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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Joe McHugh

Last year
# dail motion
Taoiseach confident government will defeat no-confidence vote tomorrow
Several independent TDs have said they will not support the Sinn Féin motion.
# Mica redress
Government loses Dáil majority as FG TD Joe McHugh votes against mica Bill and resigns party whip
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.
# Joe McHugh
Former Education Minister Joe McHugh will not stand in next general election
The Fine Gael TD said he made the decision to step away from politics in order to spend more time with his family.
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# Back To School
It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister
Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.
# Schools
Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'
McHugh said if the rule remains in place, students will engage in blended learning from home on the other days.
# Back To School
Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light
Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.
# Joe McHugh
Plans to be announced for summer classes for children with special needs, or from disadvantaged areas
Minister for Education Joe McHugh told the Dáil about the plan this afternoon.
# repair work
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.
# Covid-19
Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman
Schools have been closed since 12 March as part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
# State Exam
Schools to only partially return in September if 2m-rule in force, Education Minister says
Education Minister Joe McHugh said he was against this partial return, and would “move mountains” for students.
# Schools
Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system
The deadline to register has been extended until midday tomorrow.
# social distancing
Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says
The minister said he will publish a road map for the reopening of schools in two weeks.
# college times
The new Munster Technological University will be established in 2021
The new technological university will be formed by Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee.
# Indemnity
ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system
Education Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the development.
# Leaving Cert
'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students
Education Minister Joe McHugh defended the decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate.
# Joe McHugh
'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister
Schools and colleges have been shut since March.
# Leaving Cert
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 announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'
Speculation that the exams would be cancelled has been growing since reports last night.
# Coronavirus
'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans
Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.
# State Exams
Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert
The party’s education spokesperson says the uncertainty is causing stress for students and parents.
# State Exams
Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school
Plans to hold a school-based version of the Junior Cert in the autumn have been cancelled.
# Minister for Education
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.
# State Exams
Majority of parents surveyed opposed to July/August start for Leaving Cert
29 July has been pencilled in as the most likely date by which the Leaving Cert would start.
# State Exams
Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days
The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.
# Home School Hub
A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am
The ‘Home School Hub’ will be aired each morning from 11am to 12 noon on RTÉ2.
# Coronavirus
Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that there was a very good chance state exams would go ahead as planned this summer.
# breakfast clubs
Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure
The Minister for Education acknowledged that many children rely on programmes such as the breakfast club at their schools.
# Exams
Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks
The decision was announced this morning by the Department of Education.
# history lesson
All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September
History is now a core subject on the Junior Cycle.
# Secretaries
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.
# Education Minister
'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.
# Pay Gap
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.
# Funding
€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.
# Irish language
Number of students in Irish-medium education could double under government plans
Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced the plan today.
# Department of Education
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.
# new sex ed plan
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.
# school building
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.
# summer works scheme
€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
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.
# school safety
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.