Early Childhood Ireland, which represents service providers in the childcare sector, has said the  use of primary school buildings as a low-cost solution for childcare would amount to a “band aid approach” to a serious capacity problem. File photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD had proposed schools be used for ‘low-cost’ after-school care

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “They have to make this happen for themselves.”  Photograph: The Irish Times

Bill requiring merger of institutes seeking designation to be published after Easter

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Welcomed the official launch of jct.ie, an online support service for teachers undertaking the new junior cycle framework. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan objects to disruption as bargaining chip in talks

‘That religion is back on the political stage has much to do with its power to build communities and provide blueprints for action.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Ideologies have a power to build communities; that’s why they endure, says philosopher Alexandra Grieser

Jan O’Sullivan: move to limit past-pupil quota

Angry middle-class parents have been bombarding the Minister for Education with letters

Jan O Sullivan: ‘We cannot continue to negotiate forever,’ she said at the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unions may consider further strike action after Minister rebuffs plea for more talks

A culture of “low expectations” and a limited supply of appropriate training courses have been identified as key barriers to people with intellectual disabilities entering further education. Photograph: Getty Images.

Structural barriers and ‘low expectations’ block those with intellectual disabilities

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: Cooperation with junior cycle plan may be used as a bargaining chip

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jan O’Sullivan declines to say if teachers will be disciplined for lack of cooperation

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