ASTI in the media - a selection of coverage

September, 2020

RTÉ Radio 1 - Today with Claire Byrne Show - Ann Piggott, ASTI President discusses testing for Covid-19 in schools - 16th September, 2020 - Click here to listen. (Scroll to 08:59)
Fast, vigorous testing vital to keep schools open - Irish Independent (Online) - 15th September, 2020 - Click here to read.

Newstalk - Breakfast Programme - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary interviewed about Leaving Certificate results and marks awarded at school - 15th September, 2020 - Click here to discuss.
RTÉ Six One news - Ann Piggott, ASTI President interviewed about CAO points and class rankings - 14th September, 2020 - Click here to view.  (Scroll to 31:42)
'Embarrassing' primary class sizes hinder social distancing compliance, says OECD - Irish Examiner (Online) - 9th September, 2020 - Click here to read.

LMFM - Michael Reade Show - Diarmaid de Paor, ASTI Deputy General Secretary discusses dealing with outbreaks of Covid-19 in Schools - 9th September, 2020 - Click here to listen. 

RTÉ Radio 1 - Today with Claire Byrne Show - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secetary discusses Covid-19 and how Are We Dealing With It In Our Schools - 8th September, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Newstalk - The Pat Kenny Show - Ann Piggott, ASTI President discusses re-opening of schools during Covid-19 - 8th September, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Parents and teachers' alarm as classes continue at schools despite confirmed cases of Covid-19 - Irish Independent (Online) - 8th September, 2020 - Click here to read.
TG4 Nuacht - Moira Leydon, ASTI Assistant General Secretary: Education & Research gave an interview on the Leaving Certificate results - 7th September, 2020 - Click here to watch.

Leaving Cert students will not have access to ‘highly sensitive’ class ranking data - Irish Times (Online) - 3rd September, 2020 - Click here to read.

From outbreaks, to PPE and high risk teachers: Six things we've learned about schools reopening - Irish Independent (Online) - 3rd September, 2020 - Click here to read.

No social distancing and underlying health risks: Covid committee to hear from teachers and parents today -thejournal.ie - 2nd September, 2020 - Click here to read.

Covid and schools: Many staff do not have enough PPE, says union - Irish Times (Online) - 2nd September, 2020 - Click here to read.
Bumper Leaving Cert exam results to fuel rise in CAO points for college entry - Irish Indepedent (Online) - 2nd September, 2020 - Click here to read.

Foley to appear before Covid committee and face questions on school safety - Irish Indepedent (Online) - 2nd September, 2020 - Click here to read.
RTÉ Six One TV News - Ann Piggott, ASTI President gave an interview on Calculated Grades for Six One news piece - 1st September, 2020 - Click here to watch. 

Today FM, The Last Word Programme - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary interviews about Calculated Grades announcement and the new approach to same - 1st September, 2020 - Click here to listen. (Scoll to 00:210

RTÉ RnaG - Tús Áite - Próifíliú scoileanna agus athoscailt - Moira Leydon, ASTI Assistant General Secretary Education and Research Officer joins programme to discuss Calculated Grades at Leaving Cert along with Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Spokesperson on Education & Skills. for  Sinn Féin  - 1st September, 2020 - Click here to listen.
Teachers with underlying health issues worried on safety – ASTI - Irish Times (Online) - 1st September, 2020 - Click here to read.

August, 2020

Teachers and school principals clash over ‘risky’ school assemblies - Irish Times (Online) - 26th August, 2020 - Click here to read.

