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March 2016

INTO in the Media

Teachers stretched by the moratorium on appointments - Evening Echo
23 Mar 2016
The ongoing issues of workload and leadership are likely to persist, as school deal with the fallout of a continuing moratorium on appointments to post of responsibility. "Leadership was something that I took as a theme for the year and I believe it is beginning to crumble in our schools, due to the lack of a middle management structures," INTO President Emma Dineen says. "Quite a number of schools are seeing the effects, now, of the moratorium. For example, I visited a school that had 427 pupils and should have six posts of responsibility, but there was just the principal and the deputy principal," Ms Dineen says. "Schools have a lot coming at them, from government initiatives to all the plethora of things that are happening in the wider community, which schools are supposed to respond to, whether it be initiatives on healthy eating, bullying, green flags, active schools, you name it," she says.

Eventful year at the helm of INTO - Evening Echo
23 Mar 2016
As her year in office comes to an end, the INTO president Emma Dineen speaks to Audrey Ellard Walsh about the challenges and opportunities facing primary education in Ireland, and how she's looking forward to returning to Cloghroes NS... Looking at the government negotiations, Ms Dineen says that the INTO "will work with whoever comes into power", but hopes that pre-election promises relating to issues such as class sizes and school funding, for example, are seen through. "There have been cuts to traveller education, cuts to special needs allocations and there are schools out there that are fundraising at this moment for very basic needs.

Government must increase teaching posts and improve pay - Evening Echo
23 Mar 2016
Cuts to resources, teachers' pay, and increasing class sizes are all ongoing problems facing primary education. And younger teachers living in urban hubs cannot meet their living cost on their wages, INTO president Emma Dineen says, stating that some are heading overseas to make money. "We still have huge numbers coming into our training colleges and we still see huge numbers going through the Leaving Cert with high points and we are very lucky to have that calibre of studen," she says. "But I think we will need the government to commit to putting in more teaching posts if those young people are to stay in Ireland.

Teacher pay inequalities - Evening Echo
23 Mar 2016
Young teachers are being forced abroad by pay cuts, Emma Dineen, the president of the INTO has said.

Numbers in dispute soar from 500 to 38,000 in five years - Irish Independent
19 Mar 2016
The number of workers involved in industrial disputes soared from just over 500 to almost 38,000 in the last five years...The national teachers' union, the INTO, has also issued a directive to its members not to cooperate with school self-evaluation from April 4 in protest at a ban on promotion in schools...

New government faces wave of school and college strikes - Irish Examiner
18 Mar 2016
The incoming government faces industrial unrest in schools and colleges with the threat of one-day strikes in half of second-level schools in the autumn...The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation directed members on Monday not to co-operate with the department’s school self-evaluation process from April 4...

Acknowledging the role of women in 1916 - Longford Leader
18 Mar 2016
...The formidable Margaret Skinnider, who had been wounded in active service during the Rising, did not marry. She was active in the Irish National Teachers Organisation, and worked to bring about equality of pay for women. As Countess Markievicz said of the women in the War of Independence, they were the “eyes and ears of the organisation”...

Teachers in town conference - Wexford People
15 Mar 2016
Hundreds of teachers are due in Wexford later this month when the INTO holds its annual conference at Clayton Whites Hotel. Members of the INTO are due to gather at the hotel from Easter Monday (March 28) to Wednesday, March 30. Outgoing Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has said she will not be attending this year’s teachers’ conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney. The Minister for Education traditionally addresses delegates at all three. Ms O’Sullivan said she felt it would not be appropriate to attend the conference this year given that she now had no role in future policy decisions...

ESB, teachers and HSE staff gearing up for strike misery - Irish Mail on Sunday & Sunday Times
13 Mar 2016
Hard-pressed families face a sweltering summer of transport stoppages, health service disputes and maybe even power cuts, culminating in the threat of school strikes, industry experts fear...And nearly 40,000 primary school teachers in the INTO last week voted by a 93% majority, for a ban on supervisory roles and 'whole school evaluation' measures, which monitor schools and teachers' performance. They want a restoration of these roles with special pay top-ups in schools where a recruitment ban has halted the appointments for the past eight years.

