The spectacle of infighting at the 18,000-member ASTI further exposes divisions within it, in particular between full-time staff and elected officers. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officials at the State’s main second-level teachers’ union have lodged a formal complaint against their union over the alleged mistreatment of staff,(...)

Barry Hazel, Martin McMullin, Andrew Phelan and Fergal Greene at a recent ASTI convention: Mr Phelan says he hopes to play a more central role in influencing the union’s policies. Photograph Patrick Browne

The PE teacher dubbed “Megaphone man” for noisily disrupting last year’s ASTI congress has been elected on to its powerful standing committee.Andrew (...)

Shout out: Protesters make their voices heard at the  ASTI Conference in Wexford, disrupting a speech given by the Minister of Education Ruairí Quinn. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Secondary-school teachers return to class on Monday after yet another Easter of negative headlines. The rowdy scenes at their annual conference(...)

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(...)