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#Department of Education

# department-of-education - Monday 12 August, 2019

'Huge positive impact', 'very problematic': Mixed reactions to Irish exemption rule changes
# Education
# Education

'Huge positive impact', 'very problematic': Mixed reactions to Irish exemption rule changes

Aug 12th 2019, 4:32 PM 19,700 Views 40 Comments

IQ levels and psychological assessments are no longer a factor.

# department-of-education - Thursday 8 August, 2019

Teen with autism to challenge expulsion from school in High Court
# Courts
# Courts

Teen with autism to challenge expulsion from school in High Court

Aug 8th 2019, 10:30 PM 26,597 Views 0 Comments

The teenager was expelled by the school’s board of management in November 2018.

# department-of-education - Friday 2 August, 2019

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

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

Aug 2nd 2019, 3:42 PM 8,887 Views 1 Comment

That’s according to a new report published today.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September
# Education
# Education

Concern hundreds of children with autism could be without school places in September

Jul 31st 2019, 6:15 AM 12,690 Views 31 Comments

Last month the Department of Education served statutory notices on 18 schools and two patrol bodies in the Dublin 15 area urging them to make additional provision.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

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

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

Apr 23rd 2019, 10:39 AM 20,065 Views 103 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

The State won't know how many homeless students will be sitting the Leaving Cert this summer

Mar 19th 2019, 12:05 AM 13,459 Views 27 Comments

Neither the Department of Education nor the State Examination Commission keep those details.

# department-of-education - Monday 28 January, 2019

'We're getting it in the neck': Lack of sub teachers at 'crisis point' as parents complain about schooling standards
# Education
# Education

'We're getting it in the neck': Lack of sub teachers at 'crisis point' as parents complain about schooling standards

Jan 28th 2019, 10:59 PM 18,607 Views 34 Comments

Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has claimed poor training and insufficient pay was behind the drop in the supply.

# department-of-education - Thursday 17 January, 2019

'Signing on the dole embarrases them the most': School secretaries launch campaign for equal pay
# Support Our Secretaries
# Support Our Secretaries

'Signing on the dole embarrases them the most': School secretaries launch campaign for equal pay

Jan 17th 2019, 5:10 PM 19,250 Views 21 Comments

Kathleen O’Doherty from Donegal has written to eight Education Ministers about school secretaries’ pay.

# department-of-education - Saturday 22 December, 2018

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

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

Dec 22nd 2018, 12:43 PM 12,855 Views 0 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 15 November, 2018

'This would not happen in more affluent areas': Cabra community in protest over school pitch
# Space To Play
# Space To Play

'This would not happen in more affluent areas': Cabra community in protest over school pitch

Nov 15th 2018, 6:15 AM 20,876 Views 23 Comments

Parents and children of Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club are calling for the restoration of their all-weather pitch.

# department-of-education - Monday 29 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 29th 2018, 5:49 PM 15,430 Views 23 Comments

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

# department-of-education - Thursday 25 October, 2018

HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'
# Building Inspections
# Building Inspections

HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'

Oct 25th 2018, 1:59 PM 9,919 Views 30 Comments

The company was involved in the construction of the extension to Beaumont Hospital.

Attorney General consulted over awarding of school building contracts to WBS
# School Closures
# School Closures

Attorney General consulted over awarding of school building contracts to WBS

Oct 25th 2018, 6:05 AM 34,076 Views 32 Comments

A total of 42 schools will be assessed over the next two weeks.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Two more Dublin schools closed with immediate effect over structural problems
# Tyrrelstown
# Tyrrelstown

Two more Dublin schools closed with immediate effect over structural problems

Oct 23rd 2018, 8:50 AM 31,273 Views 39 Comments

More than 1,200 pupils in north Dublin have been affected by the closures.

# department-of-education - Monday 10 September, 2018

New subject changes for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert get the go ahead
# Mixing It Up
# Mixing It Up

New subject changes for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert get the go ahead

Sep 10th 2018, 6:10 AM 61,529 Views 43 Comments

New specifications for Maths, Home Economics, History, Music and Geography are set to go live from this month for Junior Cert students.

# department-of-education - Monday 27 August, 2018

School launches High Court challenge over decision requiring it to enrol boy with autism
# Courts
# Courts

School launches High Court challenge over decision requiring it to enrol boy with autism

Aug 27th 2018, 7:22 PM 25,484 Views 0 Comments

The student involved cannot be identified for legal reasons.