30 years ago this week in the Leader - Friday 14th March 1986 - Dungarvan Leader
11 Mar 2016
...The general secretary of the INTO has defended the spread of the strikes saying that the education service was being disrupted by the government's action and not by the teachers... "In 1979, ASTI, INTO and TUI demanded a review of their pay outside the normal conciliation and arbitration machinery. They threatened industrial action if the Government would not give in. So, in early 1980 a review body on teachers' pay and conditions was set up (its membership decided in consultation with teachers' unions). It made recommendations in September 1980. The teachers rejected most of the recommendations and threathened industrial action again. Mr. Haughey's Government gave in to their demands with pay increases of 34.3%. The Review Body resigned in protest.

Tipp writers celebrate Aontas festival by marking 1916 – Clonmel Nationalist
10 Mar 2016
The Tipperary Writers Class celebrated the Aontas Learners festival recently in the Excel Gallery, Excel Tipperary town. The theme for the celebration was 1916…There was artwork on display created by children from Kilcommon National School…This exhibition was prompted by stories and legends told many years ago, by parents, grandparents and other older people in and around Kilcommon. These stories were collected from all over Ireland for a wonderful Department of Education project called the Schools’ Folklore Scheme. In 1937 the Irish Folklore Commission, along with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation encouraged school children to collect and document folklore and local history. Over a period of eighteen months, some 100,000 children in 5,000 primary schools in the twenty-six counties were encouraged to collect folklore material in their home districts…

Today FM - The Last Word    
9 Mar 2016
Primary School Teachers are Tired For Working Free. Primary school teachers have voted to take industrial action over increased workloads and lack of promotions Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary, INTO and Joe Lyons, Principal, Ballybrown National School.

Kildare FM - 13:00 News    
9 Mar 2016
Kildare INTO members threaten industrial action at schools over workload. Teachers in Kildare's circle 100 primary schools are threatening industrial action over heavy workload

Tipp FM - News
9 Mar 2016
Tipp teachers "overwhelmed" by paperwork - Primary school teachers across Tipperary are said to be overwhelmed with paperwork and admin duties which are taking away from their time with pupils. Brendan Horan of Cahir Boys National School. 

Tipp FM - Tipp Today
9 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers vote in favour of industrial action. Primary school teachers have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over a ban on promotions in schools. Interview with Brendan Horan of Cahir's Boys School and INTO Executive representative for Tipperary (move to 23:39)

Newstalk News
9 Mar 2016
Primary teachers will be the first to face Lansdowne Rd 'timebomb'. INTO union says teachers' good will depleted after completing extra work for years...The INTO, says it will issue a directive on non-cooperation regarding administration work in coming days. Members of the INTO say they will stop carrying out certain work, in protest at an increase in unpaid work demands and the ongoing ban on promotion. The action has been agreed by an overwhelming 97% of union members...

Highland FM
9 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers haven’t had promotions for eight years. Primary school teachers have voted by an overwhelming majority to embark on a process of industrial action over heavy workloads, Emma Dineen, President of the INTO.

Newstalk - The Breakfast Show, Radio Kerry, FM104, Kildare FM & Shannonside Radio
9 Mar 2016
Primary Teachers Threaten Industrial Action - Primary school teachers are threatening industrial action over heavy workloads, Emma Dineen, President INTO

Adhmhaidin RnaG
9 Mar 2016
Fógraíodh inné go bhfuil 97% de bhaill Chumann Múinteoirí Éireann. Deirbhle Nic Craith, Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann, INTO...Fógraíodh inné go bhfuil 97% de bhaill Chumann Múinteoirí Éireann sásta a dhul i mbun aighneas tionsclaíoch faoin gcosc atá orthu ardú céime a fháil agus faoin ualach mór oibre atá orthu.

