Carl O Brien

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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 – (...)

The institute found that more than two-thirds of students identified anxiety, self harm and suicidal ideation as the most common issues students were presenting with. Photograph: iStock

Guidance counsellors say they are struggling to cope with an “epidemic” of anxiety among secondary school pupils. Speaking at the annual conference o(...)

Sea of Solitude marks the moment mental health themes go mainstream in gaming.

The all-male Trinity College Dublin society at the centre of an alleged ‘hazing’ controversy, has claimed a college investigation has concluded only t(...)

The Leaving Cert higher level Irish paper

This week it emerged that several thousand students are opting not to sit the Leaving Cert Irish exam each year. So why are so many students opting n(...)

Rowan Kelly (front) from Bray with other members of Climate Strike Fridays for Future, spending their thirteenth  consecutive Friday protesting about climate change outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

During a talk on climate change a few years ago, secondary school pupil Conal O’Boyle heard something which jolts him still. “We were told that kids (...)

Hozier: “I assure you if I wanted to make a f**king pop song I would have written a pop song, because it would have been far easier” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Some of the stuff I was grading was the worst I’ve ever seen – even from good students’. Lecturer Greg Foley could scarcely believe what he was seein(...)

Despite official efforts at combating disadvantage in Irish schools, a huge class chasm remains as Carl O’Brien writes in today’s Irish Times. While m(...)

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