Overall, 7 per cent of 15-year-olds in Ireland are classed as low-performing across maths, reading, and science, compared to an OECD average of 12 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

One in six Irish students are classified as “low performers” in maths, according to an international report. The study, published by the Organisation(...)

Earlier this week Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced plans for a new armed support unit for Dublin staffed by 55 gardaí. The move foll(...)

Reliving scenes from 1916: Home economics teacher Colette Lee with Adam Leeper and Shane Dixon, students in Trinity Comprehensive secondary school in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a normal day Edel Fitzpatrick would be teaching her young students about history from a dusty schoolbook. But yesterday at Trinity Comprehensive s(...)

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has expressed concern over a “culture of inappropriate” expense claims at University of Limerick. Photograph: Press 22

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has expressed concern over a “culture of inappropriate” expense claims at University of Limerick. This follows (...)

John Hennessy: many in government “short-term in their thinking”.

Underfunding of higher education is in danger of “stressing the system to the point of breaking”, according to the outgoing chairman of the Higher Edu(...)

Royal Irish Academy report says that since 2008, the third-level sector has seen a “severe divestment of its funding base”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A loan scheme for third-level students is urgently needed to arrest a decline in funding and quality in higher education, the Royal Irish Academy has(...)

John Hennessy: “Growth at third-level will be phenomenal between now and 2030 given the demographics of the country”

When John Hennessy surveys the state of higher education in Ireland, he’s reminded of the moment almost 50 years ago when Donogh O’Malley announced pl(...)

Some 4,000 lecturers are staging a one-day strike at Ireland’s 14 institutes of technology. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thousands of students face disruption on Wednesday as a strike by 4,000 lecturers at the country’s 14 institutes of technology gets underway. The one(...)

Despite the introduction of “free fees” two decades ago, a student registration fee has climbed to €3,000 a year. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Fine Gael will pledge to introduce a student loan scheme for third-level education if the party is returned to government. A draft of its education m(...)

Some academics fret that the digitisation of information means research skills are being lost. Photograph: Thinkstock

Whether in a preschool or in a university computer lab, technology is rapidly transforming the way teaching and learning takes place. A baffling ar(...)