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September 2017

INTO in the Media

No more Catholic primary schools – INTO chief - Irish Catholic
21 Sept 2017
Ireland has enough Catholic schools and doesn’t need more, the head of Ireland’s largest teaching union has said. Mr John Boyle, president of the INTO, later said he was referring only to Catholic primary schools....

Unions call for local-authority led programme to generate 50,000 social housing units - Breakingnews.ie
20 Sept 2017
Congress President Sheila Nunan said that government must now take the lead on social housing provision, through the local authorities..."Congress is proposing that, as a first step, government should declare a Housing Emergency and move with the urgency that an emergency situation demands. It should commit to increasing the social housing stock by no less 10,000 per annum over the next five years."...

Unions call for local-authority led programme to generate 50,000 social housing units - Irish Examiner
20 Sept 2017
...Congress President Sheila Nunan said that government must now take the lead on social housing provision, through the local authorities. "The housing crisis now defines our society, for all the wrong reasons and in all the wrong ways. Ceding control of the housing market entirely to the private sector has utterly failed. The state must now step in and assume responsibility for social housing provision in order to rebalance the broken housing market and vindicate the citizen’s basic right to a home and shelter...

Teachers warned of wage freeze if they shut schools - Irish Independent
19 Sept 2017
Minister lists rules of engagement as majority of unions back pay pact...The INTO, whose members rejected the deal, said its executive will meet later this week to consider the collective union verdict. General secretary Sheila Nunan also called for immediate talks....

€230m in savings from reduced pay for new teachers - Irish Examiner
19 Sept 2017
The Department of Education has saved close to €230m since 2011 by putting new entrants to teaching on lower pay than their colleagues...The absence of a timeline for restoring equal pay in the latest public service pay deal was a major factor in its strong rejection by the INTO and TUI. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland’s members are being urged by their leaders to do the same in an imminent ballot, largely on the same grounds...

Personal details of up to 30,000 teachers at risk following cyberattack - Irish Times
19 Sept 2017
Up to 30,000 teachers have been warned that their personal data may have been compromised after a union website was hacked in recent days. The INTO has written to teachers and retired staff who have completed courses on its learning website (intolearning.ie) to warn that its security systems were breached. However, it has assured individuals that no financial or credit card details were compromised due to the breach...

INTO warns online portal may be compromised by hacking - rte.ie
19 Sept 2017
The INTO has warned users of its online learning portal that their personal data may have been compromised following the hacking of the website...The union said all concerned have been informed...The INTO said it takes security, data protection and privacy issues seriously and while it has no evidence to suggest this data was stolen, the data was "potentially at risk and thus potentially accessible to the third party behind the breach."

Teachers who reject pay deal ‘will not receive salary increases’ - Irish Times
18 Sept 2017
Paschal Donohoe issues warning to public service groups who do not back new accord...The INTO executive is expected to consider issues surrounding the pay deal at a meeting later this week. Both the INTO and the TUI called for an immediate engagement with the Government on the issue of pay equality. INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said teachers voted to reject the agreement, “not because of what’s in it, but because of what’s not in it”. “It fails to address pay inequality,” she said. She said every option would be explored by the INTO executive at its meeting this week....

Call for financial support for trainee teacher placement - Irish Examiner
16 Sept 2017
...A survey to establish the extent of the problems for trainees is being carried out by the ASTI, INTO and TUI. They want to put the issues to Education Minister Richard Bruton, who is coming under further pressure to address the issue of equal pay for equal work for those who entered the profession since 2011....

More teachers for islands – Derry People Donegal News Friday
15 Sept 2017
An increase in the number of teachers in island schools has been welcomed by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. INTO had previously raised concerns that one-teacher schools can leave teachers professionally and socially isolated, as well as causing health and safety and child welfare concerns for pupils...

A campaign has been launched for better working conditions for student teachers - Donegal Now
14 Sept 2017
Donegal man John Boyle, President of the INTO, said “Additional time spent in schools needed to be accompanied by support for student teachers to compensate for expenses such as transport, clothing, classroom resources and materials and loss of part time earnings while on placement. Without government action on this there was a very real fear that success in school placement could become a factor of ability to pay rather than ability to teach.”...

Unions launch national campaign for student teachers - usi.ie
14 Sep 2017
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is today launched a campaign with trade unions TUI, ASTI, INTO and ICTU for better working conditions for student teachers while on placement.... John Boyle, President of the INTO, said, “The escalating costs for student teachers on placement was a matter of concern to the INTO”...

The Hard Shoulder - Newstalk.com
13 Sept 2017
Are So-Called Voluntary Contributions Actually Voluntary? Report From Tralee / Ross McHale, National Parents Council and Noel Ward, General Treasurer INTO Discuss: We want to turn to the issue of Back to School, in terms of kids at Primary and Secondary Level. Well a mother in Kerry has launched a petition to object to Voluntary Contributions, well so-called Voluntary, at her son's school. Like many other schools around the country, CBS The Green in Tralee, asked Parents to pay a contribution of €150 at the beginning of the school year...

Ocean FM - News
13 Sept 2017
Traveller children losing out as report finds primary schools most under-funded. A new report by the OECD this week reveals that the lowest spending per pupil in Ireland is at primary level. Speaking to Ocean FM News today, Vincent Duffy, the Sligo Mayo rep for the Irish National Teachers Organisation says the INTO will lobby the government again ahead of next month’s budget...

The Irish schools discouraging children to have one best friend - just like Prince George's school - Irish Independent
13 Sept 2017
The Irish schools discouraging children to have one best friend - just like Prince George's school. Carmel Hume, principal of Terenure Presentation Primary School in Dublin, an all-girls school, says that when dealing with girls, you would try to discourage the 'best friend' scenario which can start in junior infants...

