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No Child 2020 is an ongoing initiative by The Irish Times, providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues. We explore the problems(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: ‘I am deeply conscious of the stress and anxiety facing parents and their children as we work to secure more places. It is a priority issue for the department.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of children with autism or special needs are without appropriate school places ahead of the start of the new school year, new figures indicat(...)

David McIntyre, developer of the Cubbie.

Two major events prompted Mayo entrepreneur David McIntyre to develop the Cubbie booth which offers a sensory solution for people with autism, ADHD an(...)

Western Building Systems has won a contract to build a  a 60 bed ward block at University Hospital Limerick. Photograph: iStock

Western Building Systems, the Co Tyrone company being sued by the Department of Education over structural defects at 42 schools, has been awarded a €1(...)

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan: ‘The crux of the problem is that if there were spaces on a bus, rather than let it go to its destination with seats empty, we then put children that were not eligible.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan has vowed to continue to fight for an extra €4 million for the school bus scheme to continue t(...)

Currently, there are more than 16,000 apprentices and almost 6,000 employers involved in 47 apprenticeships. Photograph: iStock

“Having 100 per cent progression to higher education can never be right. There must always be someone in a class or a few in a class that are more sui(...)

Government should not continue to rely on volunteers to wash clothes for families in emergency accommodation, says Doras Luimní. Photograph: iStock

The State should not continue to rely on volunteers to wash clothes for asylum-seeking families in emergency accommodation, a Limerick human rights gr(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: says the reforms will make the process fairer and that safeguards are in place to ensure any decision to grant an exemption ‘should not be taken lightly’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This week the Minister for Education announced a relaxation of the system for awarding exemptions from studying Irish. On the face of it, it might no(...)

Builders carrying out remedial work on November 5th at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, which was built by Northern Ireland building firm Western Building Systems. File photograph: Colin Keegan

The contractor behind the 42 schools which were found to have structural defects has said it is being used as a “scapegoat”. Western Building Systems(...)

One school building, part of Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Dublin, was closed. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Temporary safety measures are required in 17 schools after structural defects were identified. The 17 schools are in addition to the 22 structures th(...)

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