The Legacy of Free Post-Primary Education in Ireland
Edited By Judith Harford
Notes on Contributors
TOM BOLAND is an international education consultant and a partner in BH Associates. In August 2016, he stepped down from his role as Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, ending over two decades at the most senior levels in the Irish education system. The HEA leads the strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system. Prior to his role in the HEA, he served as Director of Strategic Policy and legal adviser in the Department of Education and Skills. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Law (the Honourable Society of King’s Inns) and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1989.
JOHN COOLAHAN is Professor Emeritus of Education at Maynooth University. He qualified as a national teacher in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, before obtaining a BA, HDE and MA from University College Dublin and an MEd and PhD from Trinity College Dublin. He was also awarded honorary doctorates by the NUI and Dublin City University. He taught at all levels of the Irish education system and has been heavily involved in major policy development initiatives sponsored by the Department of Education and Skills. He has also had extensive experience of educational policy internationally, particularly with the European Commission and the OECD.
MARGARET CREAN is Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the School of Education in University College Dublin (UCD). She holds undergraduate degrees in Science and Social Science from UCD, where she also completed a Master’s...
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