# department-of-education - Monday 23 July, 2018

Catholic mother loses case after claiming girl turned down for school bus scheme on religious grounds
# Discrimination
# Discrimination

Catholic mother loses case after claiming girl turned down for school bus scheme on religious grounds

Jul 23rd 2018, 2:26 PM 31,523 Views 0 Comments

The family were told the girl wasn’t eligible for the free scheme because there was a suitable school nearby.

# department-of-education - Sunday 15 July, 2018

'During the summer she has to sign on': Some school secretaries are paid €10,900 a year, others €35,000
# Equal Pay Equal Work
# Equal Pay Equal Work

'During the summer she has to sign on': Some school secretaries are paid €10,900 a year, others €35,000

Jul 15th 2018, 12:05 AM 44,306 Views 25 Comments

There are around 3,000 school secretaries in Ireland – most of whom are in precarious employment.

# department-of-education - Monday 25 June, 2018

'It's an absolute relief': Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse
# Construction
# Construction

'It's an absolute relief': Contractor to be appointed to complete schools impacted by Carillion collapse

Jun 25th 2018, 8:45 PM 16,580 Views 5 Comments

In mid-January, it emerged that work had stalled on a number of schools after the UK-based firm went bust.

# department-of-education - Thursday 7 June, 2018

Sammon liquidation: Schools say they're still optimistic they can open their doors in September
# Liquidation
# Liquidation

Sammon liquidation: Schools say they're still optimistic they can open their doors in September

Jun 7th 2018, 12:05 AM 12,254 Views 11 Comments

On Tuesday, Sammon Contracting Ireland Limited was placed into liquidation.

# department-of-education - Sunday 3 June, 2018

'There will be chaos': Locals object to plans for school on site of former Harold's Cross greyhound stadium
# Planning Issues
# Planning Issues

'There will be chaos': Locals object to plans for school on site of former Harold's Cross greyhound stadium

Jun 3rd 2018, 8:00 AM 21,540 Views 28 Comments

Dublin City Council granted permission but the decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

# department-of-education - Friday 13 April, 2018

42 new primary and secondary schools to be built by 2022
# Loads More Spaces
# Loads More Spaces

42 new primary and secondary schools to be built by 2022

Apr 13th 2018, 10:20 AM 23,785 Views 75 Comments

17 of the new schools are to be built by September 2019. The vast majority of the new institutions will be located in the Dublin area.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

'We're exhausted': Schools and contractors fearful and confused over Sammon examinership
# Sammon
# Sammon

'We're exhausted': Schools and contractors fearful and confused over Sammon examinership

Apr 10th 2018, 12:05 AM 21,022 Views 20 Comments

Carillion went bust in early January, as a result of debts of over £1.5 billion.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

'Religious groups shouldn't be involved in sex education'
# Let's Talk About Sex
# Let's Talk About Sex

'Religious groups shouldn't be involved in sex education'

Apr 4th 2018, 7:00 PM 18,322 Views 123 Comments

Proposed legislation seeks to remove religious ethos from sex education in schools.

# department-of-education - Friday 9 February, 2018

School bus stopped by gardaí due to badly worn tyres and rust is taken out of service
# Child Safety
# Child Safety

School bus stopped by gardaí due to badly worn tyres and rust is taken out of service

Feb 9th 2018, 6:01 AM 23,886 Views 27 Comments

The Department of Education said the “safety of children travelling on the school transport service is of paramount importance”.

# department-of-education - Thursday 11 January, 2018

'It's a global campus': Ireland's most expensive school with yearly €24k fees to open in September
# Nord Anglia
# Nord Anglia

'It's a global campus': Ireland's most expensive school with yearly €24k fees to open in September

Jan 11th 2018, 2:15 PM 41,922 Views 76 Comments

The Nord Anglia International School in Dublin will offer students the International Baccalaureate.

# department-of-education - Saturday 30 December, 2017

Are you a lone parent? If so, you might be eligible for a €5,000 per year higher education bursary
# 1916 Bursary Fund
# 1916 Bursary Fund

Are you a lone parent? If so, you might be eligible for a €5,000 per year higher education bursary

Dec 30th 2017, 6:10 AM 48,450 Views 39 Comments

Students will be allocated €5,000 per year over the next three years, coming to a total of €6 million.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Government plans to scrap provision allowing church to appoint teachers and principals
# Religious Orders
# Religious Orders

Government plans to scrap provision allowing church to appoint teachers and principals

Dec 19th 2017, 8:39 PM 12,877 Views 46 Comments

Current criteria allows the Catholic church to appoint nuns, priests, monks and brothers as principals and teachers in schools.

