Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the 118,784 students starting the State exams had reached “a significant milestone in a young person’s life”. Photograph: Frank Miller

  The Department of Education and the teacher unions don’t normally sing off the same hymn sheet but today they united in cheer for the Cl(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton. Ms Burton has said that the constitutional protection for TDs and Senators in the Dáil is a cornerstone of democracy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste and a senior Fine Gael Minister have defended the right of TDs’ Dáil speeches to be reported freely as the row over publishing comment(...)

Aidan Gavin (left) of  DTZ Sherry FitzGerald,   former governor of Maryland  Martin O’Malley  and  Mark FitzGerald  of Sherry FitzGerald Group.

US presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley is stressing his relative youth as he prepares to challenge the perception that Hillary Clinton’s campaign (...)

 A secondary school exam hall. The junior cycle reform deal agreed this week seems to satisfy both teachers unions and the Department of Education. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In the weeks before he was reshuffled out of cabinet last July, former minister for education Ruairí Quinn said of his much-vaunted junior cycle refor(...)

TUI president Gerry Quinn (l) and ASTI president Philip Irwin during  teacher protests earlier this month. The executive committees of both unions are meeting to decide whether to recommend acceptance of a new deal on junior cycle reform. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The executive committees of the two secondary teachers unions are meeting on Friday to decide whether to recommend acceptance of a new deal on junior (...)

Ronnie Delany of Ireland wins the 1500m at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956, three years previous he won the Irish schools 800m. Photograph: IOC/Allsport.

So less than a year now before that big 1916 anniversary special, and we still don’t know exactly how to celebrate it. How does one begin to recognise(...)

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 (...)