Around 4,000 teachers protested against cuts in the education sector in Tullamore, Co Offaly, this afternoon.

The Irish National Teachers' Organisation, which represents primary school teachers, said teachers and parents from Offaly, Laois, North Tipperary and Kilkenny took part.

Parents, principals, and representatives of boards of management were among the speakers.

A protest organiser said that Fine Gael TD Olwyn Enright is the only national politician who has agreed to address the protest, which marched to O'Connor Square.

Meanwhile, education cuts are expected to be raised at the annual conference of the National Parents Council for primary schools in Athlone, Co Westmeath this weekend.

The Minister for Education Batt O'Keeffe was listed in the conference agenda to open proceedings this morning. He did not address the delegates.

Protest against cancer vaccine cuts

Elsewhere, a protest against the suspension of the cervical cancer vaccination programme has taken place in Dublin.

The rally was organised by a group calling itself the Feminist Open Forum.