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Aleigha Babington-Byrne among third class pupils from St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, wearing facemarks in the classroom during lessons on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Education Norma Foley has defended the manner in which new public health measures for children came into effect, as principals and opposi(...)

Covid cases among primary school students since schools reopened have been resulting in about 1,200 children being forced to restrict their movements every day. Photograph: iStock

Children under 13 who are close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases in primary schools or childcare settings will no longer be required to self-isola(...)

School staff unions say it is ‘far too early; to relax Covid test and tracing protocols in schools. Photograph: iStock

School staff unions have said it is “far too early” to relax Covid test and tracing protocols in schools. They were reacting to plans discussed by th(...)

Members of the Fórsa school secretaries branch pictured last year after the union announced industrial action over their claim for fair conditions for all school secretaries. File photograph: Damien Eagers

A planned one-day strike by school secretaries and caretakers scheduled for Wednesday has been called off following a breakthrough in talks between un(...)

File photograph of school secretaries rallying   at the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw f

A national one-day strike by school secretaries and caretakers, scheduled for Wednesday, has been deferred after the Department of Education made “sig(...)

School caretakers are to go on strike for the first time in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

School caretakers are to go on strike for the first time in Ireland, as part of a long-running dispute over a two-tier system of pay and conditions. (...)

A protest by members of the Fórsa school secretaries branch outside the Department of Education in 2020. File photograph: The Irish Times

School secretaries are to stage a one-day strike on September 15th as part of a dispute over a two-tier system of pay and conditions. The union Fórsa(...)

File image of members of the Fórsa school secretaries branch protesting outside the Department of Education in Dublin for  fair conditions for all school secretaries. File photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

The trade union representing school secretaries has warned that strikes were now “an active option” in the autumn following what it said was a “deriso(...)

Fórsa said minimum qualifications had not been altered since the introduction of the “childcare assistant” scheme in 1979. Photograph: iStock

New higher minimum qualifications should be introduced for special needs assistants, the trade union Fórsa has urged. The union said on Wednesday it (...)

Aer Lingus said the new guidelines would allow people to “enjoy a much needed holiday over the latter weeks of the summer,” but said it does not expect a sudden rush by large numbers to travel this summer.

The resumption of non-essential travel within the European Union in July has given people a long awaited “green light” to book flights but airlines ha(...)

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