Most schools will not be in a position to deliver the Junior Cert  changes because they are staffed by members of the  ASTI, which has rejected the reforms. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Only about one in four schools will be in a position to roll out long-awaited reforms to the Junior Cert early next year, according to figures compile(...)

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh addresses the Public Accounts Committee.

Chairman of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) Frank Daly has told the Public Accounts Committee he rejected any allegation that the sale of(...)

ASTI and TUI members were presented with two ballot papers one on whether to accept or reject the amended reform plan  and the other to mandate further industrial action if the proposals are rejected. Photograph: Eric Luke

The country’s largest second-level teachers’ union, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), is threatening further industrial action aft(...)

Minister for Education Jan O Sullivan: Seen as more supportive of the community national school model than her predecessor. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan is being urged to support a major scaling up of the community national school model as a way of givin(...)

Pictured at the funeral of Circuit Court judge Katherine Delahunt at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, from left, Supreme Court Justice John Mc Menamin, Court of Appeal president  Sean Ryan, Sarah O Hagan, Circuit Court judge John O’Hagan and Finbar Fox SC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judge Katherine Delahunt was a vibrant, warm, loving and loved person, who was “always up for a bit of mischief” her funeral Mass heard this morning. (...)

Michael Moriarty, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan had made “significant concessions”. Photograph: Maura Hickey 2:42

More than 730 schools are closed today as secondary teachers across the State strike over a junior cycle reform plan.The action is affecting the 333,1(...)

Half of primary schools requested a “voluntary” contribution from parents, and the amount sought has risen considerably this year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Parents’ associations are now paying the monthly heating bills at a number of primary schools due to a shortfall in funding, principals have claimed. (...)

Ruairí Quinn and John Walshe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You have to say John Walshe has a great sense of timing. He hops from journalism into a plum job for Ruairí Quinn, and then, with indecent haste, b(...)

Ronnie Hanna, left, pictured with Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh, and Frank Daly, the agency’s chairman. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The National Asset Management Agency was dealt a blow yesterday with the departure of Ronnie Hanna as head of asset recovery. Nama moved quickly to fi(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said it would be a matter for Sola to decide if a course was not delivering. Photograph: Frank Miller /

Further education courses which are underperforming, by failing to attract students or match them with job opportunities, will have their funding cut(...)