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INTO Congress March 2016

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Tax-back plan 'could boost school funding’ - Irish Times
31 Mar 2016
Schools could see a 23 per cent increase in funding if they were allowed to reclaim tax on items purchased, said the INTO on the closing day of its conference. Louise Walsh, a teacher at Curragh girls national school, said business was allowed to reclaim VAT but schools were prohibited from doing so. They were being, in effect, double taxed. The INTO will now campaign for schools to be exempt from VAT...

Teachers to stop supervising newly qualified colleagues during probation - Irish Times
31 Mar2016
INTO conference hears that experienced, external teachers should assess probationary teachers. Primary teachers will withdraw from supervising the probationary period of their newly-qualified colleagues, the Irish National Teachers Organisation has decided...

Teachers ‘tired of baking rice krispie buns’ just to pay school bills - Irish Independent
31 Mar 2016
There has been 15pc cut in recent years in Government funding to schools to meet their running costs, resulting in an increasing reliance on donations from parents by way of fundraising and voluntary contributions. The issue was raised at the annual conference of the INTO yesterday, where there was a unanimous call for more funding. Kathryn Crowley, Dublin, said principals were having sleepless nights because of the pressures of fundraising...Maria Gildea, also Dublin, said funding for running costs was just over 90c per pupil per day, which was "ridiculous". INTO executive member John Boyle, said primary schools were the Cinderella of the system when it came to funding and said they should be funded the same as second-level schools. Earlier this week, INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said that the “totally iniquitous funding of primary education is a severe threat to quality"...

Resources ‘swiped’ from Tuam primary school - Irish Examiner
31 Mar 2016
A primary school in Galway, where 76% of its pupils face educational disadvantages, has been hit with savage cuts over the last seven years...Ms O’Mahony has been teaching in the school since 1999 and was speaking yesterday on the final day of the INTO congress. She says that the severe cuts to the school’s resources has affected the entire student population. “We try to help the children with most need and in some cases, because of their lack of English or because of the educational needs, we end up taking them for learning support so a lot of children in the middle, the average kids in the middle are affected...

Shannonside - 13:00 News    
31 Mar 2016
The new President of the INTO says schools are strapped for funding and are finding it difficult to fund basic utilities - Rosena Jordan, new President of the INTO.

Pay inequity a key issue for teachers’ unions - Evening Echo
30 Mar 2016
The issue dominated the morning’s debate at the INTO’s congress yesterday where a motion calling for immediate negotiations with the Department of Education to restore the common pay scale to the pre-2011 rates, was passed following impassioned speeches by newly qualified teachers and union veterans alike. The current disparity, which sees those who have been appointed to teaching positions since January 1, 2011, earn a projected €200,000 less than older colleagues over the course of their careers, was described by INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan as “discriminatory and unfair.” Supporting the motion, Ger Stack, a member of the Cork City South East branch assured younger delegates that older colleagues are “110% behind you.”...

Tipp FM - 13:00 News
30 Mar 2016
Teaching unions call for more funding. A Tipperary teacher's representative says the Government puts more funding into cattle than children - Cahir Boys National School Principal Brendan Horan.

South East Radio FM - South East Radio's Morning Mix     
30 Mar 2016
Joe McKeown of the INTO talks about the organisation's annual conference in Wexford, the issue of children falling asleep in class, pay equalisation and pupil-teacher ratio.

Teachers criticise different pay rates – Irish Times
30 Mar 2016
Delegates at INTO conference hear young teachers are paid less and denied career progression. New and young teachers are being paid less and denied any opportunity for career progression, delegates heard at the second day of the INTO conference in Wexford. The conference heard that teachers who entered the profession after 2011 were paid less than their colleagues for the same work, and the moratorium on promoting teachers to posts of responsibility had placed an impossible workload on principals. Mary Woodcock, a delegate from INTO’s Killarney branch, said older delegates stood in full solidarity with their younger colleagues on lower wages…

Clare FM - 09:00 News
30 Mar 2016
The Clare-based former president of the INTO says the union is committed to continuing the fight to restore pay levels for young teachers.

