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October 2016

INTO in the Media

Teachers deal ‘unlikely’ in time to prevent indefinite closure of schools - Irish Times
28 Oct 2016
March for equal pay Thousands of members of the two other teaching unions gathered outside Leinster House yesterday evening in a march to call for equal pay rates for new entrants...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said there must be faster pay restoration and called for “ a road map to full pay restoration”...

INTO and TUI stage protest after school – Irish Independent
28 Oct 2016
As ASTI members took strike action over pay equality for new entrants, the two other teachers’ unions - the INTO and the TUI staged a protest outside the Dáil with the same aim…INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan told the rally that Government must “signal an end to its campaign of austerity".

Two teachers' unions hold rally outside Leinster House - Irish Examiner
28 Oct 2016
Two teachers' unions have held a rally outside Leinster House, calling for pay equality for their members. The INTO and TUI protest co-incited with the first of seven days of industrial action in protest at the existence of two separate pay scales for members...

Limerick 95FM - 09:00 News    
28 Oct 2016
Two Limerick schools are to lose a teacher...Interview with Principal of Carrigkerry National School and INTO representative for Limerick and Kerry, Ann Horan

Teachers Rally against Second Class Pay Deal - Irish Daily Mirror
28 Oct 2016
...The INTO and the TUI said the lower pay rates for staff who have qualified since 2011 were “wrong and unconscionable”. INTO boss Sheila Nunan said the two-tier pay system is discriminatory, inequitable and unreasonable. She added: “Separate salary scales for teachers doing the same work are wrong. “Discriminatory pay scales are eroding morale, sapping goodwill and breeding resentment.”…

500 secondary schools in Republic closed in first of strikes – The Irish News
28 Oct 2016
Teachers have ramped up pressure on the Republic’s education minister Richard Bruton over equal pay...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said two-tier pay is discriminatory, inequitable and unreasonable. “Separate salary scales for teachers doing the same work are wrong,” she said...

Teachers eye more strikes – The Irish Sun
28 Oct 2016
...The INTO and the TUI said the lower pay rates for staff who qualified since 2011 were “wrong”…INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said Discriminatory pay scales are eroding teacher morale, sapping goodwill and breeding resentment. It is blatantly unfair and inequitable to pay workers differently for doing the same work.

TV3 - News at 8
27 Oct 2016
Coverage of Equal Pay Rally. Video Clip - Rosena Jordan, President, INTO (Move to 02:35 for rally coverage & 03:33 for Rosena)

Today FM - 18:00 News    
27 Oct 2016
INTO And TUI Holding Protest Outside The Dail Tonight...they are seeking pay parity for their members, and an end to two separate salary scales for teachers.

NewsTalk - 17:00 News
27 Oct 2016
...Meanwhile, members of Ireland's other two main teachers unions, the INTO and the TUI, held a rally outside Leinster House this afternoon calling for an end to separate salary scales for teachers. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said her members are no less committed to pay parity than the ASTI but said the INTO and TUI are using a different strategy of securing gains wherever possible.

Protest rally as teachers strike – Cork Independent
27 Oct 2016
The INTO is to hold the rally on Patrick’s Bridge...“It’s completely outrageous and unfair that younger teachers are doing the same work as us for less pay,” said the INTO’s Aine Corrigan, who has been teaching for 16 years…We want to see equal pay for equal work.”…

4FM - 17:00 News    
27 Oct 2016
Members of the other teachers' unions, the INTO and the TUI, are holding a rally outside Leinster House - INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan

Disruption is not justified - Irish Times
27 Oct 2016
...The anger and frustration felt by ASTI members is shared by those in their sister unions, the TUI and the INTO. However, the leadership of these other unions have taken very different paths. They secured pay increases of between 15 and 22 per cent for new teachers between now and January of 2018, significantly narrowing the two-tier gap; both unions say they are pledged to securing full pay equality...

Teachers and gardai to stand their ground - Evening Echo
26 Oct 2016
...The industrial action could be avoided if the ASTI and the Department of Education and Skills can come to an agreement to bring the pay of teachers who started after 2011 in line with longer-serving teachers. ASTI president Ed Byrne pointed to a deal with the INTO who represent national school teachers as a model that could work, partially restoring cuts and offering a timeline for pay parity...

