Early Childhood Ireland chief executive officer Teresa Heeney: says vital supports such as speech therapists, psychologists and occupational therapists are  needed. Photograph: Garrett White

Thousands of children with special needs are set to receive supports to allow them to benefit from the free preschool year for the first time. About(...)

The recommendations are contained in the State body’s observations on the new Admissions to Schools Bill (2015). Photograph: PA

School admission laws should be changed to ensure no child is refused a school place on the basis of their religion, the State’s human rights advisory(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with six year old Samuel Ogunbe pictured at Scoil Bride, Blanchardstown  where they launched the new six year school building programme. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The long-term use of prefabs for schools will end under a new six-year school building programme, Government ministers have pledged. Hundreds o(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Samuel Ogunbe (6)  at Scoil Bhríde, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The long-term use of prefabs in schools will end under a new school building programme, Ministers have pledged. Hundreds of new building pro(...)

Ireland had the highest birth rate in the EU in 2014,  with 14.4 babies born per 1,000 residents. Photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of new school building projects and more than 60,000 additional school places will be provided over the next six years to keep pace with Irel(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies founder Chuck Feeney (right) with president and chief executive Christopher Oechsli. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Atlantic Philanthropies is to give €138 million – its largest grant to date – to Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco to (...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Tenement housing (1800 - 1900s) Following the1801 Act of Union – when Dublin lost its status as a capital and power was transferred to London – the(...)

Housing in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Landlord Most landlords are small-time operators. A majority (65 per cent) own a single property. Fewer than 10 per cent have three or more. Larg(...)

  The new curriculum  will focus on the development of oral language, reading and writing skills. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Primary schools will close for one extra day in each of the next three years to train teachers to introduce a new language curriculum. The curriculum(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: A neglected ethos “can dissolve to non-descript and vague spiritualism – or even disappear entirely.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Catholics need to protect the religious ethos of their schools or risk it disappearing, the papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown has said.(...)