‘That religion is back on the political stage has much to do with its power to build communities and provide blueprints for action.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Ideologies have a power to build communities; that’s why they endure, says philosopher Alexandra Grieser

Jan O’Sullivan: move to limit past-pupil quota

Angry middle-class parents have been bombarding the Minister for Education with letters

Jan O Sullivan: ‘We cannot continue to negotiate forever,’ she said at the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unions may consider further strike action after Minister rebuffs plea for more talks

A culture of “low expectations” and a limited supply of appropriate training courses have been identified as key barriers to people with intellectual disabilities entering further education. Photograph: Getty Images.

Structural barriers and ‘low expectations’ block those with intellectual disabilities

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: Cooperation with junior cycle plan may be used as a bargaining chip

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jan O’Sullivan declines to say if teachers will be disciplined for lack of cooperation

Children at play in St  John the Evangelist National School, Adamstown, Co Dublin. More than 90% of pupils in the school in the 2013- 14 school year were of immigrant origin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Policymakers have a responsibility to plan for all children. They could learn from Finland

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said the department would continue to roll out reform of the junior cycle curriculum regardless of the teachers’ decision. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tensions escalate within unions as ASTI and TUI hold meeting on industrial action

Tralee Institute of Technology: “We will not require additional efficiencies in order to meet these costs,” a joint statement for the Kerry institute and the  Cork Institute of Technology says

Institutes move to reassure staff over university bid amid union balloting

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