Cork 96FM - The Opinion Line    
26 Oct 2016
Secondary school teacher strike. Listeners share their views on the secondary school teachers strike. Interview with Aine Corrigan, INTO (move to 58:29)

Lack of progress made in teacher talks - Irish Examiner
25 Oct 2016
Around 500 second-level schools look set to shut on Thursday after extensive negotiations on the teachers' pay dispute failed to bring about any real progress...Meanwhile, the strike on Thursday will be followed in the afternoon by a protest on equal pay for recent entrants to the profession by the INTO and TUI at the Dáil...

ASTI’s leadership focused on conflict rather than compromise - Irish Times
25 Oct 2016
All public sector unions share the same aim of ending two-tier pay gaps and achieving pay restoration, but few have sympathy with an ASTI leadership strategy that has seemed bent on conflict rather than compromise. There is justifiable anger among teachers. Many teachers, especially those who are newly qualified, are furious at the impact of salary cuts...This anger is not exclusive to members of the ASTI by any means – teachers in both the TUI and the INTO are just as incensed...

How teacher unions have been divided and conquered - Irish Times
25 Oct 2016
Staffroom tensions simmer as different tactics drive a wedge between representatives...Peter Mullan of the INTO says the union has secured gains for new entrants, and it isn't finished yet. "In the Haddington Road Agreement in 2013, the INTO secured two pay-scale improvements for 2011 entrants. The agreement also equalised the 2011 scale with the pre-2011 scale at the top point, made progress towards closing the earnings gap and got the supervision and substitution payment back for all teachers." He said INTO has also challenged the legality of the cut to new entrant pay through the Equality Tribunal. The outcome of that case is currently being appealed to the Labour Court. Mullan describes last month's agreement between the Department of Education and the INTO and TUI as "substantial progress" but says it does not resolve the issue of equal pay. "The INTO will continue to work for full pay equality and will make that view clear to Government at a Dáil protest this week"

Teachers to attend INTO rally this week - Fingal Independent
25 Oct 2016
Fingal teachers will be taking part in the INTO ‘Equal Pay Rally’ in Dublin city centre this week. They will be assembling at Molesworth Street on Thursday at 4.30pm as part of their campaign to get equal pay for newly qualified teachers...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the recent Budget had failed to tackle pay inequality. ‘Starting salaries for teachers are now below the OECD average. Pay inequality between entrants since January 2011 and earlier entrants remains in place.’

Who's in Charge? - Sunday Times
23 Oct 2016
A winter of discontent looms as public service unions and the government are squaring up for a bitter power battle...The other teachers' unions the INTO and the TUI are also planning to march to Leinster House on Thursday to demand equal pay for newer members...

TUI members will not carry out duties of ASTI colleagues - Irish Times
22 Oct 2016
...Meanwhile, upwards of 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers affiliated with the TUI, the INTO and Impact trade unions will hold a protest outside Government Buildings on the same day as the ASTI strike. Members will be calling on the Government to implement “equal pay” for teachers when they gather on Molesworth Street from 4.30pm next Thursday. Speaking to The Irish Times, an INTO spokesman said next week’s demonstration is not associated with the strike, and had been organised before industrial action was announced for the same day.

Primary school resource to tackle homophobic bullying - Irish Examiner
18 Oct 2016
With research showing most children discover they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) by age 12, a new primary school resource has been launched which is designed to tackle homophobic bullying...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said: “The All Together Now lessons are a very welcome development.”...

Children discover their sexual orientation as young as 12 years old, according to research - Newstalk.com
18 Oct 2016
Research also finds 67% of Irish LGBT students witness bullying of other LGBT student in their schools...Launched today at the INTO Education Centre, the initiative was developed by Dr. Bernie Collins, Dr. Seline Keating and Prof. Morgan from St Patrick’s College...

Teachers’ pay gap narrows but is not going away soon - Irish Times
18 Oct 2016
Two unions are willing to wait for pay parity, but the ASTI is demanding a timetable...Both the TUI and the INTO acknowledge their deal does not amount to full restoration, though they insist they are committed to full parity. They point out, for example, that full restoration of the 10 per cent pay cut was not within the scope of its negotiations as it affects the entire public service...

Anger grows among disillusioned teachers – Fingal Independent
18 Oct 2016
...Reacting to last week’s budget, Local Media Coordinator and primary school teacher Kyna Rushe said that feeling was one of ‘anger and disappointment’...Meanwhile, INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the Government’s plan for education was in tatters because the budget had failed to match the ambition with the resources. The union said the total failure to increase day to day funding for schools will leave primary schools dependent on continued voluntary fundraising and parental contributions. In Ireland lowest spending on education is at primary level. For every €8 spent on a primary pupil, €11 is spent at second level and €14 at third level. ‘Today’s budget reinforces that inequality by targeting additional spending at second and third level.’ Ms Nunan said the budget had failed to tackle pay inequality’...The INTO said primary school leaders would despair at today’s budget...

