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Both second-level unions also will consider motions this week calling for ballots for industrial action to secure equal pay for teachers recruited after 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

You could be forgiven for assuming there is not much at stake in this year’s series of annual teacher conferences. After all, there’s no minister for(...)

 Ruairí Quinn: as minister for education he tried to cut spending by adding the abolition of external assessment of Junior Certificate exams. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

As a practising teacher I work in a hugely supportive environment among colleagues who energise each other through their love of their job. I cannot i(...)

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(...)

In many sectors falling union membership, advances in technology or competition have reduced workers’ leverage. Photograph: Getty Images

The Lansdowne Road pay deal, which was supposed to have settled public service pay policy until mid-2018, only came into effect in January. It is alre(...)

Teachers at Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin, picketing last year over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost a month after the general election and there is still no sign of a minister for education. But the clock has started ticking on a series of se(...)

 TUI and  ASTI members picket   during the 2014 teachers’ strike. Second-level teachers have warned of strikes in the autumn if the ongoing dispute over proposed changes to the junior cycle is not resolved. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The ASTI has said it wants more in depth discussions with the Department of Education on plans to reform the Junior Cert cycle and is threatening a se(...)

Students at Waterford Institute of Technology. Photograph: Patrick Browne

It is the education issue that has largely flown under the radar. Just before the general-election campaign started, the Government rushed to make a (...)

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(...)

Numbers at Maynooth university have jumped from just under 9,000 in 2008 to more than 11,000 this year. Yet employment restrictions mean staffing numbers have fallen in recent years.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When Philip Nolan combed through the latest college application figures for Maynooth university on Wednesday morning, he felt conflicted. The univer(...)

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