The Taoiseach met with his constituency colleagues on Sunday evening and insisted he would be standing for election again. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will run in the next general election, despite confirming he will not lead Fine Gael in such circumstances. The Taoi(...)

University College Cork  has spent almost €1.5m in the last five years on legal cases involving staff, new figures reveal.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

University College Cork (UCC) has spent almost €1.5 million in the last five years on legal cases involving staff, new figures reveal. The universit(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and senior Fine Gael figures  at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co Kildare on  the second day of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is prepared to fight any moves to remove him as Fine Gael leader as a growing number of backbenchers and Ministers say his positi(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Meeting in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two Fine Gael TDs who have called on Enda Kenny to outline a timetable for his departure have said all their colleagues agree the Taoiseach’s position(...)

The move follows a series of developments aimed at improving accountability of schools and giving parents and students greater access to information. Photograph: Getty Images

Teachers could be banned from the classroom for serious misconduct or poor performance under fitness-to-teach measures due to come into force from tod(...)

As the Dáil adjourned for the summer recess this week, there was a predictable chorus from the cynics suggesting the “new politics” had already proved(...)

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly is proposing a Bill to establish an ombudsman for education. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Parents and students would be able to appeal decisions made by schools to an independent body for the first time, under legislation which has been acc(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

If a parent or student has a difficulty with the decision, there is no avenue of independent appeal besides the expensive and often daunting prospect of a court action. File photograph: Eric Luke

For all the talk of a student-centred education system, young people and their parents often have little voice when it comes to crucial decisions affe(...)

The Education (Amendment Bill)  is strongly opposed by the Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Getty Images

Parents would have an opportunity to complain and appeal decisions made by schools for the first time under legislation which has been accepted by th(...)