Carl O Brien

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Sixth year students at Muckross Park College on their last day of school alongside nuns: The convent is irreplaceable. Photograph: Carl O’Brien

In an increasingly secular Ireland, the closure of a convent might be viewed as being of no particular import. Yet for the thousands of people who hav(...)

Most third-level institutions prohibit the use of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other devices which allow users to upload and access documents. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Universities have recorded a sharp increase in the number of students wearing banned smartwatches in exam halls. Most third-level institutions prohib(...)

Schools won’t start back for more than a month but the lead-in time is long

It can’t be back to school time already, can it? No, not really. Schools won’t start back for more than a month, but as with most everything nowadays (...)

EnglishLanguage school pic

Teachers working in commercial English language schools are poorly paid, on precarious contracts and employed in a sector where low morale is commonpl(...)

A still image from a recent video by Gemma O’Doherty on YouTube. The company said her account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s policy on hate speech.

YouTube has permanently removed failed European parliament candidate Gemma O’Doherty’s account for what it says are violations of its policies aimed a(...)

All six pupils at Cloghans Hill National School – ranging in age from eight to 11 – alongside school secretary Ann Shally

Iseult Mangan, principal of Cloghans Hill National School, Co Mayo, does not need to do a roll call each morning. Instead, she simply has to look down(...)

Sharon Saunders, from  Tallaght, Co Dublin, pictured with her son Scott  (9). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Within days of starting junior infants, it was clear Scott could not cope in a mainstream classroom with dozens of other children. “He was getting ve(...)

Record numbers of third-level students are receiving counselling for mental health problems such as anxiety. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Record numbers of third-level students are receiving counselling for mental health problems such as anxiety. Almost 12,000 students sought counsellin(...)

Decisions, decisions - you still have time. Photograph: iStock

Who decided to follow the intense pressure of the Leaving Cert with a few weeks to finalise your college application? The timing, frankly, sucks. But (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh speaks at the Irish Primary Principals’ Network’s annual conference in Citywest last January. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The reception which Ministers for Education get at teachers’ conferences tends to range from plain frosty to outright hostile. So, when Joe McHugh – (...)

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