Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has signalled a willingness to make further concessions to teacher unions in talks today to avert a third strike date.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister hopes to ‘be able to find some space in which to reach agreement’ with unions

The Department of Education: There are no strict guidelines for managing external speakers in schools but best practice decrees parents would be informed in advance

Postponement of workshop on combating homophobic bullying drew much criticism

The principle of freedom of conscience is as important as majority decision-making. Photograph: Getty Images

Unthinkable: Children have a right not to be indoctrinated, argues professor of philosophy Desmond M Clarke, and schools that disc(...)

Fr Michael Drumm of the Catholic Schools Partnership was asked whether issues surrounding LGBT rights might surface in a job interview

A nun asking a candidate "what about the homos?" will take some beating

Cork Institute of Technology: an anonymous whistleblower wrote to the Public Accounts Committee last March questioning spending on consultancy fees and standards of corporate governance at the college.

Paintings of president and chairman commissioned for €22,000 in 2007

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: ‘Nobody seems to know what is going on in these institutions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Merging institutes in university bid need to show more ‘loyalty’, says expert group

Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland ‘unique globally’ in having unions against internal assessment for junior cycle

“There is a new reality that has to be addressed. One third of couples are getting married in non-religious ceremonies. It’s reasonable to ask what sort of schools they want for their children.” File photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Church control of schools causing children to have ‘pragmatic baptisms’, says group

Claire Grant of the ASTI and Jimmy Kelly of the TUI,  teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, picketing outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hawks in the teaching unions have the upper hand but compromise is possible

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