Baptism barrier 'a dark stain on national conscience' – Ferriter – Irish Independent
30 Mar 2016
The UCD Professor of Modern History told the INTO conference that "unbaptised children and their parents are treated as second class citizens and that has to stop". Prof Ferriter, both of whose parents were long-standing activists in the INTO, traced key developments in Irish education since the 1916 era in the course of an hour-long address to the conference…

'We won't allow you to turn our schools into businesses' – Irish Independent
30 Mar 2016
Primary teachers warn they will strike to restore pay and resist more bureaucracy. Primary teachers have warned the Government they will consider strike action to oppose any moves to "turn schools into businesses." The INTO is concerned about a recently published Department of Education discussion paper on making schools more autonomous - and more accountable…

€65,000 mortgage would be most I could get - but I work in Dublin – Irish Independent
30 Mar 2016
At 28 and with a permanent teaching job, Orla Ni Fhoglu thought it would be interesting to see what level of mortgage she could negotiate. Ms Ni Fhoglu, from Scoil Mologa gaelscoil in Harold's Cross, was one of a number of young teachers who spoke passionately at the INTO conference about the impact of reduced salary scales on their lives…

Teacher entitled to job, €88k arrears – Irish Examiner
30 Mar 2016
A school for deaf children has been told by the Labour Court to reinstate a dismissed temporary teacher with a contract of indefinite duration and pay him arrears of more than €88,000… His union representative, Deirdre O’Connor of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, told the court that in January and December 2011, the complainant queried the principal as to whether he was entitled to a contract of indefinite duration by virtue of his service in the school. He was told he had no entitlement because he had “subbed for different teachers in the school”…

Baptism barrier is ‘a dark stain on the national conscience’ – Irish Examiner
30 Mar 2016
Historian Diarmaid Ferriter has criticised the ‘baptism barrier’ in Irish national schools, calling it a dark stain on the country’s conscience. Speaking at the congress of the INTO in Wexford yesterday, he strongly criticised our denominational school system. “We still have a denominational national school system,” he said. “Not all are treated equally. In our Constitution, there is an implied support for denominational schooling. “It is also a constitutional right for parents not to send their children to schools that would violate their conscience. But in reality do they really have that right? Do they really have that choice?...

€65k was mortgage sum offered to teacher - Irish Examiner
30 Mar 2016
INTO members unanimously passed a motion calling for the equalisation of pay and conditions for newly qualified teachers. The also motion condemned the cuts to pay that teachers have had since 2011. The motion also called for no further pay deals unless pay equalisation for all teachers has been achieved. A number of newly qualified teachers spoke passionately on the motion, explaining how they were unable to save for a house or qualify for a mortgage. Orla Ní Fhoghlú, a 28-year-old primary schoolteacher in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, told the congress about how one bank offered her a €65,000 mortgage…

INTO: We'll continue to fight education cuts  - Evening Echo
30 Mar 2016
Ireland's primary school teachers union will continue to fight cuts to education, outgoing president Emma Dineen stressed at the INTO's annual congress in Wexford yesterday…“It is time in 2016 to take stock of where primary education is heading.” “If we are to retain the child at the centre, it is time to assess the class sizes and workload that are no longer making that a reality.”…“In an era where wellbeing is the buzzword, one would hope that any incoming government would aim to take action on class size and workloads to alleviate stress in classroom and help wellbeing of all within.” Ms Dineen also highlighted the importance of protecting special needs resources and tackling disadvantage in schools...

ASTI members back action on pay for new teachers – Irish Examiner
30 Mar 2016
…The issue has taken priority at all three teacher union conferences…At the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation congress, where the cuts to newly qualified teachers was the focus of attention and unanimously condemned, delegates spoke of their difficulties living and trying to obtain mortgages on the reduced salaries.

