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# into - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

Ruairí Quinn faces red cards and heckles during INTO address

The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, was addressing the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation at their annual conference in Cork.

# into - Monday 1 April, 2013

Teachers discuss Croke Park II at conferences

INTO President spoke of “increasing anger” over education cuts.

# into - Monday 11 March, 2013

INTO calls for all teachers to be given mental health training

The training would mean that teachers could better deal with work colleagues who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Poll: Should preparation for sacraments remain the job of teachers? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should preparation for sacraments remain the job of teachers?

Over 70 per cent of primary school teachers have said that they are spending longer than allocated on preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Should this be changed?

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

# into - Friday 8 March, 2013

Bullied: The experts' advice on what to do if you have been affected by bullying

Following what you told us about your bullying experiences, we asked the experts for advice. Here’s what they said.

# into - Saturday 2 March, 2013

Primary teachers' union won't recommend how to vote on Croke Park

The executive of INTO, which has 32,000 members in the Republic, will ballot its members without a formal recommendation.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.

How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?

The working conditions of 292,000 public workers could changed by the new proposals. So what happens now?

# into - Thursday 28 February, 2013

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know as you start your day.

Impact to meet today as more unions oppose Croke Park II

There is growing opposition to the proposed deal on cuts and reforms to public sector pay and conditions but the support of Impact and Siptu will be crucial for the government.

# into - Monday 31 December, 2012

International study shows parental need to help child literacy

The presence of study aids and an encouraged love of reading are helping improve literacy among Ireland’s schoolchildren.

# into - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

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PHOTOS: Teachers protest over class sizes and unequal pay

The three main teachers’ unions held the rally at Leinster House, demanding ‘equal pay for equal work’.

Valuing Education protest to be held near Dáil today

The pre-Budget rally will look at a number of issues, including pay for young teachers.

# into - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Teachers' unions criticise allowance decisions as cuts to salary

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation says enforcing cuts originally introduced in the Budget means a third successive pay cut.

# into - Monday 17 September, 2012

Primary teachers warn against Budget cuts to disadvantaged schools

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation says Ruairí Quinn must learn from the furore over last year’s cuts to Deis schools.

# into - Sunday 22 April, 2012

Teachers sought increase in breastfeeding time allowance

INTO conference motion from Enniscorthy district sought to double teachers’ breastfeeding time entitlements.

# into - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Ruairi Quinn refuses to rule out cuts to teacher allowances

The Minister for Education said Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames was ‘misinformed’ in her criticism of his policies.

Column: Smart economy? Schools are so hamstrung they’re cutting subjects

If we want that ‘knowledge economy’ we’re always hearing about, the Government needs a serious change of direction, writes Aaron McKenna.

# into - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.

Silent protest held as Quinn speaks at INTO conference

The Education Minister was speaking to hundreds of primary school teachers at the INTO conference today when a group stood and held banners that included slogans like “save our schools”.

Three teacher conferences to take place this week

The INTO will debate a motion demanding that the guarantees under the Croke Park Agreement that there will be no further pay cuts or compulsory redundancies will continue to apply – or they will ballot for industrial action.

# into - Monday 9 April, 2012

Teachers ask Govt to keep its side of Croke Park Agreement

INTO president Noreen Flynn made the comment at the union’s congress in Killarney today. She said that the Croke Park Agreement “has delivered so far”.

Teachers call for reduced Church control of schools

Primary school teachers will also vote on a motion to maintain their pay levels as set out under the Croke Park deal.

# into - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Teacher healthcare service cost Dept of Education €1m last year

The department said that the system has led to a 15 per cent reduction in teacher absenteeism over four years.

# into - Monday 12 March, 2012

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# into - Wednesday 1 February, 2012

Hundreds gather at Dáil for protest against small school cuts

Demonstrators believe planned staffing cuts will lead to large class size increases – and fear some schools could close down altogether.

# into - Monday 30 January, 2012

School cuts will lead to 'huge increases' in class sizes, teachers say

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has strongly criticised staffing cuts set out by Minister Ruairí Quinn.

# into - Monday 12 December, 2011

Budget 2012 will 'devastate' disadvantaged schools - INTO

The teachers’ union has said that disadvantaged schools will lose hundreds of teaching posts – which will instead be reallocated to schools in better off areas.

# into - Friday 30 September, 2011

Teachers attack 'larcenous' and 'unjust' plans for public pension reform

Unions claim a new reform of pensions mean that new teachers will pay more into their pension funds than they’ll get back out.

# into - Thursday 29 September, 2011

Government proposes ‘far-reaching transformation’ of public sector pensions

But one trade union has strongly criticised the reforms which it is estimated will save €1.8 billion per year.

# into - Monday 26 September, 2011

85 per cent of primary pupils 'in classes larger than EU average'

The INTO says the figures are “shocking”, and should serve as a “wake-up call” to the government ahead of the next Budget.

# into - Saturday 21 May, 2011

250 language support teachers will be out of a job in September

In a surprise move, the Department of Education has doubled the number of language teachers to be cut. It says the public service recruitment embargo means that the posts must be transferred elsewhere.

# into - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

INTO votes not to work alongside unqualified teachers

Teachers’ unions have condemned the employment of 400 unqualified personnel in the country’s primary schools, while newly qualified teachers cannot find work.

Ruairi Quinn: Michael Noonan has a tougher job than Michael Collins...

The Education Minister warns secondary school teachers that budgets are tight as the State’s first Finance Minister Collins had “more room for manouevre” than his most recent successor.

# into - Thursday 17 February, 2011

Daily Fix: Thursday

This time next week, we’ll be in the middle of a moratorium… time to catch up with the day’s winners and losers.

Teachers' groups broadly welcome FF and Labour education plans

But both the ASTI and the INTO say many of the proposals have been previously mooted and ask: Why haven’t they been implemented already?

# into - Wednesday 13 October, 2010

Cabinet halves number of VECs - but saves Donegal

Donegal TD and education minister Mary Coughlan cuts the number of Vocational Educational Committees by half.

# into - Friday 23 July, 2010

UP TO 23 primary schools had to advertise three times in order to fill a school principal position, according to the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN).

The IPPN said that a lack of applications is responsible for the difficulty of filing vacant posts, reports RTÉ.

The IPPN, which says that July is usually the busiest time of year for job seekers, received notable results from its recruitment website: showed that more and more teachers are shunning principal positions.

Since the beginning of the year, 161 principal posts have been advertised. However, 54% of schools have had to re-advertise the posts within the past two months.

The IPPN blames the  heavy workload of principals on the lack of applicants; many principals are expected to teach classes while running the school at  the same time.

New proposals for student teachers launched by Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan will not help the situation, according to the Irish National Teachers Organisation.

While the measures have been presented as a support network for teachers, critics say that in reality the proposals offer just the opposite. They say that the motivation behind the proposals is implementing cuts, not providing guidance to teachers.