Leo Varadkar said all householders who paid water bills would be refunded by Christmas

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has all but ruled out the likelihood that householders will be asked to repay the €100 water conservation. Mr Varadkar disclos(...)

Under the “digs” system a student rents a room in a family home, usually from Monday to Friday, and returns home for the weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

As the search for accommodation for the college term gets under way, students’ unions are encouraging people to consider offering “digs” as an alterna(...)

Richard Bruton: the Minister only has the power at present to appoint a “visitor” to a university. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is seeking powers to appoint investigators to examine “issues of concern” in higher education institutions. The(...)

The sale of 7.5 acres of land used by Clonkeen College as playing fields is  ‘hugely disappointing’.

The Christian Brothers’ sale of 7.5 acres of land used by Clonkeen College as playing fields is “disgusting” and “hugely disappointing”, parents and s(...)

The Minister of Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe holds shres in Diageo and is the target of drinks industry lobbying. Photograph: Collins Photos

For an hour at Wednesday’s Summer Economic Statement briefing, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe had been as sure-footed as he could have hoped for(...)

 Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches. File photograph: PA

Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or g(...)

Richard Bruton has said: ‘It is reasonable to ask employers to contribute more, as their future success depends so much on the capacity of the education sector to respond to their needs.’ Photograph: Sam Boal

Employers are to be given a greater say in shaping the type of education and training that is delivered over the coming years, in exchange for increas(...)

Senator Fintan Warfield said many teachers had expressed their fears about the narrow confines of the syllabus.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Many students are not receiving an adequate sex education because of their schools’ ethos, Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield has claimed. He told the(...)

In the wake of the rejection of the proposed new public service agreement by Irish National Teachers’ Organisation members, one of the first things the union will have to decide is whether it will accept any majority decision of the public service trade union movement overall to accept the agreement. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The move by primary school teachers to reject the proposed new public service agreement will cause concern to the Government and could, in theory, inc(...)

Teachers protest last May to highlight the case for equal pay, in a demonstration organised by the INTO and TUI. File photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

Primary school teachers have overwhelmingly rejected the draft public service pay agreement. The result of the ballot by the Irish National Teachers’(...)