Call for gathering to defend academic freedom
Madam, – There is now a serious threat to academic freedom, Irish scholarship and indeed, Irish democracy, arising from the proposed implementation of the Croke Park Deal in third-level institutions. The right to permanency and tenure to retirement age is the bedrock on which academic freedom rests.
This is now under threat.
The imposition of managerialist structures and business models is to be greatly intensified. These proposals have far wider consequences than worsening of conditions of service, though this is extremely serious and related to the above matters.
We, the undersigned, call for a public gathering open to all academics on Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm in Gresham Hotel, Dublin, to express opposition to these threats and to inform the public of their consequences. – Yours, etc,