Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said divestment can only be achieved through a process of consultation.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Minister for Education has accepted that plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are not progressing as quickly (...)

Paul Rowe of Educate Together: says there  have been unexpected hold-ups due to “real estate” problems, including that many schools earmarked for transfer were owned by religious trusts or foundations

Plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are being hindered by unexpected legal complications, including an absence (...)

Daisy (5) with her father Keith O’Connor, Clondalkin, on her first day at school at Griffeen Valley Educate Together School, in Lucan , Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 1:51

A grey Dublin car park was filled with laughter and tears this morning as parents dropped their children off for the first day at school. Tomás Ó Dúla(...)

Educate Together: 5th-class students at Balbriggan Educate Together NS, Co Dublin. The country’s first Educate Together secondary school opened yesterday in Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s first Educate Together secondary school has opened its doors to the public. Some 65 first year pupils started yesterday in Ballymakenny Coll(...)

 Jessica Springsteen (USA), daughter of Bruce Springsteen, on Davendy S, in the Speed stakes No 1. Entries for the horse show’s 125 competitions and classes were up by 5 per cent this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Both the number and the quality of events being booked at the RDS premises in Ballsbridge are increasing as the economy improves, its chief executive(...)

New Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan with President Michael D Higgins yesterday. Education remains one of the toughest briefs given its scope and complexity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Jan O’Sullivan will have a full agenda as Minister for Education and Skills. Changes to the junior cycle, school admissions policy, patronage of scho(...)

The report on pluralism in schools s drawn up by the Department of Education

A report on how to advance pluralism in Irish education has defended the display of crucifixes in schools but suggests they should be accompanied b(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn said there was a risk “that we can overlook some fundamental rights to which pupils and their parents are entitled”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Schools under religious patronage are being urged by the Department of Education to publish policies explaining exactly how they include people of oth(...)

Cindy Lund with her daughter Hannah at the 6th class graduation at Kilcolgan Educate Together National School, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

My 12-year-old son is clear that he is going to disown me on Thursday if there’s a tear in my eye at the end-of-year service to mark the completion of(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “The more qualifications you have to be equipped to teach in any school seems to me to make sense.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers seeking to maximise their job prospects would be advised to study religious education, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said at the a(...)