‘Online shaming’ the latest topic to be tackled by Tabú, the probing TG4 documentary series

‘Online shaming’ the latest topic to be tackled by Tabú,

the probing TG4 documentary series


  • Episode 6 in Tabú airs on Wednesday 12th December at 9.30pm on TG4 and features range of personal stories from those who have been ‘shamed’ online
  • A range of cyber-security experts and commentators also take part

What happens when someone becomes the target and victim of online shaming? Why does ‘shame’ have such a traumatic impact on our consciousness? The latest episode of the Tabú series on TG4 delves into the area of ‘online shaming’ and examines the effect it can have on ordinary people.

In TG4’s Tabú: Náire online influencer, blogger and presenter Ciara Ní É explores the sensitive and traumatic stories of those who have been victims of online abuse and extortion and how it has affected them.

Contributors to the series include:

  • Mary O’Donnell, a beautician from Tralee, appeared on The Today Show A video of the clip went viral and received over a million views online after she had a mishap on live television while applying eyeliner to a model.
  • In 2017 Peter Hynes, a dairy farmer from Aherla in Cork, won Farmer of the Year. He and his wife Paula joined Twitter and soon afterwards they started to receive a torrent of abuse from online vegan shamers.
  • Dubliner Jackie Fox shares her heart-breaking story of her daughter, Nicole, who was the victim of online bullying. In January of this year, Nicole took her own life. Now Jackie is campaigning to bring in “Coco’s Law” in memory of her daughter as she wants the law to be changed to make it harassment online an offense.
  • A range of male and female victims who have suffered from sextortion, online bullying and shaming.

Expert contributors include:

  • Stefanie Preissner, Writer and broadcaster
  • Michael Gubbins, Detective Superintendent, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau
  • Nicola Fox Hamilton, Cyber-psychologist
  • Joanna Fortune, Clinical Psychotherapist specialising in child & adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Paul Dwyer, CEO of European Cyber Surveillance


Promos for the show are here:



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About Tabú:

Tabú is a series of standalone hour-long documentaries which deals with topics from Random Acts of Violence to Online Shaming, from Rural Decline to Domestic Abuse.

Contributors discuss their experiences and explore how these events, beyond their own control, have changed their lives forever. As well as delving into the issues, the contributors attempt to understand what compels people to act in such ways.

These poignant, and often thought-provoking, films encourage the viewer to reflect on the subject matter and consider the effects on our society.

Midas Productions, a leading factual television production company based in Dublin, is dedicated to creating thought-provoking, entertaining, challenging and informative television programming. Past productions have included 13,000,000,000 miles from Birr (RTÉ), Asking For It (RTÉ2), Fir Marú agus Grá (TG4), and The Joy (TV3).

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Statement by Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals on Budget 2019

“There are many welcome elements for our education system outlined by Minister Donohoe in his Budget 2019 speech this afternoon, including a €196 million increase in capital spending, contained within the overall increase of 6.7% in spending on education”, Mr. Byrne said.  

 “New school buildings and the repair and refurbishment of our existing schools is long overdue and now badly needed, particularly at secondary level, so while positive, this level of investment needs to accelerate over coming years”, noted Byrne.

 “The increase of 5% to the capitation grant is positive. Increased capitation is essential to the day-to-day running of our schools and in delivering education to a high standard. School principals have been under increasing pressure to meet both of these challenges in recent years, so anything which reduces this burden is welcome.

 Other key initiatives which will help to future-proof our education system for families, our schools and wider community, include the provision for an additional 1300 posts across the education system, an increase to Back to School allowance of €25, and the ongoing support for developing school leadership roles within our schools.

 Investment in education is vital to Ireland’s broader success, so the NAPD now urges the Government to continue this investment momentum”, concluded Mr. Byrne.


National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals extends best wishes to all students, teachers and families as state exams begin

 Almost 121,000 students due to take their Leaving and Junior Cert exams

 Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), has extended his best wishes to all students starting their Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate State Examinations this morning.

