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The Education Minister is being urged to engage with stakeholders on an hourly basis to address the education of children with special needs. It’s after the Irish National Teachers Organisation said it had ‘grave safety concerns’ over plans to reopen special schools and classes on Thursday. It wants the Department of Education to reconsider its […]

The Chief Medical Officer says it’s hoped testing of close contacts can resume as soon as possible. The practice was put on hold at the end of last year due to pressure on the testing system. The HSE has said cases may have to drop below 2 thousand a day before it reconsiders the measure. […]

There are claims the Government confused people with different explanations on how the Pandemic Unemployment Payment would be taxed. The Free Legal Advice Centre says it told Oireachtas members in November that those on the benefit were not aware the bills were on the way. The Government announced in May the PUP would be taxed. […]

That’s according to the Irish Secondary School Students Union, which says a decision is needed on the Leaving Cert soon. The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, prefers that the written exams do go ahead, but has acknowledged ‘differing voices’ on the matter. Reuban Murray, President of the Union, says the lack of clarity is starting […]

Family of staff members at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin were given the Covid-19 vaccines as there were fears it would’ve been wasted. It happened earlier this month. The President of the facility has issued an apology, saying every effort was made to identify frontline workers. The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the practice was […]

A Cork GP and member of NPHET believes not enough is being done to stop the spread of Covid-19, and there is too much movement nationwide. It comes as the Chief Medical Officer has once again appealed to employers to allow staff work from home if they can. There have been 2,944 more cases of […]

Hundreds of people have been fined after being caught more than 5km from home over the weekend.  Many more were given cautions and sent home after being stopped at Garda checkpoints, as the force ramped up enforcement of the Public Health Act. Gardaí had only only issued 37 on-the-spot fines of €100 under their new Public […]

Sinn Féin’s calling for contingency plans to be urgently put in place in case the Leaving Cert exams can’t go ahead. There are fears these students won’t have in-person classes until after St Patrick’s Day. But the government says it still intends to have full, written exams for Junior and Leaving Cert pupils in June. […]

Irish employees will have a legal right to ask to work remotely by September of this year. It’s one of the targets outlined in the state’s first National Remote Work Strategy, which is published by the Tánaiste this morning. Leo Varadkar also says he wants to fast-track the National Broadband Plan by up to two […]

Last night’s Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting heard calls for this summer’s Leaving Cert to be scrapped. Some TDs and Senators argued the exams should be replaced with predictive grades once again. Schools are closed for the rest of the month, but Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD Norma Foley says the written Leaving Cert […]


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