Uncertainty over whether schools can re-open next week

Uncertainty continues this morning over whether secondary schools throughout Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim with ASTI member teachers will reopen after the current mid-term break.

Summerhill College in Sligo, the largest boys school in the region, informed parents last Friday evening that it would not be in a position to reopen.

It comes after the union staged its first day of industrial action last Thursday in relation to their dispute over pay and conditions.

Members are due to escalate the action by withdrawing from supervision and substitution duties when schools return from mid-term break next week.

However, it’s hoped that some progress can be made as Fresh talks are due to take place today between the Department of Education and the ASTI.

Sligo/Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry says the same situation applies to the schools with ASTI members throughout the region and he outlines why schools will be unable to re-open: