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NI primary school principals unite over budget ‘crisis’

More than 140 primary school principals across Northern Ireland have signed a letter demanding an immediate increase in the education budget.

The letter, suggesting many schools have now reached crisis point, has been sent to both politicians and education bodies.

The principals, from all sectors, are demanding an immediate budgetary increase of at least 7%.

That amounts to more than £80m, given that the current allocation for 2016/17 is around £1.16bn.

As Paul Reilly reports, teachers also want a commitment to provide a year-on-year increase - at the very least in line with inflation - for the next five years.

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Queen’s University vice-chancellor dies

Professor Patrick Johnston. Credit: QUB

Queen’s University Belfast has confirmed the death of its vice chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston.

In a short statement, the university said he died suddenly earlier on Sunday.

Staff have expressed their deep sense of shock and sadness and extended their deepest sympathies to his wife and four sons as well as wider family.

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Care home graduation for distinguished academic

One of the most distinguished academics in the Irish language field has been honoured by Ulster University, in a special graduation ceremony at his care home.

Retired priest Father Harry Coyle, aged 77, taught Irish in Dungannon for decades and has published dozens of books.

Now, as he recovers from a period of illness and enjoys his retirement at Moneymore Care Home, close friends and former colleagues have joined him to see his service to education recognised.

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