Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says upcoming teachers’ strike over Junior Cycle reform is ‘disappointing and disporportionate’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Next Tuesday’s planned strike by second-level teachers over junior cycle reform has been described as “disappointing and disproportionate’’ by Ministe(...)

Senator Mary Moran (Lab) said she knew of parents’ councils getting details of students who had not paid voluntary contributions and this contributed to the culture of “blackmail”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The growing number of students entering schools and colleges this year means the Department of Education will be running about €30 million over budget(...)

Surveys by the institute and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland showed ‘one-to-one’ guidance counselling in schools was down 59 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Calls have been made for the reversal of cuts in guidance counselling following the publication of an ESRI report showing that the move disproportiona(...)

Work, rest or play? There’s a lot to get your head around in the first few months of college, not all of it academic: NCAD students Aoife Irwin Moore and Eimear Walshe at a preview of the 2014 NCAD Graduate Show. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Starting college is a momentous change, marking the first real years of adult life and independence. It is a daunting and exciting time in which, i(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Tánaiste of “a limp and lily-livered’’ response to the issue ,

The Dáil yesterday observed a minute’s silence in solidarity with the people of Gaza. The gesture was proposed by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who, w(...)

An Israeli soldier prays today next to an Israeli self-propelled 155mm howitzer belonging to an artillery unit deployed at an unspecified location next to the Israeli border with Gaza. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The Dáil observed a minute’s silence in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the Middle East at lunchtime today. Ministers and TDs stood in response(...)

Dozens of primary schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin could face closure within two years unless a funding crisis in the sector is addressed, an Oireachtas committee has heard.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Dozens of primary schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin could face closure within two years unless a funding crisis in the sector is addressed, an Oire(...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann said behaviour by some students “puts the health and safety of other students and of teachers at risk”. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Increased pupil-teacher ratios and a reduction in middle- management posts are undermining the ability of schools to deal with(...)

The number of one-teacher schools in the country could rise to 60 by next September, a seven-fold increase in just two years, the Dáil has been told.

The number of one-teacher schools in the country could rise to 60 by next September, a seven-fold increase in just two years, the Dáil has been(...)

Brendan Porter with his sister Davina and their father Neil, holding a photograph of Maura Porter, who died in December. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Maura Porter (70), from Carndonagh, Co Donegal, died in Altnagelvin hospital in Derry shortly before midnight on December 30th last year. (...)