The backdrop to potential industrial conflict in schools is that the ASTI and the TUI rejected the new Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay

The next few weeks will be critical if potentially serious industrial action by teachers and the closure of schools next autumn is to be avoided. Tal(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says the planned strikes will damage students’ interests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Plans by second level teachers to hold strikes in the autumn in protest at proposed reforms to the Junior Certificate are unwarranted and will damage(...)

The decision by members of the ASTI and TUI to reject the Lansdowne Road agreement will have little real effect on the accord itself. However, it cou(...)

Lansdowne House in Ballsbridge, Dublin, where a new public sector pay deal was agreed. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Lansdowne Road agreement, which provides for pay increases for nearly 300,000 staff in the public service, will be formally ratified today. The pu(...)

The second vote is aimed at closing off a doubt surrounding the legality of the ASTI/TUI industrial action

Secondary teachers receiving their Junior Cycle ballot papers this week are facing not one but two questions to vote on. The first is whether t(...)

The increased uptake in students taking higher level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been welcomed by educational(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: officials from his department reached a compromise with trade union representatives on May 30th which could see some public servants receive a €2,000 pay increase. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unite has become the latest organisation to recommend rejection of the proposed new public sector pay deal between unions and the Government. Speaking(...)

If the take home pay of teachers is to be improved then probably the best way to achieve this is to reduce the public service pension levy, the general secretary of the ASTI Pat King has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

If the take home pay of teachers is to be improved then probably the best way to achieve this is to reduce the public service pension levy, the genera(...)

Pals: the story of four young recruits to the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the first World War

The National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks is showcasing a whole new way of teaching history. Pals is the story of four young recruits to t(...)

Pat King, general secretary of the ASTI. The secondary teachers union is to consider a motion at its annual congress on whether to open discussions on a merger with the TUI. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secondary teachers union the ASTI is to consider a motion at its annual congress next month to open discussions on a merger with the TUI. However,(...)