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# minister-for-education - Saturday 3 October, 2020

6,100 students to get text message this evening upgrading their LC result

The results of the review were announced this evening by the Department of Education.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Second home-schooled pupil 'unlikely' to have Leaving Cert results case heard in court this month

The student has made an application to the court to receive ‘calculated grades’.

# minister-for-education - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Minister for Education issues new court action against Western Building Systems

40 schools built by the firm have required remedial work to fix structural issues.

# minister-for-education - Friday 8 May, 2020

Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government

Teachers will provide an estimate of the percentage mark each student is likely to have achieved.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Latest plan for Leaving Cert will see exams start on July 29th, minister says

Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed that the State exam would begin on Wednesday 29 July.

# minister-for-education - 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.

# minister-for-education - Monday 1 July, 2019

'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn

Some secretaries don’t have regular hours, don’t get paid for the Christmas or summer breaks, while others aren’t entitled to sick pay or a pension.

# minister-for-education - Monday 20 May, 2019

Refusal to allow child with 'complex educational needs' attend school during summer challenged in High Court

The action has been taken on behalf of a six-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome.

# minister-for-education - Monday 25 February, 2019

Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages

The scheme aims to solve recruitment problems in subjects such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics.

# minister-for-education - Friday 4 January, 2019

'Huge' number of responses on how to exempt students from studying Irish

Over 2,100 responses were submitted in the weeks before Christmas, so the government has extended the deadline for submissions.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 3 April, 2018

'We've been hit quite a few times': Teachers' union on why pay changes are needed

Education Minister Richard Bruton said that it isn’t possible to negotiate a deal for teachers separate to other public sectors.

# minister-for-education - Friday 11 August, 2017

Court rejects government order that would have compelled school to enroll student

A departmental committee decided that the boy should be given a place – but that has been overruled twice now.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 18 May, 2017

Richard Bruton rules himself out as Fine Gael leader - and will back Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announced she wouldn’t be running earlier this morning.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education

Teachers union the INTO said that the “jury was out” on the new resource model.

# minister-for-education - Friday 12 February, 2016

Kids, you're going to school: Teachers call off strike

The industrial action was due to impact about 350 schools across the country.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Is your area getting a new school? Here's the full list

The government has announced hundreds of new school building projects.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 22 September, 2015

This poster is being introduced to classrooms to teach children about same-sex families

The ‘Different Families, Same Love’ campaign aims to celebrate different family structures.

# minister-for-education - Friday 14 August, 2015

Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer

The minister for education has intervened in the matter.

# minister-for-education - Friday 10 July, 2015

Poll: Should schools be forced to allow generic uniforms? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should schools be forced to allow generic uniforms?

Many schools across the country only allow specialised uniforms from one particular shop. Should this be allowed?

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Schools will have to cap the number of past pupils' children they admit

Minister Jan O’Sullivan is due to announce new legislation later today.

# minister-for-education - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'

Parents are voicing their concerns over the Primary Online Education being rolled out in schools across the country.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 29 January, 2015

Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn't linked to the austerity agenda?

We live in a time of austerity – and education is being targeted along with other elements of society.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 17 July, 2014

Hundreds of teachers won't be trained for the new English curriculum by September

It has prompted renewed calls from the opposition for changes to the Junior Cycle to be delayed.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister

The Minister announced last week that he will be ending up his career in politics after almost four decades.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet I'm Out This post contains videos

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet

The Labour TD will step down after the reshuffle, he confirmed today.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister

Ruairi Quinn says that because three of the four members of the Economic Management Council are teachers, he never has to fight for funding.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity

Minister Ruairi Quinn has stressed that there are currently no plans to reassess resource levels.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?

The Education Minister said he wants this to be the case, but is it necessary?

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Ireland's primary school principals are at breaking point, says INTO

General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the workload of principals needs to be reviewed.

School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn also said he was disappointed in the lack of “genuinely inclusive schools”.

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?

Reforms expected to be announced later today could make it easier for children to opt-out.

# minister-for-education - Monday 31 March, 2014

Government approves another €60k for parental anti-bullying training

More than 3,000 parents took part in the training courses over the last year.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Legislation aims to 'inspire confidence' in schools enrolment policies

The Bill would require schools to include a statement in their enrolment policy saying that pupils would not be discriminated against.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Teachers say teenagers experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the recession

The ASTI are calling for more resources to help students with emotional difficulties or who are victims of bullying.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Tuck shop crackdown: Quinn to issue healthy eating guidelines for schools

Minister Ruairí Quinn said he could not “dictate” what is sold in the vending machines in schools.

# minister-for-education - Monday 3 February, 2014

More boys are staying on in school to do the Leaving Cert

More than 90 per cent of Irish students stay on to complete the exams, according to a report out today.

# minister-for-education - Monday 27 January, 2014

Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schools

The Association of Catholic Priests strongly criticised the Minister for Education after he said religion should be taught within homes and parishes rather than schools.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Quinn "hopeful" for progress in ASTI dispute as areas of discussion identified

However, the Education Minister said that the “terms and conditions” of the guarantee are not under his control.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

TUI says more teachers are needed if planned Junior Cert changes are to be made

The Teachers Union of Ireland said they are concerned there is not enough resources to implement the planned reforms.

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