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April - Congress 2017

INTO in the Media

Corofin man elected INTO vice-president - Clare Champion
28 Apr 2017
Corofin man Joe Killeen is the new vice-president of the INTO. The principal of Lough Cutra National School, near Gort, was elected to the post at last weekend’s annual congress in Belfast...

Brexit leaves teachers ‘very vulnerable’ - Inishowen Independent
25 Apr 2017
Teachers in Inishowen have been left in a ‘very vulnerable’ position because of Brexit – says the INTO...

School pupils have 'no homes to go to' - Carlow Courier
25 Apr 2017
Homelessness is having a huge effect on school children in this country, according to Joe McKeown, INTO representative and principal of St. Patrick's de la Salle PS in Kilkenny...

Clare retains grip on INTO leadership as Corofin man elected Vice President - Clare People
25 Apr 2017
...“It is an honour to be elected as vice-president of the INTO” he said. “I think there is an increase in disadvantage for a great number of families in this country and helping the children of these families would be a big priority of mine. “We also have pay talks coming up later this term and we will be looking very closely at pay equality because a good number of our younger teachers are on lower levels of pay.

INTO post for Lavally principal - Tuam Herald
25 April 2017
Lavally National School Principal Tommy Greally is the new Galway-Roscommon regional representative for the INTO...Tommy brings wide experience to the position, having previously served as District Secretary for Galway-Roscommon District for ten years and previously servedas Mountbellew INTO branch secretary.

New INTO chief outlines issues around teaching in Gaeltacht areas - Donegal News-Monday
24 Apr 2017
The new President of the INTO, Donegal man John Boyle, has vowed to do all he can to support teachers and pupils across the country’s education system... Another big issue close to the INTO chief’s heart is the Gaeltacht. TEACHING IN THE GAELTACHT “I was the first in the land to demand extra investment and resources and teachers to support the new strategy for the Gaeltacht,” Mr Boyle said. “I was the only person who said it would not work without investment and extra resources, similar to those given to disadvantaged schools in cities.”...

Words of the Week - Irish Examiner
22 Apr 2017
We protect ourselves as best we can. I have one particular class at the moment. The staff come in early in the morning, they wear shields from here to here (showing length of an arm), they wear a bolero that cover their shoulders, their backs, down to here (points to wrist). They wear shin guards on top of that, they wear a hat to protect them from being hair-pulled and then they wear a fleece over that." - School principal Angela Leonard tells the INTO conference the lengths her staff go to in order to protect themselves from attacks at work.

Union calls for end to `attack' on small schools - Irish News
22 Apr 2017
Governments north and south, must "stop their attack" on small schools, teachers have urged. The all-Ireland INTO union has questioned the thinking behind the closure of small schools and the "resulting urbanisation of communities"...

Birr principal dons superhero suit at INTO conference - Offaly Independent
22 Apr 2017
Niall Crofton, principal of St Brendan's Boys' School in Birr, wore the suit when he addressed the INTO annual congress in Belfast on Tuesday..."We wanted to say to the Government, you're telling us that we are super teachers, and our schools are super schools, but you’re not funding us (adequately)," he said.

Bruton's words ring hollow - Irish Times
21 Apr 2017
"Education is at the core of all our ambitions as a country." This was the message that the Education Minister, Richard Bruton, delivered to the delegates at the INTO's annual congress in Belfast. These words ring hollow when matched with the increasing costs of education and the State's inequitable investment in its teachers and in its public school system. The price of education continues to create a privileged gap that precludes too many of our young people equal access to an education system they fully deserve. Colin Quigley, Trim, Co. Meath

Donegal man wins vote to lead INTO - Donegal News
21 Apr 2017
...speaking at this week’s INTO conference, the Donegal man said the biggest challenge facing Ireland today was Brexit. He told the congress that there were 58 border crossing points in County Donegal alone, with 320,000 vehicular crossings a week - among them many teachers travelling to work. He also expressed concern for children visiting the Gaeltacht areas from the North, questioning if they would still continue to come in the event of a hard border going up.

