National Parents’ Council president Don Myers said: “The unions insist that their action was taken in the interests of our children. Yet they never consulted us on it, never sought a formal meeting in relation to last Tuesday’s strike action. Once again the views of parents were ignored.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times 2:42

Teachers should not be allowed to veto educational reform, the umbrella group for secondary parents’ associations has said in a fresh plea for an end (...)

Helen Mortimer

While Jan O’Sullivan and the teacher unions remain at loggerheads over the junior cycle reforms, the National Parents’ Council Post-Primary claimed(...)

Compromise offered by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan was rejected by teachers. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/ Fennells

Claims by the teacher unions that they have widespread public support for their stance on the junior cycle reforms have been challenged by the Nationa(...)

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As second round offers are released today to college applicants, there have been fresh calls for greater transparency in the application process. (...)

Ruairí Quinn: Minister said new legislation  will bring the teaching profession into line with similar regulatory bodies such as the Medical Council or An Bord Altranais.

The power to sanction underperforming teachers and suspend them from their posts will finally be given to the Teaching Council a full 12 years after t(...)

The Department of Education published details of the new scheme yesterday

Plans to eradicate school waiting lists and booking deposits for school places have been broadly welcomed by education and parents’ groups.The propose(...)

The USI said Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn should be aware that students would ’not take this lying down’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Significant cuts to education in the budget would make it almost impossible for teachers to deliver the school curriculum, Sheila Nunan, general secre(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn must find €100 million in cuts in the Budget. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

An internal document which lists 75 possible cutbacks in the education sector was drawn up to give Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn the fullest pos(...)