Long-Awaited Solar Panel Scheme Rolling Out


As world leaders gather for the COP 28 summit and energy prices in Ireland remain extraordinarily high, schools in the following eleven areas will today receive emails from the Department of Education inviting them to apply for funding to install solar panels.

All-island teacher solidarity with striking members in Northern Ireland


Members of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) in Northern Ireland are today taking strike action as part of their long-running campaign for fair pay. We commend all of our colleagues in Northern Ireland who are taking a stand outside their schools.

Unleashing the power of play at recent Education Conference


Over 300 educators gathered at the Tullamore Court Hotel for the INTO Education Consultative Conference 2023, immersing themselves in a world of playful learning and creative exploration.

Domestic Violence Leave circular published


The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023, enacted on 4 April 2023, includes a statutory paid leave provision to support workers who are victims of domestic violence, or who are providing support to a “relevant person” who is experiencing domestic violence. The DE published circular 59/2023 yesterday, which sets out the terms of this leave provision for teachers.

INTO joins global calls for ceasefire in Middle East


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) stands united with fellow trade unions in condemning the recent loss of life in the Middle East. We condemn the killing of children, teachers and civilians in Gaza, the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel together with the destruction of vital infrastructure including schools.

Supplementary Panel applications now open


The DE has today published Circular 57/23, which sets out the conditions and application process for access to the Supplementary Panel for recruitment to permanent positions arising for the 2024/25 school year.

‘Play and Creativity’ focus of forthcoming Education Conference


The 2023 INTO Consultative Conference on Education will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November, focusing on the theme of Play and Creativity.

Droichead extended to Supply Panel and Principal Release Day Clusters


Following representations made by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), in the context of widespread teacher vacancies in primary and special schools, the Teaching Council is introducing a timebound measure to enable newly qualified teachers (NQTs) employed on supply panels or in principal release time posts, to complete the Droichead process. 

Survey highlights acute teacher shortages impacting vulnerable children


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), in conjunction with the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) and the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA) today published the results of an extensive survey highlighting an unprecedented level of vacant teaching posts in primary and special schools.