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Joe McKeown (seated), president of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, is applauded by central executive members and delegates at the union’s annual congress in Killarney. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Primary teachers are demanding a right to disconnect from the “constant stream” of emails, messages and phone calls outside the regular school day. T(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley with INTO general secretary John Boyle (left), president Joe Mc Keown and vice president John Driscoll at the union’s annual congress in Killarney on Tuesday. Photograph: Moya Nolan

A teacher union threat to ballot for industrial action over pay increases to combat spiralling inflation has been shelved as talks over a new public s(...)

INTO delegates at the annual congress in Killarney where they called for all necessary supports to be made available to Ukrainian students. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Primary teachers say the number of pupils with anxiety and mental health difficulties has soared since the pandemic disrupted children’s education. T(...)

Teachers’ pay will dominate proceedings, with motions calling for equal pay for all teachers. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 has transformed education in Ireland. Things that were once deemed too expensive or impractical became possible overnight: class sizes fell t(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister of State for special education  Joespha Madigan. Some 310 schools are to be added to the Deis programme of support for schools with at-risk students. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some 310 schools attended by more than 60,000 students are to benefit from additional teaching posts, free schoolbooks and home supports under an expa(...)

Department of Education figures show the number of teacher absences climbed from 9,278 in December to 14,390, a 55 per cent increase. Photograph: iStock

A record 14,000 teachers were absent for Covid reasons last month as schools struggled to find enough staff to keep classes open. Department of Educa(...)

Updated guidance is due to issue in advance of the return of school following the mid-term break on February 28th. File photograph: Getty

New advice on whether face masks should remain mandatory in schools is expected shortly. Minister for Education Norma Foley said the National Public (...)

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland has said it is ‘deeply concerned’ that schools may reopen without additional measures being put in place to protect students and staff. File photograph: Getty

There should be a “delayed and staggered” reopening of schools as a result of the Omicron wave of Covid-19, a teachers’ union will tell the Minister f(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said infection prevention and control measures in schools are ‘kept under constant review’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Teachers unions are seeking “quicker response times and interventions” if multiple cases arise in schools after the planned reopening of primary and s(...)

Public health officials have agreed to review supports for primary schools, including addressing reporting mechanisms and response times in the case of outbreaks. Photograph: iStock

A review of public health measures in primary schools is to take place in light of the threat posed by the Omicron variant. It follows a meeting on W(...)

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