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Time to get real on Brexit, Enda

Posted on February 04, 2017

Joan Burton TD held a seminar in the Mansion House on the spring economic outlook. In this very well attended meeting we heard speakers from ESRI, IBEC and UCD. Joan also made the case for Ireland to have a special status in Brexit negotations.


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Day 20 #GE16 Labour is Standing up for Equal Access to Education

Posted on February 22, 2016

This morning we launched our plan for equal access to education with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Kevin Humphreys in Shellybanks Educate Together in Dublin 4

For the Labour Party, equality is the keystone of what we believe. To ensure every child has equality of opportunity, to ensure every child has the chance to achieve in life, equal access to school is vital.

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Day 14 #GE16 :Standing up for Education

Posted on February 16, 2016

Today the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Jan O'Sullivan launched our Standing up for Education plan in Limerick. Among the commitments in our plan for education include delivering the smallest class sizes in the history of the State, ending the use of prefabs in schools, reducing school costs for parents, doubling the number of multi-denominational schools by 2021 and amending the Equal Status Acts so that local children can access local schools. 

[Download Labour's Plan for Investment and Reform of our Education System.]

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50,000 New Apprenticeships by 2020-Labour is Standing up for Young People

Posted on January 21, 2016

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Last night at our Connolly Cafe with Labour Youth , Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced if re-elected to Government Labour will create 50,000 additional apprenticeship places by 2020.

Since entering government in 2011 Labour Ministers for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and Jan O'Sullivan have made significant reforms in modernising the existing apprenticeship system through the work of the Apprenticeship Council. The planning and development of 25 new apprenticeship programmes is currently underway and will lead to a number of these progressing to enrolment later this year.


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Tánaiste and Minister Jan O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted on December 17, 2015


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and Tánaiste Joan Burton have announced additional funding of €3million for student support measures in 2016 at the launch of the new National Plan of Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015- 2019.

This plan includes speicific targets to increase participation of ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community in higher education,

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Archaic Rule 68 to be Scrapped

Posted on December 10, 2015


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced this week that Rule 68 will be repealed in January.

For the last  50 years the official rule governing our national schools -Rule 68- stated in part, that “of all parts of a school curriculum, Religious Instruction is by far the most important, as its subject matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s faculties, and affords the most powerful inducements to their proper use.

Minister Jan O'Sullivan said that Rule 68 will be repealed in January, along with any other rules that don't reflect the diversity of our nation.


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Standing Up for LGBT Teachers

Posted on December 03, 2015

Section 37

Last night Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Bill was amended by the passing of the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013. The Bill amends the provisions of Section 37(1) of the Employment Equality Act to remove the discrimination of LGBT employees of religious run institutions.  The passing of this Bill by the Oireachtas is another step for equality for LGBT people.

In our 2011 Election Manifesto we promised amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Acts to end discrimination against LGBT teachers and trainee teachers and we have made good on this promise through the hard work in particular of Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister Jan O'Sullivan, Deputies Ciara Conway, John Lyons, Dominc Hannigan and Senator Ivana Bacik. 

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Labour investing in schools

Posted on November 17, 2015


Today the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with the Tanaiste Joan Burton, announced a €2.8billion investment into a major schools building programme which will deliver 14 new schools by 2018 as well as major building works for 310 schools. This means by 2021 there will be an additional 62,000 places available in schools all over Ireland.

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Minister O'Sullivan launches Digital Strategy for Schools

Posted on October 07, 2015

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Minister Jan O’Sullivan (Minister for Education and Skills) has today launched the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. Speaking at the launch at the Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Minister O’Sullivan said: “Giving our students the opportunity to develop 21st century skills is a priority. Technology is embedded in all aspects of our lives, and is bringing our society new advantages and solutions every day. “This five year strategy will achieve our goal of allowing all students to develop 21st century skills.

[Download the Digital Strategy for Schools from our policy section here.]

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5 Days 5 Ways – Sustainable Education Staff to Ensure Children’s Future - Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Posted on July 03, 2015

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Today, we focus on Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan’s success in the allocation of increased staff in schools and the creation of better career opportunities in the education sector. Much has been achieved by Jan as she strives to protect and reform the education system as it is one of the best ways to invest in our economic recovery.

Despite the challenges we have faced over recent years, Labour has protected class sizes, and increased the number of teachers and SNAs working in our schools. In the last Budget, Labour secured funding for an additional 1,700 teachers, resource teachers and SNAs for our schools.

Recently, we have expanded upon that, and agreement was reached to recruit a further 490 SNAs, so that every child who needs support will have access to it. Increasing the number of staff in education is hugely important, but so too is making sure that those working in education have a decent and secure career.

Jan has implemented new recommendations to give greater stability to young teachers early in their careers. We have also agreed a new set of measures to help SNAs obtain full-time hours, allowing them to build the stable careers they need.

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