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Irish-medium schools account for 4.5 per cent of primary schools in the State, though research by the ESRI indicates the level of demand is about 23 per cent. Photograph: iStock

The main management body for Irish-speaking schools is considering legal action against the Department of Education on the basis that parents are bein(...)

A spokesman for the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said it was “alarming” to see gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools struggling to secure qualified teachers for permanent roles.

Many gaelscoileanna are reporting acute difficulties finding qualified Irish teachers to fill vacant teaching positions. Some schools say they have h(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton, TD announcing reform of school admissions, at Government Buildings, last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has confirmed it is to recommend that a new primary school to open in September 2019 to serve the Drumcondra, Marino and D(...)

The Gloaming Live at the National Concert Hall in March 2018. Photograph: York Tillyer

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof leads the names joining Ryan Tubridy on Good Friday’s Late La(...)

The Gloaming: The Gloaming: “women in our musical world need more access, more support, and more respect”

The National Concert Hall is a sacred space in the history of The Gloaming. Not many acts can claim to have played their first gig on Earlsfort Terrac(...)

A festival highlight: Martha Wainwright plays Tradfest

Taking as its starting point an all-embracing notion of traditional music, Temple Bar Tradfest has captured the zeitgeist this year, whether by accide(...)

U2 performing at Croke Park in July. Brian Boyd’s report detailing the band was planning to breathe new life into their 1987 album The Joshua Tree was the fifth most read culture article on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1. Bad sex in the movies: from Top Gun to Fifty Shades  This is the most read culture story on irishtimes.com for 2017, and by quite some distan(...)

Photograph: Getty

Irish-speaking primary schools are to start teaching foreign languages such as French or German from junior infants onwards under a new initiative. A(...)

Tadhg Ó Laoire, Saoirse Ní Mhechair, Jatan Brahmbhatt and Aobhaí Ní Dhuiginn, pupils at  Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Stepaside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brendan Shalvey put his daughter’s name down on the waiting list to attend his local Gaelscoil in Kilcock, Co Kildare, when she was just nine months o(...)

Pupils of Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The largest patron body of Gaelscoileanna says it will establish a new model of school that allows for faith-formation classes for a variety of differ(...)

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