“I want to wish every single student the very best of luck as they begin their Junior and Leaving Cert exams this morning. This is the time for you to showcase your creativity, your knowledge, and everything that they have learned from your teachers over the last three, five, or six years. I do also want to thank teachers and especially the parents and families who support these students every day. I do want to stress that although these are important exams, remember that no matter what path you want to take, there are many options and routes to get there”, concluded Mr. Byrne.




Notes to editor:


The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is the professional association for secondary level school leaders in Ireland.



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Sleep, put the phone down, and enjoy the small things: five ways to avoid Leaving Cert anxiety

  • Clive Byrne of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals shares his wisdom to help Leaving Cert students keep calm and stress-free

June is here and that can only mean one thing: the Leaving Cert. While the rest of us enjoy the sunshine, spare a thought for the tens of thousands of young Irish students cooped up inside working hard in preparation for their final exams.

With a few tricks and a bit of strategy, however, surviving the last few weeks of the Leaving Cert doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful.

Below, Clive Byrne, director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), shares his five tips for a successful—and anxiety-free—Leaving Cert:

  • Sleep at least eight hours a night

“Getting a good night’s sleep before an exam is undoubtedly the single most important thing you can do. Don’t waste time cramming until the wee hours. Not only will you wake up absolutely exhausted, you’ll have immense difficulty actually recalling any information in the exam hall.

“You need a good eight or nine hours before an exam. Close the books, shut off your phone, and get to bed early.”

  • Eat well and avoid caffeine

“Eating a poor diet can wreak havoc not only on your physical health, but your state of mind. As much as possible, avoid eating nutrient-sparse junk like crisps, pizzas and other greasy or fatty foods.

“In particular, lay off the caffeine. While a cup of coffee or an energy drink will give you a brief buzz, you’ll crash later. Drink too much over a period of time and your body will become dependent on it. Remember, you won’t be able to satisfy your caffeine cravings in an exam.”

  • Create a study plan

“While you should have done most of your study by now, you probably have some exams separated by a few days. Use this time to study sensibly. While there’s no one-size-fits-all way of doing it, consider organising your subjects by topics. Hone in on your weakest areas rather than just refreshing what you already know well.

“Some people work best revising over longer chunks of time, while others prefer to study for forty minutes then take ten- or fifteen-minute breaks. Experiment and see what works for you. Use flash cards to jog your memory, speak your notes aloud, and as much as possible write, rather than type, your notes.”

  • Find a quiet place

“A study plan is only as good as your study environment. Get away from noisy family members, televisions, computers, games consoles and anything else that might tempt you or cause your mind to wander. Most important of all: Put down your phone. Turn it off. Lock it away if you must.

“If you’re getting cabin fever, try studying outside. If you’re really struggling, consider setting up shop at your local library.”

  • De-stress

“The Leaving Cert is an immensely stressful time. While you should be working hard, you shouldn’t be pushing yourself to the edge of a nervous breakdown. You need to be calm and collected on the day.

“You won’t be productive if you study for twelve hours straight, locked away like a monk in a cell. Take regular breaks and reward your work by doing something that you enjoy. Listen to music, go for a walk, and talk to your friends and family.”





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Statement by NAPD on Minister Bruton’s announcement of extra places on Leadership Course’s for Teachers

Statement by National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals

“The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals welcome the announcement by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD that the number of places available on the Professional Diploma in School Leadership, will increase by 20% from September from 250 to 300 places. The importance of school leaders and posts of responsibility, and the State’s investment in same, is something which is essential for every school.

School leaders have the capacity to define the benchmarks of quality and excellence in each of their schools. Equally, and just as important, resourced and engaged school leadership structures better guarantee the delivery of these objectives. Today’s announcement is a further step to ensuring that these structures become a fundamental part of every school in Ireland.”



20 April, 2018

 Minister Bruton announces extra places on Leadership Course for Teachers

 Almost 50 extra places on Professional Diploma in School Leadership

 Speaking at the IPPN Deputy Principals conference in Citywest today, Minister Bruton announced that he would be increasing the number of places on the Professional Diploma in School Leadership, the programme for aspiring school leaders.

This government has set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. Minister Bruton has stated numerous times that school leadership is vital to delivering on this ambition. Today’s announcement marks another significant investment by the government in supporting and encouraging leadership in our schools.

