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# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

'Bordering on sexist': Quinn criticised for 'highly feminised audience' comments at teachers' conference

Remarks made by the Education Minister at the INTO conference earlier today have been sharply criticised.

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

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

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 This post contains a poll

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

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

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

What are AIB and Permanent TSB doing to help people in mortgage arrears?

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 3 April, 2014

'Appalling indignity': Government to revisit opening State redress scheme to Bethany Home survivors

Mary Lou McDonald said that the coalition has to date “flatly and coldly refused the Bethany survivors the dignity of recognition”.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 31 March, 2014

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

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

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 30 March, 2014

Every school in Ireland must adopt an anti-bullying policy within the next two weeks

The policies must deal with physical, verbal and cyber bullying.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

Teachers have voted for strike action against changes to the Junior Cert

The industrial action will consist of non-co-operation with aspects of the Junior Cycle Student Award.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Legislation aims to 'inspire confidence' in schools enrolment policies

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

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 21 March, 2014

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately

Ruairí Quinn has backed Labour colleagues calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks that two whistleblowers’ actions were “disgusting” just hours after the Taoiseach told ministers not to air their concerns in public.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Demand from parents leads to four new multi-denominational schools

The four primary schools expected to open in September will run under the patronage of Educate Together.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 10 March, 2014

Quinn: I’d see Frank Flannery walking with Fine Gael advisors before Cabinet meetings

Meanwhile, junior minister Kathleen Lynch has said it is her personal opinion that Flannery’s position is not tenable.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 6 March, 2014

WIT aiming to create some 600 jobs for the south-east

NetLabs, a €5 million research building, was officially opened by the Minister for Education today.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Final cost of abuse fund to reach €1.46bn, religious orders still short on their contribution

Figures presented to Cabinet today show that a scheme set up to compensate thousands of victims of abuse in residential institutions has received 15,396 applications since it was set up over a decade ago.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 22 February, 2014

A coding textbook for Irish secondary schools could be written in one day

The attempt is under way today at Facebook’s European HQ in Dublin as part of International Open Data Day.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 17 February, 2014

Here are the winners and losers from the Paddy's Day ministerial exodus

Over two-dozen ministers will be leaving our shores next month, but who did well out of the annual divvy-up?

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 14 February, 2014

Quinn 'regrets' teachers' decision to ballot for industrial action

27,000 ASTI and TUI members are to be balloted on non-co-operation with the new Junior Cycle.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

44 school abuse claims to be reviewed following O'Keeffe judgement

Minister Ruairí Quinn said today that other relevant cases would also be reviewed.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 3 February, 2014

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

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

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 30 January, 2014

English, Irish, Maths... Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subject

Future TDs will be able to get a head start on what they need to know, as part of new plans confirmed by the Education Minister.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 27 January, 2014

Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schools

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.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Martin: “Insensitive” Quinn should “lay off” schools over religion

The Fianna Fáil leader said that he thinks Quinn is “oblivious” to the impact some of his decisions can have on some small and rural schools.

# ruairi-quinn - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Tech institutes allowed to merge to form universities under new legislation

Minister Quinn has published the General Scheme of Technological Universities Bill.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 20 January, 2014

'Rock solid' - the relationship between Taoiseach and Tánaiste, says Ruairí Quinn

In a radio interview today, the minister addressed speculation the relationship was strained while also speaking about the controversy surround the Junior Certificate reform

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Quinn prepared to have Dept officials meet with concerned teachers

Teachers have expressed their concern about the implementation of the new Junior Cycle Student Award, which will replace the Junior Cert.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Quinn admits schools who operate book rental schemes won't benefit from new funding

“If I get extra money of course they will but I’ve concentrated so that every child going to primary school can access a book rental scheme,” the Minister said today.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 6 January, 2014

Every secondary school will have access to high-speed broadband by September say ministers

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte and Education Minister Ruairí Quinn made the pledge today.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 3 January, 2014

Bad teachers can be punished more easily under new rules

Ruairí Quinn is increasing the power of the Teaching Council to bring in new sanctions for bad and underperforming teachers.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Government to spend €15m replacing school prefabs in 2014

The Department of Education said the cost renting school accommodation has dropped dramatically in the last four years.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 23 December, 2013

Reshuffle in late 2014 with junior ministers and backbenchers in line for promotion

The Taoiseach is keen to give talent a chance next year with some “movement” planned.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 16 December, 2013

Reading and maths grades continue to improve in DEIS schools — report

Gains throughout the lifetime of the program are ‘consistent’, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said.

'I have no plans whatsoever to be the next EU commissioner' - Tánaiste Labour Party This post contains videos

'I have no plans whatsoever to be the next EU commissioner' - Tánaiste

Eamon Gilmore also said that discussions on who will take on the job will not begin until the latter part of next year following talk that colleague Ruairi Quinn is being lined-up.

Teachers and Dept of Education to discuss concerns over Junior Cert reform

The Department of Education has announced that the first meeting of a new working group set up to discuss the planned overhaul of the Junior Certificate is to take place next month.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 9 December, 2013

This is the school uniform questionnaire parents are being sent

The questionnaire aims to find out if parents want their children wearing school uniforms and, if so, what type they would like them to wear.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Quinn on ESB strike threat: We're acutely aware of the seriousness of the situation

It was Education Minister Ruairí Quinn fielding questions in the Dáil this morning.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

The decision has been welcomed by the trade union representing the majority of SNAs.

‘It must be a sign of his own desperation’: Here’s what Labour thinks of Keaveney’s FF switch

“We will struggle,” dead-panned one minister today.

Irish teens above average in maths, reading and science 'despite damaging cuts'

A report today pointed to improvement in these areas since 2009 but the Minister for Education said we are not in the top league yet and cannot be complacent.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Batons, bessies and 4 other things we've learned from these Labour conference pics

Security is tight, protests are small and everyone, with a few exceptions, is in a pretty good mood.