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Teachers, St George's Day and Ukraine

Ronan McGreevy Wed, Apr 23
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  • 10:21
    My name is Ronan McGreevy and I'm doing the live blog today. I can be followed on twitter at @rmcgreevy1301
  • 10:22
    Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn is not a man known for putting his foot in it, but his talk about "feminisation" of education has really stirred up a hornet's nest.
  • 10:25
    Our new education correspondent Joe Humphreys has had quite an introduction to the teachers' conferences. Here's his report. Read it here.
  • 10:29
    For the day that's in it, the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, a twitter feed of the fighting.
  • 10:34
    ASTI general secretary Pat King has blamed the "usual small number of suspects" for the disruption for yesterday's scenes when the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn was booed and jeered. He accused those involved of being members of a political party though he declined to say which one. "There is a bunch of people who do not have the best interests of teachers at heart," he said.  What happened was "wrong and unacceptable". "It does not represent the teachers I know," he added.
  • 10:35

    Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has played down the controversy over the reception he received at ASTI conference yesterday, saying it was "difficult to continue talking" over the din but the "small but loud minority" was entitled to protest.

    Speaking this morning on RTE Radio, he said he believed a "fear of change" was one of the reasons for opposition to his Junior Cycle reforms, while there was also a "residue" of resentment over cuts in pay in recent years.

    He pointed out that the ASTI president Sally Maguire praised many aspects of the Junior Cycle plan and these views were shared by teachers, and he urged them to reengage with the consultation process.

  • 10:35
    For the day that's in it, and now that we're all friends, happy St George's Day to all our English friend. Have a half of warm bitter and a Cornish pasty on us.
  • 10:49
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  • 11:07
    It would be Shakespeare's 450th birthday today. Here's the  website for the official celebrations.
  • 11:13
    Calling all Led Zeppelin fans out there. The band have released two previously unreleased tracks, Keys to the Highway and an early version of Whole Lotta Love. There's also an interview with Robert Plant on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning. Personally, as a huge fan, I'd like to see them reform, but most of us have given up hope at this stage.
  • 11:26
    If the international rules series was an animal, it would be a mangy cur dog long past putting out of its misery. However, the GAA and the AFL have decided to give it one more go. There will be  a single test in Perth in November. Here are the details.
  • 11:38
    Fascinating interview with Jimmy Page on BBC Radio 4 Today programme. "We knew we were good," he said referring to Led Zeppelin. You can hear it here.
  • 11:38
  • 11:43
    "I certainly don't want to be exhumed to do," says Jimmy Page about the possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion. He said he would like to do Glastonbury but, as he points out, he's only the guitar player. "I'm more surprised than anybody else that there has not been a Led Zeppelin reunion."
  • 11:46
    Here's Roy Keane's "ashamed" comments from last night.
  • 11:59
    Friends and admirers from the world of music and the arts will join members of the Heaney family at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 today for the unveiling of a large Aubusson tapestry dedicated to the memory of the late Seamus Heaney.
    The tapestry, ‘Out of The Marvellous, was designed by New York based Czech artist Peter Sis and woven over the past five months by master weavers in Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France. Measuring 4 metres in width and 4.5 metres in length, it will be clearly visible to all departing passengers, suspended from the ceiling of Terminal 2 on the Departures Floor.
    The tapestry project was conceived and commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey on behalf of Amnesty International. The late Seamus Heaney was a great Amnesty supporter for over 30 years and dedicated a poem to Amnesty titled ‘From The Republic of Conscience’ which inspired the ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award - the global organisations most prestigious international award.
  • 13:14
    There was extraordinary comments by Pat King, the general secretary of the ASTI, at their annual conference in Kilkenny today. In his main speech, he revealed that he had been "bullied and abused on a website run and moderated by ASTI members. Included on the website and left on the website by the moderators for several weeks, was a clear death threat for me and worse still despicable references to my children and grandchildren".
  • 13:35
    What are the richest and poorest counties in Ireland? According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures, Dublin is the richest county per capita in Ireland with an average disposal income of €21,329, some 12 per cent above the national average of €19,055. The poorest county in terms of average disposal income is Donegal at €15,897 followed by Monaghan (€16,291) and Roscommon (€16,392). Here's the full story here.
  • 13:57
  • 14:10

    The death toll in the Korean Sewol ferry disaster has reached 150. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are presumed to have drowned.

