Ruairí Quinn used to describe the Junior Cert as a ‘low-stakes’ exam. Clearly not all of the participants – or their parents – agree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A progress report on the bids by several institutes of technology for university status comes before the Higher Education Authority this week, but (...)

Laura Boylan, (right) from Skerries, Co Dublin meeting  Kevin O’Brien, minister for advanced education and skills with the gGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador at the Working International Expo at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 2:30

The Irish economy may be showing signs of recovery, but for the hundreds of people who lined up at the Working International Expo in Ballsbridge today(...)

Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority: “No surprise given size and complexity of higher education system that allegations of misconduct arise from time to time.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told universities and institutes of technology (IoTs) to set up procedures to protect whistleblowers as a ma(...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has made seven changes for the Waterford game. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Henry Shefflin and JJ Delaney, making his first appearance for Kilkenny in this year’s league, both start for Kilkenny in tomorrow’s final divi(...)

Kieran Bergin comes in into the Tipperary forward line to face Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Tipperary have made four changes for the crucial league match with Dublin this Sunday in Thurles. Manager Eamon O’Shea, whose side have lost th(...)

LIT’s Tony Kelly and WIT’s Thomas Hamill in action.  Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Limerick IT 3-17 Waterford IT 2-21 Waterford IT staged an incredible(...)

Tempers flare during yesterday’s Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final between University of Limerick and Limerick IT at the UL grounds. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK 1-13 LIMERICK 1T 2-16 Davy Fitzge(...)

Photograph: Dan Hallman/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images
Colleges in crisis

Anyone who believes that higher education has lost its soul can find evidence at Belfield on a Friday evening. There was a time when debates an(...)

 Clare’s Stephen O’Halloran battles with Darragh O’Donovan of Limerick during their Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final at Sixmilebridge, Clare, on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Clare 1-14 Limerick 0-11All-Ireland champions Clare got 2014 off to a winning start when they defeated Munster title-holders Limerick at Sixmilebridge(...)

Dam beavers: the animals can change the environment. Illustration: Michael Viney

The correspondence prompted by this column over the years has often been richly instructive. And along with the observations that nourish Eye on Natur(...)