HSE had requested, with the permission of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, that it  take “specific measures” in order to achieve compliance with the Act. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has become the first State body to be deemed non- compliant with legislation governing the participation of people (...)

The institutions include  Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT and Galway Mayo IT – as well as the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

At least five third-level institutions across Ireland are in financially vulnerable positions as they struggle to cope with cuts in State funding and (...)

Áine Divine painting Ian McKellen

In a world full of smartphones, selfies and Instagram moments, why would anyone take the time and trouble to draw or paint a portrait? The answer is,(...)

Girls outperformed boys in 25 out of 32 subjects at higher level and in all but one subject at ordinary level. Above, students celebrate getting their results, at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

A GOOD YEAR FOR . . . Girls They outperformed boys in 25 out of 32 subjects at higher level and in all but one subject – applied maths – at ordin(...)

NCAD: The college has been criticised by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The board of the financially-troubled National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is due to meet on Friday to discuss the recruitment of a new director (...)

Barcelona-based independent architecture practice Colombo Serboli comprises Matteo Colombo, an Italian from Milan who, while studying at the Polite(...)

Sarah McSharry enjoys the ambiance on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cities and towns across Ireland came alive as more than 350,000 people gathers to celebrate Culture Night and peek behind closed doors. There were at(...)

Students at last year’s Irish Times Higher Options at the RDS in Dublin

What will you do after school? Many sixth years haven’t given it much thought yet. Others may have a firm idea of their future career and will have(...)

Gabriel Galway, with his mother Catherine, looking at houses in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Student Emily Kavanagh has already viewed seven Dublin properties by the time she reaches the small house on the Harold’s Cross Road. It’s clear from(...)

Mick O’Dea paints a portrait of the American poet Robert Pinsky, as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A farmer’s life may seem an unlikely vocation for one of Ireland’s best-known artists, but it was once the planned career path for Mick O’Dea. The en(...)