Your Letters - Budget again snubbed education needs - Evening Echo
17 Oct 2016
The budget demonstrated the low priority our current Government has for primary education. Ireland’s  population has grown to the largest size since the Famine. Yet more then 100,000 of our children are crammed  into super-size classrooms of 30 and more! The EU average stands at a mere 20 children. The budget failed to increase funding for school running costs, forcing hard-pressed families to beg, borrow and steal for their child’s education, bringing to mind the hedge-school system of Famine Ireland! The continued failure of this Government, and the last, to implement the E.P.S.E.N. (Special Education) act, thereby failing to guarantee  children with special educational needs their constitutional right to an education, is another cruel blow to  families. We need a government with fairness and compassion for children and families. We need true vision, a vision of a bright, educated Ireland prospering in an increasingly challenging world. Not steady-as-she goes on  the Famine ship! Hugh Cronin, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Cork City North Branch

Teachers seek action in Budget - Fingal Independent
15 Oct 2016
...Ahead of the Budget, the INTO met with over a hundred public representatives in Dublin to outline primary teachers' case for increased funding...

'They were asked not to bring schoolbags' - Children at Dublin school running out of space - Newstalk.com
13 Oct 2016
The Department of Education say they are working to advance proposals...The INTO says the plan for primary education is in tatters because the Government has failed to match ambition with resources...

Budget 2017: Investment in education has long road ahead - Irish Times
12 Oct 2016
Richard Bruton has ambitious plans but cuts and a growing population stand in his way...There is still, of course, a long way to go. Irish primary classes remain the second most overcrowded in the European Union with 25 pupils per class compared with an EU average of 20 pupils. As the INTO said, more than 100,000 pupils in classes of 30 or more have been “abandoned by this Government”...

More teachers next year - but nothing to help cash-strapped schools and parents - Irish Independent
12 Oct 2016
...There was a hostile reaction from the INTO whose general secretary Sheila Nunan said the Government's plan for education was "in tatters" because the Budget had failed to match the ambition with the resources. "Despite a commitment in the Programme for Government to reduce class sizes, Budget 2017 leaves supersized Irish primary schools unchanged."She said the total failure to increase day-to-day funding for schools would leave primary schools dependent on continued voluntary fundraising and parental contributions...

Budget 2017 - Cormac ag a Cúig - Raidio Na Gaeltachta
12 Oct 2016
Deirbhile Nic Craith, Stiúrthóir Oideachais Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann (move to 00:05:16)

Budget 2017: Threat to extra teaching posts - Irish Examiner
12 Oct 2016
...Despite the extra posts for a reformed middle management system, the INTO and TUI also pointed to the continuing pay inequality for those first appointed after 2011. Although members of both unions are to see some bridging of that gap, they continue to pressure officials for full pay parity...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the Government’s failure to reduce class sizes in its first budget meant a Programme for Government commitment was being left behind, and the lack of increase in rates of day-to-day funding for schools meant they would continue to rely on fundraising and asking parents for voluntary contributions...

Review of Budget 2017 Key Topics - KCLR - Live  FM  
12 Oct 2016
John Masterson and Eimear Ni Bhraonain speaks with a panel of guests live at the Kilkenny's Citizen Information Centre on the Parade regarding Budget 2017 key topics. Interview with Joe McKeown from the INTO (move to 9:25)

Budget changes could see students facing higher rents - Evening Echo
12 Oct 2016
Students could face higher rents due to changes in yesterday's budget, even though the higher education sector got its first big increase in years...However, the INTO said that primary level education failed in this budget. The union said the total failure to increase day-to-day funding for schools will leave primary schools dependent on continued voluntary fundraising and parental contributions. The INTO said primary school leaders would despair at today's budget.

More teachers for schools but Bruton 'fails to match ambition with resources' - The Herald
12 Oct 2016
Budget 2017 delivered at 5.1pc hike in the amount of funding available for education, a total increase of almost 458m. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the Government's plan for education was "in tatters because the Budget had failed to match the ambition with the resources". "Despite a commitment in the Programme for Government to reduce class sizes, Budget 2017 leaves super-sized primaries unchanged," she added. Ms. Nunan said the failure to increase day-to-day funding for schools would leave primaries dependent on continued voluntary fundraising and parental contributions.

