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Jan O’Sullivan: “inappropriate for her to engage while a new government is being formed”

Schools may face widespread industrial action next autumn if teachers with the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) propose next month to stop working add(...)

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,(...)

Peter Cassells. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Is it her fault she is born to non-Catholic Irish parents? Is it fair to discriminate children on the basis of religion?” Roopesh Panicker, a Hin(...)

From September next year, the “free preschool year” will be expanded to ensure children can remain in preschool until they start primary school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1 School patronage Here’s a challenge: is it possible to guarantee unbaptised children access to their local religious-run school without coll(...)

Teachers in Ireland are paid more than countries such as the UK, France, and Italy, but they lag behind countries such as Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

Irish teachers are well-paid by international standards, but work longer hours and in larger classes, according to a major new study. Analysis by the (...)

Westbury Hotel off Grafton Street: one of eight hotels in the  Doyle Collection, it is owned by members of the Doyle and Beatty families.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish-owned Doyle Collection hotel group more than doubled its profits last year as a result of a €10.8 million “curtailment gain” from changes t(...)

The National Parents Council Post Primary has expressed concern over  a threat of school closures and strikes by teachers over the Lansdowne Road  deal. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The organisation representing parents of secondary students has expressed concern about a threat of school closures and strikes by teachers over the L(...)

Asti general secretary Pat King warned individual teachers could forfeit up to €6,700 in lost increments, while others could face redundancy or reduced entitlement to permanency, because of the union’s stance on the Lansdowne Road pay deal. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The head of the State’s main second level teaching union is warning of school closures next autumn if the next Government faces down secondary teacher(...)

Pat King, outgoing general secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), has been telling anyone who’ll listen within the union o(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King has  predicted the next government, with a four- or five-year mandate, would feel confident enough to face down second level teachers - a move which could see closures of schools next autumn in the wake of strikes or lockouts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week, as expected, members of the ASTI, voted strongly - albeit on a low turnout - to reject the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay. (...)

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