Carl O Brien

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Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of  Trinity College Dublin, told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that a lack of personal contact with other students was affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many students. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demand for mental health support in some universities has doubled as students struggle with isolation and the shift to online learning. Dr Patrick Pr(...)

Liam  (10), Johnny  (4)  and Patrick Howard (7).  Their father Brendan is worried they will not be able to attend the same school due to the end of sibling-first admission policies at their local school.

Johnny Howard (4) lives just around the corner from the school which his older brothers Patrick (7) and Liam (10) go to. His father Brendan said the (...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said it was her firm intention’ for the conventional Leaving Cert exams to be held in 2021. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Secondary students are feeling “unrelenting pressure” as a result of constant testing from teachers who say the results may determine their Leaving Ce(...)

John Boyle, general secretary of the INTO, says all staff who work in schools should be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All staff who work in schools should be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available, the country’s largest teachers’ union has said(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said an increase in the number of Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients was anticipated and reflects the impact of moving to Level 5 of restrictions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The amount the Government is paying through the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has climbed to almost €100 million a week following another incre(...)

Public health authorities say latest data indicates schools safe settings with very low rates of transmission of Covid-19.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Substantial progress on safety issues in schools is needed to avoid industrial action, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has warned(...)

The Department of Education has asked schools to withdraw more than 50 hand sanitisers, wipes and detergents from schools after it was unable to guarantee if they were safe to use. Photograph: iStock

Schools are scrambling to secure supplies of hand sanitiser after the Department of Education ordered the withdrawal more than 50 products due to pote(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said the third level sector  has responded swiftly and effectively to the challenges that have arisen over recent months. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

More than 14,000 free and subsidised higher-education courses in areas ranging from data analytics to construction are to be provided to upskill worke(...)

Data compiled by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows a total of 46 outbreaks – two or more cases – were detected in primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland last week, almost twice the number recorded a week previously. Photograph: AFP/Getty

There has been a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 outbreaks in schools, latest figures show. Data compiled by the Health Protection Sur(...)

The postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams are due to take place between November 16th and December 11th. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A total of 2,820 students have applied to sit the postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams which are due to be held next month. This represents just under 5(...)

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