2,500 teaching jobs but pupil ratio will remain a problem - Irish Daily Mail
12 Oct 2016
More than 2,500 additional teaching posts will be created in schools next year, the Education Minister has announced...However the increase in teachers will have no impact on pupil-teacher ratios, with Irish class sizes remaining the second most overcrowded in Europe. Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO said: 'Despite a commitment in the programme for government to reduce class sizes, Budget 2017 leaves supersized Irish primary schools unchanged. 'The INTO said Budget 2017 wasted the opportunity to tackle over-crowded classes. Over 100,000 pupils in classes of 30 or more have been abandoned by this Government.'...Ms. Nunan of the INTO, said “The total failure to increase day-to-day funding for schools will leave primary schools dependent on continued fundraising and parental contributions...primary school leaders will despair at today’s Budget.”

2,500 extra posts announced for schools - rte.ie
12 Oct 2016
The INTO has expressed disappointment that day-to-day funding for schools has not been increased. The union said schools will have to continue relying on voluntary fundraising and parental contributions. It has also criticised the fact that a 15% cut to funding for children with special needs remains in place, classes remain overcrowded, and pay inequality for more recently-qualified teachers continues...

Number 11 (27 October 1993) - The Mayo News
11 October 2016
Mayo primary schools deemed to be 'seriously sub-standard', according to an INTO nationwide survey of schools in 1993, with features such as outdoor toilets, overcrowding, inadequate heating, unsanitary conditions such as evidence of rats or mice or lack of handwashing facilities.

Principals say the ‘good will’ is gone – Wexford Echo
11 Oct 2016
The workload of school principals, as a result of various cuts, has doubled and even tripled over the past number of years and local Wexford principals say that the 'good will’ exercised by them in the past is gone...Edward Lyons, Principal at Castlebridge N.S. remarked that there is constantly more administration and bureaucracy, as well as government initiatives which schools have to implement with no internal management..."Meeting the increased demands of parents, pupils and the department cannot be done without the necessary resources such as a leadership team of promoted teachers. It has had an impact on morale because people are taking on extra responsibility with no reward.”...Galbally Principal Siobhan Doyle agreed, remarking that lots of initiatives were thrown at schools but with no funding to assist in implementation...Oylegate N.S. Principal Mark Kelly spoke about principal release days, remarking that the allocated number needed to increase for teaching principals: “It is becoming untenable to do both jobs. With the amount of administration there is, you really need a full-time principal or it will get to a stage where you can do neither job to the best of your ability. We need a minimum of one day a week in order to keep up with the admin.”...

Teachers seek action in Budget - Fingal Independent
11 Oct 2016
...Ahead of the Budget, the INTO met with over a hundred public representatives in Dublin to outline primary teachers' case for increased funding. The 'Stand up for Primary Education' campaign sets out their vision for primary education in Ireland and their key areas of focus; smaller class sizes, increased funding for school running costs, an end to the ban on promotion and increased opportunities for professional development for teachers. The union also wants to see further progress on pay equality to build on last month's pay agreement.

Support for INTO's stance on class size Roscommon Herald
11 Oct 2016
Immediate action is needed to address over crowded classes at primary school level..."Budget 2017 will be a litmus test for this government's commitment to reversing the destructive decisions which saw primary education taking the brunt of cuts over the last five years"...

The INTO and the 1946 teachers' strike - Tipp FM - Tipp Today
11 Oct 2016
Seventy years ago this month saw the end of the INTO strike of 1946. For more than seven months, Dublin teachers sustained to the dispute to win demand for better pay. But how critical was this action and how it impacted on teachers today. To discuss these Fran is joined by Noel Ward, INTO Deputy General (move to 14:08)

Numbers headache for smaller schools - Wexford Echo
11 Oct 2016
...Castlebridge N.S. Principal Edward Lyons said that the biggest class he had was 35 pupils and that Ireland class sizes were amongst the largest in Europe with an average of 25 pupils per class. By contrast, Poland has an average of 19 while the EU norm is 21...Siobhan Doyle, Principal of the two-teacher Galbally N.S. explained: "We have class sizes of between 23 and 26 with four different classes in each room - we could have more but we're lucky in that our student body is quite even in terms of senior and junior..."She questioned the numbers required to grant extra teachers to schools saying that she had 46 pupils on her roll and up until recently you required 49 pupils to secure a third teacher...She added that the only people who suffered in a small school were’ the teachers as they were trying to do the same amount of work as was done in bigger schools but with less people to share the load...The INTO is calling on the government to, in this week’s Budget, to make a commitment to reducing class sizes to no more than 20 pupils...