INTO: Primary school teachers 'tired of working for free' - Irish Examiner
9 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers are threatening industrial action over heavy workloads. Members of the INTO union say they will stop carrying out a range of administration work, in protest at an increase in unpaid work demands and the ongoing ban on promotion. The action has been agreed by an overwhelming 97% of union members and it is expected a directive on non-cooperation will be issued to all primary schools in the coming days. Emma Dineen, President of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, said staff are tired of working for free...

Sides in Luas dispute urged to ‘step down rhetoric’ - Irish Examiner
9 Mar 2016
...Meanwhile, members of the INTO have voted in favour of a motion from the union’s executive for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and what it says is an “increasing workload for teachers”. The union said the ban on promotions, introduced in 2008, “has severely hit the career prospects of unpromoted teachers and has increased the work burden on teachers in schools”.

Primary teachers vote for action on workloads - Irish Daily Mail
9 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers have voted by an overwhelming majority for industrial action over increased workloads and a curb on promotions. Members of the INTO backed a call from the union's executive for action, with 97 per cent voting to stop all involvement with the Department of Education's programme of self-evaluation...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said: ‘Teachers are not prepared to see the department continually ramp up requirements and pressures on schools while ignoring a ban on promotion that has devastated school management structures...Ms Nunan added: ‘It is simply not possible for schools to continue to innovate, deal with increasingly societal problems and meet endless bureaucratic demands without the proper resources.’

97% of our teachers call for ban strike - Irish Mirror
9 Mar 2016
Members of teachers union have backed a call for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion and increasing workload...INTO spokeswoman Sheila Nunan said: "The Department cannot expect schools to endlessly expand the self-evaluation of teaching and learning and take on board the self-evaluation of leadership while watching leadership structures being dismantled."

Teachers to protest - Irish Sun
9 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers are to stop cooperating with some administrative procedures in protest at increased workloads and a ban on promotions. In a ballot, 97 per cent of INTO members backed industrial action on the issue. The union will now issue a directive on non-cooperation with a Department of Education programme whereby schools self-evaluate teaching and learning…

INTO: Primary school teachers ‘tired of working for free’ - Evening Echo
9 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers are threatening industrial action over heavy workloads. Members of the INTO union say they will stop carrying out a range of administration work, in protest at an increase in unpaid work demands and the ongoing ban on promotion...

Drivetime - RTE 1
8 Mar 2016
Primary School Industrial Action - Primary school teachers are to stop co-operating with some school administrative procedures in protest at increased teacher workloads and the ongoing ban on teacher promotions. In a ballot 97 per cent of INTO members backed industrial action on the issue. Discussion with INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan...

East Coast Radio, Clare FM, FM104 News, Limerick 95FM, Newstalk, Midlands 103 & Radio Kerry
8 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers are to stop cooperating with some school procedures in protest at bans on promotion, INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan.

KCLR FM News
8 Mar 2016
Primary School Teachers Fed Up With Their Pay and Conditions: INTO. Primary school teachers have had enough of being expected to run schools without the necessary resources and support, according to INTO, INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

LMFM News, Tipp FM, Q102 News, Today FM News, Kildare FM, RTE 1 News, WLR FM, Galway Bay FM, Sunshine FM & Cork 96FM
8 Mar 2016
INTO members back action over promotion ban. Primary school teachers are to stop cooperating with some school procedures in protest at bans on promotions, INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Spin FM
8 Mar 2016 Primary school teachers look for the ban on promotions to be lifted . Primary school teachers are looking for an eight year ban on promotions to be lifted. Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO.

FM104 - News
8 Mar 2016
Primary Teachers To Strike. Primary school teachers have had enough - That's according to the INTO which has voted by 97 percent in favour of industrial action.

Q102 - News
8 Mar 2016
Primary Teachers Vote For Industrial Action In Row Over Promotions Ban. Primary school teachers say they have had enough of being expected to run schools without the necessary resources. Interview with INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan.

