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# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Teachers warn of strike ballots if allowances are cut

Both the TUI and ASTI say they will consider any cuts to teachers’ allowances as a breach of the Croke Park Agreement.

Silent protest held as Quinn speaks at INTO conference

The Education Minister was speaking to hundreds of primary school teachers at the INTO conference today when a group stood and held banners that included slogans like “save our schools”.

Minister: Primary school system needs to "adapt to more diverse society"

A report on patronage and pluralism in the primary sector showed that there is increased demand for new forms of multi-denominational and non-denominational schooling.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 9 April, 2012

No major difference in quality between large and small schools

English lessons were rated as marginally better in bigger schools, according to a new assessment from the Department of Education.

Teachers call for reduced Church control of schools

Primary school teachers will also vote on a motion to maintain their pay levels as set out under the Croke Park deal.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Quinn confirms anti-bullying forum to take place in May

The forum will be established alongside a working group on tackling homophobic, racist and cyber-bullying.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 5 April, 2012

'Disgraceful': Students slate top university staff refusal to take pay cut

A number of university heads have reportedly ignored requests to reduce their pay below €200,000.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Students defer vote on whether to abandon ‘free fees’ stance

The Union of Students in Ireland will hold a one-off special congress to decide whether to support other forms of funding.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 29 March, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

‘Inappropriate’ for teachers to befriend pupils on Facebook – Quinn Child Protection This post contains a poll

‘Inappropriate’ for teachers to befriend pupils on Facebook – Quinn

The education minister says he cannot see how it could be appropriate for teachers to communicate with their students online.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 12 March, 2012

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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Caption competition: Cold shoulder or shy boy?

This is how one junior infants student reacted to a visit from the Education Minister today…

Teachers dispute Quinn’s claims on new €1.5bn schools programme

The INTO says only 17 of the primary schools being built under the new programme are actually new; the rest are replacements.

11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs

The primary school student at St Munchin’s CBS in Limerick, who is in a wheelchair, has had to have his mother attend the school to help bring him to the bathroom during the school day.

Fianna Fáil call for inquiry over RTÉ Frontline debate

The party said an independent investigator should be appointed, after new claims emerged over the treatment of Seán Gallagher.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 9 March, 2012

Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum Mandarin This post contains a poll

Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum

Education minister Ruairí Quinn says the budgetary situation means we can’t expand the languages taught in second level.

The Journal.ie's progress report for the Government: Education

The government promised to deliver a lot of changes in education – but one year in, has it delivered?

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 1 March, 2012

€35m prefab replacement fund announced for schools

The Department of Education is offering grants for the construction of permanent school structures to replace rented prefabs.

# ruairi-quinn - Saturday 25 February, 2012

Here’s how the government has spent over €104k on photography

Figures revealed this week detail how over €104,000 has been spent by the government on photography since it took office.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 24 February, 2012

Fund to support services for abuse survivors on way

Work on drafting the bill to allow for the establishment of a Statutory Fund is at an “advanced stage”.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 23 February, 2012

FF's Martin attacks "bare-faced lies" over sale of state assets

Micheál Martin says Labour ministers are “covering their tracks” by claiming Fianna Fáil agreed to the sale of state assets.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

Your nightly news round-up of the day’s biggest stories…

Ruairí Quinn reverses 235 legacy post cuts from DEIS primary schools

The reduction in overall capitation funding planned for 2013 is being brought forward to cover the cost of the retention.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 20 February, 2012

High Court to hear arguments on reversing changes to college grants

The High Court will hear arguments from students who say they had a legitimate expectation their grants would not be cut.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 16 February, 2012

Parents in Kildare furious as children of gaelscoileanna ignored

About 1,600 primary school-going Gaelgeoirí will be forced to attend mainly English-speaking secondary schools in North Kildare.

# ruairi-quinn - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Poll: Should other media be funded through the new 'broadcasting charge'? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should other media be funded through the new 'broadcasting charge'?

The government wants to replace the TV licence, potentially funding broadcasters other than RTÉ. Should it go further?

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

All secondary schools to have high-speed broadband by 2014

Every secondary school in Ireland will be supplied with 100Mbps connections to provide quick connections in every classroom.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 3 February, 2012

Nearly 85 per cent of TDs now on Twitter Tweeting TDs

Nearly 85 per cent of TDs now on Twitter

Research has shown that 139 of the 166 members of the Dáil operate a Twitter account.

College registration fee could hit €3,000, warns education minister

Ruairí Quinn told students in Limerick that the reg fee could be €3,000 by 2015 – double what it was in 2010.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

Three more ITs to seek 'technological university' status

Institutes of Technology in Cork, Tralee and Limerick are joining the rush to win a new type of university status.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 30 January, 2012

School cuts will lead to 'huge increases' in class sizes, teachers say

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has strongly criticised staffing cuts set out by Minister Ruairí Quinn.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 23 January, 2012

Five ITs in 'advanced' discussions on technological university

Institutes in Athlone, Dundalk, Galway-Mayo, Letterkenny and Sligo confirm their hopes to form a common university.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he? Martin Schulz This post contains videos

The European Parliament has a new president... but who is he?

Well, he’s a former bookseller, a football fan – and Silvio Berlusconi once compared him to a concentration camp guard.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 16 January, 2012

School cuts could lead to death of rural Ireland, councillor warns

Cllr Declan Hurley said institutions making up the “backbone” of rural communities were now all under threat.

# ruairi-quinn - Friday 13 January, 2012

State won't face septic tank fines in February despite government claims

The government has rejected claims that it has misled the Dáil and the public over fines for failure to comply with EU regulations on septic tanks.

Government 'made mistakes' on education cuts, says Ruairí Quinn

The Minister for Education has said controversial cuts around the DEIS scheme are likely to be reduced after a review.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Quinn announces review of cuts to DEIS teacher numbers

Education minister Ruairí Quinn says he will seek a report on the Budget’s impact on teaching posts in disadvantaged schools.

# ruairi-quinn - Monday 9 January, 2012

'Worrying' level of overspending at Irish universities, says TD

A Cork TD has expressed disbelief at UCC’s €138,000 taxi bill.

# ruairi-quinn - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Quinn orders probe of €100m taxpayer funding for private schools

The extent of State payments to fee-charging schools will be reviewed, the Department of Education has confirmed.

# ruairi-quinn - Thursday 29 December, 2011

Education minister welcomes students' report on Junior Cert reform

The Irish Second Level Student’s Union sent a report to Education and Skills Minister, Ruairí Quin, on the proposed changes to the current Junior Certificate examination system.