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State urged to restore equality of pay for teachers - Irish Examiner
21 Feb 2018
...The call from him and INTO assistant general secretary Deirdre O’Conor to address the unequal pay for those who began teaching since 2011 was supported by a number of bodies making submissions to the committee. Ms O’Connor said the main solution at primary level is to restore the idea of employing regional panels of teachers to cover short-term substitution vacancies...

Oireachtas committee hears call for urgent action to address teacher shortage - rte.ie
20 Feb 2018
School management and teacher representative bodies have told an Oireachtas committee that urgent action is needed to address the teacher shortage in schools...Deirdre O'Connor of the INTO said the union's online 'sub-search' facility showed that today, while schools were looking for teachers to fill 50 temporary posts, there were just 15 teachers available...

Teachers warn of ‘crisis point’ staff shortages - Irish Times
20 Feb 2018
...The INTO said pay equality for new entrant teachers, and a resolution of the housing crisis, will be needed to ensure teaching continues to be an attractive profession.

‘Extra teachers needed for religion alternative’ - Irish Examiner
20 Feb 2018
...The question of teacher shortages will be addressed this afternoon by TDs and senators, when they meet with representatives of schools, teachers, and other education bodies...The Leinster House hearing will also be addressed by the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation and An Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, which provides teaching resources, and other supports, for Irish-medium schools.

Education Committee to focus on apparent shortage of substitute teachers - Oireachtas.ie
19 Feb 2018
The apparent shortage of substitute teachers throughout the State and issues related to the recruitment and retention of teachers will be on the agenda of the Committee on Education and Skills at its meeting on Tuesday, 20 February 2018...

Latest: Not everyone will be happy with all parts of this plan, says Housing Minister - Irish Examiner
16 Feb 2018
However, teachers' union the INTO is concerned that the investment will not go far enough. INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan, said: "The bricks and mortar are one thing, but it is the kind of facilities within that would be critical. "Top of the list is going to be high-speed broadband. If schools are being built it's important that they're built to the spec that can meet the demands of modern technology."...

Explainer: Everything you didn't already know about Project Ireland 2040- joe.ie
16 Feb 2018
Leaks so far have suggested that the plan might announce 20,000 new school places. However, the INTO has warned that while this is a welcome step, the quality of facilities must be considered too in the current framework...

Special Report: Futuristic €115bn National Framework Plan aims to modernise the country - Irish Examiner
15 Feb 2018
The Government’s ambitious plan to transform the country is great in theory but rural Ireland must not be forgotten, writes Elaine O’Loughlin...The INTO has recently warned it is “unfair and short-sighted” to “push” small schools to amalgamate with each other, openly questioning the Government’s approach to the issue...

Teachers writing their own history - Irish Independent
31 Jan 2018
The INTO is 150. A new book detailing its journey to the position of influence it holds today is reviewed by John Walshe...The Irish National Teachers' Organisation is the most successful lobbying machine in education. It could teach other sectors how to make their case for more public funds effectively and efficiently...

Union was slow to support the cane ban - Irish Independent
31 Jan 2018
Ireland was one of the last European countries to ban corporal punishment, which it did in 1982. Although individual members of INTO opposed the cane and strap, the union never took the initiative or a strong line on it...

Call for smartphone use to be banned for primary students - Irish Times
30 Jan 2018
Concern over safety sparks age restriction request for primary school smartphone use...While some principals have called for smartphones to be banned at primary level, the INTO said most schools have long-standing policies in place to stop mobile phone use in schools. “Most primary schools today insist that pupils’ mobile phones are left at home,” INTO spokesman Peter Mullan said. “Where parents provide a reason for having a phone in school, polices require the phones to be handed into the school office during the day or that phones be turned off during the school day. In general, schools report a high degree of compliance with such policies.”...

Childminders used in schools amid teacher shortage as hundreds head for Middle East - Sunday Independent
Childminders with no teaching experience are being used for classroom supervision because of chronic staff shortages...Peter Mullan, of the IINTO, says pay inequality has also contributed to a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. The situation will not improve, he added, until the Government addresses a two-tier system, that sees recently qualified teachers earn less than their more experienced colleagues...

