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Quinn challenges church over patronage of schools

Aibreán 22, 2014

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has thrown down a challenge to the Catholic Church to give concrete examples of how its schools can be “genuinely inclusive” for children of all faiths and none. In an address to be delivered at a teacher union conference this morning, Mr Quinn says is it “disappointing” that the church […]

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Volunteerism of teachers keeping society going, says Cody

Aibreán 22, 2014

The volunteerism of teachers is “essentially what is keeping our society going”, Kilkenny hurling manager and school principal Brian Cody said in a speech backing his union’s critique of Government policy. Addressing the annual congress of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation in his home city, Cody praised fellow members for the work they did outside […]

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Crumlin primary schools join ‘The Big Clean’

Aibreán 22, 2014

More than 70 excited, environmentally conscious pupils from Crumlin Integrated Primary, Gaelscoil Gleann Darrach and St Joseph’s Primary, collected a staggering 34 bags of rubbish when they recently embarked on a ‘Big Spring Clean’ litter pick of Crumlin residential areas and Crumlin Glen. The day began with a guided tour of Tesco by Jacqui Mitchell, […]

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The bilingual brain is more nimble and efficient

Aibreán 22, 2014

I have occasional bursts of enthusiasm to learn French. But now I have an extra incentive to stick with it because research is increasingly showing that, if you know two or more languages, your brain is better than those who know just one language. Multilingual people are better at reasoning, multitasking, reconciling conflicting ideas. They […]

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An Irishwoman’s Diary

Aibreán 15, 2014

Debate surrounding the Irish language has recently been bubbling up again on this page. It is heartening, however, to remember that we are not alone with our minority language challenge. As part of my research into Basque/Spanish language policy with the University of Deusto in Bilbao several years ago I discovered that the tapestry of […]

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Brendan Gleeson brushes up his cúpla focal for Irish movie remake

Aibreán 15, 2014

IRISH animation ‘Song of the Sea’ is soon to be remade As Gaeilge and actor Brendan Gleeson is expected to lead the cast again for the translated version of the film. Makers of the Cartoon Saloon production are hoping to premiere it on TG4 at the end of the year and have asked the cast, […]

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Student anger at teacher training changes

Aibreán 14, 2014

Move prevents undergraduates applying to begin in September despite reassurances Students planning to enter a postgraduate training programme for primary school teaching have complained that recent changes to the course structure are preventing them from applying to start this September, despite previous reassurances. Those enrolled in a year-long Irish language course to obtain the requisite […]

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Number of one-teacher schools at risk of rising

Aibreán 11, 2014

THE number of one-teacher primary schools is at risk of increasing to 60 next September – up from eight in 2012 – as a result of ongoing teacher cuts. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn told the Dail that preliminary figures showed up to 60 schools could be reduced to one teacher in the autumn. This is […]

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Turais Ghaoluinne anois i monarcha saighdiúirí bréagán

Aibreán 9, 2014

TÁ a chuid doirse oscailte ag gnó amháin i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí do leanaí gach aois le turais scoile Gaoluinne á dtairiscint anois acu. Tá turas saincheaptha de mhonarcha na saighdiúirí bréagán curtha le chéile ag Prince August i gCill na Martra, agus é á dhíriú acu ar scoileanna, go háirithe scoileanna na Gaeltachta agus Gaelscoileanna. […]

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Great displays from Gaelscoil

Aibreán 8, 2014

The four Gaelscoil Liatroma teams which qualified from the Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics Finals in Ballinamore to represent Leitrim in the All Ireland last Wednesday put up excellent performances. Fifteen County winners contested the National Finals organised by Offaly Sports Partnership Co Ordinator Eamon Henry in the spacious AIT International Athletics Arena in Athlone. […]

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