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# minister-for-education - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today
# State Exams
# State Exams

Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today

Feb 2nd 2021, 7:28 AM 19,978 Views 11 Comments

Of the 4,925 grades being sent to students today, 40% were higher than their Calculated Grade results.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Norma Foley: It's a matter of deep regret that unions won't recognise special education as essential

Jan 20th 2021, 8:36 AM 64,937 Views 344 Comments

Fórsa said that they opposed the return to schools this week as ‘there was no confidence in the Government’s approach’.

# minister-for-education - Saturday 3 October, 2020

6,100 students to get text message this evening upgrading their LC result
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

6,100 students to get text message this evening upgrading their LC result

Updated Oct 3rd 2020, 6:30 PM 47,217 Views 34 Comments

The results of the review were announced this evening by the Department of Education.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Second home-schooled pupil 'unlikely' to have Leaving Cert results case heard in court this month
# Calculated Grades
# Calculated Grades

Second home-schooled pupil 'unlikely' to have Leaving Cert results case heard in court this month

Sep 1st 2020, 4:24 PM 13,348 Views 0 Comments

The student has made an application to the court to receive ‘calculated grades’.

# minister-for-education - Friday 24 July, 2020

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan
# Back To School
# Back To School

'Clarity takes time': Education Minister responds to criticism over schools plan

Jul 24th 2020, 1:19 PM 23,095 Views 44 Comments

A plan for the full reopening of schools will be revealed on Monday.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

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 14,918 Views 0 Comments

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

# minister-for-education - Friday 8 May, 2020

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 87,797 Views 108 Comments

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

# minister-for-education - Thursday 23 April, 2020

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 30,660 Views 37 Comments

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

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

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 28,234 Views 67 Comments

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

# minister-for-education - Monday 1 July, 2019

'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn
# Equal Pay
# Equal Pay

'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn

Jul 1st 2019, 12:05 AM 21,731 Views 57 Comments

Some secretaries don’t have regular hours, don’t get paid for the Christmas or summer breaks, while others aren’t entitled to sick pay or a pension.

# minister-for-education - Monday 20 May, 2019

Refusal to allow child with 'complex educational needs' attend school during summer challenged in High Court
# High Court
# High Court

Refusal to allow child with 'complex educational needs' attend school during summer challenged in High Court

May 20th 2019, 7:52 PM 21,521 Views 0 Comments

The action has been taken on behalf of a six-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome.

# minister-for-education - Monday 25 February, 2019

Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages

Feb 25th 2019, 7:35 AM 24,850 Views 31 Comments

The scheme aims to solve recruitment problems in subjects such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics.

# minister-for-education - Friday 4 January, 2019

'Huge' number of responses on how to exempt students from studying Irish
# Public Consultation
# Public Consultation

'Huge' number of responses on how to exempt students from studying Irish

Jan 4th 2019, 6:10 AM 30,604 Views 67 Comments

Over 2,100 responses were submitted in the weeks before Christmas, so the government has extended the deadline for submissions.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 3 April, 2018

'We've been hit quite a few times': Teachers' union on why pay changes are needed
# Industrial Action
# Industrial Action

'We've been hit quite a few times': Teachers' union on why pay changes are needed

Apr 3rd 2018, 8:18 AM 15,463 Views 101 Comments

Education Minister Richard Bruton said that it isn’t possible to negotiate a deal for teachers separate to other public sectors.

# minister-for-education - Friday 11 August, 2017

Court rejects government order that would have compelled school to enroll student
# Court Of Appeal
# Court Of Appeal

Court rejects government order that would have compelled school to enroll student

Aug 11th 2017, 4:32 PM 26,043 Views 58 Comments

A departmental committee decided that the boy should be given a place – but that has been overruled twice now.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 18 May, 2017

Richard Bruton rules himself out as Fine Gael leader - and will back Leo Varadkar
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Richard Bruton rules himself out as Fine Gael leader - and will back Leo Varadkar

May 18th 2017, 12:10 PM 15,263 Views 41 Comments

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald announced she wouldn’t be running earlier this morning.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education
# Jury Still Out
# Jury Still Out

The government has just made a rake of promises about special needs education

Jan 18th 2017, 2:09 PM 10,840 Views 20 Comments

Teachers union the INTO said that the “jury was out” on the new resource model.

# minister-for-education - Friday 12 February, 2016

Kids, you're going to school: Teachers call off strike
# No Day Off
# No Day Off

Kids, you're going to school: Teachers call off strike

Feb 12th 2016, 6:07 PM 18,904 Views 14 Comments

The industrial action was due to impact about 350 schools across the country.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

Is your area getting a new school? Here's the full list
# Splash The Cash
# Splash The Cash

Is your area getting a new school? Here's the full list

Nov 17th 2015, 1:11 PM 34,795 Views 35 Comments

The government has announced hundreds of new school building projects.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 22 September, 2015

This poster is being introduced to classrooms to teach children about same-sex families
# Same Love
# Same Love

This poster is being introduced to classrooms to teach children about same-sex families

Sep 22nd 2015, 8:36 AM 17,199 Views 192 Comments

The ‘Different Families, Same Love’ campaign aims to celebrate different family structures.

# minister-for-education - Friday 14 August, 2015

Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer
# Asylum Seeker
# Asylum Seeker

Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer

Aug 14th 2015, 12:52 PM 50,294 Views 222 Comments

The minister for education has intervened in the matter.