# department-of-education - Friday 1 September, 2017

Fire safety audits to be carried out on 25 schools constructed in the last 20 years
# Checkups
# Checkups

Fire safety audits to be carried out on 25 schools constructed in the last 20 years

Sep 1st 2017, 7:45 PM 11,362 Views 20 Comments

Fire safety in Ireland’s public buildings has been under the microscope in recent months.

# department-of-education - Wednesday 28 June, 2017

'No more baptism barrier': Catholic schools won't use religion as admission criteria, says Bruton
# Religious Reasons
# Religious Reasons

'No more baptism barrier': Catholic schools won't use religion as admission criteria, says Bruton

Jun 28th 2017, 10:29 PM 25,177 Views 169 Comments

There will still be exceptions in cases of minority schools, the Minister said.

# department-of-education - Sunday 25 June, 2017

English Language Teachers start shouting louder about their working rights
# Education Regulation
# Education Regulation

English Language Teachers start shouting louder about their working rights

Jun 25th 2017, 6:30 AM 12,522 Views 12 Comments

The Department of Education won’t meet with the teachers as they are private workers.

# department-of-education - Friday 2 June, 2017

Sale of iconic Harold's Cross greyhound stadium for €23m gets go-ahead
# Past The Post
# Past The Post

Sale of iconic Harold's Cross greyhound stadium for €23m gets go-ahead

Jun 2nd 2017, 10:51 AM 11,864 Views 43 Comments

The 89-year-old stadium shut in February and a school will be built on the site.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

School waiting lists are being scrapped - but it's not yet known what will happen to students currently on one
# Waiting Game
# Waiting Game

School waiting lists are being scrapped - but it's not yet known what will happen to students currently on one

May 30th 2017, 6:19 PM 20,305 Views 25 Comments

New legislation will see the waiting lists phased out after admission reforms.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Harold's Cross Stadium is being sold to make way for schools
# Sold
# Sold

Harold's Cross Stadium is being sold to make way for schools

May 2nd 2017, 7:20 PM 23,468 Views 35 Comments

But nobody is saying for how much.

# department-of-education - Monday 17 April, 2017

Government initiative to encourage more Travellers to become teachers
# Diversity
# Diversity

Government initiative to encourage more Travellers to become teachers

Apr 17th 2017, 12:42 PM 12,662 Views 33 Comments

The initiative is aimed at encouraging disadvantaged groups into the teaching profession.

# department-of-education - Thursday 3 November, 2016

No movement in teachers' pay discussions ahead of next week's strike
# Deadlock
# Deadlock

No movement in teachers' pay discussions ahead of next week's strike

Nov 3rd 2016, 5:58 PM 23,927 Views 79 Comments

The gardaí are not the only public servants who are currently locked in talks.

# department-of-education - Friday 23 September, 2016

Seven sex abuse victims dropped cases against the State after it sent them letters
# Letters
# Letters

Seven sex abuse victims dropped cases against the State after it sent them letters

Sep 23rd 2016, 6:15 AM 20,514 Views 53 Comments

Earlier this year, it was reported that people abused while in Irish national schools had received the letters.

# department-of-education - Friday 22 July, 2016

The State sent 'intimidating' legal letters to abuse survivors about their legal actions
# National School Abuse
# National School Abuse

The State sent 'intimidating' legal letters to abuse survivors about their legal actions

Jul 22nd 2016, 6:18 PM 21,333 Views 61 Comments

O’Keeffe won a landmark legal against the Irish State in the European Court of Human Rights.

# department-of-education - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

Every single child who needs a special needs assistant will get one
# Education
# Education

Every single child who needs a special needs assistant will get one

Jun 14th 2016, 4:17 PM 23,471 Views 37 Comments

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the increase will support 160 new special classes – many for children on the autism spectrum.

# department-of-education - Thursday 9 June, 2016

'He's going to struggle': Teenager with learning disability denied Leaving Cert support
# Education
# Education

'He's going to struggle': Teenager with learning disability denied Leaving Cert support

Jun 9th 2016, 6:07 AM 28,789 Views 57 Comments

Hundreds of students each year are denied supports like readers and scribes and advocates say the SEC needs to widen eligibility criteria.