Pledge to fight schools’ pay gap – Irish Daily Mirror
30 Mar 2016
...teachers' unions have vowed to fight to restore equal pay to those new to the profession…INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan told delegates in Wexford: “On top of imposing inferior pensions, the government extended this unfair, unjust and unwarranted pay policy towards our new entrants.”

Raise our wages or we will strike, say teachers – Irish Daily Mail
30 Mar 2016
The country’s largest secondary school teachers union has warned it will ballot for strike action unless the Government increases teachers’ salaries by September...And the INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said that young workers paid the price for ‘the lunacy of the banks and the government’s mismanagement of the crisis’. She said a new government wishing to draw a line under what had happened to date must declare an end to austerity.

RTE1 - Six One and Nine News
29 Mar 2016
Teachers' unions step up their campaign for equal pay for new entrants to the profession. A campaign to demand equal pay for new entrants to the teaching profession is gaining momentum as the country's teachers' unions hold their annual conferences in Cork, Killarney and Wexford. Education Correspondent Emma O Kelly reports.

Today FM - The Last Word     
29 Mar 2016
Newly Qualified Teachers Demand Equal Pay - Around 1,800 delegates of the three teachers unions, are attending annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney. Teachers across the three unions say they will fight for equal pay for those new to the profession because delegates have heard that some newly recruited teachers can earn upto 300,000 euro less over their 40-year career compared to their longer serving colleagues - Peter Mullan, Assistant General Secretary, INTO.

TV3 - Ireland AM
29 Mar 2016
Newspaper Review Irish Daily Mail - Teachers at the INTO conference yesterday claimed that half of the pupils in one school will be homeless unless the housing crisis is dealt with soon.

East Coast Radio, Newstalk, Midlands 103, Today FM, Sunshine FM and South East Radio - News
29 Mar 2016
Teachers expected to join forces with gardai and nurses over pay. Teachers across three unions say they will fight to restore pay to those new to the profession. Audio clip: Michael McConigley from Kildare, newly qualified teacher, INTO General-Secretary Sheila Nunan and Orlaigh Ni Foghlu.

LMFM - The Michael Reade Show
29 Mar 2016
Three Teachers Unions are holding their annual Easter conferences this week with the INTO in Wexford for the second day of its annual congress. INTO Incoming Vice President John Boyle joins the programme to discuss why there are no ministers attending any of the conferences.

NewsTalk - 15:00 News     
29 Mar 2016
Teachers' conferences to call for better pay for new entrants. Teachers are expected to join forces with Gardai and nurses when it comes to negotiations on pay. Michael McConigley from Kildare is a newly qualified teacher, who is among those fighting for parity in pay. INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan has promised to lobby the next government on parity.

Kildare FM
29 Mar 2016
INTO: 7,400 Kildare Students in "Supersize" Classrooms. Class size is one of the issues topping the agenda at today's Irish National Teachers' Organisation annual congress...INTO data shows that, in Kildare, more than 7,400 students are in classes of 30 or more pupils, one of the highest such rates in Ireland...Barry Morrissey is a teacher in Naas and a delegate at the congress.

Galway Bay FM - 13:00 News
29 Mar 2016
Teachers call for equal pay. Teachers are discussing pay and conditions at their annual conferences this week - Interview Catherine Dooley, Navan and  INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Kildare FM - 13:00 News
29 Mar 2016
Pay and conditions set to dominate talks as teachers meet for annual conferences. The INTO has passed a motion condemning the cuts to pay and conditions of newly qualified teachers. Interview with Barry Morrissey, Teacher in Naas and Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO.

RTE Radio 1 - News at One     
29 Mar 2016
INTO Congress in Wexford - The Teachers conferences are on full swing as usual in the week after Easter. RTE's South East Correspondent Damien Tiernan reports from INTO Congress in Wexford. Audio clip: Louise Curtis from Belgrove Senior Girls' School

Shannonside - 13:00 News
29 Mar 2016
Teachers call for equal pay. Teachers are discussing pay and conditions at their annual conferences this week. They are looking for pay cuts imposed on all new entrance since 2011 to be reversed - Catherine Dooley from Navan and Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO.

