Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch. The proposed commission of inquiry is designed to deflect criticism before an election. Photograph: Joe Boland

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception abo(...)

Freshers Week. One in six students drop out after first year. Photograph: David Sleator.

Should we be concerned about third-level retention rates as highlighted in the recent Higher Education Authority research showing one in six students (...)

William C Campbell. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

The biggest news in Irish science this year was the award of the 2015 Noble Prize in physiology and medicine to Donegal-born scientist William C Camp(...)

Ripped apart: getting two mediators involved – a man and a woman so that there cannot be a claim of gender bias – appears to greatly improve the family mediation process

A new family mediation process has a 95 per cent success rate so far and the encouragement of a judge, but has failed to get approval from the Courts (...)

Conor Rhatigan in Castle & Drury on Castle Market in Dublin 2: “I wanted to create a boutique for me.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

When 25-year-old Conor Rhatigan decided to open his own menswear boutique, Castle & Drury, on Castle Market in Dublin 2, he had some experience un(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans to merge institutes of technology into new technological universities are likely to cost well more than €45 million, new figures show. The mov(...)

7 Eden Park, Glasthule, south Co Dublin has a reserve price €740,000

For its final auction of 2015, 200 residential properties around the country with reserves totalling €28 million will feature at the Allsop auction(...)

 President Michael D Higgins said the anti-austerity street protests in many EU states could be seen as “not just the mechanical result of deplorable levels of unemployment and deteriorating material circumstances”, but also a reflection of a “breakdown of trust between citizens and their institutions”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unaccountable forces removed from democratic control are today in control in the European Union, President Michael D Higgins has declared in one of th(...)

The  Alimentary Adventure inflatable exhibit  explaining the digestive system in Cork City Hall. Photograph:  Michael MacSweeney/Provision

The messy business of how our digestive system works is revealed in a Science Week show by the London Science Museum that offers visitors a step-by-st(...)

Friendly setting?: you’ll spend three or four years of your life at college, so get a true sense of the atmosphere when you visit. Photograph: E+/Getty

Isn’t this campus beautifully manicured? Look at our wonderful and extensive library. Haven’t we got the best and most exciting student clubs and s(...)