All second-level schools are being given education packs this week on tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying as part of a national campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Homophobic bullying remains a major problem in Irish schools despite greater openness to lesbian, gay and transgender issues, campaigners have warned.(...)

A secondary school in Greystones, Co Wicklow, has brought a legal challenge to planning approval for a McDonald’s restaurant less than 100 metres from(...)

These first 22 modular homes are to be on a pilot basis with another 128 to follow shortly after under a fast-tracked procurement process. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Work undertaken by a Northern Ireland construction company, which has been awarded the contract to provide modular housing for homeless families in Du(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: A neglected ethos “can dissolve to non-descript and vague spiritualism – or even disappear entirely.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Catholics need to protect the religious ethos of their schools or risk it disappearing, the papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown has said.(...)

Atheist Ireland has called for religious equality for all pupils and teachers in Irish schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Atheist Ireland is seeking public support for its Schools Equality PACT, an initiative to promote religious equality for all pupils and teachers in Ir(...)

A Fine Gael senator wants to limit the access children have to unhealthy food during school hours.

A Fine Gael senator has called on local authorities to introduce “no-fry zones” within 500 metres of schools and playgrounds. Catherine Noone said the(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘I think some of the, what I would call, educational establishment in the Catholic Church are dragging their feet.’   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At DCU in September 2006 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “the fostering of plurality of educational patronage is something desirable and welcome in Ir(...)

‘It’s outside my brief. The vast majority of children don’t practise [Catholicism], so you’d wonder why teachers are trying to do what parents are not doing’

Religious education is currently allocated 2½ hours a week in Irish primary schools. Considering the social, environmental and scientific education(...)

Student union: things liven up when pupils have their say in A Different Class Student union: things liven up when pupils have their say in ‘A Different Class’

Early in A Different Class (RTÉ One, Thursday) it’s clear that this isn’t going to be an observational documentary with the grit, humour and insigh(...)

The students of Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School have a hand in drawing up the school rules

“Many of us spend up to 14 years of our lives in a classroom. But most of us rarely see how a school is run. This is the story of the creation of a(...)