If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

Young teachers deserve more pay and more hours

Ruairi Quinn oversaw cruel cutbacks towards the end of his term as Minister for Education. He increased the hours teachers had to work, via more supervision, for no pay.

Young teachers, often only teaching six or seven hours a week, get no paid supervision hours. Before, these teachers might have gotten three or four hours a week additional pay for supervising classes, when staff teachers were sick or on leave. Young teachers have to work for years before they get decent hours in secondary schools. Research shows a positive view of the future is a protective factor for young people.

Shauna McGarry Egan


University of Limerick


Co Limerick


Hannah Stephenson has advice on how to care for your garden when wet weather strikesHow to prevent and deal with waterlogging in the garden

If you're down in the epidermal dumps, exfoliation, hydration and decongesting is what you need.The Skin Nerd: How to prep and pep that played-out January skin

The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week

“Finish him!” It’s one of the most famous lines in video games – in fact, they pretty much built the entire series around it. Mortal Kombat is notorious for brutal finishing moves, in which the characters kill off their opponents in horrific (and often humourous) fashion.Game Tech: Mortal line lives on in the cinema

More From The Irish Examiner