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(...)

Labour’s Derek Nolan described the costs associated with the abandoned decentralisation of the Fás headquarters in Co Offaly as “an incredible waste of money for no benefit”.

The write-off of €1.1 million on a temporary Fás office and a site purchased by the agency for €1.5 million – now on sale for a tenth of that amount –(...)

Students Ciaran Horan, Travis Fitzgerald, Addul Hajji, Kristian Hudson and Paul Cross from St Pauls CBS Secondary School Brunswick Street Dublin take a look at the report. Photograph:  David Sleator

Thirteen recommendations on the future of post-primary schooling have been proposed by a joint forum of educationalists, parent groups and teac(...)