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January 2016

INTO in the Media

Minister scraps 51-year-old religion rule for primary schools - Irish Independent
29 Jan 2016
The rule that says religion must underpin the daily life of primary schools has been dropped after 51 years...The Irish National Teachers Organisation, which had called for its deletion, welcomed the announcement, as did EQUATE, a children's charity seeking education reform...

INTO Presidents visit to Scoil Asicus - The Sligo Champion
26 Jan 2016
Emma Dineen, President of the INTO recently paid a visit to Strandhill National School which was awarded "Digital School" status in recognition of its standard of excellence in the area of Information Technology. During her visit the INTO President presented a plaque to the school which acknowledges this achievement. The school will also receive a laser printer and scanner along with a year's supply of printing from the Department of Education and Skills.

The Irish Folklore Commission - Newstalk.com
26 Jan 2016
Michael Fortune recorded people in the Adamstown area of Co. Wexford as part of his project My People - My Place...The Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, initiated a revolutionary scheme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore and local history...

Fury at €110,000 for expert advice on schools IT strategy - Irish Daily Mail
25 Jan 20156
More than €110,000 of taxpayers' money was spent on consultancy fees for a widely criticised digital strategy for schools...Industry leaders criticised the plan for its lack of commitment to making coding a core subject in the school curriculum. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said: 'The most pressing needs for schools are access to reliable high-speed broadband, technical support for maintenance and an annual budget for school computing. The plan addresses none of those issues.' Ms Nunan said the plan provided little detail on funding for upgrading of equipment. She said: 'It commits to the provision of framework and advice for the purchase of equipment such as printers, desktop PCs and notebooks. There is no detail of the funding that will be provided for the purchase of such equipment. Schools want to know the when and how much so that they can plan properly.' She added: 'It is very hard to see value for that money in the published report.'

Labour vows to reduce class size to just 20 - Irish Independent
18 Jan 2016
Labour is promising to deliver the smallest primary classes in the history of the State within the next five years if re-elected....An average class size of 20 would be in line with international best practice and essential for optimum learning outcomes, according to the Irish National Teachers Organisation...

Cost of living rose in 1916 as price of Great War was felt by Irish people - Irish Examiner
18 Jan 2016
...In general, the cost of living increased by about 50% in the first two years alone of the Great War, and continued rising thereafter...By 1916, pressure from various representative bodies in the public services (unions in all but name) ensured the bonus passed onto Irish public servants. The primary teachers’ body, INTO, negotiated equal payment for its female teachers. Fully established primary and secondary teachers earned about £100 to £150 per annum, a rate compared not unfavourably with some engineers...

Clare's great contribution to the INTO - Clare Champion
15 Jan 2016
Last Easter, teachers from all over Ireland gathered in Ennis to attend the annual congress of the INTO. While Ennis is an ideal venue for any conference, it was an especially appropriate location for an INTO congress... On Saturday, August 1, 1868, a general meeting of teachers in West Clare was held in the small country school of Lacken for the purpose of appointing a person to represent them at the first INTO national conference, which was due to be held in Dublin two weeks later. The man chosen was David Fitzgerald, Kildysart. Thus it was that Clare came to be represented at the very first INTO Congress held in 33 Denmark Street, Dublin on August 15, 1868...

Cork Today - C103
13 Jan 2016
The INTO is to ballot primary school teachers on industrial action next month. It follows a dispute over the ban on promotion in schools. Interview with Emma Dineen, President INTO (move to 14:35)

INTO to ballot members here on action - The Kerryman
13 Jan 2016
Primary teachers in Kerry are to complete a ballot on industrial action next month over the continuing ban on job promotions and what the INTO describes as an ‘increasing workload’. The decision to ballot was taken at a meeting of the union’s executive at the weekend. Teachers will be asked in the ballot to stop all involvement with the Department of Education’s ongoing programme of school self-evaluation. The INTO is also calling for an end to the promotions ban and is looking for the re-instatement of all promoted posts that were lost in the last eight years. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the ban was ‘intolerable’ and described its impact on schools as ‘severe’ in compromising school operations.

RTE Radio 1 - News at One    
13 Jan 2016
The INTO is warning of a teacher shortage, and says it may have to tell parents to keep their children at home because there are not enough teachers to fill positions. Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation

Kildare FM - Kildare Today    
13 Jan 2016
INTO To Ballot Members On Industrial Action. Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO, joins the programme and explains why she convinces the primary school teacher members to ballot for an industrial action.

