It is easy to spot the potential for a greater application of evidence-based policy-making

Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it com(...)

Tom Boland, chief executive of the  Higher Education Authority,  said some universities were  “lamentably slow, even contradictory” in reducing number of courses.

Several universities are blocking attempts by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to reduce the number of entry courses in a bid to simplify the th(...)

With the prospect of an improving economic climate, there is now an opportunity to take better account of the fact that the yields from successful science, technology and innovation investments are medium to longer term.

The Government’s plan to prepare a new strategy for science, technology and innovation (SSTI) is timely. It comes on foot of a decade that started wit(...)

Clew Bay by Letitia Hamilton

In a real sense, the AIB Art Collection fell victim to the implosion of the Irish banking system. In a rush to judgment in the heated atmosphere of(...)

‘Students entering higher education face a vast and arguably overwhelming array of options. This array mainly reflects the policies adopted in third-level colleges, of segmenting broad entry courses in the arts and science faculties into separate specialised entry streams with limited numbers in each stream.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has established an expert group, chaired by Peter Cassells, which is “to identify and consider the issues relating to the long-term (...)

Observations about corruption in Irish society shouldn’t stand in the way of junior cycle reform, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Observations about corruption in Irish society shouldn’t stand in the way of junior cycle reform, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said.In a (...)

Kate Colleary and journalist Olivia O’Leary at the funeral of Gordon Colleary, founder of USIT, in St Joseph’s Parish Church, Glasthule, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

American Catholic mystic Thomas Merton was quoted at the funeral of Gordon Colleary (73) whose funeral Mass took place at St Joseph’s church in Dublin(...)

The establishment of the IGEES represents a major step on the Irish public sector reform agenda, requiring senior officials and politicians to agree the economic elements in decision-making be analysed in a more rigorous and transparent manner. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Everyone agrees that greater transparency and accountability in government are desirable – but until now one of the success stories of Irish pu(...)

This well researched book makes a powerful case for the use of evidence in the making of policy, but also recognises that there is a complex relations(...)

Audio podcast: after the troika

As part of our coverage of Ireland’s exit this week from the EU/IMF bailout, we debate the issues raised by the country’s post-crash realities in a sp(...)