INTO demands action to address teacher gender imbalance - Clare FM - Morning Focus
11 Oct 2016
Almost 90 per cent of teachers at primary school level are female. New EU figures show Ireland has one of the largest gender imbalances in education in Western Europe. The divide continues to secondary schools, where 7 in 10 teachers are women. The INTO says there needs to be initiatives to address the low number of men training to become teachers. Brendan Horan, INTO Representative for Clare and Tipperary.

Union wants to address gender imbalance among Irish teachers - thejournal.ie
11 Oct 2016
New figures show that Ireland has one of the widest gender gaps among teachers at primary and post-primary level in Europe...The INTO is urging the government to take action to address this disparity, as it says a mix of male and female teachers will benefit children and their development...

Cuts have stifled career progression - Wexford Echo
11 Oct 2016
For anyone starting out in the world of professional employment, the prospect of career progression is generally very high on a person's agenda but members of the INTO are saying that it, effectively, does not exist in teaching at the moment. New, young teachers are not only hampered by the lack of opportunity to take up posts of responsibility but those who graduated after 2011 are also working off a different pay scale, while doing the exact same job...Galbally Principal Siobhan Doyle pointed out that people were not going for principal jobs because there was too much responsibility and no remuneration, adding that the posts of responsibility gave teachers some preparation to make the step up to the next level...

Almost 90 per cent of teachers at primary school level are female - Cork 96FM, East Coast Radio, Galway Bay FM - Shannonside - News
10 Oct 2016
Almost 90 per cent of teachers at primary school level are female. New EU figure show Ireland has one of the largest gender imbalances in education.

Nine out of ten primary teachers are women - The Times
10 Oct 2016
The INTO, the largest teaching union in the country, has called for a fresh initiative to address the low level of males entering teaching training...

INTO demands action to address teacher gender imbalance - Irish Examiner
10 Oct 2016
Ireland has one of the highest gender imbalances among teachers in western Europe, according to EU figures...

INTO calls for primary education to be prioritised in budget 2017 – Vale Star & Weekly Observer
6 Oct 2016
The INTO has called on all TDs and senators to make primary education apriority for Budget 2017. The union met with over a hundred public representatives in Dublin last week to outline primary teachers’ case for increased funding. INTO's ‘Stand up for Primary Education’ campaign sets out its vision for primary education in Ireland and its key areas of focus: smaller class sizes, increased funding for school running costs, an end to the ban on promotion and increased opportunities for professional development for teachers. The union also wants to see further progress on pay equality to build on last month’s pay agreement. Speaking at the briefing event, Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO, said ‘We have by far the largest class sizes in Europe and we want to see a commitment to reduce these to a reasonable level. We are advocating for financial support for teachers’ continued professional development, the return of promoted posts and support for teaching principals who, in addition to working all day, have to carry out their administrative duties. “Pay equality has been a priority issue for us and we will continue to advocate for full pay equality for our newly qualified teachers so that they will be paid as teachers were prior to 2011. “Additional school funding is acutely needed and it is vital that the Government fulfils its three year capitation plan. We welcome the engagement from public representatives at our briefing and we look forward to working with them on the issues raised.”…

From our archives - October 1983 - Wexford People
4 Oct 2016
A shock survey of a group of young people in Wexford showing that fifty per cent of them are unable to read simple English has resulted in a widespread call for remedial teachers at primary school level...The figures brought concerned reaction this week from a number of teachers, including Mr. Tim Galvin, Principal of Piercestown National School and a member of the Executive Council of the INTO...

Homework Helpers – Easy Parenting
1 Oct 2016
Time and space - The INTO recommends establishing a homework routine with your child as early as possible. Set aside a quiet, regular time each day, not too long after school if possible. Try to also use the same space each day, allowing your child to associate that space as well as the time of day with the task at hand…Zoning out - The INTO explain that while children can learn a great deal from television, it is strongly advised to limit their watch-time until after homework is completed. They also advise that older children are encouraged to watch the news as well as documentaries as part of their homework routine, and should be encouraged to ask questions to understand and be aware of what’s going on in the world...Set an example - The INTO also outline that if your child is working independently, be available to help and show an interest in what is being done. Encourage your child to ask questions and to tell about what they are learning. The organisation also mention that it is very important to praise your child’s efforts at every opportunity, showing kids that what they do is important. in the world...