Cork 96FM, Spin FM, Radio Kerry, Clare FM, Highland Radio, South East Radio and Red FM - News
29 Mar 2016
…The INTO has passed a motion condemning the cuts to pay and conditions of newly qualified teachers.

Today FM – News
29 Mar 2016
Teachers call for equal pay - Teachers are discussing pay and conditions at their annual conferences this week…At the INTO conference, young Primary School teachers have told delegates they can’t move out of home because pay is so poor…

FM104 - News
29 Mar 2016
There's a Call for Equal Pay For New Teachers. Cuts to pay and conditions of newly qualified teachers are being condemned. The INTO has passed a motion on the issue…

Shannonside, KCLR FM, Newstalk, Clare FM, Sunshine FM and South East Radio - News
29 Mar 2016
INTO: Cuts To New Teachers' Salaries "Utterly Unfair" - Primary school teachers have heard that cuts to newly qualified teachers were discriminatory, inequitable and unreasonable. Interview with INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Red FM and Limerick 95FM - News
29 Mar 2016
Discriminatory issues raised in Annual Conference of the INTO. Primary school teachers have heard that cuts to newly qualified teachers were discriminatory inequitable and unreasonable. INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Newstalk – News
29 Mar 2016
The Irish National Teachers Organisation has passed a motion condemning the cuts to pay and conditions of newly qualified teachers. The INTO is one of the three teaching unions calling for parity for teachers, regardless of when they qualified. The motion calls on the INTO to enter into negotiations with the Department of Education on pay restoration…Around 850 delegates are attending the INTO annual congress, with issues such as the funding of schools, the ban on promotion, special needs teaching, and assaults on teachers among the other subjects set to be addressed over the three day meeting. In an introductory address yesterday, the union's president Emma Dineen said the beliefs of 1916 leaders Padraig Pearse and Thomas McDonagh had a relevance for schools today…

KFM – News
29 Mar 2016
INTO: Cuts to New Teachers' Salaries "Utterly Unfair." Primary school teachers have heard that cuts to newly qualified teachers were discriminatory, inequitable and unreasonable...The INTO is demanding a return to a common pay scale for all teachers. General Secretary, Newbridge woman, Sheila Nunan says the attacks on newly-qualified teachers were utterly unfair.

98FM - News
29 Mar 2016
Children falling asleep in class due to homelessness - Primary school children are falling asleep in class due to the impact of homelessness. It's one of the issues that has emerged from the primary teachers conference. The INTO gathering has heard from teachers who say the class has become a refuge.

INTO conference: homeless pupils ‘sleeping during class’ – Irish Times
29 Mar 2016
Teacher in Dublin 15 said children fell asleep due to living in cramped hotel rooms. Children attending primary school are falling asleep in class due to the impact of homelessness on their lives, the INTO conference heard on Monday. One delegate attending the opening day in Wexford said he believes at least half of the children he teaches in Dublin 15 are at risk of homelessness due to rent increases and pressure on supply of rented accommodation… INTO president Emma Dineen said that when primary school children had been asked to reimagine the 1916 Proclamation and its call to “cherish all the children of the nation equally”, she was struck by the number who wanted homelessness eradicated from Ireland…

Homelessness is harming students - teachers’ leader – The Herald
29 Mar 2016
Homelessness is beginning to affect children’s study in the classroom, teachers have warned. Growing numbers of pupils are showing the physical and psychological impact of having to live in hotel rooms. INTO president Emma Dineen said children were struggling with a lack of sleep, a lack of healthy food, no space to do homework or to play and the inability to ask friends to visit. All of these factors were negatively impacting on their lives, Ms Dineen warned at the INTO conference in Wexford…

Lack of promotional opportunities a problem - Irish Times
29 Mar 2016
…different school. I really like the school I work in, and I don’t want to move. Following a ballot of INTO members we have now decided to not engage with the school self-evaluation process…

