Dr Graham Love, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority. ‘What is the point of having a specialist agency, conferring functions upon it and then ignoring or discouraging its advice?’ he writes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is taking over too much control of the third-level education system and is frequently ignoring the expertise of State advisory bodies, (...)

University College Dublin. An outline of proposed legislation for reforming the Higher Education Authority Act was approved by the Cabinet in recent days.

Third-level colleges face a series of stringent penalties for misconduct including having funding withheld under the biggest shake-up to regulation of(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

An ice-sculpture for a €13,000 retirement party. Painted portraits of senior staff commissioned at a cost of €20,000. VIP-style expenses for relocatin(...)