Dr Brian Mooney

Youth suicide – a partially hidden crisis

The crisis of suicide in schools is to some extent a hidden one. When a suicide occurs, the first instinct of any school or community is to protect the family and the other students in the school. Although understandable, this policy hides from view the shocking...

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Principals’ negotiating skills sorely tested

For Principals and Guidance Counsellors working in Second Level Schools or Colleges of Further Education, the past six months have been the most traumatic and unsettling of their professional lives, due to the changes to teacher allocations in schools announced in the...

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How to re-skill the long-term unemployed

The sight of grown men crying on our television screens as they wait in line to enter job fairs, or opportunity events for employment abroad, is both heart breaking and enraging that we as a society have failed so many in our midst. Many of the 60 per cent who are now...

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