Cambridge professor John MacBeath has voiced his support for the Government’s new school self-evaluation process, saying it will help to strengthen schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Plans to have schools carry out regular self-evaluations will help to strengthen the teaching profession in Ireland, according to an international exp(...)

Minister for health Leo Varadkar TD at the said some services that are currently 24-hour may have to be curtailed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some health services which are currently operated on a 24-hour basis may have to be curtailed in future if European rules limiting doctors’ working ho(...)

Chief executive of Oxfam Jim Clarken said Ireland had now missed three deadlines to achieve the UN target

Ireland’s spend on overseas aid, as a proportion of Gross National Income (GNI) is at its lowest since 2001, figures just published by the Organisatio(...)

Few would deny that money devoted to early childcare and parental support is well spent. Studies by the OECD have found that Irish child-minding costs(...)

Pressure of exam preparation leads to more didactic ‘teach to the test’ methods rather than innovative teaching

There is a long tradition of public interest in and recognition of the value of education and the role of teachers in Ireland. Research by the Teac(...)

Out today: Irish consumer confidence (March). Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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TODAY (Easter Monday) Indicators: Euro zone Sentix investor confidence (April); Irish consumer confidence (March); US labour market conditions index ((...)

The State has some of the highest childcare costs in Europe. Latest figures indicate a typical dual-earner family with two young children is paying more than one-third of their income on childcare. The average cost across the EU is between a quarter and a half of the Irish average. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a hig(...)

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Italian media reported yesterday that Apple Italia “transferred” €879 million of profit earned in Italy between 2008 and 2013 to Cork-based Apple Sale(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has indicated that the tax is designed to catch economic activity which is undertaken in Britain but not taxed there now. Photograph:  PA

The so-called Google tax will be law in Britain by Wednesday evening, as the Finance Bill, published on Tuesday, is enacted. It is not much time for l(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels yesterday: ‘If the [European] Commission comes forward with a new set of proposals we will engage with that constructively.’ Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

Ireland remains opposed to the idea of a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday, though it is prepared t(...)