New ASTI President sceptical about Ruari Quinn

A Donegal native has taken over as president of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland.

Gerry Breslin - a business and maths teacher at Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon - says his key priorities for the coming year are protecting the education service from further cutbacks and improving the pay and conditions of recently qualified second-level teachers.

On suggestions that the Croke Park agreement be revisited, the Bundoran native said he does not believe there should be any renegotiations, and he questioned the approach of Education Minister Ruari Quinn.

Mr Breslin says he has take a year out of teaching to devote himself to his new role..........