Acting Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Just over a decade ago, the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) was mired in controversy and internal dysfunction. The union found it(...)

In many sectors falling union membership, advances in technology or competition have reduced workers’ leverage. Photograph: Getty Images

The Lansdowne Road pay deal, which was supposed to have settled public service pay policy until mid-2018, only came into effect in January. It is alre(...)

Teachers at Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin, picketing last year over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost a month after the general election and there is still no sign of a minister for education. But the clock has started ticking on a series of se(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “inappropriate for her to engage while a new government is being formed”

Schools may face widespread industrial action next autumn if teachers with the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) propose next month to stop working add(...)

The spectacle of infighting at the 18,000-member ASTI further exposes divisions within it, in particular between full-time staff and elected officers. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officials at the State’s main second-level teachers’ union have lodged a formal complaint against their union over the alleged mistreatment of staff,(...)

Peter Cassells. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Is it her fault she is born to non-Catholic Irish parents? Is it fair to discriminate children on the basis of religion?” Roopesh Panicker, a Hin(...)

From September next year, the “free preschool year” will be expanded to ensure children can remain in preschool until they start primary school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1 School patronage Here’s a challenge: is it possible to guarantee unbaptised children access to their local religious-run school without coll(...)

Teachers in Ireland are paid more than countries such as the UK, France, and Italy, but they lag behind countries such as Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

Irish teachers are well-paid by international standards, but work longer hours and in larger classes, according to a major new study. Analysis by the (...)

Westbury Hotel off Grafton Street: one of eight hotels in the  Doyle Collection, it is owned by members of the Doyle and Beatty families.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish-owned Doyle Collection hotel group more than doubled its profits last year as a result of a €10.8 million “curtailment gain” from changes t(...)

The National Parents Council Post Primary has expressed concern over  a threat of school closures and strikes by teachers over the Lansdowne Road  deal. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The organisation representing parents of secondary students has expressed concern about a threat of school closures and strikes by teachers over the L(...)