Minister for Health Simon Harris said he personally wanted to see only public patients in public hospitals. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

There is going to have to be a significant increase in pay for newly-appointed medical consultants in the future if the Government is going to insist (...)

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 (...)

Donogh O’Malley’s announcement of his intention to introduce free secondary education sparked the ire of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Not all doom-laden Department of Finance warnings over ambitious public spending plans necessarily come to pass. While the department tasked with kee(...)

St Joseph’s industrial school in Artane, Dublin, was run by the Christian Brothers from 1870 to 1969. Between  1869 and 1969, 105,000 Irish children were committed to industrial schools.   Photograph: Getty Images

No Child 2020 is a new initiative by The Irish Times, providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues over the coming year. Inspire(...)

NUI Galway first years gather in the Quad for a group photograph some years ago. Photograph:  Patrick HeneghanNUIG

This month more than 50,000 students received CAO offers for places in third-level colleges amid a national accommodation crisis, with many wondering (...)

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar during a 5k run in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Coveney would, I imagine, have been quite happy to throw Leo Varadkar in a vat of avocado mash last Sunday. Coveney reminded us that, for all th(...)

Trinity College Dublin: O’Malley’s plan, announced in 1967, to merge UCD and TCD was defeated. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There will be some debate this year about the impact and legacy of minister for education Donogh O’Malley, who, this time 50 years ago, was adamant he(...)

Teachers at all levels have a particular balancing act to perform: to safeguard teachers’ welfare and to promote the interests of those they serve. Photograph: The Irish Times

The teachers’ conferences during the week revolved around demands for equality. The two-tier salary scales for teachers are doing great damage to the (...)

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(...)

Richard Bruton addressing the IPPN conference: the Minister used his speech to espouse the merits of community national schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Minister for Education has warned of potentially “damaging” consequences for society if “different values and approaches” are not integrated into(...)

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