by Mark Corcoran

Fórsa have hit back at Minister of State Anne Rabbitte after she took to Twitter to complain over therapists' return to special schools. The union said that her comments are 'Not entirely helpful' and that an invitation had already been given to her to discuss the issue, an invitation that was declined.


Fórsa have demanded  the publication of an internal review into alleged malpractice in An Bord Pleanála. Assistant secretary general Ian McDonald wrote to the chairman of An Bord Pleanála, Dave Walsh, to say that working conditions have become “intolerable” for their members as a result of the ongoing controversy around alleged conflicts of interest at the board. Yesterday, Dave Walsh announced his retirement citing 'personal and family reasons'.


The domestic violence survey closes at midday today. The purpose of this study is to garner a better understanding of domestic abuse amongst the union membership. This survey also sets out to establish attitudes towards domestic abuse and evaluate supports available in workplaces. You can fill out the ananymous survey HERE


Junior Minister for Special Education, Josepha Madigan confirmed yesterday that a dedicated national training programme for SNAs, delivered by UCD School of Education, will be formally accredited by the Department of Education.


Ireland is exploring whether other European states would allow both Michael Donohoe and Michael McGrath to attend meetings of the Eurogroup in order to solve issues in the reshuffling of Government in December.


The entire board of the Order of Malta Irealnd has been disbanded by a senior figure appointed by the headquarters of the religious order in Rome, deepening the falliut over a revent child sex abuse controversy facing the first-aid organisation.



On this day in 1996 Spice Girls released their debit album. Happy Friday folks.


Spice Girls - Wannabe (Official Music Video)


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