Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said that discussions with the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland will continue ahead of industrial action due to begin tomorrow.
However, Mr Bruton said he was not optimistic that tomorrow's strike could be averted.
ASTI members are to strike tomorrow for the first of seven days between now and December in a dispute over pay for newly-qualified teachers and payment for supervision and substitution duties.
They will withdraw from supervision and substitution from 7 November.
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