Prof Steven Salaita became a cause célèbre for academic freedom in the United States, whose case contributed to the resignation of the chancellor of the University of Illinois, Phyllis Wise, in August 2015. File photograph: Armando L Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images)

An academic who had an offer of a post withdrawn after a series of tweets protesting at the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 is to speak at a conferen(...)

People whose capacity is impaired because of mental health difficulties should have the same entitlement to have their views heard and their values respected as everybody else.

Irish mental health law needs to be reformed. Although, in its day, the Mental Health Act 2001 represented important progress, it no longer provides t(...)

 Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues, has appointed  senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly to lead a commission of investigation into Grace’s case. Photograph: Eric Luke

The cost to “Grace” of her abandonment in a “foster” home for 20 years, where she suffered gross physical and emotional abuse, is incalculable and can(...)

Model healthcare?: the maternity hospital planned for the St Vincent’s campus in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byne

Stories about the ownership and governance of the National Maternity Hospital after it moves from Holles Street have been bubbling for a while. We’ll (...)

Many associate Donagh O’ Malley as the politician who brought us free education, and O’Malley’s role was indeed significant. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

This year is a very significant year in the history of education in Ireland, marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of free post-primary edu(...)

After nearly a decade of spending cuts, rising student numbers and falling numbers of academic staff, the higher education sector is under acute pressure. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Last year the computer chip giant Intel announced a sponsorship and mentoring programme for master’s students at University College Dublin. Science an(...)

Senior counsel Conor Dignam was appointed by the Government in June 2015 to examine the treatment of “Grace”, who spent 20 years in a foster home in the southeast. Photograph: Collins Courts

The whistleblower at the centre of abuse allegations at a foster home in the southeast has criticised the delay in establishing a statutory inquiry in(...)

After last week’s budget, Minister for Health Simon Harris told a briefing that €35 million in new services would be ‘initiated’ in 2017, in accordance with a commitment by the Government. ‘As in previous years, projects initiated in 2017 will not be completed in that calendar year.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

The Government has been accused of another u-turn on mental funding after it emerged that not all the €35 million in additional funding pledged in th(...)

The file on mental health spending reveals huge tensions between Mr Varadkar and Ms Lynch over the issue, both before and after last year’s budget. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar overstated the previous Government’s spending on mental health in a statement issued on budget day last year, according to one of his own(...)

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photograph: Irish embassy in Paris

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. V(...)