Quality-of-life issue: Kevin O’Donnell, who lives in Seattle, with his wife and their daughters

Leaving Ireland is easy. It’s going home that’s hard. The decision to leave is usually propelled by a yearning for new horizons or an urgent need t(...)

Louise  O’Keeffe and other abuse survivors have strongly criticised the scope of the compensation scheme, accusing the state of failing to accept its legal responsibility. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The State Claims Agency has identified 210 cases of alleged child sexual abuse in schools, which are eligible for compensation under a Department of E(...)

‘The church proclaims to invite people to join in Catholic worship but there is nothing “invitational” about the role of the Catholic Church in the primary sector.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The winds of change that former minister for education Ruairí Quinn heralded in school patronage four years ago have now evaporated. The Forum on Patr(...)

End of school day  .... parent and  child at   Bracken Educate Together at Sunshine House in Balbriggan. Photograph: Kate Geraghty, Irish Times

There has been much discussion in this newspaper lately about primary school admission policies and the availability of school places in Ireland. E(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has announced that agreement on all aspects of the junior cycle reform has concluded with the two main teache(...)

‘Politicians need to stop reminding us how important education is and start investing in it,’ says June Tinsley of Barnardos. Photograph: Thinkstock

Every year for the guts of a decade, a back-to-school piece has appeared on the Pricewatch page, and every year we have highlighted how our “free” (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the Cabinet had approved the provision of up to an additional 610 SNA posts from this September.

The Cabinet has approved more than 600 additional special needs assistant (SNA) posts following a request from Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. (...)

A national school has brought a High Court challenge to a direction from the Department of Education requiring it to enrol an autistic boy in an autis(...)

High Court: Margaret McDermott, of Taylor’s Hill, Galway, said in an affidavit that a “fundamental right” granted to her in the 2003 divorce proceedings was pension entitlements should her ex-husband and his second wife both die before her. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

An 88-year-old woman is entitled to pension rights from the employment of her late ex-husband as director of an authority that awarded third-level e(...)

A significant judgment concerning the entitlements of part-time teachers and with implications for all teachers has been issued by the High Court

A significant judgment concerning the entitlements of part-time teachers and with implications for all teachers has been issued by the High Court. Th(...)