Back to school: ‘Seriously ill SNA told return to work’ - Irish Examiner (Online) - 26th August, 2020 - Click here to read.
School defends 152 pupil prayer congregation - Herald.ie (Online) - 26th August, 2020 - Click here to read.
Today FM, The Last Word Programme - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary discusses vulnerable teachers that are being required to attend the workplace - Click here to listen - Scroll to 44:11.
RTÉ Radio 1 - News at One programme - Ann Piggott, ASTI President discusses vulnerable members that are being required to attend the workplace and also discusses social distance - 25th August, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Newstalk, Pat Kenny Show - Interview with a panel of guests including on Ann Piggott, ASTI President on whether schools are ready to open yet -  25th August, 2020 - Click here to listen. 
ASTI: Teachers facing ‘life or death’ risk due to Covid-19 vulnerability - Irish Times (Online) - 25th August, 2020 - Click here to read.
RTÉ Radio 1 - Today with Claire Byrne Show - Ann Piggott,  ASTI President outlined concerns as students and teachers prepare to return to the classroom this week - 24th August, 2020 - Click here to listen.
RTÉ Radio 1 - Morning Ireland - John O'Donovan, ASTI member and Principal, St. Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion,  Co. Kerry discusses schools adapting buildings, including installation of hand sanitising facilities and challenges facing Principals during this time - -24th August, 2020. Click here to listen.

Covid-19: Minister tells parents schools will be ‘safe and welcoming’ - Irish Times (Online) - 22nd August, 2020. Click here to read.
Parents can claim €25.50 per week for driving teens to school as bus squeeze fear bites - Irish Independent (Online) - 22nd August, 2020. Click here to read.
ASTI seeks agreement on pay as State plans to hire 1,000 teachers - Irish Times (Online) - 10th August, 2020 - Click here to read.

Covid-19 Ireland: Government recommends facemasks for when schools reopen - Irish Independent (Online) - 10th August, 2020. Click here to read.
Teachers and older students must wear face coverings - HSE - Irish Examiner (Online) - 8th August, 2020 - Click here to read.
Department considering revised recommendations on face coverings in schools - Irish Examiner (Online) - 7th August, 2020 - Click here to read.
ASTI warns of teacher shortage ahead of schools reopening - Irish Examiner (Online) - 3rd August, 2020 - Click here to read.
Parents and teachers raise concerns over school return - Sunday Independent (Online) - 2nd August, 2020 - Click here to read.

July, 2020

RTÉ 1 - Prime Time - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses the reopening of schools and features a report package from St. Dominic's College, Ballyfermot - Sarah Green, ASTI Member interviewed - 29th July, 2020 - Click here to watch.
Unions pessimistic about schools opening on time - Irish Examiner (Online) - 29th July, 2020 - Click here to read.

Garda vetting bureau ‘confident’ it can process extra teacher applications - Irish Times (Online) - 29th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Teachers' unions cast doubt on full reopening of schools by end of summer - RTÉ website - 28th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
RTÉ Radio 1 - Morning Ireland - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses Government's school re-opening plans and what it will mean for schools, pupils and teachers over the coming months - 28th July, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Keeping pupils and teachers safe must stay a top priority - Irish Independent (Online) - 28th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
‘No zero-risk scenario’: Hiring 1,000 extra teachers to be a challenge, accepts Minister - Irish Times (Online) - 28th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Not quite top marks yet — but a good start for education minister - Irish Examiner (Online) - 28th July, 2020 - Click here to read.

RTÉ Drivetime Programme - Schools Reopening - Aaron Woulfe, ASTI Member and Secondary School Principal Cork city, joins a panels of guests and discussed the government's plan for the reopening of schools - 27th July, 2020 - Click here to listen.
Newstalk Breakfast Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses reopening of school in August - 27th July, 2020 - Cick here to listen. (Scroll to 01:06)
Newstalk Breakfast Programme - Aaron Wolfe, Principal of Coláiste Éamann Rís in Cork  discusses reopening of school in August - 27th July, 2020 - Click here to read - scroll to end to listen to interview

