Dylan McGowan, president of the student union at Letterkenny IT: “Loans are not the answer to financial difficulties. It would be a catalyst for even more financial problems.” Photograph: Declan Doherty

At one point, Dylan McGowan was working five nights a week in a Smyth’s toy store to help make ends meet while in college. Now, as president of the st(...)

 An ‘Irish Times’ analysis of student enrolment and grant data for last year shows UCD had the fewest grant-recipients, followed by Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Up to three-quarters of students in some of the State’s colleges are reliant on grant support, according to new figures that highlight the scale of t(...)

The GMIT  campus in Galway: it  is one of the institutes identified as  “vulnerable” and facing an immediate sustainability challenge. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

There are major concerns over the future of up to 10 of the country’s 14 institutes of technology due to financial deficits and dwindling cash reserv(...)

CIT lecturer Susan Flannery says the sector is trying to balance reduced funding and growing demand.  Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney

It’s the little things, says Susan Flannery. There’s the broken overhead projector. Or the photocopier which rarely seems to have paper. Or the slugg(...)

Bookshop owner David Faughnan: during the recession, “it all went belly-up, and in no time at all, almost overnight, we were the only business left on this street. It was terrible”

The northwest region took a major hit after the recession began almost a decade ago. Letterkenny, in Co Donegal, was one of many towns that saw busine(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton said high quality education and training was key to boosting the higher education sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The former chief executive of the Royal College of Surgeons has been appointed chair of Higher Education Authority (HEA) by Minister for Education Ric(...)

UCC’s chaplaincy costs  €125,000 a year. Image: Google Streetview

All third-level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 m(...)

Valoriani wood-fired ovens: “a professional quality wood-fired oven in a domestically friendly format”

COFFEE MORNINGS: The innovative team at Fabulous Food Trails have added a coffee walk, guided by food writer and coffee shop aficionado Aoife McElwain(...)

The Prince of Wales meets a group of Lambeg Drummers during a visit to the Orange Order heritage museum in Loughgall, Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Prince Charles, on a three day visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic, has travelled to the birthplace of the Orange Order in Co Armagh. After m(...)

 Prince Charles and Camilla plant an oak tree at a welcome reception at National University of Ireland Galway on May 19th, 2015 on a previous official trip by the couple. File photograph: Brian Lawless/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are to visit Donegal on Wednesday as part of a three-day royal visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic. Princ(...)

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