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This year
Schools are removing outer doors on bathrooms to crack down on students vaping
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
One principal said vaping is an issue in every school in the country.
Parents from one school in Monaghan were upset to find out that the decision was taken without their consultancy.
One school said the practice is not unique to them and that many schools have opted to take the same precaution.
TUI Head: Greater flexibility needed to tackle staffing crisis in schools
The response to the crisis was labelled as “disgaceful” by one principal.
ASTI head: 'Quite frankly, they're putting people in classrooms who aren't teachers'
As of 15 August, there were 484 unfilled vacancies for post-primary schools on
Tributes paid to ASTI president Miriam Duggan who has died following a short illness
The Union said Duggan “worked tirelessly” as a voice for teachers in Ireland.
Last year
Schools in 'outdated buildings' fear a winter of energy rationing and cold classes
A report by
Diarmuid Pepper
‘It’s very difficult to ask parents for help, because no more than ourselves, every household is really suffering.’
The Department of Education has allocated one-off additional funding of €90 million.
But unions say more funding is needed.
One school principal described outdated school buildings as the 'broader issue'.
Teacher unions plan ballots for industrial action over stalled pay talks
The unions noted that workers’ pay has been diminished by soaring inflation.
INTO says 'scourge of supersized classes' should end, as teachers' unions to ask for pay increases
The two main teachers’ unions will be holding in-person conferences for the first time in two years today.
Schools under 'incredible pressure' due to staff shortages amid current Covid-19 wave
Staff absence in schools is reportedly “very high” due to the current wave of the virus.
Staff absence in schools is reportedly "very high" due to the current wave of the virus.
The Department of Education said its helpline remains open to support schools.
It said measures taken to support the supply of substitute teachers also remain in place.
Leaving Cert 2022: Teaching unions hit out at 'unhelpful' speculation about hybrid model
Students had a choice last year whether to sit an exam or receive an accredited grade.
'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say
Education Minister Norma Foley said that the next few weeks would be challenging.
Schools set to re-open on Thursday as safety measures deemed 'effective and appropriate'
Each of the three main teaching unions continued to express concerns about staffing.
The Department of Education said there was no public health rationale to delay the reopening.
The ASTI has said that some classes may be prioritised if adequate teaching staff was not available.
The leaders of the three government coalition parties also met this afternoon and green lit the plans for schools.
Genrui antigen tests: HPRA and company to investigate after multiple reports of false positives
Free antigen tests for symptomatic under-40s can now be ordered online
ASTI warns return of schools is ‘unacceptable risk’ without new measures
The teachers union will ask the Department of Health to introduce ‘a delayed and staggered reopening’ of schools at a meeting tomorrow.
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Emergency measures to tackle teacher shortages 'perpetuating unequal pay', say teaching unions
Emergency measures include an increased involvement of student teachers and retired teachers.
'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated
Pregnant people cannot register for a Covid-19 vaccine prior to 14 weeks’ gestation.
Teacher unions to table joint motion over vaccine priority schedule
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are continuing today.
'It's not a value judgement on any profession' - Education Minister defends change to vaccine prioritisation
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are taking place today.
The conferences of the country's three teacher trade unions started online today
Unions are unhappy about the revised vaccination rollout based on age and not profession
Education Minister Norma Foley has addressed delegates at the INTO Congress
ASTI says vaccine meeting with public health experts and minister was 'unsatisfactory'
The decision to overhaul the vaccine plan has sparked anger from teachers who expected to be vaccinated sooner.
Norma Foley indicates she wants re-opening of schools from March as talks continue
Talks have been ongoing for weeks between the government and unions.
Leaving Cert talks to continue this evening after a day of 'intense' negotiations
The ASTI has said the minister has agreed to work on the union’s concerns.
Minister welcomes move by ASTI to rejoin talks on Leaving Cert
The ASTI said that its concerns had been addressed by Minister for Education Norma Foley.
ASTI has 'constructive engagement' with Department over Leaving Cert impasse
The teachers union had agreed to attend fresh talks with Education Minister Norma Foley this afternoon.
ASTI to attend fresh talks with Education Minister this afternoon
Harris says there is more time this year to find solution
'Significant increase' in on-site attendance possible at third-level from September
Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
It’s been a chaotic 24 hours.
Minister Foley 'taken aback' after ASTI pulls out of Leaving Cert planning talks
The union has said that the plans from the department would not provide a “meaningful Leaving Certificate” for students.
Teachers to seek 'assurances' on safety of schools before any return to classrooms
A teachers’ union wants safety measures in schools to be reviewed in the context of the new, more transmissible strains.
ASTI urges teachers to reject deal over continued 'unequal pay' for new entrants
The union has said that the proposal involves a “continuation of unequal pay for thousands of second-level teachers”.
ASTI members insist strike action would be 'last resort' but that government needs to listen to them
ASTI members have voted to take industrial action over ‘key coronavirus issues’ in Irish schools.
Taoiseach 'doesn't detect' that teachers want to 'go down the route' of industrial action
The ASTI voted to authorise strike action if a number of issues are not addressed.
ASTI members vote to take industrial action unless government addresses Covid-19 safety concerns
The union president said teachers are “demanding that the government step up” and provide solutions.
Teaching unions query whether schools should remain open if Ireland moves to Level 5
Under Level 5 restrictions, schools would remain open but most other businesses would be closed
Teachers union to ballot for industrial action over Covid-19 safety concerns
It said ASTI members had “serious concerns” about the health and safety of school communities.
Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI
Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system
Education Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the development.
'Extremely worrying': ASTI to discuss legal protection over Leaving Cert grading with government
The ASTI has said that teachers need to be fully protected if there is a legal challenge to calculated grades.
'Unacceptable' and 'inappropriate' that teachers would be lobbied by parents and students
The main teachers’ union said it still has “a number of major concerns” with the new Leaving Cert plan.
Teachers' Union 'expects a lot of schools to close' during strike action
TUI members are set to strike on 4 February over pay inequality.
Opinion: Focus on bureaucracy sells students with special education needs short
In other countries excessive bureaucracy has led to the demoralisation of teachers, writes ASTI President Breda Lynch.
Secondary school teachers reject government pay proposals for new recruits
The ASTI’s executive will meet shortly to consider the outcome of the ballot.
Primary schools braced for strike action as INTO to ballot on next move
The union will meet next Wednesday to agree on a ballot for industrial action, up to and including a strike.
Richard Bruton heckled at conference as teachers threaten to strike over pay issues
Unions have voted in favour of industrial action if pay inequality is not addressed.
Minister orders full review of sex education in schools
Richard Bruton is due to address the annual conference of the ASTI teachers’ union this morning.