Aivis Kerans of Larkin Community College rehearsing for the students’ play, The Girl With No Name. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The corridors of Larkin Community College are emptying out for the day, but in one classroom a dozen students remain, standing in a circle, avoidin(...)

‘They are the ones most affected by cutbacks in resources, or services such as guidance counselling. Yet the Government continues to deny the effects of such cutbacks.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The current debate about the Junior Cert conceals a far deeper problem. We have not had a serious public discussion about the aims of education. It us(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she did not think “it is fair on the students if we continue to prevaricate” on the issue of Junior Cert reform. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on the question of implementing junior cycle reform. While the possibili(...)

The European Commission has warned that Ireland must take “decisive policy action” to address macroeconomic imbalances in the economy. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has warned that Ireland must take “decisive policy action” to address macroeconomic imbalances in the economy.The in-depth rev(...)

Teachers Claire Grant and Jimmy Kelly picket  Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Two disputes in the education sector accounted for 54 per cent of the days lost last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Are pent-up pressures for wage increases causing more industrial unrest in the economy? According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number (...)

Secondary-school  teachers protest outside the gates of Newpark Comprehensive school, Blackrock in March last year.

The number of working days lost to industrial disputes in the Irish economy almost trebled last year.Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) (...)

Protests at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Another day, another compromise plan for junior cycle reform dashed.The teacher unions must be aware that the scope for further negotiation is limited(...)

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:33

Thursday morning’s freezing conditions did not deter teachers around the State from taking to the picket line in protest of the proposed junior cycle (...)

A Limerick secondary school principal has described strike action as a “draconian measure” as schools around the country remain closed for the second time in two months. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Limerick secondary school principal has described strike action as a “draconian measure” as schools around the country remain closed for the second (...)

Fintan O’Mahony, a teacher from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, says the Department of Education must come up with a solution that suits Ireland, rather than focusing on education systems used abroad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

While over 730 secondary schools around the State close on Thursday for a second day of strike action over junior cycle reform, educators remain divid(...)