros in economic output, while they support more than 800 jobs in addition to their own staff complement.

The consortium, which formally commenced in October of 2019, has targeted a date of September 1st next year for the new university to open, and is today (Monday) also embarking on a broad consultation process to name the new Technological University.

Academic unions in both LIT and AIT have voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures contained in the Technological University project plan.

Commenting on the application, President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane has stated, “We are on a pathway to deliver a unique new Technological University that will cross regions and transcend geography. While this will be an institution of scale, it will retain the familiarity of local campuses across two significant regions. This enables us to act as a regional development powerhouse into the future, delivering education and research that will benefit students, educators, communities, business and industry in a strategic way. Our approach is based on partnership and consensus, and is indeed underpinned by consultation with staff, students and other stakeholders. The consortium has a strong set of shared values and a shared ethic that provides a firm foundation to deliver on our future strategy.”

President of AIT, Professor Ciaran Ó Catháin said, “This is a transformational development for the Midlands, and once it comes to fruition, it will provide significant social and economic benefit to communities across the region and beyond. Becoming a TU will broaden access to higher education and create opportunities in areas that have previously been underserved with respect to apprenticeships right through to PhD. I am immensely proud of the progress that have been made since the formation of the AIT – LIT Consortium a little over a year ago and of our staff, who have worked together in the spirit of common purpose to share knowledge and expertise. This has culminated in us reaching and surpassing the substantive TU metrics set out by Government and increasing our research capacity. Our commitment to our technological mission is resolute and will result in a talent pipeline of professionally and technically skilled graduates capable of propelling regional and national growth.”

Professor Tom Collins, AIT-LIT TU Consortium Project Facilitator congratulated the “management, staff and students of both institutes, who in a short time and through all the challenges of the current year, have re-imagined the future of the two institutions around a compelling vision for a new Technological University in the Irish Midlands and Mid-West.”


Conference on Environmental Law Enforcement – Emerging Challenges 2020

The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Laura Burke; and the Chief Justice, the Hon Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will provide the opening addresses at this year’s virtual conference on Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2020 which will take place on Wednesday on November 11th 2020, with the event timed for 9.00am until 1.15pm.

Note: Advance registration for this event is essential.
To view the full conference programme, please use the link shown HERE.
To register for this event, please use the link shown HERE.

The conference, which is co-hosted by the EPA and the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL), will explore some of the challenges and potential opportunities that are emerging through experience with environmental enforcement; recent developments in the case law; as well as new policy initiatives.

Commenting on the conference, Ms Laura Burke (EPA Director General), stated: “This conference is an important opportunity for practicing legal professionals, leading academics and researchers, policy makers, concerned stakeholders as well as professional regulators to come together to explore emerging challenges in Ireland with regard to enforcement of environmental law. It also has an important role in supporting the development of competency and capacity in environmental law and its enforcement.”

The conference will explore experience, challenges and recent case law in relation to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive; the Environmental Liability Directive and the Habitats Directive; as well as the implications of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court in ‘Climate Case Ireland’ for climate and wider environmental protection.

There will also be contributions providing different perspectives and experience in the context of establishing a specialist court for planning and the environment.

Dr Áine Ryall, (ICEL and Centre for Law and the Environment UCC) stated: “The conference is very timely. The Programme for Government includes a commitment to establish a Planning and Environmental Law Court managed by specialist judges. There is also a commitment to reform the judicial review process. These proposals raise important issues concerning the right of access to justice and merit close attention. Furthermore, the pandemic has created challenges for the exercise of rights guaranteed under the Aarhus Convention, in particular the right to participate in environmental decision-making.
The conference provides a forum for informed debate. It will explore how to use the law to protect the environment and improve environmental quality.”