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(...)

 Harry Sweeney (4), Sandymount, holding onto his mother Aine during his first day at school at Star of the Sea primary school in Sandymount last month.    Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Further cuts in the primary school sector would prove “catastrophic”, a newly formed alliance has said. It comes as new statistics reveal that just un(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is preparing to publish draft legislation aimed at regulating school enrolment policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Central Applications Office-style process for primary school places could be used to regulate enrolment practice, the professional body for p(...)

 Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: Ireland and Israel spend considerably more time on religious instruction than any other OECD countries.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has questioned the amount of time devoted to religious instruction in primary schools and (...)