98FM - News
8 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers have voted in favour of industrial action over a ban on promotions. Interview with INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Red FM - News
8 Mar 2016
Primary Teachers Vote For Industrial Action In Row Over Promotions Ban. Primary school teachers have had enough of being expected to run schools without the necessary resources and support. INTO General Secretary, Sheila Nunan.

INTO members back action over promotion ban - RTE.ie
8 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers are to stop co-operating with some school administrative procedures in protest at increased teacher workloads and the ongoing ban on teacher promotions. In a ballot, 97% of Irish National Teachers’ Organisation members backed industrial action on the issue. The INTO will now issue a directive on non-cooperation with a Department of Education programme whereby schools self-evaluate teaching and learning...The INTO says it has severely hit the career prospects of teachers and has increased their work burden. General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the ban had devastated school management structures...

Today FM - News
8 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. Primary school teachers have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over the ban on promotions in schools. Interview with Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO.

Shannonside News, Cork 96FM, Highland FM & 2FM
8 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. Primary school teachers have voted by 97 percent in favour of industrial action over the ban on promotions and increasing workloads.

Midlands 103 - 15:00 News
8 Mar 2016
Primary teachers back industrial action over promotions, workload. Primary teachers have voted for industrial action over a ban on promotions in schools and an increasing workload for teachers. Interview with INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Primary school teachers vote in favour of industrial action – Newstalk Radio
8 Mar 2016
Teachers voted by a majority of 97% in favour of action in a ballot held last week. Schools will be notified in the coming days of a work to rule – it is understood there will not be any closures as a result of the action. The INTO says it want promoted posts lost over the last eight years to be reinstated, along with an end to the ban on promotion in primary schools. Teachers are “fed up”, said INTO general secretary, Sheila Nunan. “Fed up is the mood, angry is the mood, demoralised is the mood.,” she said. “People are just particularly feeling that they have put in a lot of work during the recessionary years, taken on a lot of responsibility, lost a lot of pay, lost a lot of promoted posts - and would like now to see a commencement of a process of getting those posts back in,” she added. “This has severely hit the career prospects of unprompted teachers and has increased the work burden on teachers in schools,” an INTO statement said... 

Primary school teachers haven’t had promotions for eight years - Thejournal.ie
8 Mar 2016
Primary School Teachers have voted by an overwhelming majority to take industrial action over increased workloads and conditions that prevent advancement. Members of the INTO have voted 97% in favour of the move…The industrial action is coming as teachers grow exasperated with conditions that have prevented career advancement. In a statement today, the INTO has said that the ban has “severely hit the career prospects of unpromoted teachers and has increased the work burden on teachers in schools”…The INTO’s general secretary Sheila Nunan today welcomed the support of the union’s membership, saying: Teachers are not prepared to see the Department continually ramp up requirements and pressures on schools while ignoring a ban on promotion that has devastated school management structures.

Primary teachers back industrial action over promotions, workload – Irish Times
8 Mar 2016
97% of INTO members vote to cease involvement in school self-evaluation. Primary teachers have voted to back industrial action in response to a ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers. Some 97 per cent of INTO members have voted to stop all involvement with the Department of Education’s ongoing programme of school self-evaluation. The industrial action is limited to the self-evaluation programme and will not escalate to school closures. The vote follows a ballot of primary teachers last week and a directive on non-cooperation will issue to all schools in the coming days…INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said it was clear from the result that teachers have had enough of being expected to run schools without the necessary resources and supports. “Teachers are not prepared to see the department continually ramp up requirements and pressures on schools while ignoring a ban on promotion that has devastated school management structures,” she said. “The department cannot expect schools to endlessly expand the self-evaluation of teaching and learning and take on board the self-evaluation of leadership and management in schools while watching leadership and management structures built up over years being dismantled.”…

INTO President - Southern Star
5 Mar 2016
On Thursday, February 25th, Ms Emma Dineen, President of the INTO did a whistle-stop tour of thirteen West Cork schools to meet the hard-working members of the organisation... She was welcomed in all the schools and met with the staff, where she assured them of the union’s commitment to protect its members... Emma is a school principal in Cloghroe National School, near Blarney, and she understands very well the workload of teachers, especially that of the teaching principal. She has championed the cause of teachers for many years, firstly as a staff representative, then fighting the cause at Executive level and now as the Union President. Her next big challenge will be to Chair the Annual Congress which is being held in Wexford starting Easter Monday and will be attended by teacher delegates from branches all over the country.

