Saturday 25 March 2017

Learning a harsh economic lesson

Ellie Ni Mhurchu, who teaches on a fixed-term basis at St Anne's primary school, Shankill, Co Dublin
Ellie Ni Mhurchu, who teaches on a fixed-term basis at St Anne's primary school, Shankill, Co Dublin
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

TEACHER Ellie Ni Mhurchu fears her prospects for a career in Ireland vanished when a circular from the Department of Education landed at her school last week.

The 26-year-old from Monkstown, Dublin, has been working at St Anne's national school in Shankill, Co Dublin, for two years.

She is one of five teachers at St Anne's -- on a fixed-term basis -- who don't know if their contracts will be renewed in September. Teachers being redeployed from elsewhere have first call on their positions so their hopes of a permanent job are even more uncertain.

Ms Ni Mhurchu said that when she did a post-graduate course in primary teaching, she "could not foresee anything like this".

Now, she said, the situation was "very bleak. When the circular arrived, any sort of hope and any sort of prospect for a career in Ireland vanished."

Ms Ni Mhurchu said she and her colleagues would not take the matter lying down and want a meeting with the new education minister.

Irish Independent

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