INTO Annual Congress finishes this afternoon

Today (Wednesday 4 April 2018) is the final day of the INTO Annual Congress in Killarney.

Today the conference will discuss motions on teacher supply panels, a system of recording unfilled teacher vacancies daily, continued education support for children with special needs, reinstatement of posts of responsibility, reductions in class size, an end to inequalities in the payment of qualification allowances, additional resources for DEIS schools, support for schools such as speech and language therapy, counselling for pupils
with social and emotional needs, play therapy, music therapy and art therapy and the exploration of ways to develop solidarity with Palestinian schools, teachers and trade unions.

Over the past two days of the conference, the focus has been on key issues such as pay equality, funding of schools, homelessness and teacher workload.

Motions will continue to be debated up to 2pm today in both public and private session.

The INTO Congress will close with the new president taking office at 2pm today. Joe Killeen from Galway takes over from John Boyle as president of the union. The new vice president of the union will be Fergal Brougham from Dublin.

The union which is marking its 150 year anniversary, represents 34,000 primary teachers in the south and 7,000 teachers in the north.