Policy-makers are examining the potential of re-skilling surplus primary teachers for more specialist education. Photograph: Getty Images

When the property bubble burst and much of the Irish economy collapsed, another boom took off – babies. The number of births hit a 118-year high in 2(...)

School principal, Padraig Lohan, at Derryoober National School, Gurteeney, Woodford, Co. Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A few years ago pupil numbers at Derryoober National School in Co Galway dwindled to just single figures. With just one teacher left, it seemed a mat(...)