Richard Bruton rejects teacher supply panels - Irish Examiner
27 Jan 2018
The recruitment of teachers to cover substitution needs is expensive and ineffective, Richard Bruton says...The INTO described the minister’s attempt to restrict career-break opportunities as a solution to a problem that does not exist, and said it would result in a different group of teachers going abroad to seek work...

Education Minister to crackdown on teachers who take advantage of career break opportunities- Irish Mirror
27 Jan 2018
The general secretary of the INTO, Sheila Nunan, disagreed with Mr Bruton's critical assessment of some of her union members. “I'm rather disappointed in the approach that the minister has taken, to some extent it is somewhat divisive and I think it ...

Richard Bruton rejects teacher supply panels - Irish Examiner
27 Jan 2018
...INTO general secretary, Sheila Nunan, said panels of supply teachers would guarantee regular employment for those being offered work overseas. This and an end to pay inequality are needed, she said, to provide cover for teachers on short-term unplanned absences...

Cutting career breaks ‘will deepen teacher recruitment crisis’ - The Times
27 Jan 2018
Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, said that there was no evidence that schools had difficulties in filling vacancies caused by teachers on career breaks and that they created employment for new recruits. “Stopping breaks would close off those employment...

Bruton says supply panels may not be favoured - rte.ie
26 Jan 2018
Minister for Education Richard Bruton has indicated that the Department of Education may not favour proposals put forward by school and teacher organisations aimed at addressing the current shortage of substitute teachers...The General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan said overall she is "disappointed at the approach the Minister for Education has taken". Also speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Nunan said Mr Bruton’s plan "to a certain extent it is divisive" and distracts from what needs to be the solution...

’Pay inequality is the problem, not career breaks,’ teachers’ unions react to ’sticking plaster’ approach - Irish Examiner
26 Jan 2018
...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said there was no evidence that schools had difficulties in filling vacancies caused by teachers on career breaks and that it created employment for new entrants. "Stopping breaks would close off those employment opportunities and lead to new entrants being unemployed," Ms Nunan said...

Teachers’ unions oppose career break restrictions - Irish Independent
26 Jan 2018
The issue has come to the fore amid severe staff shortages for substitute roles. Teachers’ unions have warned that restricting career breaks will make the profession less attractive...The INTO leader said the minister’s proposals would result in a different cohort of teachers going abroad to seek work...

Richard Bruton targets career breaks and expresses concern that teachers are working abroad - journal.ie
26 Jan 2018
The minister says that career breaks should only be granted if schools can replace the teacher...Speaking on the same programme, INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan said that she was “disappointed” that the minister chose to be “divisive” in raising the issue of career breaks. “I’m rather disappointed in the approach that the minister has taken, to some extent it is somewhat divisive and I think it distracts from what needs to be the solution, which is more structural,” she said....

Teachers’ unions oppose career break restrictions - Belfast Telegraph
26 Jan 2018
The issue has come to the fore amid severe staff shortages for substitute roles...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said there was no evidence that schools had difficulties in filling vacancies caused by teachers on career breaks and that it created employment for new entrants. “Stopping breaks would close off those employment opportunities and lead to new entrants being unemployed,” Ms Nunan said. The INTO leader said the minister’s proposals would result in a different cohort of teachers going abroad to seek work...

Criticism on plans to clamp down on teacher career breaks - rte Morning Ireland
26 Jan 2018
Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO, discusses the shortages of teachers for short-term positions in primary schools...

Dept seeks clampdown on teacher career breaks - rte.ie
26 Jan 2018
...General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan said she is "disappointed at the approach the Minister for Education has taken". Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Nunan said Mr Bruton’s plan "to a certain extent it is divisive" and distracts from what needs to be the solution....

Career-break teachers invited to return to ease staffing 'crisis' - Irish Times
26 Jan 2018
Unions claim staff problem is short-term absences not teachers on career breaks...Teachers’ unions, however, are sceptical about whether the move will have any significant impact. They argue that the biggest problems involve filling vacancies linked to short-term absences rather than teachers on career breaks of between one and five years...

