ASTI in the media - a selection of coverage

June, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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 - Click here to listen.

RTÉ Seán O'Rourke Show - Deirdre Mac Donald, ASTI President joins a panel of guests to discuss the Coronavirus.  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.