    The Sewol sank last Wednesday on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the southern island of Jeju. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing.

  • 14:25

    The public will have a chance to explore 10,500 newly digitised items charting the history of Ireland during the 19th and early 20th centuries through the National Library of Ireland’s (NLI) online catalogue which will be launched tomorrow.  

     The newly digitised items includes portraits of famous – and infamous – figures from Irish history, up to the end of the 19th century including Daniel O’Connell and Robert Emmett as well as photographs of 1916 leader Tom Clarke, his wife Kathleen and family; and ephemera such as tickets and posters   from 1914 which gives a glimpse into life one hundred years ago.


  • 14:35
    Like his reputation, the resort that former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton was developing in Montenegro, is in a terrible state.  

    Photographs supplied to  The Irish Times  by Australian blogger Paul Erickson illustrate the eyesore that the abandoned Hotel Fjord Kotor has become for the otherwise picturesque coastal tourist town.

    The hotel was to have been redeveloped into a luxury five-star resort by Mr Fingleton, who reportedly paid over €5 million in 2006 for control of the project through his firm, New Fjord Developments.

    Mark Paul has this report.  

  • 14:44
    David Moyes has just issued a statement following his sacking as Manchester United manager. It is quite a serene and generous statement given the trauma he has been through. Here it is in full.
    "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

    "Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

    "The scale of the manager's job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

    "We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad. This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

    "In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

    "I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager. I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United."
  • 14:56
    The most significant thing about David Moyes' statement is the absence of any reference to the players. It was an open secret that he did not get on with them. Read about it here.
  • 14:59
    Oxegen will not be returning this year. Here's Jim Carroll's take on it.  
  • 15:40

    First the Government has trouble with the teachers, now it is the turn of the GPs.

    The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said it is “appalled” at   legislative proposals published today with the aim of overhauling the contractual relationship between them and the HSE.  

    Dr. Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO said the legislation “had exceeded our worst fears.”   He described its proposals as “draconian” and “an attempt to unilaterally rewrite the relationship between GPs and the HSE.”   Dr. Walley predicted that GPs would react with fury to the proposed legislation.

     Dr. Walley said that the proposed legislation gave the lie to the argument by Government that this was about extending free GP visit cards to GPs.

    "This legislation has nothing to do with GP visit cards for children.   It is nothing less than a unilateral attempt to replace the long-standing GMS Contract with a new, draconian contract which will destroy the very fabric of the GP service in Ireland and there are very serious concerns as to the future viability of the service," he said.  

    This argument is set to run and run.  

  • 15:48

    President Michael D Higgins planted a yew tree to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf as part of an ecumenical service in the Church of St John the Baptist this morning.

    The yew, which is a native Irish tree, was chosen for its longevity. Older yew trees in Ireland have been alive for an estimated 2,000 years so it is hoped that the tree planted in the church grounds this morning will be around for the celebrations marking the battle’s second millennium.


  • 16:20

    Today is quite a significant day in history. Not only is it the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, it is also the 398th anniversary of his death. (It is a moot point whether he was born and died on the same date as records were not quite then what they are now).  

    While Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, his Spanish equivalent Miquel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, died on the same day (or the day before, we're not sure).  

    Shakespeare's birth and death date just happens to be St George's Day which is also celebrated in Portugal and Catalonia.  

    Least we forget April 23rd is also the anniversary date for the Battle of Clontarf which Brian Ború won.  


  • 17:03

    Remember the three months holidays teachers get every summer? According to this report by Peter McGuire, they could be coming to an end.  

    Teachers in the further education sector will be required to work throughout the summer under reforms announced by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.  

    Mr Quinn outlined a radical reconfiguration of higher and further education and training at his speech to over 400 delegates at the Teachers’ Union of Ireland this afternoon.

    You can read his report here.  


  • 17:03
    And that's all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by.