Dr Graham Love, head of the Higher Education Authority, told the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee that his board will determine what sanction may be imposed on Cork Institute of Technology.

CIT may face penalties over €13,000 retirement function which featured ice sculpture

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has urged the Christian Brothers and Clonkeen College to  enter into mediation talks over a row involving the sale of the school’s playing fields. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mary Mitchell O’Connor calls on Christian Brothers and Clonkeen College to enter

A file image showing teachers from the INTO, ASTI and TUI protesting before a Government report on pay equalisation. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Department estimates it would cost €200m to end two-tier pay structure that affects 60,000

 Charmaine Van Maren, with her daughter Charlotte, joined supporters at the Save the 8th campaign’s final press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No campaign warns proposals are an excuse to do nothing else to help women

Anti-abortion campaigner Maria Steen will take part in a TV3 debate on Wednesday night.

Move comes as Love Both representative Cora Sherlock pulls out of RTÉ debate

St Louis’s secondary students pictured on the Dundalk IT campus where they will complete the school year after their school was damaged in a fire. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

‘It’s raising their aspirations. Many are from families where there isn’t history of third level’

The Royal College Surgeons in Ireland’s new medical education building on York Street. The college is planning to create a new “university quarter” for the area

First phase of new development at St Stephen’s Green being planned

Ireland’s oldest primary school. Children, suitably attired, from Powerscourt National School celebrate 200 years in Enniskerry with the release of doves. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Suits you: Powerscourt National School in Enniskerry celebrates 200th anniversary

Investment in special education – which stands at about €1.7 billion – now accounts for a fifth of the overall education budget. Photograph: Istock

Increase in children with special needs in mainstream schools requiring support

The proportion of students who did not complete their first year varied significantly across different sectors. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Concern over males failing to progress studying computers and construction

Almost a quarter of students from Trinity College Dublin (above) and UCD are from fee-paying schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Too many students with low points are falling through the cracks of the system

A Garda forensic team examined fire damage at St Louis secondary school in Co Louth on Monday following a blaze at the weekend

Classrooms out of use as gardaí and insurance workers carry out inspections

Students queue up to register to vote at Trinity College Dublin following a registration drive by USI.

Students may play significant role in determining outcome of hard-fought referendum

Blackrock College was among those schools who resisted the plans to abolish the so-called “old school tie” provision. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Schools to be allowed to reserve up to 25% of places for past pupils

Is it fair that publicly-funded schools are allowed to discriminate against non-religious children in their admission policies? Photograph: iStock

Analysis: Removal of ‘Baptism barrier’ aims to make school admission fairer

The vast majority of primary schools – just over 90 per cent – are of a Catholic ethos. Photograph: The Irish Times

School Admissions Bill will remove religion as entry criterion for 90% of primary schools

The new changes will remove religion (or lack of it) as a ground for entry into Catholic primary schools.

New school admissions legislation will impact on all 4,000 schools across the State

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to bring an Amendment to school admissions legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government prepares for potential challenges to enrolment reforms for Catholic schools

The Government has projected it will cost up to €3bn to carry out a ‘deep energy retrofit’ of schools over the next decade. File photograph: PA

Government projects it will spend billions on ‘energy retrofit’ of schools to meet new rules

Clongowes Wood College:  its  numbers have climbed to 450 students, the highest in more than 200 years. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

Supervised study and sports mean students ‘don’t have time to waste’ on smartphones

Minister with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said achieving gender equality was a key priority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

NUI Galway and Maynooth University show ‘solid foundation’ in tackling gender bias

The crowded corridors at St Paul’s Secondary School in Monasterevin, Co  Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Principal says St Paul’s has been based out of temporary prefabs for 18 years

The Irish Times reported recently that there are about 575 school applications for major refurbishments which the department has not been able to prioritise to date

Basic building costs have increased by almost 40 per cent since 2014

ASTI members  picketing Rosmini Community College during a recent industrial dispute.  The union  lost about 2,000 members during a recent dispute. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teachers’ Union of Ireland told it should pay ASTI to make up for loss of members

Children attending the Nord Anglia International School in a drum workshop. About €14m has been invested in the school to date. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Nord Anglia may well have a real impact in shaking up Ireland’s educational offering

John Allen (third from left) and other members of campaign group for victims of  school child abuse, outside Leinster House. They are joined by  Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan (second from right).

