A Higher Education Authority report shows one in six  college students are failing to progress past their first year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Third-level colleges, like any businesses which need prospective customers, follow a simple rule: give them what they want. This equates to a place on(...)

The scales  of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments: Key cases in brief

A certificate is required to appeal a costs order to Supreme Court. Rowan vs Kerry County Council, IESC 99 (Supreme Court, Dunne J, McKechnie J, Decem(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the launch of Pathways to Work 2016-2020 at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Government has said that 50,000 long-term jobless people will be moved into employment over the next five years as part of its new jobs strategy. (...)

An audit by the Revenue Commissioners in late 2013 concluded that spousal travel costs should be treated as a benefit-in-kind and taxed accordingly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The State body which replaced Fás does not believe it has any prospect of legally recouping controversial travel expenses for the spouses of senior of(...)

The use of Fás’s credit card to pay over $900 for a three-ball golf match at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando was defended as “developing relationships”. Photograph: Getty Images

If there was a moment which crystallised public outrage over State officials’ sense of entitlement and disregard for taxpayers’ money, it came on the (...)

Philip (43) has been in recovery and using methadone for the past 15 years. He says he would welcome any alternative which could help his rehabilitation. Photograph: The Irish Times

The first thing Philip (43) does each morning after waking up is to reach for a plastic bottle with green liquid. “It’s sweet, a bit like cough medici(...)

In demand: theatre and other specialist nurses are in short supply. Photograph: Stockvisual/Getty

Each year further education and training provides a gateway to employment for thousands of people who may have left school early or who have been unem(...)

Showing how it’s done: Martin Waters, Nicky Sheehan and Billy Cowming of Dungarvan Men’s Shed demonstrate OneStepUp.ie

What do learners in the adult and further education sector want? The sector is diverse, encompassing everything from local courses tailored to the (...)

Ministerial action: Richard Bruton claimed the Action Plan for Jobs could help create 25,000 jobs in the southeast over the next five years. Photograph: Sara Freund

The Government’s further education and training strategy was devised at the height of the economic crisis in 2012, to upskill the labour force and so (...)

Billy Walsh: has overseen spectacular success for Irish boxers in his years as head coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Given how cheaply and meekly the Irish State surrendered its sovereign status in recent years, it really should be no surprise that this sorry mess of(...)