Lucille O’Mahony, a third-class pupil of Guardian Angels National School, Blackrock, Co Dublin, is leading a campaign against the rule that girls must wear skirts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What is the biggest annoyance for school students? Homework? Bullying? Having to go to school in the first place? In fact, according to the Irish Sec(...)

A teacher and pupils of Our Lady of the Wayside national school in Bluebell, Dublin, recently. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Irish attitudes to primary education have transformed over the past two decades. It was once seen – at best – as a necessary route to the basics of r(...)

Sheila Nunan, INTO.  Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES

Primary school teachers are to ballot for industrial action as part of a dispute over a continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workloads(...)

A new and amended section, due to be signed into law shortly, will shift the emphasis on protection to the employee rather than the institution. Photograph: PA

Gay teachers say long-awaited employment legislation means they need no longer fear the “chill factor” of revealing their sexuality at religious-run (...)

Where next?: Leadership is required from religious patrons, unions and politicians, but this has been lacking, according to Prof John Coolahan

The Catholic Church controls 90 per cent of Ireland’s primary schools. About 6 per cent are under the patronage of other religions, primarily(...)

Teachers in Ireland are paid more than countries such as the UK, France, and Italy, but they lag behind countries such as Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

Irish teachers are well-paid by international standards, but work longer hours and in larger classes, according to a major new study. Analysis by the (...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)

‘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(...)

The new “religion, beliefs and ethics” classes will be separate to existing faith-based classes in denominational schools. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

There are no plans to cut the time denominational schools can spend on teaching their own religion, a State advisory body on education has said. All p(...)

The INTO resource pack, which contains lesson ideas, advice and posters for display in the classroom,  was produced by the INTO’s LGBT teachers’ group. Photograph: Alan Betson

Posters that showcase the diversity of Ireland’s families are to be sent to all primary schools. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), wh(...)