Petty politicians ignore schoolchildren’s plight  - Irish Independent
29 Mar 2016
If our putative leaders needed further prompting that there are national issues which tower over petty party interests, they should have got it from the INTO conference yesterday. It is always the children who feel the coldest, sharpest edge of poverty and neglect, and yesterday the INTO’s Emma Dineen gave a bleak assessment of how the problems of homelessness are now all too evident in the nation’s classrooms…

Time bombs difficult to defuse without a minister - Irish Times
29 Mar 2016
…The pay gap between newly qualified teachers is another issue that will dominate the three conferences, especially the INTO congress…

Teachers seeing dire effect of homelessness in classrooms - Irish Independent
29 Mar 2016
Children in hotels deprived of sleep, space and food. Teachers are growing increasingly concerned at the effects of the rising homelessness crisis on children in their classrooms. Significant numbers of pupils are coming to school from emergency accommodation and are showing the physical and psychological impact of having to live in hotel rooms. The grim reality for many young children was spelled out by INTO President Emma Dineen, at the union's annual conference. Schoolchildren are struggling with a lack of sleep, a lack of healthy food, no space to do homework or to play and the inability to ask friends to visit. And all of these were ­negatively impacting on their lives, Ms Dineen warned…

Two-tier salary scales in public sector must go, says ICTU boss – Irish Independent
29 Mar 2016
...Cuts have also led to the wiping out of thousands of career opportunities for young teachers, because of a moratorium on promotions. Demands for equalisation of pay and conditions with more senior teachers is a key topic for discussion at the INTO conference today, as well as at the conferences of the ­second-level unions… INTO president Emma Dineen also signalled a warning on pay. She said if the economy continued to prosper over the next few years, public servants in general and teachers in particular would want to see pay cuts suffered by all teachers restored. Ms Dineen said most young teachers, especially in Dublin, have little or no hope of buying a house on a teaching salary…

‘What would Pearse say about our schools? He’d ask where the time and space for teaching is’ – Irish Daily Mail
29 Mar 2016
Pádraig Pearse would issue a ‘cautionary note’ about education practices in Irish schools today, the president of Ireland’s largest teaching union said yesterday. Emma Dineen hit out at failures to realise the education vision of some of the 1916 leaders, saying the beliefs of Pearse and MacDonagh had a relevance for schools today. She said as a teacher Pearse would offer a cautionary note that schools focus on allowing pupils follow their own strengths, interests and abilities in schools. Ms Dineen said: ‘He would warn against the obsession with measuring children’s performance. He would question the use of targets and data collection for system purposes.‘ ‘He would challenge the media preoccupation with league tables and with an overcrowded curriculum and a school system tasked with remedying the ills of society. I think he would ask: “Where is the time and space for teaching, learning and caring?”… She said the incoming government will need to take action on class size and increasing workload… She also signalled a warning on pay, saying if the economy continued to prosper over the next few years then public servants, particularly teachers, would want pay restored…

Class sizes biggest issue in education – Irish Examiner
29 Mar 2016
The president of the INTO says we have failed to achieve Padraig Pearse’s education vision for Ireland… She said class size is the single biggest issue facing the quality of education our children are receiving. “A teacher with 32 pupils in a classroom cannot find time to teach 11 subjects to every child in a child-friendly way and evaluate their progress,” said Ms Dineen. “At the same time we want teachers to develop pupils’ self-esteem, open their minds to the pleasures of the arts and encourage involvement in a healthier lifestyle. We also expect teachers to deal with increasing societal problems such as family break-up and parent addiction,” she added…

