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This afternoon.


This morning/afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2.

Minister for Education Norma Foley in the Courtyard of Government Buildings, as she addresses media to provide further details of arrangements for 2022 Leaving Certificate.

Nice stole ‘n’ metal pearls.

Earlier: Arriving And Leaving

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Minister for Education Norma Foley

This morning.

Via RTÉ News:

The Minister for Education has lost a Supreme Court appeal against findings that two home-schooled students were unfairly excluded from the Leaving Certificate calculated grades process in 2020.

Minister for Education Norma Foley had appealed against the Court of Appeal decisions in two cases.

Today the Supreme Court ruled that the refusal to exclude two home-schooled students from the calculated grades system was an impermissible interference with the constitutional freedom of the family to provide education in the home.

So there.

Minister loses appeal over calculated grades for home-schooled students (RTE)


Minister for Education Norma Foley

This morning.


The General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has estimated that around 15% of members will be absent when schools reopen tomorrow.

John Boyle said that around seven or eight thousand teachers will be absent because of Covid-19.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Boyle said that the term ahead, up to mid-term, is going to be an extremely difficult one and there will be situations whereby children will have to have classes at home…

…He said that he was deeply concerned about finding enough teachers to keep the system running and added “there isn’t a hope” that there would be enough replacement teachers.

Thousands of teachers ‘will be absent’ due to Covid (RTE)

Education minister Norma Foley (top) has asked parents to consider cancelling their children’s birthday parties

This morning/afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

People should reconsider hosting and attending birthday parties or play dates for children, Minister for Education Norma Foley has said.

She also asked people to “hunker down” in light of the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Ms Foley was speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne programme after the Government announced a series of new measures in a bid to curb a rise in Covid-19 cases.

We are in a different setting now,” she said.

“There is a window of opportunity to reassert ourselves and do the right thing.”


Reconsider birthday parties, play dates – Foley (RTÉ)


From top: Minister for Education Norma Foley outside the Department of Education in Dublin earlier; A carbon monoxide monitor for classrooms

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ:

…an order of carbon dioxide monitors for schools has arrived and will be distributed in the coming days.

Minister for Education Norma Foley said the monitors are “an additional tool” to aid ventilation and the recommendation is that they should be portable and shared between classrooms at different times of the day.



Ms Foley said that pilot antigen testing is being carried out in the childcare sector and at third level, and said should it be recommended that antigen testing be rolled out in schools, she will be happy to comply with that….

Ms Foley said the Department of Health has recommended the continued use of masks at secondary level and not primary.

Minister ‘confident’ of measures in place for school reopening (RTÉ)

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This afternoon.

Boyband impresario Louis Walsh helps Minister Foley launch the Arts Programme for Schools for reasons that remain unclear.

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Terry Prone (left), of the Communications Clinic, and Norma Foley, Minister for Education

This morning.

Via Irish Independent:

Education Minister Norma Foley’s department hired a high-profile public relations firm before informing Cabinet about errors in the calculated grades system for the Leaving Cert.

The Department of Education sought the services of The Communication Clinic the day after errors in the system emerged.

However, Ms Foley did not inform some of her own Cabinet colleagues of the mistakes in the grading system at a meeting a week later.

Good times.

Department of Education hired PR firm the day after Leaving Cert exams error came to light Independent.ie)

Previously: Terry Prone on Broadsheet



Via Jeff Rudd (United People)

Minister for Education Norma Foley

This afternoon.




Cabinet agrees range of tighter public health measures (RTE)


In an interview with Seamus the Dog on RTÉ’s After School Hub, Education Minister Norma Foley will announce a no-homework day for all students.

Via Independent.ie:

Between now and Christmas teachers across the country can pick a day to give their students an evening free of homework.

The homework pass will be available to download from RTE.ie/learn from tomorrow afternoon.

Ms Foley says it’s a golden ticket…



Government issues no-homework day for all children in Ireland (Independent.ie)

Minister for Education Norma Foley addressing the Dáil tonight

This evening.

Minister for Education Norma Foley made a statement to the Dáil about the two code errors, out of 50,000 lines of code, in the Leaving Certificate calculated grades system which have resulted in thousands of students getting incorrect results.

She said it’s possible that 6,500 students were wrongly given lower results than they should have received, while potentially another 6,500 students may have been given higher results than they should have received.

The errors were detected by a Canadian firm involved in the process, Polymetrika International Inc.

Ms Foley explained:

“The system was meant to take a number of factors into account in computing the Leaving Certificate results. Among these were the results of the students’ junior cycle examinations which were considered at an aggregated class level.

“It is important to say that the junior cycle results of individuals were not being used to predict or influence their Leaving Certificate result. The data was to be used at an aggregated class level.

“The system was meant to draw on the core subjects of Irish, English and Maths and combine them with the students’ two best non-core subjects.

“The coding error, instead, combined them with the students’ two weakest non-core subjects.

“In the course of the review, the Calculated Grades Executive Office immediately undertook on Friday, staff found a further error in the code…

“The results of the subjects Civic Social and Political Education, CSPE, were meant to be disregarded by the system. They weren’t. They had been included in error.”


While we do not yet have the final figures and we won’t have final figures until the independent review, which is underway, has been completed, our checks to date indicate that the error has affected approximately 7,200 grades.

“There were over 400,000 calculated grades in total issued on September 7.

As a result of both errors, approximately 6,500 students received at least one result which was one grade lower than they should have. That is being rectified.

“In addition to the students who have received a lower grade then they should have in this year’s Leaving Certificate, some students received a higher grade. They will not be affected in any way. Their grades stand.

“Those who have received a lower grade will have a proper grade restored. When all the checks are completed, we’ll ensure the corrected results to the students affected, we will issue the corrected results to the students affected.

“As soon as it is possible to do so, every student will be contacted by text message and informed whether they are impacted or not.”


Rise TD Mick Barry had the following exchange with Ms Foley.

Mick Barry: “In addition to the students who received a lower grade than they should have in this year’s Leaving Certificate, some students received a higher grade. How many?”

Norma Foley: “It, as I have said previously, it is difficult to know the finite number of students until all the checks and reviews and balances have been put in place. But in terms of the students, as you have referenced, who will go up by at least one grade, we are estimating at this point, that we are talking about approximately 6,500 students and that is an estimate at this stage.

“So I can only estimate, that when students go up, you’re perhaps talking about a similar number but again I’m not a statistician and I wouldn’t have that information fully available to you until the review is complete…”

Barry: “Sure, I’ll…I’m not expecting an exact figure. But just to be clear, so, when you say that in addition to the students who received a lower grade, some students received a higher grade, you think that as many as 6,500 students could have received a higher grade?

Foley:I can’t say that definitively to you, deputy but I’m going to assume that if the estimate is that number will go up by one grade, there is every chance that we might be talking about a similar number…”

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Taoiseach, Micheál Martin (left) and Minister for Education Norma Foley

This morning.


Via RTÉ:

Ms Foley is set to make a statement in the Dáil today about errors discovered in this year’s Leaving Certificate calculated grades process.

The full impact of the mistake, and the exact number of students affected, will only be known when a second review of all marks awarded is completed.

Universities have warned that they do not have the capacity to offer places to all students who may receive a new CAO offer on foot of upgraded Leaving Certificate results.

Among the questions unanswered as yet: when will the students who have been affected be told?

Minister admits some students may have to defer college place (RTÉ)

Yesterday: The New Norma