New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)

“To use a sporting analogy...the ball’s in their court,” Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said today. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There was no possibility of a renegotiation of the Haddington Road agreement and it was now for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland to decid(...)