Kenmare teachers join the picket

Striking teachers on the picket line at Kenmare’s Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine on Thursday. Second-level schools across the country were closed on Thursday as 18,000 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) staged the first in a series of strikes over lower pay rates for recently-recruited staff. More than 200,000 students (including 500 in Kenmare) were forced to stay at home. Pic: Stephen Johnson