Former Kiltrustan teacher is new INTO VP - Roscommon People & Roscommon Herald
21 Apr 2017
The new vice-president of the INTO is Joe Killeen, principal teacher in Lough Cutra NS Gort, Co. Galway…Speaking after taking office, he said: “I’ll be working hard to ensure that the disgraceful situation where we have two different pay scales for the same job is addressed. The plight of the lesser paid teachers must be addressed in upcoming pay talks.”...

Teachers wearing protective gear against assaults by pupils - Irish Times
20 Apr 2017
INTO conference hears of kicking, biting, punching, throwing furniture and verbal threats...

Brexit 'stress' for those who have to cross the Border - Irish Independent
20 Apr 2017
...Fears that hard-won employment rights might come apart, leading to an 'unequal island', were also expressed at the INTO Congress in Belfast...

Donegal leader of teaching union wants to come to the country - Donegal Democrat
20 Apr 2017
The Donegal man who has been elected president of the INTO says he wants to bring the presidency to teachers around the country...

'Teachers being failed by the State over violent assaults' - Irish Independent
20 Apr 2017
...Teachers in mainstream schools in "every corner of Ireland" were also experiencing aggressive behaviour, the INTO Congress heard...

Teachers who suffer miscarriage 'should get special sick pay' - Evening Herald
20 Apr 2017
...The INTO annual conference in Belfast yesterday heard teachers were demanding a special provision for maternity leave that would take into account fertility treatment, miscarriage and other complications. An INTO spokesman said that teaching is an intensive job and "you need to have your head right" when returning to the classroom following a difficult pregnancy or miscarriage...

INTO Conference: Brexit ‘could leave thousands of cross-border teachers unemployed’ - Irish Examiner
20 Apr 2017
A hard Brexit could lead to unemployment for thousands of cross-border teachers working in Ireland and the North, it has been claimed...

Teachers wearing shinguards to ward off attacks from students - Irish Examiner
20 Apr 2017
...Details were made public at the INTO annual congress to highlight the need for mandatory and standardised safety training for school staff in order to deal with challenging behaviour...

John Boyle is warning of the potentially devastating impact of a hard border - Highland FM
20 Apr 2017
John Boyle, newly elected president of the INTO is warning of the potentially devastating impact a hard border would have on cross border teachers and students living in the North West.

Tommy Greally selected as the CEC Representative of the INTO - Galway Bay FM
20 Apr 2017
The Principal of Lavally NS, outside Tuam, has been selected by over 2000 teachers as the Central Executive Committee representative of the INTO.

Teachers at INTO Conference demand for extension of Maternity Leave - Tipp Today
20 Apr 2017
Tina McLoughlin, INTO Branch Secretary, joins the programme to discuss teachers demand for extension of maternity leave.

Midlands 103 - News
19 Apr 2017
Joe McKeown INTO district rep for Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford says the impact of homelessness in schools is not just confined to large cities...

South East Radio FM - South East Radio's Morning Mix     
19 Apr 2017
... Sean O'Dubhlaing from the Gorey branch of the INTO joins Alan to talk about the INTO conference in Belfast.

Lough Cutra principal elected Vice President of INTO - Galway Bay FM
19 Apr 2017
Joe Killeen, principal of Lough Cutra NS Gort has been elected vice-president of the INTO

Principal dons Superman jacket and tie to highlight government hypocrisy – Irish Independent
19 Apr 2017
The Government can say we are superheroes - but we're struggling in schools'...

Effects of homelessness in the classroom - East Coast Radio
19 Apr 2017
Discussion on the effects of homelessness on students in the classroom. Noel Ward Deputy General Secretary, INTO.

President of the INTO says both teachers and guardians have been hit hard by austerity - Shannonside
19 Apr 2017
In the 21st century, there should not be issues surrounding heating schools and access to school books for students in primary and second level education. Outgoing President of the INTO Rosena Jordan.

INTO Conference: Homeless pupils 'sleeping during class' - KCLR FM
19 Apr 2017
With 2,500 children homeless in Ireland the INTO says learning is having to take backseat for them. Kilkenny INTO rep Joe McKeown.

Annual Congress of the INTO and the Pension Levy - Midwest Radio - The Comment Line
19 Apr 2017
Pat Crowe, CEC member of INTO joins the programme to talk about the pension levy.

