David Begg defended his knowledge of pensions and said some of what had been said in the Dáil about his role in pension discussions on Aer Lingus was a “travesty of the truth”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Regulating the Irish pensions regime in circumstances of “fragility and uncertainty about the future” will be a “formidable challenge”, chairman desig(...)

Attendance rates for lectures at third-level are falling as students increasingly opt to rely on notes posted online by their lecturers, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

Attendance rates for lectures at third-level are falling as students increasingly opt to rely on notes posted online by their lecturers, an Oireachtas(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Draft Admission to Schools Bill proposed to introduce a more transparent admissions policy may be shelved. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Almost 1,500 appeals against schools’ decisions to refuse places to their children have been pursued by parents over the past five years, new figures(...)

The National Council for Special Education said while many secondary schools have inclusive admissions policies, it was disappointed there were still barriers to opening special classes, even in cases where they were clearly needed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State’s advisory body on special needs education has asked the Government to be given the authority to order secondary schools to provide special (...)

The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has called for fitness to teach hearings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-promised fitness hearings for the teaching profession should be introduced urgently to improve accountability in schools, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, who sponsored the legislation, said last night that the process that led to a new draft of the Bill had helped give a better understanding of the “complex issues that are being addressed”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Transgender people aged 16 and over will be able to have their gender legally recognised under proposed legislation. A new draft of the General Sche(...)

Parents of children with special needs are often encouraged by the principals of mainstream schools to send their children to ‘special’ schools instead, with the excuse that they would get “better therapeutic supports in the special school” an Oireachtas Committee has been told.

Parents of children with special needs are often encouraged by the principals of mainstream schools to send their children to ‘special’ schools instea(...)