Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:


Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Defence Forces

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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.


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Allocation of 380 Special Needs Resource Teaching Posts

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Allocation of 380 Special Needs Resource Teaching Posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015 

Allocation of 380 Special Needs Resource Teaching Posts

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has today announced the allocation of an additional 380 resource teacher posts to support students with special educational needs.

The posts are in addition to those extra posts allocated to schools in May last and relate to the applications for support submitted by schools after the May allocations closing date. Together, the total number of resource teacher posts allocated to schools for this year is 6,832 – an increase of 10% on the total allocation this time last year.

In the last three school years, an extra 1,567 resource teacher posts have been sanctioned for schools which have enrolled students with special educational needs.

Detailed information on the resource teaching allocations for both Primary and Post Primary schools for 2015/16 is now available on the NCSE website.

Click here to view the NCSE’s Allocation to Primary Schools [PDF]

Click here to view the NCSE’s Allocation to Post Primary Schools [PDF]

Click here to view County Totals for all schools [PDF]


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