Aine Hyland

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St Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda, Co Louth. The expulsion rate at the 700-pupil Christian Brothers school is 10 times the national average. Image: Google Streetview

Parents have complained to authorities regarding “excessive” disciplinary measures at a school where the number of suspensions is running at three tim(...)

The stories behind religion: Julia Poirier, book conservator with the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle looking  a mid-16th century Koran. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

I have always been sceptical about the position of religion in schools. Teaching the stories of saints alongside more provable subjects makes those st(...)

Concerns have been raised over the number of boys aged 12-16 who are being suspended or expelled from schools. Photograph: iStock

There are growing concerns over the “huge” numbers of school suspensions involving young boys at second level, an Oireachtas committee has been told. (...)

The Leaving Cert starts today and the ensuing media circus that goes with it is in full swing. But why are we still putting faith in this absurd (...)

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion in schools. However, many say it is often close to impossible to do so. Photograph: iStock

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion classes in schools. The Catholic church, which controls about 90 per cent o(...)

Many associate Donagh O’ Malley as the politician who brought us free education, and O’Malley’s role was indeed significant. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

This year is a very significant year in the history of education in Ireland, marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of free post-primary edu(...)

Minister for education Donogh O’Malley in 1966, the year he announced the introduction of free second-level education. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It is 50 years since Fianna Fáil minister for education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education. It was not a radical policy(...)

 Aine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at UCC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

BIOGRAPHY Áine Hyland has been one of the most influential figures in Irish education over the past 50 years. After serving initially as a civil se(...)

UCC academics Prof Áine Hyland and Prof Brian Bocking believe Ireland “is in a process of erratic and unpredictable transition”  and religious and secular interests are “seemingly clashing head-on”. Photograph: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

The quality of religious education (RE) in Irish schools deserves much closer scrutiny with many pupils and teachers regarding it as a “doss” subject(...)

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of the scientist led to the establishment of the taskforce on gender equality. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling(...)

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