Half the pupils in my school will be homeless – Irish Daily Mail
29 Mar 2016
Teacher tells of devastating effects on children forced to live in emergency accommodation. Half the pupils in one school will be homeless unless the housing crisis is tackled soon, a teacher has warned…Many children are arriving into class without a proper night’s sleep and are so ‘shattered’ they have to sleep at their desks, the teachers said. The uncertainty of the pupils’ living situation is also impacting on their learning and many are becoming ‘disengaged’ from their class and suffering mood swings. At the INTO conference yesterday, it was heard that 140,000 children are living in ‘consistent poverty’. ‘Lack of sleep, lack of healthy diet, lack of space to do homework and even to play’ are just some of the knock-on effects for pupils forced into emergency accommodation, INTO president Emma Dineen said yesterday…IINTO president Emma Dineen spoke frankly at the union’s conference yesterday about the problems children affected by homelessness face. ‘As our primary school children reimagined the 1916 Proclamation and in particular the line “cherishing all the children of the nation equally”, I was struck by the number who wanted homelessness eradicated from our country,’ she said. ‘Children, teachers and staff are now seeing the physical and psychological effects homelessness, emergency accommodation and the Direct Provision system (for asylum seekers) are having on the pupils in their classrooms and under their care…

Inequity on public pay Solidarity or... - Irish Examiner
29 Mar 2016
…the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation has called on the next minister for education to make pay equalisation for new teachers a priority.

Are we cherishing all the children equally? – Irish Daily Mail
29 Mar 2016
Almost five weeks after the members of the 32nd Dáil were elected, there are many reasons why we need a stable government to be formed soon. Principal among them is the urgent need to tackle the housing crisis…Yesterday the INTO conference was told that 140,000 children are living in consistent poverty due, in no small part, to austerity measures introduced in recent years…

RTE Radio 1 - News
29 Mar 2016
All three unions, INTO, ASTI, and TUI, will debate motions criticising lower pay for new entrants to the profession, and calling for the equalisation of salary scales. Unequal teacher salaries to dominate conferences. Around 1,800 delegates are attending the conferences, where unequal teacher salaries promise to be a major issue....Primary school teachers’ union INTO's first motion of the day at its gathering in Wexford calls for immediate negotiations to restore a common pay scale for all.

Drivetime - RTE.ie
28 Mar 2016
INTO Congress - The annual Teacher conferences are getting underway and, at both primary and secondary level, there is discontent in the ranks. Sheila Nunan of the INTO spoke to Philip...

Education system failing vision of 1916 leaders - INTO chief - Irish Times
28 Mar 2016
Ideals of Rising impossible to realise until large class sizes tackled, conference hears...The education system is failing to realise the vision of the 1916 leaders, Irish National Teachers Organisation president Emma Dineen...

Breakingnews.ie
28 Mar 2016
Teachers gather for three-day conference. More than 800 national school teachers are gathering in Wexford today for their annual three-day conference. This year the INTO conference will focus on equal pay for new teachers, joining the profession...

RTE Radio 1 - News at One  
28 Mar 2016
Over 850 delegates representing 40,000 primary teachers, North and South, are expected in Wexford today for the start of the Annual Congress of the INTO.

Highland FM - News
28 Mar 2016
The annual Easter gatherings of teaching union are to set to focus on pay and conditions this week. INTO President Emma Dineen.

FM104, Q102, Midlands 103, Cork 96FM, Clare FM, Sunshine FM, South East Radio, Radio Kerry and East Coast Radio - News
28 Mar 2016
Teacher Conferences to get underway - The annual Easter gatherings of teaching union are to set to focus on pay and conditions this week. Interview with Sheila Nunan, INTO General Secretary.

Today FM - News
28 Mar 2016
Teachers’ conferences to get underway - The annual Easter gathering of teaching unions set to focus on pay and conditions this week...INTO General Secretary Shelia Nunan says it's completely unfair to have people doing the same job on different levels of pay…

Galway Bay FM, South East Radio, Newstalk, Highland Radio, Kildare FM, Shannonside, Limerick 95, and Midlands 103 - News
28 Mar 2016
Teachers Conferences to get Underway - The Annual Teachers Conference is get underway over the next couple of days.

Red FM - News
28 Mar 2016
INTO wants to restore Equal Pay, says Newbridge General Secretary - Pay cuts for new national school teachers are an affront to the core trade union principle of equal pay for equal work.

