A development in suburban Dublin is being regenerated after the original developers went into receivership following the recession. The origina(...)

Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe said  “the fact that an increasing number of Irish parents consider that it is necessary to get their children baptised in the Catholic faith in order to access publicly funded schools, rather than out of personal religious conviction, is a shocking alarm note for a modern democratic state.”

Multi-denominational school patron Educate Together has criticised the Government’s failure to stop State-funded religious schools from giving prefere(...)

Stormy waters: TUI president Gerry Quinn and ASTI president Philip Irwin at a picket over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s been a stormy few years for education. Since the recession arrived in 2008, teachers have protested, loudly, about cutbacks and changes to the(...)

“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

The “chalk and talk” approach to education in Irish schools and colleges has long since disappeared. In any arena of learning you are greeted now by b(...)

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(...)

‘When our national school system was set up in 1831 it was to be a secular system where all children would be educated together. What a wonderful aspiration! But look how it ended up. In years to come people will look back and exclaim with horror: “You mean in the old days in Ireland Protestants and Catholics were educated separately?”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Four years after then Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, set up the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, the Catholic Church h(...)

In the US, if parents want their children to learn about religion, they send them to Sunday school and pay for it privately. Photograph: Thinkstock

A parent wrote an anonymous piece for this newspaper recently, in which he argued that it was “plain nuts” that his children should be forced to spend(...)

President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said the incident was “unfortunate” and “just sheer bad luck”.  Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

A child who sued after her hand caught in a door in a Dublin school has lost her High Court action for damages.The President of the High Court, Mr Jus(...)

Children at play in St  John the Evangelist National School, Adamstown, Co Dublin. More than 90% of pupils in the school in the 2013- 14 school year were of immigrant origin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Imagine a place where there were no private schools, no waiting lists, no demands for baptism certs; a place where all children – irrespective of fait(...)

The principle of choice is built into democratic society but does it always work for the common good? Education is one field where choice can have a d(...)