Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Three years and four months isn’t enough time to transform as conservative an area as education but Ruairi Quinn can’t be faulted for his effort. In t(...)

The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, which plans, with TCD, UCD and Marino Institute of Education, to merge their teacher education capacities into one centre. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Future trainee teachers may have the option of taking a hybrid course that would allow them work in both primary and secondary schools.The proposal, (...)

Ruairí Quinn: had previously urged the council to try to deliver maximum transparency

The regulatory body for the teaching profession has decided against holding planned new “fitness to teach” hearings in public along similar lines to t(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn told the council last month of how even the family law courts had opened up to media coverage with a view to informing the wider community. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Teachers facing disciplinary action will be able to stop “fitness-to-teach” hearings from being held in public unless there is a change in legislat(...)

Graduates from the faculty of science and engineering at UL

There are 2239 postgraduate programmes in the Republic, the vast majority accredited by QQI. Universities offer 1,574 courses, with 370 at ITs. The(...)

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn: “A number of these schools have already commenced operation, and the remainder will open between now and 2016.’’   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 20 new post-primary schools were being established throughout the State under a five-year plan to meet increased student nu(...)

The requirement to sign up as a qualified teacher is required under the provisions of section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Up to 40 teachers will be off the State payroll from this morning having failed to register as a teacher before the closing deadline. The country’s 87(...)

One of the most interesting findings of the OECD’s 2008 research into post-primary teaching conditions, was that the percentage of teachers in Ireland(...)

Disciplining teachers

Most professions – doctors, nurses and lawyers etc – are subject to strict regulatory oversight of their work and they face sanctions for non-performa(...)