Sunday 18 February 2018

Kenny backs Ruairi Quinn's teacher jobs stance

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn

Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has backed up Education Minister Ruairi Quinn's hardline stance that secondary school teaching jobs are on the line after some teachers rejected the Haddington Road Agreement.

Mr Kenny told the Dail this morning that Mr Quinn was only pointing out the reality of the situation because of the stance taken by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).

The ASTI has rejected the agreement, and almost 500 schools are bracing themselves for industrial action from 8am next Wednesday.

Mr Quinn told the Dail last night that teachers who support it automatically lose protections it provides, such as job security.

Mr Kenny also told the Dail this morning "the Haddington Road Agreement offers protection for those who support it" and said 300,000 public servants had accepted it.

And the Taoiseach also ruled out new talks with the ASTI, saying: "The Haddington Road Agreement will not be renegotiated".

But Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald accused Mr Quinn of striking a "macho pose".

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