The creation of a technological university in Dublin under the TU4Dublin bid, involving the three institutions, is due to cost €23.8 million over three years. Photograph: Getty Images

Over €3 million has been spent so far on developing Technological Universities in Dublin, Munster and the south-east, with most of the money going on (...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “I firmly believe that staff and their unions should have the right to be consulted and provided with information on any proposed changes to their employment.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has backed demands by staff at St Angela’s College, Sligo, to be consulted directly in talks on their merger wi(...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: ‘Nobody seems to know what is going on in these institutions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An expert panel assessing the bid for a technological university in Munster has criticised plans by the merging institutions to retain parallel manag(...)

 Primary school pupils   have benefited from additional spending over the past decade as well as a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The latest report on literacy and numeracy standards among primary pupils makes for welcome reading. Assessments are carried out every five years for (...)

Compromise offered by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan was rejected by teachers. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/ Fennells

Claims by the teacher unions that they have widespread public support for their stance on the junior cycle reforms have been challenged by the Nationa(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: “The group was set up in order to give the appropriate amount of consideration to this very important issue”

Irish graduates enjoy the highest income return from their degrees of all member states in the OECD, a conference on third-level funding has heard.S(...)

Guest speaker Fr Friedrich Bechina, undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, also defended the “teaching of faith” – as distinct from teaching about religions. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Primary schools under Catholic patronage should remain “true to our ethos” and not shy away from challenging teaching, the new(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors  at the National Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at  the  Mansion House yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

European leaders should be slow to support proposals for any part of the Middle East to be entirely “Juden Frei” – or “free of Jews” – as the key comp(...)

The 2014 budget outlined cuts in spending on education of €33 million. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said that he had managed to “protect frontline education services” and secured additional teachers and supports for special education. Photograph: Alan Betson

The secretary general of the Department of Education warned in a private letter prior to the budget that planned cuts could impact on the numbers ente(...)