20,000 teachers take part in the the biggest mass rally in the history of their profession.
As a million children from around the country are left without classes for the day, their teachers congregated at Croke Park in Dublin to take action. The day of action resulted in the closure of almost 4,000 primary and secondary schools throughout Ireland. 20,000 members of ASTI, TUI and INTO staged a one-day protest, meeting at Croke Park and marching through the city centre to Leinster House. The strike centred on demands for pay increases and improved working conditions.
President of INTO Roisín Carabine addresses the crowd stating
This dispute is not of our making.
Others speaking at the rally include Sean McCarthy, President of the TUI, and Louise O'Flaherty, President of ASTI. At Leinster House the protesters were addressed by Donal Nevin, General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 December 1985. The reporter by Pat Sweeney.