Adhmhaidin – Raidio Na Gaeltachta
13 Jan 2016
Tá Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann, (INTO) ceardchumann na mBunmhúinteoirí le dhul i mbun balóide faoi aighneas thionsclaíoch a ghlaoch mar gheall ar an ualach trom oibre agus ar easpa postanna sinsearacha, a deir siad atá sa gcóras. Deirbhile Nic Craith, Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann, INTO.

Clare FM - Morning Focus    
13 Jan 2016
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation is to ballot primary school teachers on industrial action next month following a dispute over the ban on promotion in schools. Sean McMahon, Principal of Mullagh National School and former President of INTO

How our teachers are lured abroad - Irish Independent
13 Jan 2016
There is a growing demand for teachers in other countries...At a time of rising enrolments at both primary and second level schools, with a consequent increase in demand for staff, it may seem strange that teachers are looking abroad. But Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) general secretary Sheila Nunan is not surprised: "Pay cuts imposed on new entrant teachers since 2011 means that more attractive pay packages are available to them in other countries". She says this is compounded by the Department of Education's failure to put in place panels of supply teachers at primary level to cover absences, which has led to a situation where principals cannot find teachers for cover for illness or maternity leave. The INTO says the problem is particularly acute since Christmas. According to the union the recruitment of Irish teachers to schools abroad is a significant challenge...

Teachers to ballot - Irish Sun
13 Jan 2016
The INTO is to ballot its members on industrial action...But General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan said there is no decision yet on possible industrial action before the summer. She added: "What we intend to do initially is to survey schools that have been most acutely hit. "We'll then ballot our members with a view to non-cooperation with Department policies."

Why has it taken so long to recognise role of women in 1916? - Irish Times
13 Jan 2016
...The formidable Margaret Skinnider, who had been wounded in active service during the Rising, did not marry. She was active in the INTO, and worked to bring about equality of pay for women. She even went to Manila to take part in a conference of teachers worldwide representing the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation...

Teacher shortage hits our schools in overseas jobs boom - Irish Independent
13 Jan 2016
...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said salary cuts introduced for teacher graduates after 2011 must be reversed to ensure teaching remained an attractive profession in Ireland...

Midwest Radio - The Comment Line    
12 Jan 2016
The INTO is to ballot its 33,000 members on industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers. The decision to ballot was finalised at a meeting of the Union's Executive at the weekend, and the ballot will ask teachers to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills' ongoing programme of school self-evaluation. Interview with Peter Mullan Assistant General Secretary.

Minister encourages INTO teachers to negotiate issues – Limerick Post
12 Jan 2016
Limerick INTO teachers who are in favour of proposed strike action over the ban on promotions remaining in place have been encouraged to stay at the discussion table as the issues of the organisation can “be sorted out through negotiation”...

Primary teachers to decide if they will take industrial action - Evening Echo
12 Jan 2016
Some 4,500 primary school teachers in 350 schools throughout Cork city and county are set to be balloted on industrial action next month...The ballot will ask teachers to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of school self-evaluation as they call for an end to the ban on promotions in primary schools and the reinstatement of promoted posts lost in the last eight years. The INTO argues that the ban, which was introduced in 2008, has led to the loss of thousands of promotions in primary schools, severely hitting the career prospects of unpromoted teachers, and increasing the work burden on those in promoted posts...

Limerick 95FM - Limerick Today    
12 Jan 2016
Digital Trend Report - Cyberbullying. With technology becoming more and more prominent in the lives of children, with it comes the increasing worry of cyberbullying and online safety. The latest research shows almost one in five children in first class at primary school has spoken to or interacted with the stranger online by the time they are in 6th class, more than half have experienced cyberbullying and one-third of students in third class have either experienced it or know somebody who has. These figures are the latest from the Digital Trend Report carried out by Zeeko based at University College Dublin. Interview with Zeeko Founder Joe Kenny and Joe Lyons of the INTO in Limerick.

Kildare FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
INTO - Industrial action among primary teachers a last resort. The Irish National Teachers Organisation says industrial action is a last resort, but they are serious about securing change. Interview Sheila Nunan, General Secretary.

