Monica Hickey, 5th class teacher, and Matt Melvin, school principal, at St Etchen’s National School, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath in a classroom that can now accomodate 20 pupils according to the HSE guidelines on social distancing in schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

When public health guidelines for the safe reopening of schools were published this week, they worried Matt Melvin, principal of St Etchen’s National (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh is due to meet with hundreds of Irish teachers at meetings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

An overwhelming majority of Irish teachers based in the United Arab Emirates say the quality of life is better and would recommend a career there, acc(...)