DE Information Note updating Covid leave & working arrangements


The Department of Education (DE) has published Information Note 0001/2022, which details updated leave and working arrangements from January 2022 due to Covid-19. The key change relates to the application requirements for special leave with pay (Covid-19: Self Isolation and Covid-19: Diagnosis) and for restricted movement on foot of recent HSE advice.

Job opportunities in Global Citizenship Education (Primary)


The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN), Trócaire and Dublin City University (DCU) recently formed a consortium for the delivery of a new strategic partnership with Irish Aid on Global Citizenship Education at Primary school level. 

Education unions encourage minute’s silence in all schools and colleges to honour Ashling Murphy


All schools across the country are being asked to observe a minute’s silence at 11AM on Tuesday, 18 January in memory of Ashling Murphy...

Member update – public awareness campaign, banked hours, facemasks and more


Over the last month the INTO has advocated on behalf of members, repeatedly engaging with the Minister for Education, the Chief Clinical Officer and officials from the Department of Education and public health. The INTO has continued to engage with Department of Education officials in advance of next week’s meeting with public health advisors. Since our last member update there have been a number of developments which are outlined below. 

INTO encourages members to light a candle in memory of Ashling Murphy


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is asking members around the country to light a candle today in memory of Ashling Murphy, the young teacher killed in Tullamore Co Offaly on Wednesday. 

Workshop – Understanding and Preventing Racism in Schools


The INTO and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, in association with Donegal, Dublin West, Galway and Kilkenny Education Centres, will be hosting a series of online workshops entitled Understanding and Preventing Racism in Schools this January and February.

Member update – summary of meeting with Minister Foley and officials 


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), alongside other education unions and management, met with Minister Foley and officials from the Department of Education and Public Health this afternoon ahead of the planned reopening of schools on Thursday.  

Head Office Christmas & New Year Closure


INTO Head Office will close for Christmas and the New Year at 5pm on Thursday, 23 December, and reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 4 January 2022.


Revised Final Closing Date for Application for Outstanding Qualification Allowances


The DE have issued a final closing date of 30 April 2022 for receipt of eligible qualification allowance applications as a result of the findings of the Adjudicator under a claim brought to the Teachers’ Conciliation Council by the Teacher Unions.

Deadlines for Supplementary Panel and Claiming tax back


A reminder that the application deadline for the 2022/23 Supplementary Panel is tomorrow, Friday 17 December 2021. Postal applications only will be accepted this year, and must be received by Allocations in the Department of Education by 5pm tomorrow. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information click here.