Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan: “I'm really heartened by the positivity of artists towards this proposal.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Artists and arts organisations in receipt of taxpayers' money will be asked to give time to local schools. The public s(...)

Paddy Donegan, second from left, in 1963 with, from left,  Michael Mullen TD, Dermot Doolan, secretary, Irish Actors’ Equity, and the Abbey actor Vincent Dowling. Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

Paddy Donegan, who has died aged 92, was a formidable driver of major educational change in the second half of the 20th century. Appointed as a(...)

Support role: six-year-old Lucy Fagan, who is affected by autism, with her mother, Genevieve, at the launch of the Blue Nose fundraising campaign for Irish Autism Action. Photograph: Eric Luke

New figures published by Dublin City University have provided the first accurate measure of autism rates in Ireland. At 1 per cent, the inciden(...)

Irene Gunning, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said the survey results underline the need for investment in supports for children with special needs at pre-school level. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many creches and pre-schools are struggling to provide early childhood care and education to children with special needs, according to a nation(...)

Patricia McLaughlin and Joanne Irwin of the Co Donegal TUI branch at the union’s  congress in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Schools will experience long delays in appointing new teachers as a result of new national vetting legislation, the Teachers’ (...)

Delegates Austin Fennessy, Co Dublin, Martina Boyle, Co Monaghan, Anne Mannion, Co Dublin and Joe McGrath, Co Monaghan, at the TUI Congress in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Joe 4/4/2013

Iggy Dineen, a metalwork and technical graphics teacher from Co Cork, received a standing ovation after delivering a powerful spe(...)

 TUI president Gerard Craughwell . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peter McGuire The Teachers' Union of Ireland is set to conduct a ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike action, in the (...)

Junior Cert take a  maths examination at St. Raphaela's School, Stillorgan.

PETER MCGUIRE Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn faces renewed challenges in implementing Junior Certificate reform as opposition hardens acro(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn expects Catholic Bishops to cooperate in identifying suitable primary schools for the transfer of patronage.
Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

There is a “measurable small demand” for change in school patronage in certain areas and parents should have a choice, chairman of the Council (...)

26/03/2013  FEATURES TUI  Gerard Craughwell President of the Teachers Union of Ireland . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

FRIDAY It’s 5.30am and I leave Castlebar for Dublin as the rain buckets down. Floods are shutting(...)

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