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# schools - Friday 20 March, 2020

Opinion: 'UK's was an economic response to a health emergency' - a school principal from Northern Ireland

Declan Murray runs a boy’s secondary school in the North and says this week was beyond challenging.

# schools - Thursday 19 March, 2020

School closures may be extended into April or May, Taoiseach tells Fine Gael TDs

Leo Varadkar also spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening.

Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure

The Minister for Education acknowledged that many children rely on programmes such as the breakfast club at their schools.

# schools - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

'This is unprecedented': Schools in Northern Ireland to close amid coronavirus crisis

Schools across the UK will close from Friday until further notice for all pupils except children of key workers and the most vulnerable.

# schools - Friday 13 March, 2020

Coronavirus: From water to electricity, vital services shouldn't be interrupted in the coming weeks

Public transport will all be running as normal too.

# schools - Thursday 12 March, 2020

Coronavirus: Schools 'actively working on contingency plans' in case of nationwide closures

No closures have been implemented but this is being constantly reviewed.

# schools - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close

Rumours were circulating on WhatsApp and on social media today that all schools nationwide are to be closed.

# schools - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Covid-19 in Italy: All schools and universities to close until mid-March, sports events to take place without fans until April

Government ministers met to discuss measures this afternoon.

# schools - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Opinion: Religion is a choice - not an obligation. Let's make religious classes opt-in

Our schools may be Catholic, but young Irish families, increasingly, are not, writes David Graham of Education Equality.

# schools - Thursday 9 January, 2020

Education minister pleads with school secretaries to cancel planned industrial action tomorrow

Rallies have been organised at a number of locations including at Leinster House and at the minister’s Donegal constituency offices.

# schools - Monday 23 December, 2019

Enrolments rise in multi-denominational schools, but there's been a very slight decrease in Catholic schools

Almost 940,000 pupils are enrolled in primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.

# schools - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Patronage of six new post-primary schools announced, with two going to Educate Together

The six schools are due to open in September 2020.

# schools - Monday 9 December, 2019

School secretaries to hold national one-day strike and escalate their industrial action

The one-day strike in January will be followed by a work-to-rule from the secretaries, trade union Fórsa said.

# schools - Thursday 5 December, 2019

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million

A number of new school buildings in Dublin are included among the initial plans.

# schools - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

The CSO has measured how far Irish people live from schools, bus stops and GPs

There is a large difference in distances between rural and urban settings for all services.

# schools - Monday 25 November, 2019

€30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools

Some of the allocation will be used to establish electric vehicle charging points.

# schools - Monday 11 November, 2019

Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is legislation banning alcohol advertising near schools and creches a good idea?

From Wednesday, there will be a ban on alcohol advertising within 200 metres of a school.

# schools - Monday 4 November, 2019

Companies that break new alcohol advertisement rules will face fines and jail time

Alcohol ads will be banned near schools, creches and playgrounds from next week.

# schools - Monday 14 October, 2019

Building company facing legal action from Dept of Education to 'vigorously contest' any litigation

Some 42 schools constructed by Western Building Systems have been at the centre of a safety probe.

# schools - Friday 11 October, 2019

Second level teachers have voted for industrial action over 'pay discrimination'

Schools could be affected by teachers’ strike if Government doesn’t take action on two-tier pay.

# schools - Monday 7 October, 2019

Government launches competition to promote Irish students' individuality

The Children and Youth Affairs Minister launched the social media campaign and competition today.

# schools - Thursday 19 September, 2019

'I won't sign on, it's demeaning': School secretaries will strike tomorrow over pay

A school secretary could be paid as little as €12,500 a year, with no holiday pay, sick leave or pension entitlements.

# schools - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

School secretaries prepare for industrial action this Friday after talks break down

The union’s head of education, Andy Pike, said the department didn’t offer any credible proposals.

# schools - Tuesday 3 September, 2019

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.

# schools - Monday 2 September, 2019

Anger as Junior Cert results day delayed by two weeks

Traditionally, students receive their results in the middle of September.

# schools - Saturday 24 August, 2019

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.

# schools - Friday 16 August, 2019

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.

# schools - Thursday 15 August, 2019

More than 6,600 primary school students to receive hot meals at lunch from next month

36 schools have been chosen to participate in the new pilot project.

# schools - Friday 2 August, 2019

Primary pupils in Kerry are the most likely to be in an overcrowded classroom

More than a fifth of registered primary pupils in the recent school year were in overcrowded classes.

# schools - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Parents are spending €1,399 getting their child ready to go back to secondary school

Parents of primary school students are paying €50 less than last year, while parents of secondary school students are paying €20 more.

# schools - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

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.

# schools - Thursday 13 June, 2019

Schools are teaching 'difficult' children for fewer hours as an invisible way of suspending them

Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon said anecdotal evidence shows some children suffer disproportionately from “reduced timetables”.

# schools - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Opinion: 'Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school - it will reassure them and combat fear'

Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools.

# schools - Monday 8 April, 2019

Some autistic children 'unable to attend school' due to lack of supports

Some 33% of parents said they were waiting one to two years for a place to become available.

# schools - Friday 5 April, 2019

'We shouldn't be defensive about debate led by young people': Bruton defends stance on 'Meatless Monday' teaching pack

The Irish Farmers Association want the teaching pack withdrawn or amended.

# schools - Thursday 4 April, 2019

FactCheck: Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events?

It has been claimed that a move away from Catholic patronage in schools means these holidays would no longer be marked with events.

# schools - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Claims that children can't celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools 'incorrect and misleading'

It has been claimed by one gaelscoil that Irish greetings like dia duit would no longer be allowed.

# schools - Sunday 31 March, 2019

People divided on banning unvaccinated children from schools

Most people agree with this stance but almost one in five are unsure, according to an opinion poll.

# schools - Sunday 17 March, 2019

Every child should be taught the words of Amhrán na bhFiann in primary school, says Taoiseach

There have been calls for the teaching of the national anthem to be added to the curriculum.

# schools - Monday 25 February, 2019

Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing

Exercise should be viewed as medicine. Indeed, if exercise could be prescribed as a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet, writes Professor Niall Moyna.