UCC president Dr Michael Murphy. Photograph: UCC

State agencies and Government departments should be subjected to international peer review on a regular basis to ensure greater efficiency and effecti(...)

‘Children have a right to attend inclusive public schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At a recent meeting with Atheist Ireland, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Education personally apologised to atheist parent Derek Walsh, whose chil(...)

A new Educate Together school had been due to open in September  in this derelict premises in Castlebar, which was surrendered by the Catholic Church under the ‘divestment of patronage’ process.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Thousands of pupils are starting school around the country this (Thursday) morning but one building that remains firmly closed is a planned new Educat(...)

The Department of Education should adopt a uniform approach to its admission policy for denominational and other national schools. The current practic(...)

A panel discussion with Roy Foster, Louise Ryan, Maurice Walsh and Diarmaid Ferriter takes place at the London Irish Centre on September 2nd.

In his political memoir, Conduct Unbecoming, founder of the now defunct Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley churns out a familiar myth still prevalent (...)

The education of children with no religious belief is a problem for parents. It straddles the rural-urban divide – city schools under the patronage of(...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The vast majority of parents want the present system of school patronage retained, according to Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association(...)

At a time when the shortage of Catholic priests in the western world, not least in Ireland, has become acute it is hardly critical to wonder at a mode(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: ‘We need to avoid the caricature that the only thing the Catholic Church has to speak about is abortion, gay marriage and contraception.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The shortage of priests in Ireland is a huge problem and the “crisis in numbers . . . will, in the short term, not get better”, papal nuncio to Irela(...)

‘Section 7(3)(c) of the Equal Status Act 2000 is a disgrace and under any circumstances should be repealed.’  Photograph: Getty Images

In Ireland we still have a piece of legislation that has the effect of segregating children at the earliest stage in their education and discriminatin(...)