RTÉ Website - Govt expected to agree €300m school reopening plan  - 27th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Hundreds of extra teachers needed to reopen schools - Irish Examiner (Online) - 27th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Teachers will not return to school without safe plan, ASTI warns - Irish Examiner (Online) - 27th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
'Gigantic challenge' to prepare schools for return of students - Irish Examiner (Online) - 27th July, 2020. Click here to read.
RTÉ Radio 1 - Ths Week Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President joined the programme this week to discuss the reopening of schools, was joined by Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - 26th July, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Newstalk Breakfast Programme - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary discusses the reopening of schools - 25th July, 2020 - Click here to listen. (Scroll to 05:50)
RTÉ Radio 1 - Drivetime Programme - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary, discussed the reopening of chools in August along with Anne Looney, Executive Dean in DCU Institute of Education and former Chief Executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in Ireland. - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to listen.
RTÉ - RnaG - Tús Áite - Moira Leydon, Assistant General Secretary discusses the reopening of schools in August - Click here to listen.
Lack of online security for remote learning a concern for teachers, survey finds - Irish Times (Online) - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Funding to reopen schools is insufficient, warns ASTI - Irish Times (Online) - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
ASTI warns that funding to reopen schools is insufficient - Irish Times (Online) - 24th July, 2020 -Click here to read.
Final planning underway for re-opening of schools but concerns expressed by Cork education leaders - Eveing Echo (Online) - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
'We’re totally in the dark': Cork principals and teachers reveal lack of guidance on school reopenings - Evening Echo (Online) - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
ASTI: Government has to 'step up' and deliver safe back-to-school package - Irish Examiner (Online) - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Plan to fully reopen schools at the end of August to be unveiled - Irish Times (Online) - 24th July, 2020 - Click here to read.

Explainer: Cork educators tell us what to expect when schools return - Evening Echo (Online) - 23rd July, 2020 - Click here to read.
RTÉ Radio 1 - Today with Sarah McInerney Show - Diarmaid de Paor, ASTI Deputy General Secretary joined Reuban Murray, President of the ISSU; Colm Ó Ruairc- School Principal, Navan and parent of Leaving Cert student to discuss the announcement of Leaving Certificate results date and CAO first round offers date.  Click here to listen - 17th July, 2020.

thejournal.ie - Leaving Cert results date: ASTI criticises announcement but says 'at least there's now certainty' - 17th July,  2020 - Click here to listen.

School reopening plans to be discussed at Covid-19 committee - Irish Examiner (Online) - 10th July, 2020 - Click here to read.

Will all pupils return to school in September? - Irish Times (Online) - 6th July, 2020 - Click here to read.

No easy answers post Covid-19 so patience is essential - Irish Examiner (Online) - 6th July, 2020 - Click here to read.

 RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Tús Áite programme - Moira Leydon, Assistant General Secretary interviewed on the proposed re-opening of schools - 2nd July, 2020. Click here to listen. (Scroll to 020:26).
RTÉ Website - Unions say schools must be 'Covid secure' before reopening - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to read.
RTÉ Radio 1 - Morning Ireland programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses the challenges facing the return to schools in September - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Newstalk Breakfast programme - Interview with Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary on returning to school, discussed blended learning model  - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to listen - (Scroll to 01:09 to listen)

Virgin Media - The Tonight Show - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary discusses the challenges facing the re-opening of schools - 2nd July, 2020. Click here to watch. (Scroll to 33:51)

RTÉ Website - Teacher unions to raise social distancing concerns at Covid-19 committee - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Full reopening of schools may be unlikely this autumn, secondary teachers warn - Irish Times (Online) - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to read.

One metre rule casts doubt on return to schools in September - Irish Examiner (Online) - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to read.

Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI - Journal.ie (Online) - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to read.
Parents and teachers show support for blended learning as Covid-19 effects look set to last - Irish Examiner (Online) - 2nd July, 2020 - Click here to read.
RTÉ Nine O'Clock News - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary gives an interview re. re-opening of schools in September - 1st July, 2020. Click here to watch.
Next year’s Leaving Cert students ‘need latitude’ after school closures - Irish Times (Online) - 1st July, 2020 - Click here to read.

