Department of Education secretary general Seán Ó Foghlú and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan during TUI president Gerry Quinn’s speech. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Education Correspondentin Wexford Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she hopes teachers “will come in numbers” to training sessions next week(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “I firmly believe that staff and their unions should have the right to be consulted and provided with information on any proposed changes to their employment.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has backed demands by staff at St Angela’s College, Sligo, to be consulted directly in talks on their merger wi(...)

Gerry Quinn, TUI president and Philip Irwin, ASTI president have issued a joint statement to members urging them to “hold firm” at this “critical” stage of junior cycle reform talks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The leaders of the two unions representing secondary teachers have urged members to “hold firm” in their industrial action over junior cycle reforms.I(...)

Members of the TUI remain opposed to many aspects of the reform proposals advnaced by Dr Padraic Travers, particularly an oral communication project for second year students. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Secondary school teachers will undertake a national lunchtime protest over Junior Cycle concerns later this month and unions will picket centres where(...)

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS, Artane, Dublin, outside the school yesterday.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Teacher unions that held their second one-day strike over reform of the junior cycle yesterday say they believe the impasse can be broken if the Depar(...)

Jim O’Neill of ASTI joined other secondary school picketing teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Secondary teacher unions are to re-enter talks next week with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan to see whether compromise can be reache(...)

A secret  memo has revealed that abolishing the Junior Certificate exam was considered more than six years ago, as a money-saving exercise.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A money-saving proposal to terminate free education at secondary level was considered by the Fianna Fáil-Green coalition just days before it agreed t(...)

Gerry Quinn (centre, front) president of the TUI with union members during the teachers’ strike earlier this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The fact that the last government saw merit in scrapping the Junior Certificate to save €15 million a year is “authoritative evidence” of a cost-savin(...)

Gort’s Michael Cummins is tackled by Niall Hayes of Portumna in the Galway SHC final at Athenry. Photograph: Cathall Noonan/Inpho.

Galway SHC final Gort 2-13 Portumna 1-10 Gort claimed their seventh Galway senior title and defeated reigning county and All-Ireland champi(...)

Members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing Rosmini Community College on Grace Park Road during the teachers strike. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Teachers protesting changes to the Junior Certificate are “ready for the long haul” following a first day-long strike unions say attracted significant(...)