The ESRI report into the educational experience of children with disabilities identifies an apparent gap in resources at primary and secondary level for children with emotional, psychological and mental health problems. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Children with emotional or mental health difficulties are at much greater risk of absenteeism from school and isolation from their peers, according to(...)

it is important to have greater transparency about how students are assigned places in special classes and schools. Photograph: iStockphoto

New research published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute and the National Disability Authority indicates that the majority of chi(...)

Will queues for property rentals become a common sight  in Dublin once again?  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Rent went up by how much last year? It depends where you live and whether you want to hear the scary or the not-so-scary numbers. What are you talkin(...)

The IMF has issued a warning on public sector pay, saying the Government should contain the wage bill as the advancing recovery starts to “fire on all cylinders”.

The International Monetary Fund has issued a warning on public sector pay, saying the Government should contain the wage bill as the advancing recover(...)

Over the final three months of 2014, rents rose slightly in Dublin, notably in the apartment sector. Photograph: The Irish Times

The cost of renting a home in Dublin climbed by more than €1,200 last year – over four times more than the rate of increase recorded elsewhere in t(...)

Hospitals need to stop counting patients, beds and discharges, and start measuring outcomes and value for money. Photograph: iStockphoto

Acute hospitals are bursting at the seams. No one, including all previous ministers for health, has been able to eliminate the long queues for treatme(...)

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson  of the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP). The CSP has just published new guidelines for religious teaching in Catholic schools. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catholic schools should “take care” not to exceed the 2½ hours reserved in the primary school timetable each week for religious teaching and sacrament(...)

‘Students entering higher education face a vast and arguably overwhelming array of options. This array mainly reflects the policies adopted in third-level colleges, of segmenting broad entry courses in the arts and science faculties into separate specialised entry streams with limited numbers in each stream.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has established an expert group, chaired by Peter Cassells, which is “to identify and consider the issues relating to the long-term (...)

Despite February’s drop, the underlying trend in Irish consumer sentiment remains positive. Photograph: David Sleator

A sharp fall-off in consumer sentiment last month was blamed on post-Christmas blues.The latest KBC Bank/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index fell to 96.1 in(...)

Currently, the Irish electricity market is one dominated by a single firm, the ESB, whose impact is minimised through regulation. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Consumers may face higher electricity prices once a redesign of the Irish electricity market comes into effect in 2017, the Economic and Social Resear(...)