'The job has become more demanding'
Gerry Murphy, principal of St Joseph's National School in Dundalk, has seen changes to the job since he first became a head 30 years ago.
"I have found it a very rewarding job, but I am not sure I would advise my children to go into education.
"The job of a principal has become more demanding. When I was first appointed there was nowhere near the same level of accountability.
"As a principal you deal with everything. Human Resources takes up a lot of time. The school's upkeep is also the principal's responsibility. . . We are upgrading the electrics in the school.
"I am fortunate that I am in a larger school and I can devote all my time to administration. In smaller schools principals have to teach. Having been a teaching principal in the past I can see why people are reluctant to take on the job. One minute you might be teaching, the next you might be trying to get a broken boiler fixed."