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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Joe McHugh

All time
Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission
The dispute centres around the fact that only a few hundred of the country’s 3,500 secretaries are paid directly by the Department.
# special status
Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle
Maths, Irish and English are currently the only compulsory subjects, bar some exceptions.
# Home tuition
Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays
Home tutors have raised concerns that the Department of Education has failed to process tuition grants.
# Report
Review of junior cycle History recommends it should remain as an optional subject
The minister announced last year that he requested a review into the subject’s status.
# Your Say
Poll: Should History be compulsory for Junior Cycle students?
The subject became optional for students last September.
# reduced timetables
New rules proposed to limit schools teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours
Concerns have been raised over the use of reduced timetables.
# Special Needs
Taoiseach says minister will intervene in Bolger family case after RTÉ Prime Time programme
Gillian Bolger and Darren Milne spoke about the struggles they have faced in getting their eight-year-old twins into suitable school.
# oideachas
Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years
“I want to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education,” Education Minister Joe McHugh said.
# dublin 15
Six schools told to offer more special education places by Minister
With schools set to return next week, hundreds of pupils across Ireland have yet to be given a place.
# wbs
Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block
A total of 42 schools built by WBS were inspected over concerns about structural problems.
# Building Works
Western Building Systems calls for 'independent expert answers' into schools structural issues
Education Minister Joe McHugh gave an update on the remediation programme on the schools built by the firm.
# redress scheme
Concerns raised about whether legal fees will be paid to school abuse victim applicants
Thirteen applicants to the scheme have been offered €84,000, but there are concerns over the associated legal costs.
# abuse survivors
Abuse survivors report 'huge fear' of visits to hospitals and institutions
That’s according to a new report published today.
# redress scheme
Dáil apology from Taoiseach after judge's finding that abuse redress scheme is 'inherently illogical'
A retired judge said that the State’s approach showed an “inherent inversion of logic and a fundamental unfairness to applicants”.
# Remedial works
Remedial works on 22 schools with structural issues begin tomorrow, says minister
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.
# Joe McHugh
Education minister's UAE 'fact-finding mission' on what will bring Irish teachers back home
More than 2,000 Irish people are employed in the education sector in the UAE.
# Leaving Cert
Bereaved students will be allowed sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July under new rules
Earlier this year, a student spoke on the radio about having to sit her Leaving Cert a day after her mother died.
# Education
PE lessons could be taught through Irish in effort to make language relevant 'to the next generation'
A new scheme aimed at teaching pupils a second language was announced today.
# Staff shortages
Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan
Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.
# Joe McHugh
Education minister on school patronage changes: 'Just to be clear - Christmas will not be cancelled'
It was claimed that Christmas celebrations in schools could be curtailed where patronage was switched to multi-denominational.
# Education
These 12 schools now have a patron but do not have permanent school buildings
The patronage of the schools was recommended by the New Schools Establishment Group.
# overhaul
External agencies providing sex ed in schools to be regulated in recommended radical overhaul
A report launching today calls for a radical overhaul of how sex education is taught in both primary and secondary schools.
# Harold's Cross
Dublin land prices with 'development potential' on the rise, as €23m price tag for stadium defended
The land has been rezoned to allow for the construction of schools in Harold’s Cross.
# Education
Students 'pressured' by new Leaving Cert grade scheme as number sitting higher level exams rises
The Economic and Social Research has carried out an early analysis of the grading scheme.
# High Court
Minister for Education suing Western Building Systems after concerns of structural defects at schools
A total of 42 schools built by Western Building Systems were inspected over concerns about potential structural problems earlier this year.
# Employment
There are now 2.19 million people employed in Ireland, new figures show
61,900 additional people entered employment in 2017, according to the latest National Skills Bulletin.
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed
The minister said the government has a duty to make sure the next generation is informed.
# school closures
Whistleblowers alleged to have raised school building concerns to Department of Education in 2012
The Joint Committee on Education heard claims that industry officials met with former Minister Ruairi Quinn over the issue.
# Safety Concerns
Plans being drawn up for potential closure of more school buildings over structural defects
The results of some assessments are due to be released tomorrow.
# Dublin
Schools shut due to structural defects are to partially reopen after midterm break
The Department of Education said its “overriding priority … remains the health and safety of the school pupils and staff”.
# building inspections
HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'
The company was involved in the construction of the extension to Beaumont Hospital.
# school closures
Attorney General consulted over awarding of school building contracts to WBS
A total of 42 schools will be assessed over the next two weeks.
# school closures
Here's the full list of schools impacted by the building scandal
Education Minister Joe McHugh said he expects a number of schools will be forced to close.
# napd
'Unfair divide between haves and have-nots' as teacher shortage forcing some students to turn to grind schools
The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals wants Minister for Education Joe McHugh to address the shortage of teachers.
# ag caint as Gaeilge
Government to fund US and Canadian students to come here to learn Irish
American and Canadian students will visit Ireland during the summer months to attend intensive Irish language courses in the Gaeltacht.
# ag caint as Gaeilge
These two ministers are heading to the Gaeltacht this summer for a crash course in Irish
The government is today launching its five-year Irish Language plan which has a focus on early child education.
# trasna na dtonnta
Aer Árann to cease flights to the Aran Islands from December
The department says it will be putting the routes out to tender.
# delegating responsibility
'Fast ferry' service for Tory Island ends long-running row
Meanwhile, a retired surveyor who inspected the Queen of Aran vessel multiple times argues it’s “perfectly seaworthy”.
# on the cliff edge
'It's heartbreaking' - locals 'completely' reject latest state proposals to end Tory Island ferry impasse
“We were expecting proposals, not conditions,” says manager of the Tory Co Op Marjorie Uí Chearbhaill.
# Flooding
'A tsunami from the skies': Taoiseach to travel to Donegal as emergency meeting takes place over floods
Met Éireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for five counties.