Shauna Hurley: “It’s looking at a structure and saying, ‘I was part of the team that designed that.’ ” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Don’t date the nerd, “be the nerd”, was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s advice last month. He was responding to a social media post that went: “I (...)

From September next year, the “free preschool year” will be expanded to ensure children can remain in preschool until they start primary school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1 School patronage Here’s a challenge: is it possible to guarantee unbaptised children access to their local religious-run school without coll(...)

The fragmented transport links in Dublin means students in disadvantaged areas are more likely to attend their local IT rather than heading to university

Students in more affluent areas in the capital are progressing to college at a rate up to four time those of pupils in disadvantaged areas. When brok(...)

Cian O’Neill: “After the match . . . it was sad really because I don’t think players of any level, let alone my own county, deserve that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Less than a month ago Cian O’Neill was preparing for an All-Ireland final as coach of champions Kerry. This week he is manager of Kildare and fulfilli(...)

Councillor and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary has challenged Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Lord Mayor of Cork has challenged business group Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Cllr Chr(...)

I’m not sure if it’s the delicious creams and cleansers, the sunny tubs and tubes they come in, or the down-to-earth, homegrown spirit of the brand(...)

Dannii Curtis of UCD Students’ Union: ‘Digs are becoming popular again’

The student housing crisis: it’s always a news mainstay at this time of year. But these days it’s becoming harder for anyone to find a home, as stu(...)

Trinity College Dublin

When students who got college offers from the CAO this morning chose their Leaving Cert subjects and levels in early 2013, and made their final cou(...)

‘Any merger is a chancy and costly business.’ Photograph: Getty Images

On July 27th, the Department of Education published a report from Michael Kelly, a well-respected public servant, on the proposed merger between Water(...)

 Billy Kane: says the funding  will  be used to “fuel growth in SME lending” and “build out” its agri-leasing activities.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish financial services group Finance Ireland is seeking to raise €230 million in debt and equity funding to spur its future growth. The privately o(...)