New government promises 400 multi or non-denominational schools by 2030

The new government has promised to provide 400 new multi-denominational or non-denominational schools by 2030. This comes in the wake of severe criticism by the UN Council on Ireland’s continued breach of Human Rights in the area of pupil access to education. The Programme for Government states “A road map has been agreed for a[…]

Excited Festival returns to Dublin Castle 20-21 May 2016

The Excited Digital Learning Festival returns to Dublin on 20th and 21st May in Dublin Castle. This wonderful event brings together teachers, pupils, academics, enterprise leaders and policy makers in an exploration of new and innovative technology in education. The event gives students a platform from which they may articulate to educators how they would[…]

New parent and child benefits promised under new government

The Irish Independent reported today that the new government’s manifesto includes free child dental care for under 12’s, an increase in Parental Leave above the already promised 28 weeks, state supports to reduce childcare costs and an increase to Home Carer’s Benefit for stay-at-home parents, a commitment to recognise informal family childcare arrangements, permission to[…]

Minister for Education announces the release of funds for the annual Summer Works Scheme 2016-2017

The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has announced the release of €30 million under the annual Summer Works Scheme 2016-2017 for 197 primary and secondary schools. €80 million has been awarded to 197 schools for the upgrading of existing buildings, the initial €30 million of which will go towards upgrading the gas and electrical infrastructure[…]