Irish Examiner view: Cutting back on degree duration may have unintended effects
The problems faced by schools all over Ireland in filling teaching posts has not ended simply because children are back at school.
The teacher shortage has several causes — the cost of accommodation in the capital is putting pressure on schools in Dublin to fill posts, for instance, while the Tánaiste identified another earlier this week.
There is a completely different discussion to be had as to why a voluntary service like Simon has to carry so much of the burden in this area, and why it is doing work which should really be carried out by State agencies. Unsatisfactory though that situation is, we can only be grateful that Simon and similar organisations are stepping up to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people.
The onslaught of bad news about climate change and environmental problems can be overwhelming.