Secondary schools may face wide spread industrial action - Irish Times
28 Mar 2016
Teachers' unions are to vote on pay, working hours and conditions at conference... The INTO (Irish National Teachers’ Organisation) congress in Wexford, which gets under way this afternoon, will be dominated by educational and industrial relations issues of concern to primary teachers...

On the agenda: Junior Cert reform, pay, promotions, newly-qualified teachers and third-level funding - Irish Independent
28 Mar 2016
INTO: Reversing the austerity-era cuts inflicted on salaries and promotional opportunities - particularly for newly qualified teachers - and schools will be a dominant theme at the Irish National Teachers' Organisation. INTO conference as well as at the other two conferences. Primary class size is a hardy annual for the INTO, and the union will be reminding political negotiators engaged in trying to form a government about their pre-election promises in this regard.

INTO president demands ‘pay equalisation’ for new teachers – Irish Times
28 Mar 2016
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation wants the next minister for education to make pay equalisation for new teachers a top priority. The matter will be discussed at the INTO conference which commences in Wexford on Monday. The current Minister, Jan O’Sullivan, will not be in attendance. Emma Dineen, president of the INTO said it was disappointing that the Minister would not be at the conference, but she was hopeful that whoever will be the next minister “will be listening in”. “From our perspective we would have hoped that Jan O’ Sullivan would have come along and listened any way,” she told Newstalk. “We feel that no matter who’s here or not here, we are going to lay out our stall for the future of primary education in this country...

Teachers vow strike action over pay of new recruits – Irish Daily Mail
28 Mar 2016
Parity of pay will also top the agenda at the Irish National Teachers' Organisation's annual conference, which starts in Wexford today. Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, described the pay cuts for new teachers as 'an affront to the core trade union principle of equal pay for equal work'.

Crisis looms in supply of teachers – Irish Independent
28 Mar 2016
Report warns about lack of planning... The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) said ensuring teacher supply was an immediate challenge for the next government. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said: "The next minister must make sure that enough teachers are trained to meet commitments for smaller classes.  "In relation to problems over substitute teachers, she said: "The lack of cover for teacher absences can only be tackled by establishing supply panels of teachers available for substitute cover throughout the country."...

KCLR FM - News
28 Mar 2016
About 800 primary school teachers including some from Carlow and Kilkenny are gathering in Wexford today for their annual INTO conference. Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO.

Tipp FM - News
28 Mar 2016
The annual teachers conferences gets underway this week. Interview with INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Cork 96FM - News
28 Mar 2016
Over 800 national school teachers are gathering in Wexford today for their annual three day conference.

LMFM - News
28 Mar 2016
National school teachers gather for conference - Over 800 national school teachers are gathering in Wexford today for their Annual Pre-Day Conference. This year the three day event will focus on the pay equalisation for new teachers.

Q102 - News
28 Mar 2016
Teachers conferences to get underway - The annual Easter gathering of teaching unions set to focus on pay and conditions this week.

NewsTalk - News
28 Mar 2016
Over 800 national school teachers are gathering in Wexford today for their annual three day conference. INTO General Secretary Shelia Nunan says it's wrong to have people doing the same job on different levels of pay. She described the pay cuts for new teachers as completely wrong…

NewsTalk - The Breakfast Show
28 Mar 2016
Emma Dineen from the INTO joins the programme to talk about teachers gathering at Wexford over pay equalisation.

Teachers to renew pay hike demand – Sunday Independent
27 Mar 2016
...wage recovery set to dominate the agenda of the country’s three teaching unions at their annual conferences. Members of the INTO, TUI and ASTI will all debate the removal of separate salary scales... Speaking to the Sunday Independent, INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said separate salary scales for teachers could not be defended by the Government. “Successive governments decided to introduce discriminatory and inequitable pay scales for new teachers,” she said. “The teacher unions opposed this and are determined to overturn it.” Ms Nunan described the pay cuts for new teachers as an affront to the core trade union principle of equal pay for equal work and said it would be the cause that would rally the active participation in the union by new members…