Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The staggering scale of the economic turnaround revealed by the latest growth figures could be a lifeline for the beleaguered Coalition but the recove(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: the Joint Managerial Body has called on her to revert to the pre-October 2012 NCCA Framework for the junior cycle for a five-year period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Secondary school managers are urging Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to scale down the extent of her junior cycle reforms as the threat of strik(...)

 Ruairí Quinn:  warned the party they must not allow a repeat of what happened to the rainbow coalition, which lost the 1997 election against a strong economic backdrop.

Labour is likely to push for changes in tax bands and credits, instead of flat rate cuts in the budget, as former party leader Ruairí Quinn warned aga(...)

Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton  during the Labour Party  think-in  at Whites Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It’s always nice to start the day with a smile and Labour’s parliamentary party enjoyed a good laugh first thing yesterday morning when they heard the(...)

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It appeared Labour was taking the weekend’s opinion poll very badly.Their annual think-in didn’t sound like it was going too well either. As the openi(...)

Class action: many of the skills required by employers are in science, technology, engineering or maths, so major capital investment is needed in labs in strategic locations, matching skills and local employment needs

The landscape for further education and training in Ireland is being transformed both by Government decisions and by how education is delivered in a d(...)

Learning the ropes: graduates from the Open Training College (above), which offers adult learning in human services and the non-profit sector
The A to Z of adult education

Access: Not everyone got the Leaving Cert they wanted. Mature students missed the chance to attend college. Students with disabilities and students fr(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “I do understand that the teachers have concerns and I have listened to them” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she believes a compromise can be reached with teachers on the Junior Cycle reforms, but she rejected union (...)

A briefing document for Minister Jan O’Sullivan describes as a “critical issue” the adequacy of capitation funding, which has been reduced at primary level from €200 per pupil to €173 over the past four years.Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Cuts in the education budget have left some schools in a precarious state and have created an “unsustainable” loss of leadership, Minister for Educat(...)