Tom Boland

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The Government held its Cabinet in University College Cork earlier this year. Despite the smiles, there is a mutual distrust between the political system and higher education, argue Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn.  Photo:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases(...)

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(...)

Minister for education Donogh O’Malley in 1966, the year he announced the introduction of free second-level education. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It is 50 years since Fianna Fáil minister for education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education. It was not a radical policy(...)

Protesters say they occupied the Department of Education head office in Dublin to highlight “inaction” regarding allegations of misconduct at University of Limerick (above). File photograph: Google Street View

A group of protesters occupied the Department of Education head office in Dublin on Monday to highlight “inaction” regarding allegations of misconduc(...)

Dr Graham Love, new chief executive of the Higher Education Authority: “These are challenging times for higher education, but there are also exciting opportunities.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The new chief executive of the Higher Education Authority has said there are “exciting opportunities” for universities and institutes of technology d(...)

Tom Boland, former head of the Higher Education Authority, says hostility among politicians towards higher education must end. Photograph: Alan Betson

Around the world populism and xenophobia offer extraordinary challenges to our democratic societies. Both feed on prejudice and baseless assertion.(...)

On paper, it is a golden opportunity for the State’s universities. The Republic’s soon to materialise status as the biggest English-speaking member o(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is to conduct a full review into the way it funds third-level institutions on foot of a recommendation by the exp(...)

The University of Cambridge in England. Education authorities are concerned that the fallout of the Brexit vote will lead to a dramatic increase in the number of Irish third-level students choosing to study in Ireland. File photograph: Loic Vennin/AFP/Getty Images

Education authorities are concerned that the fallout of the Brexit vote will lead to a dramatic increase in the number of Irish students studying at t(...)

Trinity College Dublin has warned that the vote will have “a long-term impact on universities in the Republic of Ireland”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thousands of Irish students who are currently studying in Britain and Northern Ireland are unlikely to face an immediate increase in fees as result o(...)

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