After a week of withering criticism over the medical cards controversy, the Government now appears to be facing into another major fight over Budget cutbacks in education.
The Labour Party is planning to table a Dáil motion next week calling for the reversal of the decision to increase the pupil-teacher ratio in Irish schools.
Another march on the Dáil is also being planned to coincide with the debate on the motion.
Yesterday, around 10,000 students protested at Leinster House over the Budget decision to increase annual college registration fees from €900 to €1,500.
The Irish National Teachers Organisation, meanwhile, has warned that children could be sent home and schools may have to close because of Budget cuts in substitute cover.