Offaly principal says children and parents are suffering as result of cuts to capitation grants - Midlands 103 News
19 Apr 2017
An Offaly principal says struggling parents are fundraising to pay for eating and lighting at schools, Niall Crofton from St Brendan's Boys School at INTO Congress.

RTE Radio 1 - 11:00 News
19 Apr 2017
At the INTO annual congress in Belfast today teachers expressed deep concern about the implications of Brexit for teachers north and south.

KCLR FM - 09:00 News
19 Apr 2017
...Homelessness is having a huge effect on school children in Ireland, that is according to local INTO representative and principal of St Patrick's de la Salle primary school in Kilkenny, Joe McKeown...

Schools struggle to pay for heat and light, INTO conference hears – Irish Times
19 Apr 2017
Schools are struggling to pay for light and heat while hard-pressed parents are forced to hold constant fundraisers to meet the cost of basic supplies including pencils, delegates at the INTO conference have been told...

Bruton reminded that 'fine words don't butter potatoes' – Irish Independent
19 Apr 2017
…But while he and his five-point action plan received a relatively warm welcome from teachers, they were not slow to tell him the situation on the ground. "Fine words don't butter potatoes," President Rosena Jordan tartly reminded him, with a view towards better teachers' pay...

Teachers north and south demand `fair pay' – Irish News
19 Apr 2017
Teachers north and south have criticised cuts to pay imposed over the last eight years...Joe McKeown from the central executive committee said equal pay for equal work was a core principle…Dorothy McGinley from the union's executive told the conference that teachers in the north were "drowning under a tsunami of initiatives including targets, monitoring and evaluation"...

Teachers being lured abroad by pay deals - Irish Examiner
19 Apr 2017
...“There is a concern about the very active foreign recruitment that’s going on. The first we came across it was last year in the colleges of education,” said Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO...

Balance needed in choice of schools, says Bruton - Irish Examiner
19 Apr 2017
...Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, in her congress address said that the minister’s position has always been the stance of her union. “We’ve had the solidly held position in favour of promoting inclusivity in primary schools including supporting a variety of measures to achieve this. “We have strongly argued on the need to examine the provisions of the Equal Status Act particularly that which allows schools to discriminate on religious grounds...

INTO Conference: Parents cleaning schools in bid to save costs due to funding cuts - Irish Examiner
19 Apr 2017
Parents are acting as primary school cleaners and principals are being forced to turn off the heating to save on costs because of funding cuts...

Primary teachers outrage at ‘unfair’ pay cuts – Irish Daily Mirror
19 Apr 2017
…Joe McKeown of the CEC believes equal pay for equal work was a core principle. He said: “It should be standard practice for all fair-minded employers.”…Meanwhile, there were calls for industrial action if progress is not made on the shortage of substitute teachers…INTO believes the fall in supply staff in substitutes is down to emigration, with many heading abroad for regular work and better pay. Executive committee member Mary Magner told delegates she had taken many calls from principals who had contacted up to 60 substitute teachers but failed to secure cover.

Disparity in schools funding is slammed – Irish Daily Mirror
19 Apr 2017
Teachers have condemned the lack of primary school funding in the country. Delegates at the INTO Annual Conference in Belfast yesterday heard demands that the primary school capitation grant be increased in line with second level. Kathryn Crowley, principal of a school in Dublin, outlined an alphabetical list of school fundraising activities beginning with art auction through bring and buy sales to zany dress up day.

RTE Radio 1 - Morning Ireland     
19 Apr 2017
Newspaper Review - Irish Independent: INTO President Rosena Jordan says the Government is not in a position to cut funding until it starts properly funding schools in the first place.

Education Minister announces new plans to keep school costs to a minimum, as primary teachers demand equal pay – Irish Independent
18 Apr 2017
... Mr Bruton arrived at the cross-border INTO teachers congress at the Waterfront in Belfast to be greeted by a phalanx of silent protesters in t-shirts brandishing placards demanding ‘fair pay for teachers’ and ‘equal pay for equal work.’...

RTE1 - Six One News & Nine News
18 Apr 2017
Teachers' pay is dominating discussions at the annual conferences of the three teachers unions - Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO (move to 13:23)

LMFM - The Michael Reade Show     
18 Apr 2017
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has been addressing the annual Congress of the INTO in Belfast. Discussion with Carmel Browne, INTO (Move to 1:08:18)

RTE1 - News at One     
18 Apr 2017
The Minister for Education Richard Bruton was greeted by young teachers campaigning for equal pay when he arrived to address the INTO annual conference in Belfast. Video Clip: INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan (move to 05:41)

Kildare FM - Kildare Today

18 Apr 2017
INTO executive member Carmel Browne joins the programme to talk about the important things which will be discussed at the INTO conference in Belfast.

Galway Bay FM - Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan
18 Apr 2017
John Boyle, incoming president of the INTO, joins the programme to talk about the INTO Conference in Belfast (move to 1:02:57)

Teachers hold silent protest on pay during Minister’s speech – Irish Times
18 Apr 2017
...However, he was criticised by INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan for asking teachers and principals to implement changes without the adequate resources. She called for the restoration of pay to teachers and said that primary teachers are being actively recruited by international schools who can offer better pay and conditions. “Pay the teachers or they will leave,” she said...

2FM - 15:00 News
18 Apr 2017
Young teachers are campaigning for equal pay today at the INTO's annual conference.

East Coast Radio - The Morning Show     
18 Apr 2017
Discussion on the exorbitant back-to-school costs in Ireland. Interview with John Boyle, Vice-President INTO.

Lure of overseas jobs creating ‘crisis’ in teaching – Irish Times
18 Apr 2017
The lure of higher salaries in the UK and Middle East is contributing to a staffing crisis in Irish schools, the INTO has warned..The union’s president, Rosena Jordan, said a chronic shortage of substitute teachers is leading to split classes, to retired teachers being drafted in, or to the use of unqualified staff...

'Shortage of teachers risks fall in education standards' – Irish Independent
18 Apr 2017
A shortage of primary teachers could translate into a drop in education standards, INTO president Rosena Jordan has warned...

INTO: Pay, lack of permanent jobs drive teachers abroad – Irish Examiner
18 Apr 2017
With the issue of restoring equal pay for recently qualified teachers high on the agenda at the INTO, its president Rosena Jordan warned that standards would start to slip as some schools struggle to fill even short-term vacancies with qualified substitutes...

Teachers’ doubt at career future – Irish Daily Mail
18 Apr 2017
...During the first day of the INTO conference in Belfast yesterday, its president Rosena Jordan told delegates: ‘Fair pay for teachers is the union’s priority.’ She added that qualified teachers ‘deserve better than zero-hours contracts’ and added that in recent years teachers have emigrated in their droves to the Middle East and the UK with the promise of higher wages. Ms Jordan said this exodus was leading to an ‘unacceptable’ staffing crisis that could see a drop in teaching standards.

Wages head INTO agenda – The Irish Sun
18 Apr 2017
...INTO deputy general secretary Noel Ward said: “Two key issues at this congress are about pay and about workload. In terms of pay, teachers are looking for the money back that was taken from them in austerity and we want pay equality for our younger teachers. “And in terms of workload there is a sense among teachers that the administrative burden is pushing teaching aside, and they need some relief from that.”

RTE1 - Six One News     
17 Apr 2017
The incoming president of the INTO has called for changes to teachers pay scales immediately. Outgoing INTO President Rosena Jordan and interview with INTO President Elect John Boyle (move to 02:21)...

RTE Radio 1 - Drivetime     
17 Apr 2017
...The pay of public servants slashed during the financial crisis is being restored, but pay remains top of the agenda at the annual conferences of Ireland's teaching unions which gets underway today. Opening the INTO Congress, Rosena Jordan INTO President replied to the delegates about the teachers' pay rise. Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO (move to 35:02)

INTO leader calls for immediate change to teacher pay scales - rte.ie
17 Apr 2017
The incoming president of the INTO has called for changes to teachers' pay scales immediately, fast-tracking the end of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

2FM - 17:00 News     
17 Apr 2017
The incoming head of the INTO has called for immediate changes to teachers" pay scales.

