Seanad hopeful Laura Harmon:  “I want to be a Senator who represents the views of modern Ireland.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Former Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Laura Harmon has announced that she will stand as an Independent candidate for the National Univer(...)

Minister with Responsibility for Drugs  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said: “I think we are now at the stage in Ireland where we can have a more realistic debate about the realities of drug use and substance misuse that’s rooted in the real experiences of people…” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Minister with Responsibility for Drugs says young people believe the “just say no to drugs” message is “a lie” and that a more realistic policy mu(...)

Hands up: US students are more likely to ask questions. Photograph: Getty images/Wavebreak Media

It takes a confident fresher to ask a question of their lecturer in week one. By week two only the brave are willing to share their independent tho(...)

Going to college has always been expensive, and the advent of free fees hasn’t really changed this. Indeed the rising cost of accommodation, plus a he(...)

 Dromroe Village student accommodation  at University of Limerick. Living on-campus is the ideal solution for many first-year students. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Today, the Leaving Cert Class of 2015 will find out where they’ll start college in September, and many thousands will begin looking for accommodati(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the Higher Education Authority report on student accommodation would not be published until the first week in September. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A report examining the student accommodation crisis will not be published until early next month, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said am(...)

Aoife ní Shúilleabháin with USI vice president for campaigns Daniel Waugh,  deputy president Annie Hoey and USI president Kevin Donoghue spread the word about  USI’s free rooms listing website  Photograph: Andres Poveda

Trinity College Dublin has taken the unusual step of issuing prospective entrants this year with student numbers to help them beat the rush for colle(...)

‘One area I would emphasise is the rent a room idea,’ Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tax incentives are not the panacea for solving the student housing crisis, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said ahead of the autumn scramble(...)

USI president Kevin Donoghue said in a letter to the Minister that he had been too quick to judge students’ unions, reminding him of the role students had played in encouraging young people to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum in May.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said students’ unions are capable of running a country after Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said it seeme(...)

Wreaths laid at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California, where Irish students died on Tuesday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

There can’t have been a parent in Ireland, or around the world, who didn’t want to hear their son or daughter’s voice on learning of the deaths of stu(...)