Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Delegations from the TUI and ASTI, the two unions representing second-level teachers, are meeting her  this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Teacher unions which are meeting Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan for the first time this week are seeking a relaxation of spending controls on (...)

The third-level institution, which will be known as Maynooth University from September 1st under a rebranding exercise, is seeking to reverse a trend across the sector of forcing school-leavers into narrow college entry routes. Photograph:  Frank Miller

NUI Maynooth is planning a radical shake up of its curriculum which will see up to two-thirds of its entry courses being phased out to allow undergrad(...)

Learning, ideally, is its own reward. In practice, though, the education young people gain in secondary school is translated annually into a numerical(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she believed the constitutional ban on abortion should be revisited by a future government. Photograph: The Irish Times

The head of the Health Service Executive has requested an investigation to establish the facts surrounding the case of a woman who was refused an abor(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, who dropped in to The Irish Times Results Helpdesk yesterday as the team fielded calls, with education columnist Brian Mooney and guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett.  The helpdesk is at irishtimes.com/results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged higher-education institutions to cut the number of course offerings on the CAO to reduce the complexi(...)

Lucinda Creighton was among a number of TDs and senators who resigned from the Fine Gael parlimentary party over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Ireland’s troubled relationship with the contentious issue of abortion looks set to outlive the current Government.Senior Coalition figures have made (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan with Leaving Cert students Stephen Ryan and Jenny O Connor as they got their results at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

The Leaving Cert – to adapt a phrase of Winston Churchill’s – is surely the worst form of examination except for the alternatives. What would you wan(...)

Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan (centre) with students Evan Kelly (left) and Kate McDonnell (right) who have received their leaving certificate results at St Nessan’s Community College, Moylish Park, Limerick.Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New legislation aimed at reforming the school admission process will help address issues such as educational inequality highlighted in yesterday’s ERS(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

A surge in the number of students who sat higher level maths in this year’s Leaving Cert has been welcomed by industry groups and Minister for Educati(...)