Covid-19 – latest updates


The INTO meets with the education stakeholders and the Department of Education on a regular basis to raise the concerns of members and secure additional clarity and resources as required. A brief update on key issues is provided below.

INTO demands clarity on status of schools at Level 5


Following the recommendation from NPHET that the country may need to enter Level 5 restrictions, INTO has called for an immediate public health review on the status of schools at this level.

Section 29 appeals – update


The DES has published Circular 69/20 regarding appeals under section 29 of the Education Act. These new arrangements and procedures take effect from 12 November 2020.

INTO calls for the flu vaccine to be provided free of charge to teachers


In its weekly engagement with the Department of Education this week, INTO called for all teachers to receive the flu vaccine free of charge to acknowledge their critical role in schools and protect the health of our school communities.

OECD report sets out benefits of lower class sizes


The most recent report based on the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) sheds light on what makes a difference to children’s learning.

INTO calls time on supersized classes – Mary Magner


If the government is committed to keeping schools open, so that parents can continue to work and support the economy, then class sizes need to be reduced.

Free mortgage and tax advisory webinar


Following the success of the face to face seminars ITAS Accounting and EDUC Mortgages are delivering an online webinar for INTO members and their families.

European Day of Languages – online conference


To celebrate the European Day of Languages, the European Commission launched a report entitled ‘Education begins with Language’ and will host a free online conference.

Budget 2021 – Keep our schools open 


INTO has today launched our Budget 2021 campaign, ahead of the budget on the 13th of October. We are calling on all members to support and share our key priorities to ensure we can keep our schools open.

Union opposes absolutist approach to keeping schools open at all costs


The INTO Central Executive Committee held a special meeting yesterday to discuss the challenges faced by primary and special schools during the first fortnight of the school year.