College authorities have been adding more and more study places each year, but have been struggling to keep up with record levels of demand. Photograph: iStock

It’s midnight outside UCD’s James Joyce library and hundreds of bleary-eyed students are trailing out the main door. Some have been here since first (...)

The Maynooth College trustees are the four Catholic Archbishops in Ireland and 13 diocesan bishops. Photograph: Getty Images

The trustees of St Patrick’s College Maynooth are to meet before the end of August to address the crisis at the seminary. It is understood the Catho(...)

Casting a shadow: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has described the atmosphere at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth as ‘poisonous’, when explaining his decision to send seminarians from Dublin to The Irish College in Rome instead. Photograph: Getty

A pattern of seemingly ongoing shambolic investigation into complaints by seminarians at St Patrick’s College Maynooth is a disquieting feature of re(...)

Una McDermott who rents out rooms in her home to students at NUI Galway: “I’ve had 13 students come through the house and I have never had a bother with any of them.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Third-level colleges are appealing to homeowners to rent out rooms to students to help tackle an acute shortage of accommodation. College authorities(...)

Of Maynooth, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said:“I don’t think this is a good place for students .” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘The closed strange world of seminaries,’ was how Archbishop Diarmuid Martin put it yesterday, when speaking of the latest Maynooth crisis. There is n(...)