In response to a huge demand, the Minister has added almost 50 extra places on to the programme, bringing this year’s intake to 300. The Diploma is designed to prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence for senior leadership positions in schools.

Speaking at the IPPN Deputy Principals conference in Citywest today, Minister Bruton said, “The biggest influence on a child in a school is the quality of their teachers and the leadership within the school. We are lucky in Ireland to have excellent leaders in our schools. If we want to be the best in Europe, we need to support these leaders and encourage and empower others to show leadership. I am committed to doing this during my time as Minister.

“Today’s announcement, in addition to our previous actions such as increasing the number of promotional opportunities for teachers, will make a real difference in schools all around the country. One in three (34.5%) of teachers are in promoted positions in our schools and I want to make sure we are supporting our school leaders as best we can.”

 Notes to Editor

The Professional Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) is an innovative jointly accredited postgraduate diploma in school leadership and is delivered in partnership by the Schools of Education in the University of Limerick (UL), University College Dublin (UCD) and the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).


This unique partnership means that students on the programme have unique access to leading academics in school leadership across several universities nationally as well as from tutors with extensive experience in the area of educational leadership.


The programme, which is NQF level 9 is delivered on a part time basis in a blended learning format (online and face to face) over 18 months.


It is offered across a broad geographical spread, currently in eight centres nationally. The increased student intake will add an additional centre and serve to meet the high demand by teachers for leadership professional development.  This year there were over 450 applicants and based on the programme success thus far, the intake was increased to 300 this year.  During their studies, participants engage with leadership theory and practice  specific to Leading Learning and Teaching in the Irish context; Professional Growth and Development; Leading School Transformation; Mentoring and Coaching; Leading School Development: Continuity, Change and Capacity Building; Building Culture, Capacity and Teams. In addition, they engage with senior leaders in business and industry as well as within the education sector in order to gain comprehensive engagement with the breadth and diversity of leadership in practice. Therefore this programme is important for aspiring school principals as it serves to enhance school leadership capacity and quality nationally.

For further information please see https://www.ul.ie/cpe/pdsl/

Low fitness level in exam students at second level

Commenting on the results of the findings, gathered as part of the Irish Life Health’s 2017 school fitness challenge survey, Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, said:

“It is absolutely vital that we recognise the importance of students’ physical health, particularly during exam years when stress levels will rise and there’s a tendency to have an unhealthy focus on exam results alone. Teachers, school management, and parents need to work together to ensure that students don’t become lost in the pressures of exams, to the detriment of their general health.

Alongside that, the provision of physical education in our schools has been neglected for many years, with underinvestment in facilities a significant problem for many schools. We need to see greater investment in facilities, as well as recognition that students’ physical and mental wellbeing are an important part of their education. We need to see leadership, both in schools and at Government-level, for prioritising student’s overall health and wellbeing, particularly during the difficult junior and leaving certificate exam cycles.”



78 percent of PLC students’ progress to employment or further education—new reports

  • An average of 33,000 students per year enrolled in a PLC course between 2011 and 2015, according to ESRI and SOLAS reports;
  • 62% of the students surveyed received achieved 200-400 points in their Leaving Certificate picked a PLC course as their first choice;
  • However, high quality of PLC education is at risk due to continued under-resourcing by Government;
  • NAPD’s Cecilia Munroe calls for establishment PLC reform committee to better allocate resources and funding.

78 percent of students enrolled in a PLC (Post-Leaving Certificate) course progress to employment or further or higher education, according to a new reports by the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) and SOLAS, the Department of Education’s further education and training body.

The reports, Evaluation of the PLC Programme, Evidence for Policy (ESRI) and Response to the Findings of the Evaluation of the National Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Programme (SOLAS), which reviewed the progress of the PLC educational programme, confirm that between 2011 and 2015, an average of 33,000 students annually enrolled in a course.

In terms of numbers, this makes the PLC programme one of the most successful vocational educational programmes in Ireland.

62% of PLC students received 200-400 points in their Leaving Certificate, indicating that for many, a PLC course was their first choice for further education.  31% received between 102-300 points and 31% received between 301-400 points.

