Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like a new technological university to play a part in the French president’s proposal. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants an Irish third-level institution to become part of a new network of European universities being planned by French preside(...)

Leo’s conference speech performance at the weekend received what might be charitably described as a ‘mixed reception’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is an odd atmosphere in the heart of Leinster House these days. Vital building and renovation work is in full swing in the original part of th(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) and Daryl Murphy stand dejected after a 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eh, well, that didn’t exactly go to plan, did it? Denmark’s carpet bombing of Ireland’s World Cup dreams last night will dampen the nation’s mood con(...)

You would think – or hope – that our political leaders, the public representatives who make many of the decisions affecting our lives, would have at l(...)

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “We still want universities to be autonomous, but we want them to be honest brokers.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Universities accused of wrongdoing face the prospect of being investigated by Government-appointed inspectors with the power to enter their premises a(...)

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “I want to be able to stand in front of young women starting college and say that there is no gender inequality in the institution you are going to join for the next three or four years”

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor has hit out at a culture of sexism and macho behaviour among male Deputies in the Oireachtas. She said ther(...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘We need to send a message loud and clear to the institutions’. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Third level colleges have been warned they will lose access to funding if they fail to promote more women to senior grades in colleges. Mary Mitchell(...)

The number of people with disabilities attending third level or higher education has grown from 3,800 in 2008 to more than 12,000 students this year. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of students with disabilities in third level or further education has more than tripled in a decade, new research shows. The dramatic incr(...)

Carlow Institute of Technology. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Institutes of technology across the State are in line for a substantial windfall as the Government gets ready to embark on a major building programme (...)

Stepping out: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe leaving RTÉ Radio Centre after his appearance on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

At least Leo got a break on Wednesday: a nice few hours of downtime in the Dáil doing the bread and butter stuff such as answering questions and needl(...)

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