Key updates for members – DE/NPHET weekly meeting


The INTO Central Executive Committee today noted the latest outcome of engagement with the public health authorities and the Department of Education. Latest developments relate to the Department's public awareness campaign, high-risk teachers and ventilation.

Online Panel Discussion – Digital Learning and the Primary School


INTO is holding an online panel discussion on Saturday, 14 November 2020 based on the theme of distance learning. Members are now invited to register for the webinar.

Election update – Deputy General Secretary/ General Treasurer


The nomination process in the election for the Deputy General Secretary/General Treasurer has been completed with both candidates being sufficiently nominated.

25th annual Science Week is underway


Science Week is currently underway, running until Sunday, 15 November. The week-long event is celebrating its 25th year and the theme for 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’, with a focus on how science can improve people’s lives, now and in the future.

Member update – INTO engagement with Education and NPHET officials


The INTO continues to engage with the Department of Education, school management and NPHET to represent the concerns of members and will endeavour to provide updates as they become available.

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).