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# joe-mchugh - This year 2022

Taoiseach confident government will defeat no-confidence vote tomorrow
# Dail Motion
# Dail Motion

Taoiseach confident government will defeat no-confidence vote tomorrow

Updated Jul 11th 2022, 3:32 PM 43,196 Views 127 Comments

Several independent TDs have said they will not support the Sinn Féin motion.

Government loses Dáil majority as FG TD Joe McHugh votes against mica Bill and resigns party whip
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Government loses Dáil majority as FG TD Joe McHugh votes against mica Bill and resigns party whip

Jul 6th 2022, 7:22 PM 60,581 Views 54 Comments

In a statement on Twitter, the Donegal TD said he is resigning the whip with “a heavy heart” but he believes it is the right thing to do.

Former Education Minister Joe McHugh will not stand in next general election
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

Former Education Minister Joe McHugh will not stand in next general election

May 4th 2022, 11:21 AM 15,199 Views 11 Comments

The Fine Gael TD said he made the decision to step away from politics in order to spend more time with his family.

# joe-mchugh - All time

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister
# Back To School
# Back To School

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister

Jun 24th 2020, 4:33 PM 15,499 Views 24 Comments

Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.

Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'
# Schools
# Schools

Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'

Jun 12th 2020, 2:57 PM 45,068 Views 100 Comments

McHugh said if the rule remains in place, students will engage in blended learning from home on the other days.

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light
# Back To School
# Back To School

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Updated Jun 12th 2020, 2:42 PM 14,677 Views 15 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

Plans to be announced for summer classes for children with special needs, or from disadvantaged areas
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

Plans to be announced for summer classes for children with special needs, or from disadvantaged areas

Jun 4th 2020, 5:44 PM 22,502 Views 44 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh told the Dáil about the plan this afternoon.

Minister for Education issues new court action against Western Building Systems
# Repair Work
# Repair Work

Minister for Education issues new court action against Western Building Systems

Jun 3rd 2020, 6:05 AM 15,108 Views 0 Comments

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

Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman

May 30th 2020, 4:52 PM 26,712 Views 29 Comments

Schools have been closed since 12 March as part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Schools to only partially return in September if 2m-rule in force, Education Minister says
# State Exam
# State Exam

Schools to only partially return in September if 2m-rule in force, Education Minister says

May 29th 2020, 8:13 AM 20,396 Views 49 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh said he was against this partial return, and would “move mountains” for students.

Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system
# Schools
# Schools

Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system

May 28th 2020, 10:15 PM 21,501 Views 24 Comments

The deadline to register has been extended until midday tomorrow.

Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says
# Social Distancing
# Social Distancing

Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says

May 28th 2020, 12:04 PM 30,997 Views 72 Comments

The minister said he will publish a road map for the reopening of schools in two weeks.

The new Munster Technological University will be established in 2021
# College Times
# College Times

The new Munster Technological University will be established in 2021

May 26th 2020, 10:36 PM 31,209 Views 26 Comments

The new technological university will be formed by Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee.

ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system
# Indemnity
# Indemnity

ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system

Updated May 22nd 2020, 5:32 PM 22,474 Views 59 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the development.

'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students

May 13th 2020, 4:37 PM 29,130 Views 81 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh defended the decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate.

'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister

May 10th 2020, 8:36 PM 42,956 Views 100 Comments

Schools and colleges have been shut since March.

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

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

May 8th 2020, 3:08 PM 87,940 Views 108 Comments

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

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'
Live May 8th 2020, 2:17 PM

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'

'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans

May 6th 2020, 3:57 PM 17,698 Views 38 Comments

Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.

Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert
# State Exams
# State Exams

Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert

May 2nd 2020, 1:19 PM 37,004 Views 48 Comments

The party’s education spokesperson says the uncertainty is causing stress for students and parents.

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school
# State Exams
# State Exams

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school

Apr 29th 2020, 1:50 PM 129,654 Views 84 Comments

Plans to hold a school-based version of the Junior Cert in the autumn have been cancelled.

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

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

Apr 23rd 2020, 7:40 PM 30,714 Views 37 Comments

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

Majority of parents surveyed opposed to July/August start for Leaving Cert
# State Exams
# State Exams

Majority of parents surveyed opposed to July/August start for Leaving Cert

Apr 23rd 2020, 8:51 AM 35,330 Views 40 Comments

29 July has been pencilled in as the most likely date by which the Leaving Cert would start.

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days
# State Exams
# State Exams

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days

Apr 8th 2020, 1:33 PM 77,941 Views 101 Comments

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.

A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am
# Home School Hub
# Home School Hub

A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am

Mar 30th 2020, 6:30 AM 52,319 Views 47 Comments

The ‘Home School Hub’ will be aired each morning from 11am to 12 noon on RTÉ2.

Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert

Updated Mar 24th 2020, 5:05 PM 115,099 Views 133 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that there was a very good chance state exams would go ahead as planned this summer.

Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure
# Breakfast Clubs
# Breakfast Clubs

Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure

Mar 19th 2020, 1:34 PM 13,444 Views 11 Comments

The Minister for Education acknowledged that many children rely on programmes such as the breakfast club at their schools.

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks
# Exams
# Exams

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks

Mar 19th 2020, 11:10 AM 149,789 Views 148 Comments

The decision was announced this morning by the Department of Education.

All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September
# History Lesson
# History Lesson

All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September

Feb 18th 2020, 2:57 PM 21,902 Views 26 Comments

History is now a core subject on the Junior Cycle.

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

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

Jan 21st 2020, 7:45 AM 7,227 Views 44 Comments

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

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

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

Updated Jan 10th 2020, 2:25 PM 17,376 Views 40 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 9th 2020, 6:26 PM 12,583 Views 27 Comments

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
# Funding
# Funding

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

Jan 9th 2020, 11:14 AM 9,129 Views 54 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 30th 2019, 3:01 PM 17,854 Views 65 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced the plan today.

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

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

Dec 13th 2019, 6:01 AM 10,687 Views 33 Comments

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

Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'
# New Sex Ed Plan
# New Sex Ed Plan

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

Dec 11th 2019, 4:58 PM 28,376 Views 67 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 5th 2019, 12:05 AM 30,830 Views 59 Comments

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

€30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools
# Summer Works Scheme
# Summer Works Scheme

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

Nov 25th 2019, 7:22 AM 7,423 Views 6 Comments

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

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

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

Nov 14th 2019, 10:30 PM 12,895 Views 16 Comments

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

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

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

Nov 12th 2019, 6:47 PM 12,480 Views 42 Comments

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

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