Limerick 95FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
Limerick primary school teachers are straining under the workloads which are becoming increasingly unbearable. Interview with Limerick INTO representative Joe Lyons.   

Cork 96FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
INTO - Industrial action among primary teachers a last resort. The Irish National Teachers Organisation says industrial action is a last resort, but they are serious about securing change. Interview Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO

Sunshine FM & Tipp FM News
12 Jan 2016
The INTO is to ballot primary school teachers on industrial action next month. It follows a dispute over the ban on promotion in schools.

Breakingnews.ie
12th Jan 2016
The INTO is to ballot primary school teachers on industrial action next month. It follows a dispute over the ban on promotion in schools, affecting assistant principal and special duties posts.

UTV.ie - News
12 Jan 2016
INTO to ballot primary teachers on industrial action. A statement from the union, which has 33,000 members, said the move is in response to the ‘continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers’.

Today FM - News
12 Jan 2016
INTO - Industrial Action Among Primary Teachers A Last Resort. The INTO says industrial action is a last resort. Interview Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO

Q102 - News
12 Jan 2016
Teachers could take industrial action - Primary school teachers are to be balloted for industrial action. Interview, INTO's Sheila Nunan.

FM104 -  News    
12 Jan 2016
INTO - Industrial action among primary teachers a last resort. Primary teachers say they are serious about securing change in the sector but say its strike is a last resort - General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan.

Clare FM, Galway Bay FM, Kildare FM and Midlands 103 - News    
12 Jan 2016
The INTO is to ballot its members on industrial action. Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO.

East Coast Radio - News    
12 Jan 2016
Primary school teachers to ballot for industrial action - The INTO is to ballot its members on industrial action. Intreview Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO

Limerick 95FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
Teachers" Union to ballot members on industrial action - The INTO is to ballot its members on industrial action. Interview - General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan.

Highland FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
Irish National Teachers' Organisation to ballot members on industrial action. The Irish National Teachers' Organisation is to ballot its members on industrial action. The union representing primary school teachers says continued ban on promotions in schools and increasing workload has became intolerable. Interview: Sheila Nunan, INTO General Secretary   

Primary school teachers to ballot for industrial action – Irish Times
12 Jan 2016
Primary school teachers are to ballot for industrial action as part of a dispute over a continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workloads for teachers. The ballot will ask teachers to stop all involvement in school self-evaluation. The INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the ban on promotions, which was introduced eight years ago following the collapse in the public finances, was “intolerable”. She said it was having a severe impact and compromising the running of schools…

Teachers to ballot on strike action over ban on promotions – Irish Independent
12 Jan 2016
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation is to ballot its 33,000 members on industrial action in response to the ban on promotions and increasing workloads in primary schools. Next month's ballot will ask teachers to stop all involvement with the Department of Education's on-going programme of school self-evaluation, which forms part of the inspection process.
The moratorium on promotions, introduced as a cost-cutting measure in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, has led to the loss of thousands of career opportunities in primary schools. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said it had severely hit the career prospects of un-promoted teachers, increased the work burden on those in promoted posts and was compromising the running of schools…

Primary teachers to be balloted for industrial action over continued ban on job promotion – Irish Examiner
12 Jan 2016
The country’s 33,000 primary school teachers will be balloted for industrial action over, what their union says, is the continued ban on job promotion in schools as well as an increasing workload. The INTO said the ballot will ask teachers to stop all involvement with the Department of Education’s ongoing programme of school self-evaluation…

Teachers to be balloted over ban on promotion – Irish Daily Mail
12 Jan 2016
Primary school teachers are set to be balloted next month for industrial action over the ban on promoted posts. The INTO’s 33,000 members are to vote on stopping all involvement with the Department of Education and kills’ programme of school self-evaluation due to concerns about increasing workloads for teachers. The union wants he reinstatement of promoted posts lost in the past eight years. The ban was introduced in 2008. Teachers say the measure has severely hit career prospects and has increased the work burden on those already in promoted posts. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan described the eight-year ban on promotion in primary schools as intolerable. She said it was having a severe impact and compromising the running of schools. She said: ‘In modern schools, leadership must be shared. There is more administration and bureaucracy than ever. Meeting increased demand from parents, pupils and the department cannot be done without the necessary resources such as a leadership team of promoted teachers.’ The INTO is also conducting an updated survey of schools to assess the impact of the moratorium on promotion, and will use the results in its campaign to end the ban.

Teachers in strike ballot on promotion – Irish Daily Mirror
12 Jan 2016
Teachers are to be balloted on industrial action next month over a ban on promotion and increasing workloads. Union members will be asked to stop involvement with the Education Department’s ongoing programme of school self-evaluation. The decision was finalised at a meeting of the INTO executive at the weekend. It is calling for an end to the ban on promotions in primary schools. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said it was compromising the running of schools. She added: “In modern schools leadership must be shared".

Ballot plan by teacher union – The Star
12 Jan 2016
Teachers  are to vote next month on industrial action in a row over a ban on promotions. The INTO is demanding an end to the embargo on promotions and the re-instalment of posts lost over the last eight years as budgets were slashed - and will next month ask its 33,000 members to back a veto on the Department of Education’s school self-evaluation programme. Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, branded the ban on career progression intolerable. “In modern schools leadership must be shared,” she said. “There is more administration and bureaucracy than ever…

NewsTalk - The Breakfast Show    
12 Jan 2016
INTO To Ballot Its Members On Industrial Action. The Irish National Teachers Organisation is to ballot its members on industrial action later this month. The union says the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers has become intolerable - Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO

Radio Kerry and Red FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
Irish National Teachers' Organisation to ballot members on industrial action. The INTO is to ballot it members on industrial action - General Secretary of the INTO, Sheila Nunan  

Shannonside - News    
12 Jan 2016
Teachers' Union to ballot members on industrial action - The Irish National Teachers Organisation is to ballot its members on industrial action. General Secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan

Cork 96FM - News    
12 Jan 2016
Irish National Teachers Organisation To Ballot Its Members On Industrial Action. The Irish National Teachers Organisation is to ballot its members on industrial action later this month. The union says the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers has become intolerable Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO

Belfast Telegraph
11 Jan 2016
Teachers to be balloted in dispute over ban on promotions...The union is demanding an end to the embargo on promotions and the re-instalment of posts lost over the last eight years as budgets were slashed. Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, branded the ban on career progression intolerable...

Today FM - News
11 Jan 2016
Primary teachers to be balloted over promotion ban. INTO calls for end to 8 year ban The INTO is to ballot primary school teachers on industrial action next month. It follows a dispute over the ban on promotion in schools.

Teaching nun with a rare mastery of educational policy - Irish Times
9 Jan 2016
Sr Eileen Randles, who has died aged 78, was one of the most active and formidable advocates in Irish education....She had a short list of those whom she asked to pray for her. The first on the list was the Irish National Teachers Organisation...

Seán Ó Dónaill: 'His work is seen throughout our glen' - Donegal Democrat
7 Jan 2016
Dún Lúiche last weekend paid their respects to a local man who has been at the heart of developments in the Gaeltacht community for the past 30 years...Seán was also an Irish Natioanl Teachers' Organisation (INTO) staff rep, chairperson of the local branch and delegate to national conferences; Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, has paid tribute to his contributions.

Referendum on Women’s Duties - Irish Daily Mail
2 Jan 2016
A Government minister has pledged to hold a referendum to repeal the ‘offensive, objectionable and repugnant’ article in the Constitution that says a woman’s place is in the home...WORKFORCE BAN ON WOMEN - Article 41.2 of the Constitution resulted in women being forced to give up work when they married. It was a rule in the public service but many private sector employers imposed it too. The ban on working, introduced 84 years ago, was designed to reflect the State’s priorities on women raising a family during marriage. It was opposed from the start by the INTO on the basis it would lead to fewer marriages. Campaigners said married women were more suited to teaching children. The ban’s result was a drain of young qualified female professionals from the workforce, particularly from the ranks of primary school teachers and nurses. The ban was introduced in 1932 when the then government, facing an economic downturn, introduced a policy requiring female primary school teachers to resign upon marriage..

The Wonder Year - GCN
1 Jan 2016
…On December 2 an amendment to the Employment Equality Bill (Miscellaneous Provisions) 2013 provided that Catholic schools must now be able to prove that their employment procedures and policies cannot discriminate against sexuality under the guise of ethos. Welcoming the changes to Section 37.1, the INTO LGBT Teachers group, said, “The professional and private lives of teachers have legislative protection and this marks an end to the chilling effect for LGBT teachers."