A day for us all to make a proclamation - Irish Independent Supplement
3 Mar 2016
A new generation is voicing its hopes and values for the next 100 years. When Patrick Pearse stood outside the GPO shortly after noon on Easter Monday 1916, a lone voice setting out a vision for a Republic, he probably couldn't be heard on the far side of O'Connell Street (Sackville Street back then). Almost 100 years on, on March 15, his words will ring through every parish in the country, when the 1916 Proclamation is read out in 4,000 primary and post-primary schools as well as preschools and further and higher education colleges...Proclamation Day is one of the highlights of the Ireland 2016 programme, when schools will showcase not only their Proclamation for a New Generation but the various other projects relating to 1916 that they have worked on in recent months. Alongside the Proclamation for a New Generation, students have been enthusiastically involved in a variety of activities to mark the centenary, including the 1916 Ancestry Project and drama, film, music and art initiatives. Another is the Schools' Collection 2016, a partnership between the Department of Education and Skills' PDST Technology in Education service, the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, the Irish Independent and UCD Decade of Centenaries, where schools were invited to collect family or community history and record it digitally...

Primary teachers vote on industrial action - Evening Echo
2 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers were last night balloted on whether or not to take industrial action in opposition to the ongoing promotion ban in schools and increasing workload. Members of the INTO’s Cork branches met across the city and county to discuss whether or not they should stop involvement in school self evaluations...Emma Dineen, president of the INTO stated that the union have “pleaded with the government to relent on the moratorium which is impeding schools ability to function. Ms Dineen, who is principal of Cloghroe National School in Inniscarra, said that the issue is a huge cause of concern for the INTO’s membership, and thus they expected a large engagement. “While there is certainly merit to self evaluation, it is a huge amount of work and it never stops. It has come to the stage where teachers are asking “when do I get the time to plan my teaching and learning?"...

Kildare FM - Kildare Today
2 Mar 2016
Teachers And Tesco Workers To Ballot For Strike Action...Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation.

I stole food so my children had a school lunch - Irish Daily Mail
2 March 2016
A desperate mother has told how she stole two packs of corned beef and a block of cheese to fill her hungry children's school lunch boxes... A spokesman for the INTO said that while disadvantaged DEIS schools can avail of the free meals for every child in their school, the problem is that 50 per cent of disadvantaged children attend non-DEIS schools, and so are not entitled to the free meals.

KCLR FM - 13:00 News
1 Mar 2016
Primary school teachers in Carlow and Kilkenny to be balloted on industrial action today. Local primary school teachers are to consider industrial action today in response to their increased workloads and the ban on promotions. Interview Joe McKeown, INTO Rep and Principal at St Patrick's De La Salle Primary School.

Radio Kerry - Kerry Today
1 March 2016
Primary school teachers are getting ready for strike action. Members of the INTO will cast their ballots in a vote on industrial action on the promotion ban in schools and increasing workload. Interview with INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan.

Primary teachers to be balloted - Irish Examiner
1 Mar 2016
The country’s 33,000 primary school teachers are to be balloted for industrial action this week over what their union claimed was the Department of Education’s ban on work promotions in schools and an increased workload. The INTO said the ballot will ask teachers to stop all involvement with the department’s continuing programme of school self-evaluation. “We have looked for an end to the ban on promotions that’s in place since 2009,” said the union’s general secretary Sheila Nunan. “To date, the department has not responded positively to this demand...