Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald:  “With the Irish economy recovering, the issue of the appropriateness of the amended financial thresholds requires revisiting.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government plans to begin seeking feedback on whether a shake-up of the Republic’s mergers laws has worked. A change to the law in 2014 required (...)

Independent TD Michael Harty said men had been issued with letters by State agency telling them to vacate their direct provision centres within four weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government agency has been accused of adding to homelessness because it is issuing eviction letters to men in direct provision who have been refused(...)

Higher level maths entry requirements for students training to be primary teachers are to be lowered from next year. Photograph: iStock

Leaving Cert higher-level maths entry requirements for students hoping to become primary school teachers are to be lowered from next year. Applicants(...)

Fianna Fáil education spokesman Thomas Byrne: The issue was not about pay but pay scales, he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Newly qualified teachers are on competitive pay rates, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said, responding to criticism in the Dáil of the two-(...)

In correspondence with colleges, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has now pledged to lower the entry grade for maths to a H7 from next year. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A group of high-achieving students who secured enough points to study primary teaching but were denied entry due to an “anomaly” in maths requirements(...)

 Minister for Education  Richard Bruton has said 31 schools constructed by Western Building Systems will be fire safety audited over the next six months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Thirty-one schools constructed by Western Building Systems will be fire safety audited over the next six months, Minister for Education Richard Bruton(...)

Schools should not offer meals containing foods and drinks high in fat, salt and sugar and will not receive funding for these if they do, according to the new nutrition standards. File photograph: Getty Images

Daily fruit and vegetables and a ban on foods high in sugar, fat and salt are on the menu for 250,000 children under changes to the school meals progr(...)

Trinity student Lily Brennan (22) who is unable to find accommodation and is living on friend’s couches. Photograph: Jack Power

Students unable to find rental accommodation have been left sleeping on friend’s couches and staying in tourist hostels in Dublin as the college term (...)

 INTO members attend a rally for pay equality for lower-paid teachers outside the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin, in December 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is to take part in a new Government review of pay equality. The union said the plans by the Governme(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the ‘department takes the fire safety of children, teachers and all those who work in schools extremely seriously’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Thirty-seven school funding applications to carry out fire safety works were rejected over the last three years, figures from the Department of Educat(...)