12 February, 2021 – Statement from the Department of Education

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today welcomed the opportunity to meet with the President and General Secretary of the TUI, Martin Marjoram and Michael Gillespie, to discuss the progress being made in the ongoing discussions regarding the 2021 State examinations.

The Minister also met with the President and General Secretary of the ASTI, Ann Piggott and Kieran Christie. The Minister reaffirmed her strong belief that the process of confidential engagement with all stakeholders agreed last Friday remains the best forum to advance discussions. She extended an invitation to the ASTI to reengage in this process.

Minister Foley expressed her confidence that the collective wisdom of all stakeholders can ensure that a pathway forward can be found.

Discussions continued with all the other partners today and will continue throughout the weekend.

The Minister again reiterated her commitment to providing clarity and certainty to students at the earliest possible time.