Fibromyalgia sufferer Adrienne Dempsey with her son, singer/songwriter  Damien Dempsey, at Thursday’s press conference. Ms Dempsey said she lives with chronic pain. “I’m at my wits’ end.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten up without being in pain,” said Adrienne Dempsey, mother of singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey who was diagnosed with fi(...)

Bryan Dobson: “I’m not one for weighing myself, but the clothes are a bit tighter after Christmas.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

4am The alarm goes off and I lie in bed for 20 minutes, reading my notes. Breakfast is porridge and milk, or a bowl of muesli or granola. I’ll have so(...)

Many colleges have low minimum entry requirements for what are often highly demanding courses. Photograph: Getty Images

Parents need to be challenged over their belief that higher education is the “only measure of success” for school-leavers, the head of a national educ(...)

The site has more than 110 metres of frontage to Kevin Street Lower and is also bounded by Camden Row, St Kevin’s Park, Liberty Lane and New Bride Street

The former DIT Kevin Street campus – one of the best city centre redevelopment sites to come on the market for years – is quoting more than €80 millio(...)

At a disadvantage: while middle-class girls thrive, working-class boys struggle. Photograph: Moment/Getty

No Child 2020 is an initiative by The Irish Times providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues. We explore the problems facing c(...)

The Royal College Surgeons’s new medical education building on York Street.   The RCSI is set to become the country’s eighth university under legislation likely to pass through the Oireachtas shortly

What’s in a name? A lot, if you are a college trying to attract international students and lucrative research funding. The Royal College of Surgeons (...)

 RCSI is planning to expand to create a ‘university quarter’  in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) is set to become the country’s eighth university under new legislation likely to complete its passage thr(...)

A total of 80 per cent of TUI members at Cork Institute of Technology (above) and 68 per cent of members at IT Tralee voted in favour of the merger.

Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee look set to apply to become a technological university within weeks after lecturing staff voted to support (...)

Dennis Agnew, corporate partner at Pinsent Masons in Dublin: “While the UK and Ireland’s fastest-growing companies are both large and small and found in disparate industries and areas, our research reveals that they share these three traits”

No single formula can guarantee success, but research among some of the fastest-growing companies in the UK and Ireland has uncovered a number of comm(...)

 Technological University Dublin: main campus is at Grangegorman and it has a staff of 3,000-plus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s first technological university has been formally established by law and is now the country’s largest third-level institution. Technological(...)

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