# minister-for-education - Friday 10 July, 2015

Poll: Should schools be forced to allow generic uniforms?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should schools be forced to allow generic uniforms?

Jul 10th 2015, 8:39 AM 21,771 Views 81 Comments

Many schools across the country only allow specialised uniforms from one particular shop. Should this be allowed?

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Schools will have to cap the number of past pupils' children they admit
# Admissions
# Admissions

Schools will have to cap the number of past pupils' children they admit

Apr 7th 2015, 8:51 AM 7,862 Views 34 Comments

Minister Jan O’Sullivan is due to announce new legislation later today.

# minister-for-education - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'
# POD
# POD

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'

Feb 7th 2015, 7:15 AM 10,668 Views 23 Comments

Parents are voicing their concerns over the Primary Online Education being rolled out in schools across the country.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 29 January, 2015

Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn't linked to the austerity agenda?
# Education
# Education

Opinion: Can we really trust that Junior Cycle reform isn't linked to the austerity agenda?

Jan 29th 2015, 8:00 PM 402 Views 56 Comments

We live in a time of austerity – and education is being targeted along with other elements of society.

# minister-for-education - Thursday 17 July, 2014

Hundreds of teachers won't be trained for the new English curriculum by September
# Jcsa
# Jcsa

Hundreds of teachers won't be trained for the new English curriculum by September

Jul 17th 2014, 6:30 AM 7,544 Views 20 Comments

It has prompted renewed calls from the opposition for changes to the Junior Cycle to be delayed.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister
# Reshuffle
# Reshuffle

Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister

Jul 8th 2014, 2:32 PM 7,221 Views 17 Comments

The Minister announced last week that he will be ending up his career in politics after almost four decades.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet
# I'm Out
# I'm Out

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet

Jul 2nd 2014, 10:50 PM 43,493 Views 195 Comments

The Labour TD will step down after the reshuffle, he confirmed today.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister
# The Educators
# The Educators

'I don't have to fight for more money from the government' - Education Minister

Jun 18th 2014, 1:58 PM 4,753 Views 19 Comments

Ruairi Quinn says that because three of the four members of the Economic Management Council are teachers, he never has to fight for funding.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity
# Resources
# Resources

Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity

May 13th 2014, 7:47 AM 4,195 Views 17 Comments

Minister Ruairi Quinn has stressed that there are currently no plans to reassess resource levels.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Higher Level Maths be a requirement to become a primary school teacher?

Apr 23rd 2014, 9:08 AM 23,460 Views 238 Comments

The Education Minister said he wants this to be the case, but is it necessary?

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Ireland's primary school principals are at breaking point, says INTO
# Workload
# Workload

Ireland's primary school principals are at breaking point, says INTO

Apr 22nd 2014, 3:15 PM 12,596 Views 55 Comments

General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the workload of principals needs to be reviewed.

School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes
# Primary School
# Primary School

School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes

Apr 22nd 2014, 9:35 AM 17,792 Views 324 Comments

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn also said he was disappointed in the lack of “genuinely inclusive schools”.

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should children be allowed to go home early to avoid religion class?

Apr 22nd 2014, 9:10 AM 23,273 Views 315 Comments

Reforms expected to be announced later today could make it easier for children to opt-out.

# minister-for-education - Monday 31 March, 2014

Government approves another €60k for parental anti-bullying training
# Support
# Support

Government approves another €60k for parental anti-bullying training

Mar 31st 2014, 2:07 PM 5,640 Views 38 Comments

More than 3,000 parents took part in the training courses over the last year.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Legislation aims to 'inspire confidence' in schools enrolment policies
# Education
# Education

Legislation aims to 'inspire confidence' in schools enrolment policies

Mar 25th 2014, 5:55 PM 7,212 Views 24 Comments

The Bill would require schools to include a statement in their enrolment policy saying that pupils would not be discriminated against.

# minister-for-education - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Teachers say teenagers experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the recession
# Secondary School
# Secondary School

Teachers say teenagers experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the recession

Mar 12th 2014, 11:53 AM 12,360 Views 16 Comments

The ASTI are calling for more resources to help students with emotional difficulties or who are victims of bullying.

# minister-for-education - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Tuck shop crackdown: Quinn to issue healthy eating guidelines for schools
# Junk Food
# Junk Food

Tuck shop crackdown: Quinn to issue healthy eating guidelines for schools

Feb 11th 2014, 12:11 PM 9,315 Views 31 Comments

Minister Ruairí Quinn said he could not “dictate” what is sold in the vending machines in schools.

# minister-for-education - Monday 3 February, 2014

More boys are staying on in school to do the Leaving Cert
# Not Too Cool For School
# Not Too Cool For School

More boys are staying on in school to do the Leaving Cert

Feb 3rd 2014, 6:45 AM 6,136 Views 7 Comments

More than 90 per cent of Irish students stay on to complete the exams, according to a report out today.

# minister-for-education - Monday 27 January, 2014

Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schools
# Church/state
# Church/state

Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schools

Jan 27th 2014, 8:36 AM 9,984 Views 170 Comments

The Association of Catholic Priests strongly criticised the Minister for Education after he said religion should be taught within homes and parishes rather than schools.

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