Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said s he had already moved considerably on the junior cycle plan but ‘but negotiation involves movement from both sides’. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley

School principals have been told by teacher unions to close secondary schools in their entirety next Tuesday when the first of two one-day strikes tak(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: Unions mandated for strike before Minister announced a compromise plan on Junior Cert assessment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teachers’ unions are coming under pressure from school principals to rethink their opposition to junior-cycle reforms a week ahead of planned strike a(...)

ASTI president Philip Irwin said teachers’ key objectives around junior cycle reform have not yet been addressed, and with all avenues exhausted, they have no option but to escalate industrial action.

Secondary teachers have been urged to call off industrial action scheduled to take place in December and January.Delegates at the annual conference of(...)

Secondary school teachers are to stage two, one-day strikes in protest at the planned reform of the junior cycle despite a decision this week to water(...)

Compromise offered by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan was rejected by teachers. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/ Fennells

Claims by the teacher unions that they have widespread public support for their stance on the junior cycle reforms have been challenged by the Nationa(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said today she cannot grant any more concessions to teachers on proposed reforms to junior cycle exam procedures. Photograph: Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she cannot grant any further concessions in junior cycle negotiations with teachers, paving the way for(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has said it is “regrettable that the second-level teaching unions have failed to engage positively with the [junior cycle reform] proposal”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the planned new junior cycle have collapsed after the teacher unions rejected a compromise offer from Minist(...)

The former   minister for education and skills Ruairí Quinn with his special adviser at the department, John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A former ministerial advisor has described how the Coalition parties repeatedly clashed over the allocation of posts on State boards, with Fine Gael (...)

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US stocks fluctuated, after a monthly advance pushed benchmark indexes to records, as growth in manufacturing reinforced strength in the American eco(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan met teachers’ unions today to discuss the Junior Cert reforms. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Teacher unions have agreed to mediation in their dispute over the planned new Junior Cycle, reducing the likelihood of strike action over the controve(...)