English language teachers have held a protest outside Grafton College in Dublin this lunchtime over wages owed to them and precarious work conditions in the industry.

Grafton College went into liquidation yesterday, taking students and the 35 staff working there by surprise.

Teachers from the school were joined by politicians, and supporters including teachers from other English language schools in Dublin.

Legislation to regulate the sector is currently making its way through the houses of the Oireachtas.

The new legislation will provide protection for students in the event of the sudden closure of a private college.

The Seanad is due to debate two amendments tomorrow which propose providing protections for workers.

Teachers in the sector, as well as their union Unite, are urging the Government to support the amendments, which have been tabled by Senator Lynn Ruane.