RTÉ: A new 80,000 strong public service union called Fórsa has been formally launched following a merger of IMPACT, the Civil Public and Services Union and the Public Service Executive Union. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. announced, following consultation with the Irish Universities Association, an expansion of the number of places on post primary teacher education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Minister also announced that there will be additional places provided in the priority areas of STEM, Irish and Foreign Languages. Read press release

Circular 0018/2018: Management of Safety & Health, including Fire Safety, in Primary and Post Primary schools

Circular 0017/2018: Application of measures in accordance with Public Service Stability Agreement 2018–2020 (Extension of Lansdowne Road Agreement) in respect of Clerical Officers and Caretakers employed in National Schools under the 1978/79 Scheme and Clerical Officers employed in Post Primary Schools under the 1978 Scheme and Clerical Officers and Caretakers employed in Department approved posts in Community and Comprehensive Schools.


The facility for schools to produce JCPAs via PPOD, which has been available since early December, must be ceased on this Friday 9th March to allow essential IT development work to take place and to meet data protection requirements.   It will not be possible to produce JCPAs for 2017  after this date.

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DES: The Department of Education and Skills today announced the rollout of an electronic payments pilot project in primary and post primary schools.   A range of payment options, including internet, mobile phone app and chip and pin will be available from today in the pilot schools to allow parents to make payments to the schools online and electronically. Read press release

DES Statement: Status red has now been issued for all counties with immediate effect. All schools, third level institutions and colleges of further education will be closed Thursday and Friday. Read full statement

DES Statement: Given the disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, most particularly in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, third level institutions, colleges and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday. Read full statement

The Irish Times: Met Éireann has issued four weather warnings as the “beast from the east” cold front passes over the country this week. The national forecaster has upgraded its level of snow warning for the east of the country to status orange. Read article

DES Press Release: The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today announced a new €5.7m “Higher Education Access Fund” to support students from underrepresented groups to access higher education. Funding will be given to regional clusters of institutions to support approved access initiatives. Read press release

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