The principle of choice is built into democratic society but does it always work for the common good? Education is one field where choice can have a d(...)

Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, who chairs the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, has  called for a rethink of the “divestment” policy in education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is being urged to reverse plans to create “competing” school patrons at primary level amid claims that it is exa(...)

The Bundestag is expected to vote on the extension of the Greek loan programme on Friday after the eurogroup yesterday approved reform measures propo(...)

Greek presidential guards in Athens. At issue again is the cohesion of the euro zone, and whether Germany, and a majority of the 19-member Eurogroup, are willing to countenance a Greek exit. Photograph: Reuters

Almost four weeks after Alexis Tsipras swept to power in the Greek elections, Greece and its international creditors remain locked in a game of high-s(...)

A European Union  flag alongside a Greek national flag beneath Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece. The troubled state’s bailout is due to expire at the end of next week.  Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers including Michael Noonan travel to Brussels on Friday for an emergency meeting amid mounting uncertainty about the status (...)

Benedict Anderson’s classic account of the history of nationalism, Imagined Communities (1982, rev. 1993) asks a simple question in its early pages: w(...)

Crashed Ice, the “world series” of downhill ice-skating will take place on a specially-built ice “assault” course in front of Stormont in Belfast, on (...)

The European Central Bank has banned the use of Greek government debt as collateral for loans, in a sign of intensifying tensions between Athens an(...)

Ireland is ranked 22nd in the 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index, down from 14th the previous year. File photograph: Katrina Wittkamp/Getty Images

Ireland has tumbled down an international ranking of health services after its waiting list data was found to have lost credibility.Ireland is ranked (...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said no young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam. Photograph: PA

No young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin ha(...)