Survivors’ group says claims are being fought ‘tooth and nail’ by Department of Education

Children’s groups have argued to maintain the age of digital consent at 13. File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Labour attempts to raise bar to 16 years rejected by Oireachtas committee

The questioned of whether schools are free to change the content of relationship and sex education classes in order to protect their ethos was raised by a number of Oireachtas members

Students say they are not being taught key topics such as how to use contraception

The proportion of students who felt upset or threatened due to social media or internet postings was highest in the girls’ school. File photograph: Getty Images

Sharp focus on body image, particularly on social media, likely to be factor, say teachers

Hibernia said the approach was not a replacement for teachers, but had potential to ease difficulties facing students and school principals. Photograph: Google Street View

Hibernia teacher training college reveals project running where classes taught remotely

The State Examinations Commission is still seeking qualified teachers to work as examiners across all subjects just six weeks ahead of the start of the Leaving Cert exams.

State exams body asks school principals to encourage teachers to correct exams

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said his department had hired more than 5,000 extra teachers in the last two years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Students may be denied chance to study languages, warn school managers

PE teacher Agata Suszczynska, principal Declan Hughes and councillor Lettie McCarthy at St Tiernan’s Community School, Dundrum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

St Tiernan’s is yards from fee-paying school at the centre of hockey pitches controversy

The final version of the National Development Plan included a standalone section on a new ‘technological university for the southeast’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach’s office intervened on National Development Plan following rural criticism

Irish students feel that advice from schools on sex and relationships falls short. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish students feel that advice from schools on sex and relationships falls short

A review of sex education in schools has been launched. Photograph: Getty

Poll indicates that young people do not find parents or teachers useful for advice

Members of the TUI and the ASTI on picket in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ictu finds TUI did not act in line with rules in accepting 1,070 teachers as new members

About 70 students iin this year’s Leaving Cert exams face sitting three exams in a single day due to subject clashes and timetable congestion.

About 70 pupils face sitting three exams in a single day due to timetable congestion

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann at a recent protest by lecturers who  have voted by a margin of 96% to 4% to embark on a campaign of industrial action. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

TUI members in the institutes of technology vote overwhelmingly for industrial action

A total of 16 Leaving Cert students will be obliged to sit their politics exam in a special evening sitting. File photograph: The Irish Times

State Examinations Commission confirms some students affected by scheduling clash

Thomas Byrne TD, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman, says many schools are waiting years for vital upgrades. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil says school-building programme is ‘not keeping up with demand’

 Fifth-year students Michael O’Donnell,  from Finglas, and Steve Andrew McDonagh, from Darndale,  at St Thomas’s school in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Dublin school fears students will drop out of education system without proper supports

Maynooth University’s “turn to teaching” programme seeks to address barriers faced by marginalised students in entering teaching. Photograph: Eric Luke

Maynooth University programme to support migrants, Travellers and disadvantaged students

Jialimey Vuong, a pupil in Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, dreams of becoming a science and maths teacher. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jialimey Vuong wants to bring Chinese Vietnamese background to the classroom

St Paul’s Secondary School, Monasterevin, Co Kildare, was damaged by an explosion in 2000 and subsequently provided with replacement prefab units. Photograph: Google Street View

Oireachtas committee hears concerns from principals over delays in school buildings

DIT campus at Grangegorman:  substantial European Investment Bank borrowings are funding the next phase. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Universities relieved at EU stance as they owe hundreds of millions for expansion projects

Some 66 per cent of Irish 16- to 18-year-olds surveyed would find life difficult  without their phones. File photograph: Getty Images

Proportion of Irish school-leavers going to third-level is 60%, the highest in Europe

The first truly digital natives are conscientious, ambitious, and over-anxious

All new schools are due to open from 2019 to 2022. Photograph: David Sleator

Over 40 schools due around Ireland, with places for 20,000 pupils to be built by 2022

School fees: new primary schools typically cost about €6.5 million; new secondary schools cost more than €22 million

Population bulge sees new schools top agenda as 575 refurbishments stalled

A concerned parent contacted the Neil Prendeville show on Cork’s Red FM  to say a list left in the toilets at Davis College (above) in Mallow, Co Cork, stated the girl “with the most ticks will get raped”. File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí notified as Davis College principal says school taking issue ‘extremely seriously’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says it is not yet possible to say how much a student loan scheme for higher education will cost. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee urged to forge consensus on future funding for third level

