INTO welcomes additional clarity on HSE school teams and other matters


In a communication to schools this morning, the Department of Education has set out the following information in respect of the new HSE school teams, a dedicated principal phone line and dedicated testing of close contacts from a school when there is a positive case.

INTO member summary of mid-term progress on key issues


In advance of the mid-term break, the INTO set out five clear requirements for schools to operate safely, as community infection rates were rising and the number of positive tests in schools increasing. Below is a summary of progress made over the past week, during the mid-term closure, as we have continued to press Department of Education & health authorities to provide additional supports...

URGENT – Additional PPE products recalled 


The INTO has been notified by the Department of Education...

INTO secures health review of schools, local support teams, access to testing & tracing data


Following pressure from the INTO through a coordinated political advocacy campaign and a robust media campaign – the Government has confirmed that the Department of Education will roll out a national network of dedicated public health teams for schools from next week. The teams will be staffed by both public health and education department officials and will provide a dedicated helpline for schools dealing with a positive case...

Immediate product recall notice – ViraPro hand sanitiser (PCS100409)  


The INTO has been made aware that the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has last night, 22 October, issued a product recall notice on ViraPro hand sanitiser (PCS100409). 

INTO responds to Joint Education Committee consultation


In its submission, INTO calls for clear protocols and practical actions to be put in place immediately, so that schools can prepare for and react appropriately to any changes in public health advice.

Level 5 restrictions and INTO head office – email queries request


While endeavouring to maintain a phone queryline service, we ask that members with queries submit these by email where possible to

INTO in the media this week


A round-up of media highlights for members who may be interested in catching up with recent coverage of INTO.

INTO reiterates key demands in meeting with NPHET representatives


Following INTO’s outlining of our concerns yesterday, two representatives of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) met with primary education stakeholders earlier today.

INTO seeks immediate assurances on the safety of our schools


Over the last number of weeks, as significant changes to the public health landscape have taken place, INTO is growing increasingly concerned that public health precautions for teachers are inadequate.