June, 2020

Where next for the Leaving Cert? - Irish Times (Online) - 23rd June, 2020. Click here to read.
Virgin Media – Ireland AM – Deirdre Mc Donald, ASTI President discusses the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of schools in August – 17th June, 2020. Click here to listen (Scroll to 3:25)
RTÉ 1 – Claire Byrne Live - Deirdre Mc Donald, ASTI President discusses the re-opening of schools– 15th June, 2020. Click here to listen (Scroll to 21:39)
RTÉ Radio 1 - Saturday with Cormac Ó hEadhra  Show - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary interviewed on reopening of schools road map - 13th June, 2020. Click here to listen. (Scroll to 0:06:32)
Newstalk Breakfast programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses reopening schools - 13th June, 2020. Click here to listen (scroll to 00:27)

Opening Ireland’s schools: Government accused of ‘getting ahead of medics’ and ‘scaring' people - Irish Times (Online) - 13th June, 2020. Click here to read.
RTÉ Radio 1 - This Week Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, President outlines in an interview how teachers feel about the possible return to education in September - 1st June, 2020. Click here to listen
Reopening childcare to cost up to €100m - Irish Examiner (Online) - 1st June, 2020 - Click here to read. - 1st June, 2020.

May, 2020

Alison O' Connor: Time to question our ludicrous obsession with the Leaving Cert - Irish Examiner (Online) - 29th May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Teachers begin grading for Leaving Cert as union resolves legal stand-off - Irish Independent (Online) - 23rd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

RTÉ Driveime Radio Programme  - Deirdre McDonald, ASTI President, and Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil education spokesperson, discuss the 2020 Leaving Cert calculated grading system - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to listen.

ASTI agrees LC exam grading as indemnity issue resolved - RTÉ Website - 22nd May, 2020. Click here to read.

RTÉ Nine O'Clock TV News - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary gave interview re. Indemnity issue resolved - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to watch. (Scroll to 08.30)

RTÉ Six One TV News - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary gave interview re. Indemnity issue resolved - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to watch. (Scroll to 06.53)

Leaving Cert: ASTI agrees to engage with calculated grades process after indemnity row resolved - Irish Independent (Online) - 22nd May, 2020. Click here to read.

Leaving Cert: Breakthrough in ASTI row over predicted grades - Irish Times (Online) - 22nd May, 2020. Click here to read.

Teachers to begin work on Leaving Cert calculated grades as Union gives the go-ahead - Irish Examiner (Online) - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.


ASTI 'confident' indemnity issue over Leaving Cert grading can be resolved - RTÉ Website - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

'This position is unacceptable' - Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland rejects Leaving Cert indemnity - Irish Independent (Online) - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Leaving Cert: State indemnity row rumbles on amid claim teachers could be liable for costs of legal action - Irish Independent (Online) - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Leaving Cert: ASTI says Minister ‘prematurely’ announced plans in hope teachers would ‘put up or shut up’ - Irish Times (Online) - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Leaving Cert plan in doubt as teachers’ union tells members not to co-operate - Irish Times (Online) - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

ASTI: Minister wanted teachers to either put up or shut up by releasing Leaving Cert Guidelines early - Irish Examiner (Online) - 22nd May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Virgin Media - The Tonight Show - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President interviewed on legal indemnit issue - 21st May, 2020. Click here to watch (Scroll to 03:00)

ASTI: Leaving Cert students allowed to choose assessment level - Irish Examiner (Online) - 19th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Dept to send guidance on Leaving Cert grades to teachers this week - Irish Examiner (Online) - 19th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Searching for answers: calls to revise our exam system - Irish Independent (Online) - 16th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Leaving Cert students to be marked out of 1,000 - Irish Examiner (Online) - 13th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Leaving Cert students to be marked out of 1,000 - Irish Independent (Online) - 12th May, 2020. Click here to read.

The Irish Examiner view: Unfortunate but pragmatic Leaving Cert decisions - Irish Examiner (Online) - 11th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Galway Bay FM - Keith Finnegan Show - Diarmaid de Paor, Deputy General Secretary interviewed re. Leaving Cert - 11th May, 2020. Click here to listen. (Scroll to 1:11:40).

Teachers' unions seek clarity on predictive on Leaving Cert grading - Irish Examiner (Online) - 11th May, 2020. Click here to read.

