There is little from Barry Cowen’s ‘Generation Rent’ document, which is odd considering he only published it in August and was at the forefront of Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unlike a Programme for Government, or certainly an election manifesto, there’s something more honest about this so-called Confidence and Supply Arrang(...)

 Ruairí Quinn: as minister for education he tried to cut spending by adding the abolition of external assessment of Junior Certificate exams. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

As a practising teacher I work in a hugely supportive environment among colleagues who energise each other through their love of their job. I cannot i(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education and Labour Party TD   Jan O’Sullivan arrives for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will not attend this year’s teachers’ conferences. A spokesman for the Labour Party Minister said(...)

Mary Clare Relihan: ‘We seem to be blindly following the direction of struggling education systems like England.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

What can the Irish education system learn from teachers who have spent time working abroad? Five teachers with international experience share what th(...)

Denis O’Brien arriving to give evidence in the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A politician calls to a door. “You shouldn’t have allowed Denis O’Brien to bid for Siteserv! ” declares the man of the house. “That would be illegal,(...)

Derek Nolan: The Labour Party candidate seen here at the Galway West count has few regrets, he says.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Early on Saturday morning it was clear that my Dáil career was over. I had known for years that the fight would be difficult but it became apparent in(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton at the count at Phibblestown community centre during what has been a bruising election for the party. Photograph: PA

One public representative who did not have to face the electorate last Friday was President Michael D Higgins. He will have watched the election res(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan  at the count centre in the RDS after his election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has been elected to the Dáil in Dublin Bay South, joining deputy leader Catherine Martin from Dublin Rathdown, to secure(...)

Free-market language, ideas and goods are nothing new. But increasingly they are shaping our publicly funded education institutions. Photograph: Getty Images

What do universities and restaurants have in common? Quite a lot, it appears, if you happen to endorse free-market values of education. Consider th(...)

Ruairi Quinn: “Ireland is a very conservative country. There are only two countries of the 28 EU member states that have never had a Labour-led, or even majority Labour government: Latvia and Ireland.” Photograph: Frank Miller

There is a poignancy about the rows of black-and-white photographs of Labour TDs that line the long corridor leading to Ruairí Quinn’s Leinster House (...)