‘Where projects are already part of the exam system, they are supposed to be all the pupil’s very own work. Sometimes they are. Some pupils and their families and their teachers are ruthless and scrupulous.And sometimes they’re not.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Fintan O'Toole: ‘52 per cent of the youngest teachers are in temporary jobs. And how do you get a permanent job? By marking your s(...)

Pádraic Ó Conaire: a complex, subtle and far from crudely heroic response to 1916

Pádraic Ó Conaire’s collection of stories set around the Easter Rising made an important statement: artists would deal with the ne(...)

Ken Whitaker age 97 at  his home on Stillorgan Road earlier this year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Opinion: In 92 years, Ireland has seen no more than four ambitious projects for radical change

Photograph courtesy of Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane

Sean Keating’s Rising-themed painting places the men of 1916 in a heroic pose

‘Who, can form the next government? Even the failsafe option of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil forming their natural coalition is no longer a certainty. The European and local elections show the two parties between them now commanding a minority of votes. And what are the other options?’ Above,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the count centre for the European elections in Castlebar, Co Mayo earlier this year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Opinion: What we are seeing are the signs of a slow slide towards an ungovernable State

Photograph: Robert Kirk/PD/Getty

The National Museum of Ireland is being forced to consider charging for entry. Can no areas of life be recognised as priceless?

Contender: part of Into the West of Ireland, by Paul Henry. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

‘Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks’ is a new series on key pieces of art and literature from 1916 to today. Here, Fintan O’Toole intr(...)

Artist in exile: James Joyce in Zurich around 1918, shortly after he finished the book. Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty

James Joyce’s first novel, published not in Dublin but in New York and London, is an intensely Irish book

‘The public revolt against water charges is not, for the most part, a rebellion against the eminently sensible idea that a small State should have a single public utility to develop its water system.’ Above,  water charge protesters  in Crumlin, Dublin on Saturday  as part of the national water charge protest. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Opinion: The public revolt against water charges is about injustice, and it’s justified

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