Teachers in Politics

Eamon Dunphy was at it again on the Late Late show recently: ”Our political leaders are well meaning, but totally out of their depth, because many of them happen to be teachers”. He is not alone in this refrain. The reference to...

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Your Guidance Counsellor can help

I was delighted to hear the radio ad from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors reminding the public of their availability in their local school to advise parents and students about filling in CAO forms. Just as the arrival of...

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The role of parents in primary education

Considering the critical role parents play in the education of their children, and how that role is underpinned by the constitution, parents collectively have had relatively little influence in shaping primary education. For...

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Closing Schools, closing Communities

Today I’ll be moving away from my regular theme for these blogs as I could not let pass what I read in the insightful blog written by Seán Cottrell As a foreigner in Ireland, one of the things I came to appreciate and value in...

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Budget rips heart out of rural Ireland

Last month, RTE’s Six One news carried the happy and heart-warming story of Coolderry hurlers returning with the Leinster club hurling trophy to the cradle of their hurling civilization – their local national school...

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Doomed by our own deeds

The Irish education system is beginning to experience the real implications of the ‘Austerity Programme’ agreed with the ECB/IMF. We are like terrified passengers on a runaway train, heading into the path of an...

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