The reformed junior cycle still includes a major State exam at the end of third year, it will be accompanied by classroom-based assessments. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

The biggest second-level teachers’ union has hardened its opposition to reform of the junior cycle by directing members not to co-operate in any form(...)

Sam Keely: at her home in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

For Sam Keely, working in her 20s has been about discovery and experience. At 20 she opened her own gallery on Inis Mór. Next was a degree in art hist(...)