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TUI says insistence on mergers ‘is more related to rationalisation’ than academic merit

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Staff members with gardaí outside Leinster College language school in Harcourt Street, which has closed. Staff –  many of whom are complaining of outstanding wages – believe the closure will be permanent. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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The global disparity of healthcare is unjust. The current Ebola outbreak is a perfect example of inequity. Photograph: Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via Reuters

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Minister signs agreement with Chinese government on UCD’s Confucius Institute

Waterford Institute of Technology told it will not achieve standalone university status unless it resumes talks with IT Carlow on a planned merger. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education says institute must first resume talks with IT Carlow on planned merger

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