Fr Paul Connell, president of JMB/AMCSS: “I would appeal to all concerned to pull back and work in a spirit of dialogue to resolve these issues for the good of all our school communities.” Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

Hundreds of secondary schools will close and teachers face losing thousands of euro in pay if the biggest teachers’ union votes to cease working agree(...)

Acting Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Schools may face widespread industrial action next autumn if teachers in the two main second-level unions vote this week to stop working additional ho(...)

Public disillusionment with existing power structures was reflected in the outcome of the general election when Independent TDs and smaller groups mad(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education and Labour Party TD   Jan O’Sullivan arrives for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will not attend this year’s teachers’ conferences. A spokesman for the Labour Party Minister said(...)

Members of ASTI are planning major industrial action over a range of issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

So here we sit 10 days after the election and the country is being run by a caretaker government. Our political staff are talking about Easter before (...)

Stormy waters: TUI president Gerry Quinn and ASTI president Philip Irwin at a picket over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s been a stormy few years for education. Since the recession arrived in 2008, teachers have protested, loudly, about cutbacks and changes to the(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she did not think “it is fair on the students if we continue to prevaricate” on the issue of Junior Cert reform. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on the question of implementing junior cycle reform. While the possibili(...)

Lámha suas: Delegates vote in 2011 at the Teachers Union of Ireland congress in the Brandon Conference Centre, Tralee Co, Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

As ordinary teachers get set for summer term this week, a fight in their name is going on at teacher conferences in Kilkenny and Wexford. At th(...)

  Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) president Gerard Craughwell said teachers were “angry” at the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s failure to listen to their concerns about the Junior Cycle Student Award programme.

Teachers protesting outside schools today say they are “angry and frustrated” with the Government’s failure to heed their concerns about the new ju(...)

While second-level teachers were in favour of reform they have serious concerns about key aspects of what is proposed, Asti general secretary Pat King said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Two unions representing second level teachers, the Asti and Tui, are to ballot their members on withdrawal of co-operation with planned Junior Cert re(...)