Minister for Sport Shane Ross was criticised for his reaction to a grant awarded to private school Wesley College in his Dublin Rathdown constituency. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A review of the State’s sports capital grants programme has found that schools in disadvantaged areas should be given a higher priority in future fund(...)

Barbara Ennis, principal of Alexandra College in Dublin 6: “Parents have a choice and they want to invest in their children’s education.”  Photograph: David Sleator

Not so long ago, many private schools were facing falling student numbers, government funding cuts and an uncertain future. Several private schools o(...)

 Secondary school teacher Anissa Majeed: she stresses the need for role models in a country where at least 50,000 children – or one in ten – at primary level are non-Irish, while more than 30,000 have either no religion or a faith other than   Catholic

On her first day of teacher training, Ryma Halfaoui noticed some students who realised they were in the wrong class as soon as the lecturer started s(...)

Teresa Borza Di Nardi: ‘A perfectionist, she was always proud that they served only fresh potatoes.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

My Obituary is a column in which people are given the chance to write their own obituaries while they are still alive. Some may be famous, whil(...)