Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has announced that €40,000 is to be provided to support anti-bullying training sessions for parents.

Around 70 sessions will take place between now and the end of the year.

The training programme is being developed as part of the Action Plan on Bullying.

It will be run by the National Parents Council.

It aims to educate parents about anti-bullying procedures in schools and about how to teach their children to manage relationships, be resilient and to have empathy for others.

Minister Quinn has urged parents to take the time to attend the training sessions.

He said: "The procedures give a great opportunity to reinvigorate and strengthen our approach to preventing and tackling bullying in schools."

The sessions will last for two-and-a-half hours at various locations across the country.