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(...)

New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)

Union presidents Sally Maguire (above) of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland and Gerard Craughwell of the Teachers Union of Ireland will lead the national lunchtime protests from Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With nationwide demonstrations today, teachers’ unions and the Department of Education are both increasing the pressure over t(...)