The number of students studying a third language is declining year on year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Education consultation paper is aimed at creating a new languages strategy by 2015

The Competition Authority intervened over a school uniform issue at a Dublin school. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Manufacturer refused to supply uniforms to second retailer after competitor’s representations

Paranoid about androids? Serious thinkers are warning about the rise of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

AI could lead to human extinction, says philosopher Nick Bostrom

Prof Philip Nolan, president of NUI Maynooth and chair of the Irish Universities Association’s task group on reform of university selection and entry

Chair of reform group says colleges are ‘trapped in internal competition’

The third-level institution, which will be known as Maynooth University from September 1st under a rebranding exercise, is seeking to reverse a trend across the sector of forcing school-leavers into narrow college entry routes. Photograph:  Frank Miller

University plans to reduce entry courses from 50 to as few as 15 amid calls for further changes to points system

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Parents council says information on course places, published by ‘The Irish Times’ today, should be provided as standard

A checklist at the CAO helpline run by the National Parents Council Post Primary in Glasnevin, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

50 per cent received first preference with round two offers to be issued on Thursday

Éamon de Valera in custody following the 1916 Rising

An insurrectionary group must have solid evidence that they represent the people, says philosopher James G Murphy

Direct bus services to UCD Belfield cover routes near those schools which send the highest proportion of students to the university. In contrast, there are no direct bus routes in west Dublin, where schools with the lowest rate of progression to UCD are located. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

60% of UCD entrants come from schools within a 9 km radius

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