INTO says pay inequality reason for teacher shortages not career breaks - breakingnews.ie
23 Jan 2018
...President of the INTO John Boyle says many people need breaks for personal reasons and curbing them is not the solution...

INTO says pay inequality reason for teacher shortages not career breaks  - Evening Echo
23 Jan 2018
The INTO says pay inequality is the real reason for teacher shortages, not career breaks...

INTO says pay inequality reason for teacher shortages not career breaks - Irish Examiner
23 Jan 2018
It is after reports that schools will be told to clamp down on leave to solve the problem. Teachers are entitled to a career break once they are made permanent, with their job secured for when they return. President of the INTO John Boyle says many people need breaks for personal reasons and curbing them is not the solution....

INTO defends teacher career break scheme amid major staff shortage - Newstalk.com
23 Jan 2018
Schools could be set to curb career breaks...On the Pat Kenny Show this morning, INTO President John Boyle says a lot of teachers are forced to work abroad as a result of the pay inequality: "A lot of young teachers - let's say a couple - lost in the region of €50,000; a deposit for a house," he said. "In that situation, it is much easier when you go abroad, get tax-free salaries and return after a few years...

Career Breaks For Teachers Could Be Limited - todayfm
23 Jan 2018
President of the INTO John Boyle says a lot of teachers leave because of pay inequality...

Schools Are Set To Limit Career Breaks For Teachers To Tackle Staff Shortages - RedFM
23 Jan 2018
President of the Irish National Teachers Organisation John Boyle says a lot of teachers leave because of pay inequality...

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Schools set to limit teacher career breaks to tackle staff shortages - Waterford News & Star
23 Jan 2018
President of the INTO John Boyle says a lot of teachers leave because of pay inequality. He said: “A lot of young teachers lost in the region of €50,000 deposit for a house...

Teacher career breaks set to be limited to tackle staff shortages - beat 102/103
23 Jan 2018
Schools are set to limit career breaks for teachers to tackle staff shortages...President of the INTO John Boyle says a lot of teachers leave because of pay inequality...

Ireland’s shortage of teachers - The Irish World
11 Jan 2018
...The shortages follow years of inferior pay and conditions, and poor job security, for younger recruits into the profession. The Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, which represents 2,800 primary schools, said 90 per cent of its schools had difficulties getting substitute teachers. The paper cited similar findings by the INTO.

Flu crisis and substitute teacher shortage will cause the 'perfect storm' as schools return - Irish Independent
11 Jan 2018
...Mr Mullan said his organisation was concerned that the flu crisis would severely affect teachers. "We are keeping the situation under review and hoping it doesn't get worse. The advice is very, very clear to teachers - stay at home. If you have suspected flu you should remain at home for five days from when the symptoms began and that's very clear...The lack of teachers is said to be due to a number of factors - unequal pay, irregular work and the fact that Irish teachers are in demand all over the world. "We've huge recruitment of Irish teachers all over the world but particularly in the Middle East," Mr Mullan added.

Teachers Shortage - HSE & ED Crisis - Conor Skehan Reappointment - The Late Debate - RTE Radio 1
10 Jan 2018
Cormac was joined in studio by Dr. Paddy Smyth, Fine Gael Councillor, Andrew Keegan, People Before Profit Councillor, Grainia Long, Chief Executive of ISPCC Childline, John MacGabhann, General Secretary of the TUI and Paddy Duffy, Former Primary School Principle & Political Commentator and also on the line by John Boyle, President of the INTO...

The issues set to dominate Irish Education in 2018 - Irish Times
1 January 2018
A crisis in teacher supply, senior cycle reform and the rise of apprenticeships: you’ll hear plenty about these issues in the coming year – but will any of them be resolved?...2017 has been a good year for...INTO Most expected higher education would be the big winner in the Budget. Instead, the primary teachers’ union helped secure funding to reduce class sizes to a record low...