Mason Hayes & Curran managing partner Declan Black, EirGrid director of external affairs Rosemary Steen and National Adult Literacy Agency chief executive Inez Bailey at the Plain English Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

If you’re going into work this morning with the intention of deploying resources to progress an agenda which is key and needs tackling, then stop it r(...)

Low health literacy levels cannot be ignored by service providers. More than half the population of Ireland have low literacy skills. Evidence of this(...)

Grid Finance team members Gary Grimes, Andrea Linehan and Derek Butler with Gavin Duffy from ‘Dragons’ Den’.

Technology start-up Grid Finance has won the inaugural Inclusion Plus competition, which aims to showcase innovative ideas around financial inclusion(...)

Adult education: this is a sector where you can take a course purely out of interest. Photograph: Tom Merton/Getty

College choice can seem confusing, but it’s relatively straightforward compared with the mountain of options in the adult- and further-education secto(...)

Jockey and horse trainer Johnny Murtagh and novelist Patricia Scanlan with National Adult Literacy Agency students Gerardine Murphy and Chris Carthy at the launch of takethefirststep.ie. The website hosts a campaign calling on those who have difficulty with reading, writing, maths or technology to get the help they need. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Writing a letter to her sister-in-law was an emotional achievement for Chris Carthy (53) from Sligo, who left school at 13 and who hid her literacy an(...)

Image: Irish Council for Civil Liberties website

A new guide offering practical information on the rights of older people in Ireland when it comes to retirement, access to health and community care, (...)

The 10th International Plain Conference heard  communication in the health sector was frequently a matter of life and death - and fear of litigation rather an attempt to communicate effectively was behind much of the language in correspondence and on packaging. File photograph: Getty Images

Needlessly complicated communication from pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals could be putting patients’ lives at risk, a conference on(...)

Whatever your reason for going back to education, there’s a course to suit you: Project Futsal, winner of an Aontas Star Award

The Leaving Cert is easy enough to follow. Most teens do it, although some opt for Youthreach or the Leaving Cert Applied programme. Third-level or fu(...)

All in the community: VTOS (Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme) learners from Tipperary Education and Training Board at an open day organised by Limerick Community Education Network

For many adults, their last engagement with education was more than a generation ago and ended much to their relief when they walked out of the school(...)

Learners from the Southill Men’s Shed celebrate receiving their certificates at All Hallows College. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The term “adult education” is something of a misnomer. It brings to mind an image of sitting awkwardly on tiny chairs in the local primary school and (...)

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