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(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The two unions representing secondary teachers are to meet next week to decide the date for a second one-day strike in January.As their dispute with(...)

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(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan on dispute with teachers’ unions: “I’ve put a very significant amount on the table and nothing has come back from the other side.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has refused to offer further concessions to teachers’ unions who are planning to stage one-day strikes in protes(...)