Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: reportedly “mad for November” general election. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Kieran Christie: incoming ASTI general secretary

Recriminations continue within the ASTI over the rejected ballot for junior cycle reform. It’s not the finest hour for the 180-member central execu(...)

The Government’s working group on third-level funding is due to report before the end of the year.

Getting students to pay for their college fees through contributions based on future earnings is more equitable and less open to abuse than other mean(...)

Fr Michael Drumm, chair of the Catholic Schools Partnership. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A new model of school patronage at primary-level has been proposed. The model would see the Catholic Church and State management boards control schoo(...)

TUI president Gerry Quinn (centre left) protesting in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Timeline to Junior Cycle reform: November 2011: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) publishes report proposing a major reform of the(...)

Minister for Education Jan O Sullivan: Seen as more supportive of the community national school model than her predecessor. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan is being urged to support a major scaling up of the community national school model as a way of givin(...)

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds who has decided not to contest the next general election.

Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West Robert Dowds has confirmed he will not contest the general election. In a surprise move, Mr Dowds said he would step dow(...)

‘Maybe the unimpeachably-decent Corbyn can confound the doomsayers. He turned up in parliament on Monday dressed in a suit and tie – possibly for the first time ever – and told interviewers that he will not be engaging in the moronic putdowns and animal noises that passes for debate.’ (Screen grab from footage broadcast by Parliaments Parliamentary Recording Unit  via Parliament TV on September 14th, 2015) AFP/Getty Images

The sight of grown men spitting “throwback moron” and “red Tory” at one another can be highly entertaining, when the fallout is on someone else’s patc(...)

Ruairí Quinn: The former Labour leader was the star of the show, casually mentioning to all and sundry that he’s off to see the pope this week with fellow European environment ministers.

That’s the think-ins done for another year. The political parties are fully bonded and shovel- ready. And the only thoughts worth thinking (...)

Ministerial action: Richard Bruton claimed the Action Plan for Jobs could help create 25,000 jobs in the southeast over the next five years. Photograph: Sara Freund

The Government’s further education and training strategy was devised at the height of the economic crisis in 2012, to upskill the labour force and so (...)