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May 2016

INTO in the Media

Teacher attacked by parent was forced to miss full school year - Irish Daily Mail
31 May 2016
A teacher missed an entire school year after being attacked by a parent, the Irish Daily Mail can reveal. Another school teacher missed a whole work year after being violently attacked by a secondary school pupil...A spokesperson for the INTO, which represents primary level teachers said anecdotal evidence from its members suggests that assaults are becoming more commonplace in schools. The INTO spokesperson added: 'If they (the assaults) do not result in a school absence then the Department of Education has no record (of them).'

Time to get connected - how absence of broadband is killing jobs - Irish Independent
29 May 2016
...A government initiative provided high-speed broadband for second-level schools, but there was nothing like that at primary level," says Peter Mullan, assistant general secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation. "Many teachers will tell you that they have a better broadband connection at home than the professional one at school...

Aftercare and homework clubs: a glimpse of the modern school? – Irish Times
24 May 2016
Schools will be encouraged to make greater out-of-hours use of their facilities. It’s coming up to 7.50am and the first parents are beginning to arrive at Oatlands Primary School. The children have an hour of activity before the proper school day begins. When the school bell sounds in the afternoon, it marks the end of class for some. But for others, it is the beginning of the school’s aftercare services. There’s a homework club, sports activity and arts and crafts which will continue until about 6.15pm. “It has been a huge benefit to the school and parents, since it started up eight years ago,” says school principal Ber O’Sullivan…The INTO, the country’s biggest teachers’ union, says some schools have been providing these kinds of services for many years, though there has never been an official national policy...

Cash crisis may force some primary schools to close – INTO – Donegal Democrat & Donegal Peoples Press
23 May 2016
Donegal man says VAT and water rates are “crippling primary schools” - Some primary schools had to switch their heating off on certain days during the winter, according to a Donegal educator. John Boyle, Vice-President of the INTO and a native of Mullaghduff, revealed the extent of economic hardship in schools this week. He was commenting on news that, in their briefing document to Minister Richard Bruton, Dept. of Education officials warned that the financial pressures are a “critical issue” for primary schools...Mr Boyle said capitation grants, which meant to cover day to day running costs, teaching materials and resources, should be returned to 2008 levels. Rates for both primary and secondary schools should be the same, he added, as currently, the rate is 92c per primary student and €1.77 per secondary.

Schools may be forced to hire out halls - Irish Examiner
21 May
However, the primary teachers’ union said the issue raises questions over the possibility of schools with inadequate facilities or poor transport losing out on additional funding to keep classes lit and heated. The INTO said many school premises are unsuitable for the task and would need significant upgrading and development...

Bruton warned schools will be obliged to close over cutbacks - Irish Times
20 May 2016
Peter Coakley has just come back from checking the school’s gas boiler, which is on the blink again. It provides heat for the 500-plus children at his primary school...

Teacher action over ‘wasted’ hours to impact pay - Irish Examiner
20 May 2019
...Education Minister Richard Bruton told the Dáil soon after the result was known yesterday afternoon that his department recently reached agreement with the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and Teachers' Union of Ireland on 'a quantum' of the Croke Park hours which no longer need to be worked on a whole-school basis such as staff meetings and other uses prescribed by the department...

TV3 - News at 5.30 and 8   
19 May 2016
Funding crisis threatening to close some schools - Schools across Ireland are facing a new funding crisis that could force some of them to close their doors. Tony McGinley, Principal, St. John the Evangelist School and Sheila Nunan, INTO...

Government must immediately tackle school funding, union warns - Irish Times
19 May 2016
...John Boyle, vice president of the INTO, was speaking following an The Irish Times article that reported schools would be “obliged to close” because of reduced funding, according to documents prepared for the new Minister for Education Richard Bruton...

South East Radio FM - News    
19 May 2016
Schools across County Wexford that are unable to keep up with their day-to-day running cost could be forced to close - John Boyle, Vice President of the INTO.

Q102 - News
19 May 2016
Schools unable to keep up with their day-to-day running costs could be forced to close - John Boyle INTO Vice President.

Newstalk News, Cork 96FM, Highland FM & Kildare FM News, Red FM
19 May 2016
Schools may be forced to close due to reduced funding. Schools that are unable to keep up with their day to day running cost could be forced to close - John Boyle, Vice President of the INTO.

Newstalk - The Breakfast Show
19 May 2016
Government warn schools may close due to lack of funding. The new Minister for Education has been warned that he may need to close some schools because of the lack of money to keep them open - INTO Vice President John Boyle

Teachers make voices heard on pay – Western People
16 May 2016
The INTO recently organised a pay equality meeting in the Merry Monk, Ballina. It was hosted by Michelle Bonner (Ballina branch secretary) and Vincent Duffy (district secretary). About 40 teachers attended to closely examine pay inequality in primary teaching an issue that now affects one in ten primary teachers throughout the country. These teachers have qualified since 2011 and are on lower pay scales imposed by the government in response to austerity. All the teachers present demanded a resolution to this problem. Present at the meeting was INTO president and Castlebar native, Rosena Jordan, members of a newly established INTO national project team on pay equality and Teaching Council representative for Connacht, Eamon Shaughnessy. Some of the issues raised included the fact that teachers who entered the profession in 2012 are faced with a loss in excess of €220,000 over a 40 year career, compared with teachers who qualified prior to 2011.

Fire fighters spark pay claims - Irish Independent
8 May 2016
... The primary teachers union, the INTO, contacted both the departments of Education and Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) this week "to express the view that [the fire fighters' agreement] is a helpful precedent that can assist in the resolution of new entrant teacher pay."...

INTO National President attends ceremony at new Margaret skinnider Roundabout in Monaghan Town - The Northern Standard
5 May 2016
"The INTO is very mindful of Margaret Skinnider's place not only in the history of our nation but in the history of cherishing all our children equally - she is a very important figure in the history of us all as a nation". So stated the current INTO National President Rosena Jordan of one of her predecessors in office, Margaret Skinnider, at a ceremony in Monaghan Town last Saturday marking the renaming of a roundabout near Park Street, at what is colloquially known as the "Convent Corner", in honour of the significant 1916 revolutionary figure who has strong familial links with the North Monaghan area, specifically the Cornagilta area of Tydavnet...INTO President Rosena Jordan originally from Castlebar but now living in Kingscourt, Co Cavan described it as a great honour to be present at the Monaghan ceremony. She pointed out that she was only the 17th woman to hold the office of National President in the 148 year history of the INTO. Margaret Skinnider had assumed the role in 1956, she had taught in inner city Dublin and had been very mindful of the living conditions of her pupils, always striving to get better classrooms and equipment for them. She was also a strong campaigner for equal rights for women at a time when women were routinely paid less than men for equivalent work. "Margaret had equality very much on her mind, and that spirit is very relevant to the INTO today as so many things need to be improved upon," Ms Jordan declared.