Education News 2016


Bruton’s special needs assistant (SNA) plans win cautious welcome

IMPACT trade union, which represents almost 7,000 special needs assistants (SNAs), today (Tuesday) welcomed education minister Richard Bruton’s plans for a 7% increase in the number of SNAs, but said a continued expansion of the service will be required in the coming years to meet growing demand and respond to demographic changes. IMPACT official […]


Childminding Ireland staff seek Wicklow TDs’ support

Staff at Childminding Ireland, who have been on strike for over a week, have written to Wicklow’s five TDs to seek their support in their dispute over compulsory redundancies. Their union IMPACT has today (Tuesday) contacted John Brady (Sinn Féin), Pat Casey (Fianna Fáil), Stephen Donnelly (Social Democrats), and ministers Andrew Doyle and Simon […]


IMPACT demands accelerated recruitment in schools and colleges, plus action on educational disadvantage

IMPACT has demanded an acceleration of recruitment in the education sector, and has sought Government support for a range of measures to tackle educational disadvantage. The union, which represents over 10,000 staff in the education sector, put forward the proposals today (Wednesday) in its submission to education minister Richard Bruton’s consultation on an education […]


New coalition calls for increased employers’ contribution to higher education costs

The four biggest trade unions in higher education, including IMPACT,  have joined with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to campaign for better public investment in the sector. USI, IFUT, IMPACT, SIPTU and TUI announced their new coalition as they published joint proposals on higher education funding as part of Minister Richard Bruton’s public […]


Childminding Ireland staff start indefinite strike

Staff in Childminding Ireland begin an indefinite strike this morning (Tuesday). Their union IMPACT says the dispute will continue until management withdraws compulsory redundancy notices served to five staff members, and enters meaningful talks over proposed restructuring plans. IMPACT says redundancies are unnecessary in the organisation, which is not experiencing financial difficulties and has produced […]


IMPACT campaign for early years professionals

IMPACT has joined with the Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP) to work together to achieve investment in the sector. The first step is coming together at regional level to explain the importance of trade union organisation in order to achieve our common goals.


Greater union cooperation crucial to Institute of Technology mergers – IMPACT

Union says prospect of a student loan scheme creates ‘a cloud of uncertainty’ and could create barriers to third level education in some regions


IoT branch symposium on mergers in higher education

IMPACT’s Institute of Technology branch is holding a symposium on mergers in higher education on Friday 12th February.


IMPACT’s IoT branch symposium on mergers in higher education

IMPACT’s Institute of Technology branch are holding a symposium on mergers in higher education on Friday 12th February, at the DIT Grangegorman Campus in Dublin.