Provost of Trinity College Patrick Prendergast: said a tweet was widely circulated stating that the college had bought him a penthouse apartment at a cost of €1.95 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Patrick Prendergast says ‘absurd claims’ have potential to undermine democracy

Protesters at the Irish Glass Bottle site call for affordable housing.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Receiver seeks to reduce number of social homes required on Glass Bottle site by third

US senator George Mitchell:  “Can we leave the Troubles behind? Can we summon the vision and the patience needed to build a peaceful and prosperous future?” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

George Mitchell says years of talks before Belfast Agreement were toughest of his life

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone:  “huge demand” for capital grant supports shows scale of demand for childcare places. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Childcare providers seek €30m from €7m fund for building and extensions costs

DIT  Grangegorman: Over the coming years, some 20,000 students will be based at the  sprawling new campus.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The biggest higher-education development in the State’s history will transform Dublin’s north-inner city. But while some locals we(...)

DIT’s new campus taking shape in Grangegorman. Photograph: Marie-Louise Halpenny Carl O’Brien

Grangegorman set to host Ireland’s first technological university

Minister for Education Richard Bruton with Miceal Sammon, Sammon Group chief executive (left) and Sean Ashe, KWETB chief executive, at the turning of the sod at Maynooth Education Campus. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sammon involved in several education projects including major Maynooth development

Delegates attending the ASTI Annual Convention in Cork heard the move to waive penalties for any former members who now wished to rejoin was “a wise decision” and “in our best interests”. Photograph: Gerard McCarthy

Union lost almost 2,000 members last year during campagin of industrial action

 Audrey Cepeda told the   TUI annual conference   a student threatened a pregnant teacher that he would “kick the baby out of her”. Photograph:  Tommy Clancy.

TUI conference hears student wasn’t suspended for three weeks

Speakers at the ASTI annual conference raised concerns about low fees paid to those marking Junior and Leaving Certificate exams. Photograph: Gerard McCarthy

Teachers back 30 per cent pay increase to avert ‘impending catastrophe’

Delegates protest to Minister for Education Richard Bruton for equal pay at the Teachers’ Union of Ireland congress in Wexford on Wednesday. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Independent Alliance and Fianna Fáil say that pay must be restored

Delegates display their votes at the ASTI annual convention in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Delegates fear reforms will repeat the ‘dumbing down’ of junior cycle

Kieran Christie, general secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, said young teachers are ’leaving the profession in droves’.

Union says students deserve qualified teachers

Minister for Education Richard Bruton addresses INTO delegates  in Killarney. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Teachers’ unions form united front to demand progress on equal pay

Many secondary schools have “bring your own device” policies to allow students use smartphones or tablets for educational purposes in some classes

Calls for outright ban follow rising concern over impact of technology on young people

Minister  for Education  Richard Bruton speaking at the ASTI conference in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Anger at new-entrant pay levels bubbles over at ASTI annual conference

Pictured at the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation annual conference are Graham Fitzpatrick, Ed Platt, John Paul Phelan and Michael Weed, who are calling for equal pay for all teachers. Photograph: Moya Nolan.

ASTI, TUI, INTO ask Government for pledge by next month on ending two-tier salaries

Members of ASTI’s leadership prior to a meeting at the Department of Education in late 2016. The union’s dispute led to a significant drop in membership. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Internal union report shows number of serving teachers at lowest level since 1995

Topics such as safe use of the internet, the effect of social media on relationships and LGBT issues to be included in sexual education classes at both primary and secondary level. Photograph: Istock

Minister to review sex education course to ensure teaching in 'factual manner in every school’

“Keep things fun and enjoy being young!” The official Department of Education advice on sex education hasn’t been updated since 1998. Photograph: Istock

Sexting, easy access to internet porn and social media are redefining the landscape of relationships and sexuality for today’s tee(...)