'Unacceptable' and 'inappropriate' that teachers would be lobbied by parents and students - thejournal.ie - 10th May, 2020. Click here to read.

RTÉ Radio One - This Week Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI Presidet discusses ASTI's concerns  - 10th May, 2020. Click here to listen.

RTÉ Nine O'Clock TV News - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary interviewed re Calculated Grades Scheme  - 10th May, 2020. Click here to watch (Scroll to 12:41).

RTÉ Six One TV News - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary interviewed re Calculated Grades Scheme  - 10th May, 2020. Click here to watch (Scroll to 15:12).

Parents and pupils who try to influence Leaving Cert results face being reported to State - Irish Independent (Online) - 11th May, 2020. Click here to read.

'Unacceptable' and 'inappropriate' that teachers would be lobbied by parents and students - Thejournal.ie - 10th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be awarded full marks for oral and practical exams? - Thejounal.ie - 10th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Leaving Cert: Teachers seek safeguards against parental pressure on grades - Irish Times (Online) - 9th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Government fears lawsuits over ‘calculated grades’ as Leaving Cert postponed- Irish Times (Online) - 9th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Leaving Cert cancelled: Students who want written exam will have to wait until 2021 - Irish Times (Online) - 8th May, 2020. Click here to read.

'It's not a perfect solution': The government's u-turn on holding Leaving Certificate exams - Thejournal.ie - 8th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Lowest recorded level of Covid-19 cases in 47 days as radical Leaving Cert measures discussed - Irish Examiner (Online) - 8th May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Teachers voice concerns about health implications if Leaving Cert goes ahead - Irish Times (Online) - 7th May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Discussions to continue over Leaving Cert exams - RTÉ website - 7th May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Memo being brought to Cabinet as speculation about Leaving Cert cancellation mounts - Thejournal.ie - 7th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Explainer: What are the options for this year's Leaving Cert, and why is it so complicated? - Thejournal.ie - 7th May, 2020. Click here to read.

Leaving Cert won't have standard timetable this year - ASTI - Irish Examiner (Online) - 6th May, 2020 - Click here to read.

Parents demand alternative plans for Leaving Cert to be made availale to students - Irish Examiner (Online) - 6th May, 2020 - Click here to read.

 

April, 2020

Move to cancel Junior Cert entirely was the right call to make  - Irish Examiner (Online) 30th April, 2020. Click here to read.

Schools to decide whether to hold Junior Cycle assessments in May - Irish Times (Online) - 29th April, 2020. Click here to read.

RTÉ Website -  Junior Cycle students don't have to sit exams - McHugh - 29th April, 2020 - Click here to read. 

'It's not realistic or viable' to hold Leaving Cert practical exams in current timeframe - thejournal.ie - 22nd April, 2020 - Click here to read.

It will take a major logistical operation to reopen out schools - Irish Examiner (Online) - 21st April, 2020. Click here to read.

'Schools and buses are not designed for social distancing' - Irish Independent (Online) - 21st April, 2020 - Click here to read.

RTÉ Radio 1 - Today with Sean O'Rourke programme - Deirdre McDonald, ASTI President joins John Boyle, General Secretary, INTO to discuss the prospect of schools re-opening - 20th April, 2020. Click here to listen.

RTÉ Website - INTO wants schools re-opened on 'orderly, phased basis' - 20th April, 2020. Click here to read.

Exam stress bites as students await Leaving Cert start date - Businesspost.ie - 19th April, 2020. Click here to read.

Galway Bay FM, The Keith Finnegan Show - Diarmaid de Paor, ASTI Deputy General Secetary discusses how the ASTI will support the Department to hold exams - 16th April, 2020 - Click here to listen. (Scroll to 1:08:47)

Teachers will not seek more pay for summer exam lessons - Irish Examiner (Online) - 16th April, 2020. Click here to read.

RTÉ Radio 1 - News at One Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses how the ASTI will support department plans to hold the Leaving Cert in late July/August - 15th April, 2020. Click here to listen.