PLC colleges offer Level 5 and Level 6 qualifications in a wide variety of fields, including programming, accountancy and engineering, as well as alternative pathways to full degree courses. They also offer opportunities to adults who have not completed their Leaving Certificate, those returning to education, and employees seeking to upskill in a particular area.

These positive findings come despite underfunding in the PLC programme.

Clive Byrne, director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), said that the reports clearly demonstrate the important role PLC colleges play in education in communities across the country.

“PLC colleges offer students of all backgrounds an alternative pathway to skilled work and further education. Indeed, for many, a PLC course offers an escape from unemployment and a better quality of life.

“The positive results highlighted in these reports defy the PLC programme’s long history of under-funding and under-resourcing. To ensure that standards do not slip, SOLAS, working with the Department of Education, should immediately move to establish an Advisory Committee to develop and implement an improvement plan that prioritises better allocation of resources.

“The benefits of doing so are manifestly clear. With a skilled workforce, and a student body primed for further education, Ireland can supply the needs of its modern economy and attract further domestic and international investment.”

Cecilia Munro, chairperson of the NAPD’s Further Education and Training committee, also welcomed the reports, but said that many of the risk factors undermining the programme have been consistently highlighted by educators working in this sector.

“Despite the very positive findings of the reports, the PLC system has a number of structural flaws that must be addressed as a matter of urgency. These include the uneven geographical spread of course provision, especially in rural areas; a lack of capital investment; a lack of appropriate admin, IT support and guidance counselling; and the level and quality of teacher qualifications.

“Once these recommendations are acted upon, Ireland will be in an ideal position to provide world-class PLC provision to students, consistently and over the long term.”


PE at Leaving Certificate

Commenting on the announcement that PE will be examinable at Leaving Certificate level, Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals, said, “We welcome the introduction of PE as an examinable subject for the Leaving Certificate. This is a positive development for students which recognises the importance of a balanced, holistic education that places health and wellbeing at the centre of students’ scholastic lives.

However, Mr Byrne cautioned, “The National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals are concerned that the shortage of teachers at second level may impact the implementation of PE as an examinable subject for Leaving Certificate. It is vital that schools are given the necessary supports in terms of teachers, equipment, and facilities to ensure that PE can be offered to students in all schools across Ireland.

Commenting today on the publication of the Bertelsmann-Stiftung report, Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals

“It is hugely disappointing to see Ireland ranking poorly amongst our European partners for our investment in education – 21 out of 28 countries. It’s particularly disappointing given Minister Bruton’s goal to make Irish education the best in Europe by 2026. While today’s report has some positives for Ireland, it shows we have a long way to go before the Minister’s goal becomes a reality. The report identifies education as amongst our greatest policy challenges, something which is often overlooked and must be urgently addressed.


Of particular challenge is the need to increase investment in our public education system, ensure education parity regardless of socio-economic background, and increase the rate of working-age population completing their secondary education, right through to Leaving Certificate. For the 20% of our working-age population who have not attained an upper-secondary education, more should be done to foster pathways to further education and training, particularly in circumstances where we’re reaching full employment.


The report also highlights Ireland’s achievements to date, particularly our students’ scholastic performance where we continue to perform well internationally, ranking amongst the highest in the EU. The incredible efforts of our hardworking teachers and school management teams must be recognised in this context but their work must be supported by Government if we are to improve our standing internationally.”



Statement by Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals on Budget 2018

“Budget 2018 includes many positive elements for our education system. These include increased supports for areas of second level education, which were neglected or reduced during the downturn such as curricular reform. However, increased investment to cover the day-to-day costs of running our secondary schools must now also be prioritised,” according to Mr. Byrne

“Today’s Budget includes a number of key initiatives which will help to future-proof our education system, including the provision of an additional 100 career guidance posts, extra funding for curricular reform and the continued implementation of the Junior Cycle reform and ongoing support for developing school leadership roles within our schools.

However, we now need to build on this progress by addressing other key issues facing our schools such as reducing the pupil-teacher ratios at second level and increased funding to close the gap between State capitation rates and the real costs of running our schools day-to-day,” added Mr. Byrne.