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

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

Oct 2nd 2019, 10:24 PM 7,147 Views 9 Comments

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

Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle
# Special Status
# Special Status

Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle

Oct 1st 2019, 8:23 AM 9,939 Views 53 Comments

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

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays
# Home Tuition
# Home Tuition

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Sep 26th 2019, 6:15 AM 7,775 Views 21 Comments

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

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

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

Updated Sep 25th 2019, 11:15 AM 11,108 Views 65 Comments

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
# Your Say

Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students?

Sep 25th 2019, 10:00 AM 21,127 Views 57 Comments

The subject became optional for students last September.

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

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

Sep 23rd 2019, 7:20 AM 20,303 Views 35 Comments

Concerns have been raised over the use of reduced timetables.

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

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

Sep 18th 2019, 5:14 PM 51,956 Views 36 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 3rd 2019, 8:32 AM 13,506 Views 28 Comments

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

Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister
# Dublin 15
# Dublin 15

Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister

Aug 24th 2019, 12:45 PM 19,585 Views 33 Comments

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

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

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

Updated Aug 19th 2019, 6:00 PM 46,032 Views 27 Comments

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

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

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

Aug 16th 2019, 2:26 PM 12,147 Views 18 Comments

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

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

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

Aug 11th 2019, 6:30 AM 7,381 Views 5 Comments

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

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 8,906 Views 1 Comment

That’s according to a new report published today.

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

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

Jul 9th 2019, 4:15 PM 21,942 Views 25 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 19th 2019, 10:01 PM 14,848 Views 15 Comments

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.

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

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

Jun 12th 2019, 6:15 AM 14,021 Views 88 Comments

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

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

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

May 31st 2019, 8:50 AM 33,316 Views 36 Comments

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

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 20,140 Views 103 Comments

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

Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan
# Staff Shortages
# Staff Shortages

Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan

Apr 22nd 2019, 6:45 AM 40,017 Views 83 Comments

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

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

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

Apr 3rd 2019, 9:43 PM 17,079 Views 68 Comments

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

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

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

Feb 21st 2019, 10:59 AM 13,990 Views 17 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 29th 2019, 12:05 AM 13,432 Views 90 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 24th 2019, 5:31 PM 17,672 Views 14 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 17th 2019, 6:01 AM 10,707 Views 18 Comments

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

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 12,912 Views 0 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 12th 2018, 8:04 AM 21,712 Views 45 Comments

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

Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis

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

Nov 17th 2018, 1:18 AM 16,480 Views 61 Comments

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

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

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

Nov 6th 2018, 6:23 PM 17,664 Views 19 Comments

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

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 15,449 Views 23 Comments

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

Schools shut due to structural defects are to partially reopen after midterm break
# Dublin
# Dublin

Schools shut due to structural defects are to partially reopen after midterm break

Updated Oct 26th 2018, 7:35 PM 20,669 Views 22 Comments

The Department of Education said its “overriding priority … remains the health and safety of the school pupils and staff”.

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 9,936 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 34,094 Views 32 Comments

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

Here's the full list of schools impacted by the building scandal
# School Closures
# School Closures

Here's the full list of schools impacted by the building scandal

Oct 24th 2018, 5:06 PM 43,674 Views 33 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh said he expects a number of schools will be forced to close.

'Unfair divide between haves and have-nots' as teacher shortage forcing some students to turn to grind schools
# Napd
# Napd

'Unfair divide between haves and have-nots' as teacher shortage forcing some students to turn to grind schools

Oct 18th 2018, 6:40 AM 13,601 Views 42 Comments

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals wants Minister for Education Joe McHugh to address the shortage of teachers.

Government to fund US and Canadian students to come here to learn Irish
# Ag Caint As Gaeilge
# Ag Caint As Gaeilge

Government to fund US and Canadian students to come here to learn Irish

Jul 9th 2018, 6:10 AM 13,272 Views 26 Comments

American and Canadian students will visit Ireland during the summer months to attend intensive Irish language courses in the Gaeltacht.

These two ministers are heading to the Gaeltacht this summer for a crash course in Irish
# Ag Caint As Gaeilge
# Ag Caint As Gaeilge

These two ministers are heading to the Gaeltacht this summer for a crash course in Irish

Jun 29th 2018, 6:30 AM 17,259 Views 51 Comments

The government is today launching its five-year Irish Language plan which has a focus on early child education.

Aer Árann to cease flights to the Aran Islands from December
# Trasna Na Dtonnta
# Trasna Na Dtonnta

Aer Árann to cease flights to the Aran Islands from December

Jun 6th 2018, 6:31 PM 17,193 Views 32 Comments

The department says it will be putting the routes out to tender.

'Fast ferry' service for Tory Island ends long-running row
# Delegating Responsibility
# Delegating Responsibility

'Fast ferry' service for Tory Island ends long-running row

Mar 24th 2018, 7:25 PM 29,550 Views 21 Comments

Meanwhile, a retired surveyor who inspected the Queen of Aran vessel multiple times argues it’s “perfectly seaworthy”.

'It's heartbreaking' - locals 'completely' reject latest state proposals to end Tory Island ferry impasse
# On The Cliff Edge
# On The Cliff Edge

'It's heartbreaking' - locals 'completely' reject latest state proposals to end Tory Island ferry impasse

Mar 9th 2018, 6:10 AM 18,087 Views 50 Comments

“We were expecting proposals, not conditions,” says manager of the Tory Co Op Marjorie Uí Chearbhaill.

'A tsunami from the skies': Taoiseach to travel to Donegal as emergency meeting takes place over floods
# Flooding
# Flooding

'A tsunami from the skies': Taoiseach to travel to Donegal as emergency meeting takes place over floods

Aug 25th 2017, 3:45 PM 46,941 Views 79 Comments

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for five counties.