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(...)

Sophia Tkacheva in action

Sophia has neat blond plaits and a pink leather satchel. She’s a bit shy. She lives in Gorey, Co Wexford, with her mum, her dad and her younger sis(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe

Educate Together is taking legal advice on admissions regulations from the Department of Education which “could be discriminatory”. It says hun(...)

Finnish educational expert Pasi Sahlberg in an image from his website.

By making parental choice the cornerstone of its education system, Ireland is following a “lazy”, market-based strategy which is likely to produce gre(...)

Wexford student Dara Tuinstra was rewarded with a €500 book voucher for herself and a library worth €7,500 for her school, Gorey Educate Together, after winning the Eason Spelling Bee national final at RTÉ studios in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell’s.

A Wexford primary school student has won the Eason Spelling Bee for her correct spelling of the word ‘multiplicity’. Dara Tuinstra (12) was rewarded w(...)

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(...)