LMFM, Midwest Radio, Today FM, KFM - News     
17 Apr 2017
INTO President says teachers have a clear message for Education Minister - INTO President Rosena Jordan.

Where have all of Ireland’s teachers gone? - Irish Times
17 Apr 2017
...Principals say it is becoming increasingly difficult to find substitute teachers to fill in on sick days at primary level...Peter Mullan of the INTO says Irish teachers are in demand abroad and their reasons for leaving are multitude...Education system Joe Lyons, principal of St Joseph’s Ballybrown NS in Limerick, says the problem of finding substitute teachers is perennial but has become increasingly acute due to emigration...

'Primary teachers' battle for pay equality will continue until we win' - INTO president - Irish Independent
17 Apr 2017
The primary teachers’ union will not give up on its battle for pay equality for new entrants until it wins, the president of the INTO Rosena Jordan said today...Ms Jordan told delegates that “fair pay for teachers is the union’s priority” and while progress had been made, the issue of pay equality was not fully resolved...

Radio Kerry, Q102, Midlands 103, Sunshine FM, Tipp FM, Highland Radio, Today FM, Limerick 95FM, FM104, Red FM, Newstalk Radio, Shannonside, 4FM, KCLR, East Coast Radio, Clare FM, Galway Bay FM - News
17 Apr 2017
Pay and working conditions are the topics of day as the INTO conference gets underway in Belfast - INTO President Rosena Jordan.

Cork 96FM, Clare FM, Midlands 103, Highland Radio, Newstalk Radio, FM 104, 98FM, Limerick 95FM, Kildare FM, WLR FM, Q102, Spin FM, Shannonside, LMFM, East Coast Radio, KCLR - News
17 Apr 2017
Primary school teachers say they want to get back money detected from their salaries during the recession - Noel Ward, Deputy General Secretary of INTO.

Cork 96FM & Shannonside News     
17 Apr 2017
Pay and workload hot topics at annual INTO conference for primary school teachers...It comes as student from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to become teachers under a new 2.4 million euro plan being unveiled later by education minister Richard Bruton. Noel Ward, Deputy General Secretary, INTO.

NewsTalk - The Breakfast Show     
17 Apr 2017
The INTO Annual Conference begins today at the Waterfront Hotel in Belfast - Rosena Jordan, President of the INTO.

NewsTalk Radio, Limerick 95FM, LMFM, Q102, East Coast Radio, Clare FM, Sunshine FM, Kildare FM, Radio Kerry, 98FM, Galway Bay FM, Cork 96 FM, Midlands 103, KCLR, South East Radio, Midwest Radio - News
17 Apr 2017
Pay is set to top the agenda as primary school teachers meet in Belfast this week - Deputy General Secretary of INTO, Noel Ward.

RTE Radio 1 - Morning Ireland
17 Apr 2017
John Boyle, incoming President of the INTO, joins the programme to discuss teachers conference.

98FM, RTE Radio 1, Newstalk Radio, LMFM, 4FM, Kildare FM - News
17 Apr 2017
Primary teachers call for pay rises - INTO

Anton's got the write stuff! - The Northern Standard
13 Apr 2017
...INTO President Rosena Jordan said: ‘This competition shows the art and skill of handwriting is flourishing in Ireland. “The INTO has a long association with the teaching of handwriting, our first President, Vere Foster, developed copy books to improve handwriting. ‘This competition is a wonderful celebration of the work of children and their teachers...

I'm not going to ban games of chasing in schoolyards, says judge as he dismisses €38k claim - Comments by INTO to Irish Daily Mail
4 Apr 2017
Historic ruling as judge says: You can't ban schoolyard chase games...The union said, “just because there is an accident in a school playground doesn’t mean it was necessarily someone’s fault”.  Primary schools are very aware of health and safety implications, particularly in school playgrounds.  Schools try to minimise risks at all times.  However, children cannot be wrapped in cotton wool and from time to time accidents will happen.  Children need to be able to play and move about in a school yard.  The first port of call following a school yard accident should not be a Solicitor’s office.

School pupils have 'no homes to go to'
Carlow Courier

Homelessness is having a huge effect on school children in this country, according to Joe McKeown, INTO representative and principal of St. Patrick's de la Salle primary school in Kilkenny...