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#Joe McHugh

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

School secretaries to suspend work-to-rule industrial action to allow for WRC talks

Fórsa head of education Andy Pike said the talks needed to yield real and significant progress.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 10 January, 2020

'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action

Talks between the Department of Education and trade union Fórsa are still ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 9 January, 2020

Education minister pleads with school secretaries to cancel planned industrial action tomorrow

Rallies have been organised at a number of locations including at Leinster House and at the minister’s Donegal constituency offices.

€1m pilot scheme for schoolbooks for disadvantaged primary school pupils announced

The fund has been set up on top of a grant which is already provided to all schools.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 30 December, 2019

Number of students in Irish-medium education could double under government plans

Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced the plan today.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 13 December, 2019

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer

Talks broke down between the Department of Education and Fórsa at the Workplace Relations Commission this week.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'

The minister said the ethos of the school is central to any curriculum and will be protected.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 5 December, 2019

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million

A number of new school buildings in Dublin are included among the initial plans.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 25 November, 2019

€30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools

Some of the allocation will be used to establish electric vehicle charging points.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 14 November, 2019

South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage

McHugh has activated new legislation which directs schools to open more special classes.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Repair works cost State €40m after concerns over structural defects at schools

A total of 40 schools were caught up in the controversy over structural and fire safety deficiencies.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission WRC

Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission

The dispute centres around the fact that only a few hundred of the country’s 3,500 secretaries are paid directly by the Department.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle

Maths, Irish and English are currently the only compulsory subjects, bar some exceptions.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Home tutors have raised concerns that the Department of Education has failed to process tuition grants.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Review of junior cycle History recommends it should remain as an optional subject

The minister announced last year that he requested a review into the subject’s status.

Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students?

The subject became optional for students last September.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 23 September, 2019

New rules proposed to limit schools teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours

Concerns have been raised over the use of reduced timetables.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Taoiseach says minister will intervene in Bolger family case after RTÉ Prime Time programme

Gillian Bolger and Darren Milne spoke about the struggles they have faced in getting their eight-year-old twins into suitable school.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 3 September, 2019

Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years

“I want to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education,” Education Minister Joe McHugh said.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 24 August, 2019

Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister

With schools set to return next week, hundreds of pupils across Ireland have yet to be given a place.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 19 August, 2019

Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block Wbs

Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block

A total of 42 schools built by WBS were inspected over concerns about structural problems.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 16 August, 2019

Western Building Systems calls for 'independent expert answers' into schools structural issues

Education Minister Joe McHugh gave an update on the remediation programme on the schools built by the firm.

# joe-mchugh - Sunday 11 August, 2019

Concerns raised about whether legal fees will be paid to school abuse victim applicants

Thirteen applicants to the scheme have been offered €84,000, but there are concerns over the associated legal costs.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 2 August, 2019

Abuse survivors report 'huge fear' of visits to hospitals and institutions

That’s according to a new report published today.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Dáil apology from Taoiseach after judge's finding that abuse redress scheme is 'inherently illogical'

A retired judge said that the State’s approach showed an “inherent inversion of logic and a fundamental unfairness to applicants”.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Remedial works on 22 schools with structural issues begin tomorrow, says minister

The remedial works will be carried out over the summer period with all schools expected to re-open as normal for the new term in September.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Education minister's UAE 'fact-finding mission' on what will bring Irish teachers back home

More than 2,000 Irish people are employed in the education sector in the UAE.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 31 May, 2019

Bereaved students will be allowed sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July under new rules

Earlier this year, a student spoke on the radio about having to sit her Leaving Cert a day after her mother died.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

PE lessons could be taught through Irish in effort to make language relevant 'to the next generation'

A new scheme aimed at teaching pupils a second language was announced today.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 22 April, 2019

Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan

Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

Education minister on school patronage changes: 'Just to be clear - Christmas will not be cancelled'

It was claimed that Christmas celebrations in schools could be curtailed where patronage was switched to multi-denominational.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 21 February, 2019

These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings

The patronage of the schools was recommended by the New Schools Establishment Group.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul

A report launching today calls for a radical overhaul of how sex education is taught in both primary and secondary schools.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Dublin land prices with 'development potential' on the rise, as €23m price tag for stadium defended

The land has been rezoned to allow for the construction of schools in Harold’s Cross.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Students 'pressured' by new Leaving Cert grade scheme as number sitting higher level exams rises

The Economic and Social Research has carried out an early analysis of the grading scheme.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Minister for Education suing Western Building Systems after concerns of structural defects at schools

A total of 42 schools built by Western Building Systems were inspected over concerns about potential structural problems earlier this year.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

There are now 2.19 million people employed in Ireland, new figures show

61,900 additional people entered employment in 2017, according to the latest National Skills Bulletin.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed

The minister said the government has a duty to make sure the next generation is informed.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Whistleblowers alleged to have raised school building concerns to Department of Education in 2012

The Joint Committee on Education heard claims that industry officials met with former Minister Ruairi Quinn over the issue.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 29 October, 2018

Plans being drawn up for potential closure of more school buildings over structural defects

The results of some assessments are due to be released tomorrow.

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