Category Archives: events

ICOS statement on protest by international students and staff hit by college closures

International students, teachers and support staff hit by the most recent private college closures – now numbering 16 since April 2014 – have announced a protest in Dublin centre today. It will call for government support in the form of robust regulation of the sector and protection of student fees. Continue reading

Senator speaks out over college closures response

The following comments were made today in Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish Parliament…

Senator Paschal Mooney: I am absolutely flabbergasted at the silence of the Department of Education and Skills on the unfolding crisis in the English language schools. There has not been a time over the last 12 to 18 months in which we have not watched on television bewildered, confused, angry and upset foreign students who find themselves closed out of language schools that have suddenly shut down. As a result of this unfolding crisis, there is going to be a public protest next Tuesday outside Dáil Éireann. Students, teachers and staff will unite in protest to highlight what they perceive as the exploitation of international students and staff working in the international education industry. In the last year in Dublin, 13 English language schools have closed, leaving students stranded without courses and leaving staff jobless and without pay. Continue reading

Support meetings for students affected by closure of Carlyle Institute

The closure of Carlyle Institute was announced on Thursday 9th April. ICOS is once again offering support following the closure through meetings and online information (including a series of questions asked to this blog). Continue reading

Media coverage and photos of today’s vigil outside closed Shelbourne College

Shelbourne college students hold vigil outside campus claiming they’re owed up to €500k – Irish Independent

‘Wherever you’re hiding, we need that money’ – The Journal

Update 23/1/15

Scammed international students still in limbo after school closure
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