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Up to 5,000 teachers in the firing line for cuts –


MORE than 5,000 teachers face losing their allowances under a government review.

One of the targets is an allowance of between €532 and €1,572 paid to more than 2,750 primary and post-primary principals.

Two in three of the country’s principals are in receipt of the payment for acting as secretary to the school board of management.

The payment of a similar allowance to principals acting as secretary to a board of management in an institute of technology is also under scrutiny.

Special allowances paid to teachers who teach through Irish, work in the Gaeltacht or who work on an island, are also being targeted for abolition.

The Gaeltacht grant is worth €3,063 to about 780 primary and post-primary teachers, while about 1,800 receive an annual €1,583 for teaching through Irish.

About 30 teachers are in receipt of the island allowance, which is worth €1,842 per year.

Department of Public expenditure and Reform general secretary Robert Watt has told the Department of Education that these were the priority for elimination. The proposal will now be discussed with the trade unions.

via Up to 5,000 teachers in the firing line for cuts – Latest News, Education – Independent.ie.

via Up to 5,000 teachers in the firing line for cuts – Latest News, Education – Independent.ie.

Quinn plans law change to force university compliance over pay


This follows recent reports of large sums being paid out in what the Department of Education regards as unapproved payments by colleges.

In a statement, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said no one sector should be able to operate outside of parameters laid down by Government.

Mr Quinn said he had secured Government agreement for changes to the Universities Act, which would strike a balance between university autonomy and protecting the economy at a time of crisis.

Between 2005 and 2009, around €7.5 million was paid in additional allowances by various universities to senior members of staff.

The new legislation will also give the minister powers to oblige universities to comply with collective agreements such as the Croke Park deal.

Trinity College Dublin has recently refused to implement a binding Labour Court finding under the provisions of that agreement.

via Quinn plans law change to force university compliance over pay – RTÉ News.

via Quinn plans law change to force university compliance over pay – RTÉ News.

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