Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: says  there has to be normal negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has rejected calls for the proposed merger of institutes of technology not to go ahead without the agreement of(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she will cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has pledged to cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500 if the Labour Party is returned to government. (...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has called for new laws to ensure school places for unbaptised children. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has called for new laws to ensure denominational schools set aside places for local children who are not baptise(...)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has revealed results of a survey which found 86 per cent of its members, based on a 27 per cent sample, felt morale was either low or very low. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New initiatives aimed at addressing welfare and morale within An Garda Síochána are being developed for next year. Commitments on areas of concern w(...)

The Garda Representative Association has said a new police service allowance should be established “to compensate for the special disadvantages associated with police life”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The vast majority of Garda sergeants and inspectors believe morale within the force is very poor, according to a survey to be published today. The A(...)

A report to be finalised in January has examined the option of increasing a levy on employers, given that businesses benefit significantly from skilled graduates. Photograph: Getty Images

Employers could be required to contribute an additional €100 million annually to higher education costs, if proposals in a draft report on third-level(...)

A Government plan to be published on Wednesday aims to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at third level.

A new Government plan published on Wednesday aims to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at third level by 1,500 over the n(...)

Criminal cases have been dismissed by the courts because of a four-year backlog in analysing computers and other technology seized by gardaí, the Garda Inspectorate has said. Photograph: Getty Images

Serious criminal cases have been dismissed by the courts because of a four-year backlog in analysing computers and other technology seized by gardaí, (...)

At present, 30 minutes of each primary school day is allocated to religious education - twice the amount of time devoted to subjects such as science or physical education. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to remove a 50-year old official rule which gives religion classes a privileged status, paving the way for a (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said parents have the right to decide whether or not their children attend religious education classes. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The board of management at a Limerick secondary school has agreed to allow a first year student opt out of a religious education course. The board of (...)