Just in time to give teachers the end-of-year send-off they deserve, Ireland’s largest contemporary craft and design fair Gifted has launched an online site featuring the best makers from the annual event at the RDS.
With a selection of gifts for teachers for under €30, Giftedfromireland.com is a curated hub, featuring the very best in Irish craft and design direct from many of the country’s most talented makers.
It features an eclectic mix of jewellery, accessories, homeware, clothing, skincare, artisan food, sustainable living products and gifts which can be delivered worldwide.
From top: Ring dishes in white clay and glaze with a hand-painted 22k gold lustre accent by Danu Ceramics available in a range of colours (€26 each); Ceramic Monster Plant Pots by Yewfort Crafts available in a range of colours (€15); Oak and Perspex Puzzle handmade by The Dublin Puzzle Co. (€20); Small batch marmalade made in Galway by Gran Gran’s Foods in a selection of flavours (€4); Handmade Donegal tweed pocket squares by Orwell & Browne available in a range of colours (€30)
Pre-2011 pay-scale teacher Neasa Moloney (top left) supporting her colleague, lower tier post-2011 pay scale teacher Sarah Kelly outside Colaiste Bride School on a day of action across Ireland by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over unequal pay.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland has announced that its members will go on strike on Tuesday, February 4th.
This is days before the general election on February 8th.
In a statement, the TUI says:
The Union represents some 19,000 members in second level schools, colleges of further and adult education and Institutes of Technology/Technological Universities.
In October, TUI members voted by a margin of 92% to 8% to engage in a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue, and the Union announced in November that it would take strike action in February unless the matter was resolved.
The union stated that while its campaign has resulted in progress, those teachers employed after 1st January 2011 will still earn some €110,000 less than longer-serving colleagues over the course of a career. Critically, they will earn over €50,000 less in the first ten years of their career when key life choices are made.
Speaking today, TUI President Seamus Lahart said:
‘We have exhausted every avenue open to us to bring this matter to resolution and have been left with no choice but to take strike action over the ongoing scandal of pay discrimination.”
Almost 70% of second-level schools are closed today as the Association of Secondary School Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) engage in the second of a series of one-day strikes over the issue of equal pay for more recently qualified teachers.
From top: Loreto College Dublin 2; pics 2-4: Pobalscoil Neasain, Baldoyle; pic 5: ASTI President Ed Byrne (right) and ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie and ASTI members
Here’s a little short film you may be interested in. Senior Infants, directed by Diarmuid Hayes, recently won 1st place at Lighthouse Cinema’s monthly shorts night and features a heap of Irish talent. Now the director has decided to let the internet have it’s way with it and would just love the Broadsheet readers to have a watch. Hope yous like it.