Here's How The Irish State Spend On Students Compares To Other Countries - College Times
13 Sept 2017
According to the Irish Independent, the general secretary of the INTO said the funding of the Irish primary education was unfair. Sheila Nunan said the report revealed that primary education:“Is the Cinderella of the education system when it comes to funding. It is unacceptable that other levels of education are better funded. This blatant inequity must be addressed in Budget 2018 next month"...

Ireland 'strong despite spend' - Irish Examiner
13 Sept 2017
...The data is based mostly on figures supplied by 22 EU countries and other OECD member states between 2013 and 2015, before there were some restorations of previous cuts to salaries and other pay arrangements for teachers who started working in Ireland since 2011. However INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the main reason Ireland was one of few countries spending less per student in 2013 than before the economic crisis started in 2008 was due to the pay issue. She said starting salaries for Irish teachers which were once higher than the OECD average have fallen below it, showing the extent of new entrants' pay cuts and the need to address pay inequality for teachers. “The report shows that despite new Irish teachers being underpaid, they are among the most productive. “They teach more pupils than teachers in other countries,” said Ms. Nunan…

Schools’ cash fury - The Irish Sun
13 Sept 2017
Irish primary schools fare badly when it comes to funding compared to other levels of education. Sheila Nunan, the general secretary of the INTO blasted what she called the “unfair funding of Irish primary education” after yesterday’s publication of the OECD Education at a Glance 2017 report. The report shows that for every €8 spent on a primary pupil here, €11 is spent at second level and €14 at third level. Ms. Nunan said: “This blatant inequity must be addressed in Budget 2018 next month.”

State’s second-level education rate among highest in OECD - Irish Times
12 Sept 2017
...The report examines the state of education around the world, using the 35 members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO said Irish primary schools fare badly when it comes to funding relative to other levels of education. “The report which compares education systems across the globe shows that in Ireland, lowest spending is to be found at primary level,” she said. “For every €8 spent on a primary pupil, €11 is spent at second level and €14 at third level.”...

Ireland's spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all - Irish Independent
12 Sept 2017
Ireland’s spend on students is well below the international average – and primary schools fare worst of all, according to a new report from the international think-tank the OECD...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan strongly criticised what she called the unfair funding of Irish primary education...She sad OECD report showed most countries spending more per student in 2013 than they did at the start of the crisis in 2008 but Ireland was an exception and was spending less. Ms Nunan said the main reason for this was that starting salaries for teachers were now below the OECD average. She said this showed the extent of the cuts to new entrant pay imposed by government in recent years and the need to address pay inequality in the teaching profession...

Spending on students in Irish schools below international average - Irish Mirror
12 Sept 2017
New figures from the OECD indicate that Ireland ranks below the international average in terms of spending on students...INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan told The Irish Independent that primary education “is the Cinderella of the education system when it comes to funding. It is unacceptable that other levels of education are better funded. This blatant inequity must be addressed in Budget 2018 next month."

John Boyle, Uachtarán Chumann Múinteoirí Éireann - Barrscéalta
11 Sept 2017
Ag labhairt faoi go bhfuil gá le tacaíochta Rialtais do bhunscoileanna ar Oileáin agus do bhunscoileanna tuaithe agus Gaeltachta....

Charity claims 1,800 Irish schoolchildren are homeless and calls for support to tackle ‘education crisis’ - Irish Post
5 Sept 2017
An Irish charity has estimated there are 1,800 homeless schoolchildren in Ireland and is calling on the Minister for Education to provide a support package for them. Focus Ireland estimates that 1,200 National School pupils and 600 pupils in secondary education are homeless and has launched a campaign to highlight what it calls an ‘education crisis’ for those affected...INTO President John Boyle revealed his members have witnessed first-hand the terrible impact of this crisis on children. “Primary teachers see daily the challenges faced by children and families experiencing homelessness,” he said. “INTO supports Focus Ireland’s call for guidance and resources to assist schools to ensure that the effects of homelessness on education and learning are minimised...

New school term ‘will highlight effects of homelessness’ - Irish Times
5 Sept 2017
Adverse psychological and educational outcomes may affect those in B&Bs and hotels...Writing in this week’s issue of the union’s magazine Intouch, INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan highlighted the effects of homelessness on education and encourage teachers to bring the issue to the attention of the Minister in advance of October’s budget...

The Michael Reade show - LMFM
5 Sept 2017
Homelessness is having a significant impact on children’s schooling. Interview with Peter Mullan assistant general secretary, INTO (move to 0:47:58)

1,800 School Children are Homeless' - Irish Daily Mail
5 Sept 2017
Shock finding as teen lays bare family's trauma...INTO president John Boyle said his members have witnessed children who are struggling with a lack of sleep and healthy food, and having nowhere to do their homework...

Teachers' union backs campaign demanding more supports for homeless children - Irish Examiner
4 Sept 2017
Homelessness is having a significant impact on children’s schooling, the Education Minister has been warned today...The INTO and Focus Ireland are calling on the public to contact the Minister with their concerns...

Call for 25 schools to be examined for fire breaches builder - Irish Independent
3 Sept 2017
Teachers and parents are demanding sweeping reviews of schools built in the last 10 years after the safety of thousands of pupils was questioned after a Department of Education audit. The INTO has called for a review of 25 schools across the country to be extended to include every new school and building similar to the five schools where fire safety standards have been breached...INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan said examining a sample section of schools built since 2008 was not enough. "There should be no compromise of the health and safety of pupils or staff," he said. "All these types of buildings that were constructed over the recent past should be reviewed. We need an investigation to find out how it happened. The department needs to do a review of all recent buildings that were done."...