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Convention in your Classroom

Posted on February 22, 2013

Convention in my Classroom

In this post Deputy Aodhan ÓRiordain talks about the Convention in your Classroom project he undertook to inform young people about the Constitutional Convention.

When I launched my ‘Convention in Your Classroom’ initiative last October it was my intention to meet with as many students as possible, in my constituency, to talk about the Constitutional Convention.

Over the last several months I spoke to 11 schools and held a mini convention in each of them.
The results varied from school to school but the one uniting theme was that in all schools there was almost universal support for Marriage Equality.

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Quinn opens conference on tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools

Posted on February 20, 2013

Minister Ruairi Quinn and Deputy John Lyons at the ILGA conference

The Minister for Science and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, today opened a conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying, in association with Ireland’s Presidency of the EU Council.

Held by the ILGA – Europe, (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) which is examining the issue of homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in association with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services.

Creating safer and more inclusive schools for LGBT youth is a rising priority across Europe. It is also a key priority of the Government and forms a core part of the recent Action Plan on Bullying launched by Minister Quinn last month.

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Safer Internet Day

Posted on February 05, 2013

Today is the 10th Safer Internet Day which was established to raise awareness about safe and responsible use of Internet technologies especially among children and young people. Minister Ruairi Quinn, following on the launch of the Action Plan on Bullying last week, helped launch the ‘Watch Your Space’ media campaign. The campaign focuses on cyber bullying and is targeted at young people.

Minister Quinn said he was delighted to support the campaign and promote the key campaign messages. “Tackling bullying requires support from wider society and is not a problems schools, parents and children themselves can solve along. “

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Action Plan on Bullying launched

Posted on January 29, 2013

Minster for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn today launched Ireland's first ever national plan to tackle bullying. The Action Plan on Bullying sets out 12 clear actions on how to prevent and tackle bullying. Recognising the many forms and places that bullying can exist, this plan resolves to tackle bullying in a multifaceted approach, working together with all parties to find a common solution.

[Download Action Plan for Bullying]

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Momentum builds to tackle unemployment

Posted on December 18, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn

Today, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn launched Momentum - a new €20 million initiative which will provide training and education places for up to 6,500 long-term jobseekers.

In tune with Labour's plan to get Ireland working, Momentum will help jobseekers gain in-demand skills and access to work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities, such as areas like ICT, digital media, food processing, and sales and marketing.

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Protecting education is a priority for the Government

Posted on December 07, 2012

rq image - Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.

Protecting education is a priority for the Government and many of the measures in Budget 2013 will protect the most vulnerable in our education system.

Class sizes have been protected for the 2013/14 and class sizes will be also be protected for free second-level schools. SNA numbers and resource teachers will be protected and there are no changes to the overall staffing or funding for DEIS schemes.

The subvention to fee-paying schools will be reduced through the change in class-size ratio from 21:1 to 23:1 from next September. This means that those who have most will pay most.

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The days of the Golden Circle are over, Gilmore tells the Dáil

Posted on November 08, 2012

This morning's Leaders' Questions saw debate on SUSI and delays in awarding students grants, pensions and the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore expressed his outrage at the level of some bankers' pay and pensions and assured the House that 'the days of the golden circle are over'.

You can watch the entire debate on the accompanying video.

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The Convention in your Classroom

Posted on October 10, 2012

Deputy Aodhan Ó Riordáin


In this post Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tells us about his Classroom Convention project.

This week I launched my Convention in The Classroom initiative. The purpose of this project is for me to travel around the schools in my constituency meeting with pupils to discuss the upcoming Constitutional Convention. My hope is that my visit will begin a conversation with pupils about the issues being discussed at the upcoming convention which they will continue online on the Facebook page that I have setup for this purpose and by using the twitter hash tag #classconv.

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Major overhaul of the Junior Cert announced

Posted on October 04, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn announcing major overhaul of the Junior Cert

Today the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn announced sweeping changes of the Junior Cert Cycle. Making a break from the current exam focused rote learning system, students will now be assessed by continuous assessments over three years, and sit a final exam in the end of year three. Shaking up the current syllabuses, a number of short courses in areas such as digital media, entrepreneurship, computer coding, and Chinese language and culture will be added. Helping students to become more well-rounded and life ready, the new junior cycle will seek to teach practical skills such as 'staying well' and 'working with others'.

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Byrne congratulates Synge Street's European Young Scientists of the Year

Posted on September 26, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn congratulating Ireland's European Young Scientist winners -  Minister Ruairi Quinn congratulating Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle on their win in the Physics category of the European Young Scientist of the Year.
Minister Ruairi Quinn congratulating Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle on their win in the Physics category of the European Young Scientist of the Year.

Deputy Eric Byrne has spoken of his delighted at the news that two former Synge Street students, Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle, scooped the top prize in the Physics category of the European Young Scientists competition.

A former pupil of Synge Street CBS, Deputy Eric Byrne said: "Their achievement is a testament to their own hard work and the hard work of the staff of Synge Street School. I was delighted to learn last night of the success of Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle at the European Young Scientist Competition, this news follows on from their magnificent achievement at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in January of this year."

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