Peter Cassells, chair of advisory group on third-level funding. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Alternatives to higher education must be developed for school leavers to alleviate the financial pressure on universities and institutes of technology(...)

The chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, accused the USI of doing “a bit of a fudge” on the grant issue

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is urging the department of education to relax the thresholds for accessing student grants to eliminate “inequa(...)

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General has raised concern at the high level of successful appeals by applicants to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for college grants. Image: susi.ie

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General has raised concern at the high level of successful appeals by applicants to Student Universal Support (...)

Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, addresses delegates at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ministers are used to being booed and heckled at teacher conferences but not Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. A warm reception from the INTO i(...)

Fair access to education

How many places should be reserved for the children of former pupils who attended a particular school? Ruairí Quinn, as education minister, favoured a(...)

Department of Education secretary general Seán Ó Foghlú and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan during TUI president Gerry Quinn’s speech. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Education Correspondentin Wexford Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she hopes teachers “will come in numbers” to training sessions next week(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan says teachers “need to be realistic” about the Government’s capacity to restore the pay losses of the austerity era. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says teachers “need to be realistic” about the Government’s capacity to restore the pay losses of the austerity(...)

Minister for Education: hoping to have the new regime in operation by September, but the closure of schools during the summer will limit the scope for consultation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Why is the Admission to Schools Bill being introduced?It is aimed at making school enrolment more structured, fair and transparent. All school admissi(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King is due to retire at the end of the year, and a plan is afoot to appoint his successor through a plebiscite of members. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

After six years of austerity, it’s payback time as far as the teacher unions are concerned. Pay and conditions top the agenda across the three trad(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Minister brought the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Cabinet has approved a Bill that will compel schools to publish admission policies and ban requests for deposits to secure places. The Education ((...)