The NCCA says the requirement for questions based on the Koran are explicitly stated in the syllabus. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

A requirement that all students who sit the Arabic exam in the Leaving Cert must study the Koran is to be reviewed by education authorities. Ever s(...)

College applicants are flocking to third-level courses linked to the economic recovery, with a big jump in CAO applications to architecture, engineering, construction and business-related courses. File photograph: Getty Images

College applicants are flocking to third-level courses linked to the economic recovery, with a big jump in CAO applications to architecture, engineeri(...)

UCD is not alone in offering “literacy clinics” for struggling students. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fiona Ó Murchú, a secondary teacher in Co Louth, regularly ploughs through students’ essays. The results are not pretty. There are the forest-style(...)

Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

Trinity College Dublin is to discuss controversial plans for the introduction of mandatory classes on sexual consent for new students with the college(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has called for new laws to ensure school places for unbaptised children. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has called for new laws to ensure denominational schools set aside places for local children who are not baptise(...)

Dublin City University was named in 46th place in the QS Top 50 Under 50 list. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City University has secured a position in a league table of the top 50 young universities in the world. The QS Top 50 Under 50 ranks colleges e(...)

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(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: said recommendations to improve the scheme are being implemented. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

There is no evidence that thousands of unemployed people who availed of the back to education allowance have been able to improve their chances of get(...)

Syrian Ayman Amouneh with his family Hanan, son Adib and baby daughter Aleen at their home in Elmwood, Thurles Co Tipperary. Photograph: John D Kelly

It’s a midweek evening in Thurles, Co Tipperary and the Syrian-Irish card game is well under way. “I think we’re going to win again,” says Ayman Amoun(...)

A former social care worker claims there is a major hidden problem of sexual exploitation involving vulnerable young people in the State care system.(...)