The Department of Education on Marlborough Street.  The President of the INTO is warning that all three teachers’ unions “will be shutting down schools” if the Government does not address the issue of pay parity. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Almost 24,000 teachers earn less than their colleagues for the same work

David Waters, a new entrant teacher at Greenhills College in Dublin 12. He says lower payscales are immoral. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lower payscales for new entrants will dominate this week’s teacher conferences

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said last week that trade unions did not prioritise new entrant pay in recent talks over the public sector pay deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lower payscales for new entrant teachers set to dominate teachers’ conferences this week

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton said  he was ‘committed to building on this initiative and expanding on this approach during my time as Minister’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bruton says new School Excellence Fund is ‘step change’ in education

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin deleted a message he had posted which questioned the rape trial verdict. A party spokesman said: “He knows it was wrong.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Defamation laws apply to online commentary in case of Belfast rape trial

Student teachers say they face acute financial pressures. Photo: iStock

Survey finds unpaid work placements place major strain on trainee teachers

DIT’s new campus which is taking shape in Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Marie-Louise Halpenny.

Construction set to start on new buildings for more than 10,000 students and 600 staff

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman Thomas Byrne said teacher shortages are damaging children’s education. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thomas Byrne says students’ education is being damaged by lack of qualified teachers

The ASTI says there are acute difficulties recruiting teachers for the Leaving Cert.

Teachers’ union ASTI say shortage of personnel could affect oral and written exams

PE class: many schools say they lack adequate sports facilities. Photograph: Getty

Government turning down all applications despite PE’s addition to Leaving Cert

Seas Suas, the independent childcare and early education provider, has warned that more parents are turning to “unqualified, unregulated childcare options” because of the falling number of available crèche facilities. Photograph: iStock

Crèches struggling to fill vacancies to meet childcare needs of babies under two

Many students are checking their devices in class on a regular basis, research shows. Photograph: Istock

Nationwide poll reveals rise in smartphone use in classrooms

At the 2018 National Teacher Awards are Brian Mooney, lifetime achievement award winner and Dan Hobbs CEO, BetterExaminations.ie

Ceremony celebrates teachers who ‘establish a lasting impact in their students’ lives’

Only 120 childminders out of 35,000 nationally are registered with authorities. File photograph: Getty Images

Regulations should apply to people providing paid-for care in home, notes Government report

Childminders may lack formal qualifications, but most parents are happy with a  “home from home” setting. Photo: iStock

Many childminders fear being penalised for working outside tax system

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the technological universities legislation will “radically change the higher education landscape”. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown likely to secure university status this year

Taxpayers are likely to end up paying up to €200 million to the private operator of the Limerick Tunnel due to lower-than-expected traffic flows. Photograph: Seán Curtin/Press 22

State has paid €34m to compensate for lower traffic flows in Limerick Tunnel

‘Earn and learn’ options are expanding the array of career routes for school leavers

Trade union Unite, which represents English language teachers, said staff  had been left without wages.

Union says 10 staff unpaid as LanLearn closes after immigration inspection

Patrick Brophy, a  DCU graduate, says his career has flourished despite being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. He says  greater awareness of autism spectrum disorders  at third level is  a  good idea.

New initiative to help students diagnosed with autism to achieve their potential

Rehearsing for ‘North by Northside’,  a play based on the writings of  Milo Smith, who was a student at Castleknock College, are Jessica Storey, Leah Kavanagh and Sean Peace

Teachers and classmates produce play based on unfinished work by student Milo Smith

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: wants to increase the number of young people taking apprenticeships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 13,000 young people opted for ‘earn and learn’ options last year

 Rwan Magzoub, Assumption Senior Girls NS; David Chiuariu and Jamie Kelly Maguire, St Mary’s Boys NS. Photo: Paul Sharp.

Exhibition at Trinity marks culmination of project to encourage young people to write

The  Swivl robot  records trainee teachers’ interactions with students to help them assess their own performance in the classroom

New ‘Swivl’ robot technology being used by Irish teacher education college Hibernia

Education

Additional secondary posts in maths, physics, chemistry and foreign languages

Last week’s provisional CAO figures show an increase in the numbers applying to study undergraduate teacher training courses.

Universities still seeking teaching applicants from maths, science and languages

Ann Hayes, who studies on her commute into work, is one of a rising number of employees who are upskilling through remote learning.  Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill

Technology is allowing employees to upskill without setting foot on campus

Irish universities argue they should be given much greater freedom to hire staff now that many of them are generating the bulk of their incomes privately. Photograph: Getty Images

International comparisons indicate that Irish academics are relatively well paid

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