budget 2022

INTO launch Budget 2022 campaign – We can do better!


As schools around the country reopen their doors, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has today launched a public campaign to secure critical investment in our primary and special schools. Following the publication of our pre-budget submission earlier in the summer, the union has set out four key areas of investment required from the forthcoming … Continued

INTO welcomes Education Committee report on bullying & cyberbullying


The INTO notes the recent publication of the Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science’s report on School Bullying and the Impact on Mental Health

Joint statement: Teacher unions condemn failure to protect staff in early pregnancy


With increasing concern in respect of very high rates of community infection and growing unease about the transmissibility of the delta variant being central to regular public health messages from NPHET, the three teacher unions are alarmed that this small cohort of the school workforce is being sent back to school settings prematurely, prior to getting the opportunity to achieve significant vaccine protection.

Spectrum.Life Principal & Deputy Principal Mental Health Seminars


Spectrum.Life, the current Employee Assistance Service provider for the Department of Education has partnered with the INTO to deliver a series of seminars to promote Principal and Deputy Principal mental health as members prepare for the new academic year. These seminars are designed to give school leaders practical strategies to enhance their own health and … Continued

Member update – key updates on the reopening of schools


Over the course of the last month, representatives from the INTO have met regularly with officials in the Department of Education, public health experts, school managerial authorities and sister unions. At a public health briefing last week, heated discussions took place in respect of members in the early stages of their pregnancy and certain cohorts … Continued

Department publishes updated Covid-19 response plan


The Department of Education has this evening published an updated COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable operation of Primary and Special Schools. The plan includes the following documents...

Spectrum.Life Digital Wellbeing Series and Digital Gym


Earlier this year, Spectrum.Life, the current employee assistance service launched a Digital Wellbeing Series and Digital Gym open to INTO members. The series will be streamed through the Wellbeing Together Online Portal (desktop version). Spectrum.Life’s Digital Wellbeing 4K HD Studio is equipped with the leading live streaming technology to deliver a best-in-class experience for the school community. This month, the Digital Wellbeing Series … Continued


The INTO expresses concern for educators and students in Afghanistan


Tuesday, 17 August 2021  In light of the unfolding events in Afghanistan, the INTO expresses its concern for educators and students in the country and for continued equal access to education for all students.  The INTO is committed to cultivating a spirit of fraternal co-operation with kindred organisations and articulates its full support to the … Continued

COVID-19 Leave and Working Arrangements for 2021/22 school year published


The Department of Education has today (11 August) published Circular 0042/2021, which reiterates the availability of special COVID-19 leave and reconfirms the working arrangements that will apply under specific circumstances during the 2021/2022 school year. Members who need clarification on this Circular are welcome to contact the INTO QueryLine by emailing The INTO will also … Continued

Latest Department report highlights two shameful decades of supersized classes


The Department of Education’s recently published report, ‘Overview of Education 2000 – 2020’, shows that there has been little change in average primary class sizes over the last 20 years. Since the beginning of the millennium, the average class size has only been reduced by approximately one pupil per class in 20 long years (reducing … Continued