Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the leadership of both institutions have put forward an ambitious vision for a new type of institution. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The southeast could qualify for a Technological University within three years but only if “mutual trust” is rebuilt between merging institutions, a re(...)

‘The church proclaims to invite people to join in Catholic worship but there is nothing “invitational” about the role of the Catholic Church in the primary sector.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The winds of change that former minister for education Ruairí Quinn heralded in school patronage four years ago have now evaporated. The Forum on Patr(...)

USI president Kevin Donoghue met Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan (above) last week to discuss the housing shortage facing students, and said “our conversations have been productive and there is an appetite to do something about it”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is being urged to act on recommendations from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to tackle the student accommo(...)

University College Cork: President Michael Murphy has proposed a zero VAT rate on the construction of student accommodation

Plans to give developers incentives to build more student housing are under consideration by the Government as official figures show more than 25,000 (...)

UCC’s student centre: the university is to boost its international student cohort from 14 per cent to 20 per cent. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The scramble for student accommodation is expected to be worse than ever this September, and an analysis completed by the Higher Education Authority ((...)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn: to chair national review of gender equality in higher education sector. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images.

Former European commissioner and Fianna Fáil minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is to chair a national review of gender equality in higher education. Ms (...)

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) has drawn up a plan for small rural schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The organisation representing primary school principals has drawn up a plan aimed at tackling the large number of small schools in rural Ireland. The(...)

Research findings are mixed as to whether small schools produce better educational outcomes than larger ones. While they do allow for more personal attention, they are also associated with professional isolation and curriculum delivery challenges. File photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Normally if a Government sat on a report for two years and then dismissed its findings for political ends, the Opposition would be up in arms. But the(...)

Documents  show 32 small primary schools in Co Mayo – all of them of Catholic patronage – have been identified for possible amalgamation to reduce costs and support educational goals. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

One in six small schools which were earmarked for merger under a value-for-money review that was scrapped by the Government earlier this year are in t(...)

Sr Cyril Mooney: “You can bring in laws, but people will give lip service. You have to change people’s hearts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland has this year followed India’s recent example of introducing legislation aimed at making schools more inclusive. It’s one thing to chan(...)