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Former president Mary McAleese said there was just something profoundly wrong and skewed” about asking “150 male celibates” to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has described as “completely bonkers” Pope Francis’s plan to ask a synod of bishops to advise him on whether church tea(...)

In one of his first public statements since taking up the post, Prof Andrew Deeks – an Australian who moved to Belfield from Durham University – said a new funding model for higher education was urgently needed.

Staff-student ratios in higher education in Ireland are now “considerably out of line” with international norms “and the national implication is incr(...)

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland scores against UCD at Oriel Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

DUNDALK 5 UCD 2 Dundalk ensured they will take top spot going into the summer break by moving five points clear at the top of the table with (...)

UCD 0 Bray Wanderers 0 Neither UCD nor Bray Wanderers showed sufficient quality to win this disappointing Premier Division encounter in Belfield Bowl(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital has fuelled fierce debate about inequality

The economic collapse has revived the fortunes of equality, a principle once scoffed at by ruling politicians. The French economist Thomas Pike(...)

Trinity College Dublin:  got ‘A’ grades under the headings of citation rate, number of publications, top-cited papers and international joint  publications

Several institutes of technology have outperformed Irish universities in areas such as innovation and industry collaboration, a new EU-sponsored ranki(...)

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, presents the new international university ranking U-Multirank at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels today.Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

Irish higher education institutions have received top marks across a range of headings in a new EU-sponsored university ranking.U-Multirank, which was(...)

‘Just paying for housework isn’t going to rebalance human lives’

There is an emerging consensus from economists across the political spectrum that the current model of capitalism is broken. What is less clear is (...)

Students protesting in Dublin against third level fees. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

What’s billed as the first “independent review of the financial health of third-level institutions” makes grim reading for college management, staf(...)

Gerard Gearty, who has died aged 84, was a pioneer of interventional cardiology and has been described as the greatest Irish contributor to mod(...)

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