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Teachers across Co Clare and the country have been praised for their “incredible work” since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools have been closed since Friday March 13th in an attempt to flatten the curve. In a letter to The Clare Echo, the INTO expressed their gratitude “for the incredible work teachers have been doing since the current pandemic began. We have seen thousands of examples of teachers working tirelessly, to connect with the children they normally teach in school every day. We have also been made aware of the huge efforts being made by our members supporting the elderly and more vulnerable members of their communities”.

Both President, Feargal Brougham and General Secretary, John Boyle noted that principals have played “a massive part” in the co-ordination of their work while also sending “reassuring messages” to parents and guardians.

“Their actions have demonstrated that education is a vital public service that remains open for business during this national crisis. We know that they will continue to play their part in the coming weeks to show the people of Ireland that our educators are among the most creative, caring and compassionate in the world. We also salute the work of other front-line staff in the health sector and in a whole variety of workplaces for their bravery and courage at this trying time. We can all be proud of our actions. When Ireland asked, we have all stepped up,” they added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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