ASTI says it will work to support delayed Leaving Cert exams - Irish Times (Online) - 15th April, 2020. Click here read.

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland says it will work to support postponement of Leaving Cert exams - Irish Independent (Online) - 15th April, 2020. Click here to read.

Teachers will help students prepare for delayed Leaving Cert through summer - Irish Examiner (Onlne) - 15th April, 2020. Click here to read.

ASTI says it will work to support decision to postpone Leaving Cert - RTÉ website - Click here to read.

Plan to postpone the Leaving Cert dogged by dozens of unanswered questions - Irish Times (Online) - Click here to read - 14th April, 2020.

Newstalk, The Hard Shoulder Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses the proposed exam arrangements during Covid-19 - Click here to listen - 13th April, 2020. (Scroll to 06:13)

ASTI executive to meet amid confusion over Leaving Cert exams - Irish Times (Online) - 13th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

Working in July won't be compulsory, teachers told - Irish Independent (Online) - 13th April 2020 - Click here to read.

ASTI seeks clarification around Leaving Cert plans, including how practical exams will be done - Irish Examiner (Online) - 13th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

Students still wait for clarity on when schools will be reopened - Irish Independent (Online) - 13th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

This half-baked plan for Leaving Cert raises more questions than it answers - Sunday Independent (Online) - 12th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

Late Leaving Cert may delay the start of next school year - Irish Independent (Online) - 11th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

Teachers’ union raises ‘serious concerns’ over delay in Leaving Cert - Irish Times (Online) - 11th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

Exam decision will relieve some of the stress for pupils who have been clamouring for certainty - Irish Independent (Online) - 11th April, 2020 - Click here to read.

RTÉ Nine O'Clock TV News - Teachers Unions call on Members to engage with proposals  -  TV news piece with Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary interviewed -  11th April, 2020 - Click here to watch  - (Scroll to 12:40)

RTÉ One O'Clock TV News - ASTI concerned about elements of announcement - news piece -  11th April, 2020 - Click here to watch (Scroll to 01:57)

RTÉ Radio 1 - Saturday with Cormac Ó hEadhra programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses rescheduled exams and joins panel including Dr Mary Favier, Dr Eoghan DeBarra, Liam Herrick, Deirdre Mac Donald ASTI, Minister Joe McHugh and Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD - Click here to listen to show - (Scroll to 0:27:49 for Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President's interview) - 11th April, 2020.

 



March 2020

Leaving Cert: ‘It feels aimless. I don’t know what the story is’  - 1st April, 2020. Click here to read.

Newstalk, The Pat Kenny Show - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses the cancellation of Leaving Certificate oral exams - 20th March, 2020. - Click here to listen. (Scroll to 02:22:14)

RTÉ Six One TV News - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary discusses the cancellation of Leaving Certificate oral exams - 19th March, 2020. Click here to watch. (Scroll to 17:19)


Newstalk, The Hard Shoulder, Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary discusses the cancellation of Leaving Certificate oral exams - 19th March, 2020. - Click here to listen.


Today FM, The Last Word Programme - Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Deirdre McDonald, ASTI President discuss the cancellation of Leaving Certificate exams - 19th March, 2020. Click here to listen.


RTÉ website - Leaving Cert oral exams cancelled over Covid-19 - 19th March 2020, click here to read.


RTÉ Radio1 - Today with Sean O'Rourke Programme - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills re the cancellation of the oral exams for Leaving Certificate due to Covid-19 - 19th March, 2020. Click here to listen.

RTÉ Website - How second-level schools are rising to the challenge of remote learning - 18th March, 2020 - Click here to read.

Today FM, The Last Word Programme - Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary discusses school closures due to Covid-19 on Last Word with Matt Cooper - 12th March, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses school closures due to Covid-19  on the The Hard Shoulder with Ivan Yates - March 12th, 2020 - Click here to listen - (Scroll to 33:40)

Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses school closures due to Covid-19 on Virgin Media One News, March 12th, 2020 - Click here to listen - scroll to 12mins. 

Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President discusses school closures due to Covid-19 on Today with Sean O Rourke – March 12th,  2020 - Click here to listen. (Scroll to 1:38:41)

The Last Word Programme, The Last Word - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President joins an interview with Dr. Mary Favier, ICGP and Dr. Sam McConkey, Royal College of Surgeons - Scroll to 00:39 to listen - 11th March, 2020 - Click here to listen.

RTÉ  Radio 1 - Seán O'Rourke Show - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President joins a panel of guests to discuss the Coronavirus - 2nd March, 2020 - Click here to listen.

 

February 2020

Teachers' strike to cause chaos as 200,000 pupils will be forced to stay home – TheHerald.ie – 3rd of February, 2020 - Click here to read. 

Teachers not involved in strike may have to pass picket lines to be paid – The Irish Times (online) – 4th of February, 2020 - Click here to read.

Hundreds of schools to close as secondary school teachers strike over pay – Extra.ie – 4th of February, 2020 -  Click here to read.

Hundreds of schools shut today due to strike over pay – The Irish Times (online) – 4th of February, 2020 - Click here to read.

Dual union' schools face strike difficulties – RTÉ (online) – 4th of February, 2020 -  Click here to read.

ASTI 'make no apologies' for TUI teachers' strike against 'horror' of pay inequality – The Irish Examiner (online) – 4th of February, 2020 - Click here to read.

Hundreds of secondary schools remain shut as TUI continue with 'last resort' strike – The Irish Examiner – 4th of February, 2020 - Click here to read.

ASTI warns of further action if equal pay is not addressed – RTÉ (online) – 4th of February, 2020 -  Click here to read.  

Dispute that dates back a decade has teachers pledging further strikes – The Irish Independent (online)  - 5th of February, 2020 -  Click here to read.

Restoring pay equality for teachers would cost €400m over 5 years – RTÉ (online) – 6th of February, 2020 - Click here to read.

ASTI President Deirdre MacDonald discusses Senior Cycle reform on The Pat Kenny Show – Newstalk – 13th of February, 2020 - Click here to listen.

Teachers face ‘longer tuition hours’ under plan to resolve dispute – The Irish Times (online) – 24th of February, 2020 -  Click here to read.

IRELAND: Public sector challenges ahead – PSNews.com – 24th of February, 2020. Click here to read.

Schools face losing hundreds of teaching posts due to dispute - Irish Times (Online) - 26th February, 2020 - Click here to read.

Dispute over timing of secondary school teacher meetings escalates - Irish Times (Online) - 28th February, 2020. Click here to read.

January 2020

Tusla not processing child welfare reports sent by post – The Irish Times (online) – 6th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Second level schools to close in February as teachers announce strike – The Irish Independent (online) – 17th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Many secondary schools could be forced to close on strike day – RTÉ (online) – 17th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Most secondary schools to close for day in pre-election strike – The Irish Times (online) – 18th of January, 2020 -  Click here to read.

Teachers' strike will shut half of secondary schools – The Irish Independent (online) – 18th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Government to consider sanctions for striking teachers – The Irish Times (online) – 20th of January, 2020. - Click here to read.

Fears election-week strike will close more schools – The Irish Independent (online) – 21st of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

'Big questions for the next government’ – The Irish Times – 21st of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

School closures over strike set to be greater than anticipated – The Irish Times (online) – 22nd of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Teachers' Union 'expects a lot of schools to close' during strike action – TheJournal.ie – 23rd of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Longford ASTI members in ballot on industrial action over unequal pay – The Longford Leader – 26th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Secondary schools face strike action – The Irish Examiner (online) – 27th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Teacher recruitment, retention problems getting worse says union – The Irish Times (online) – 28th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Four out of five secondary schools report teacher recruitment issues – RTÉ (online) – 28th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Schools struggle as teacher vacancies continue to soar – The Irish Independent (online) – 29th of January, 2020 - Click here to read.

Hundreds of schools face closure on Tuesday due to teacher strike – The Irish Times (online) – 31st of January, 2020 - Click here to read.