Visitors to the graveside of Poet Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death in 2017, organised by Monaghan County Council and the Patrick Resource Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The young American poet Claire McAllister, mentioned in today’s letters by Peadar MacMághnais, was also known to her friends as “Marmalade”. This was (...)

Every year it’s the same. June 6th recalls that brilliant blast of sunshine through the big window in our kitchen at home. My father polishing his sho(...)

As minister for education in the late 1960s, Donogh O’Malley opened up secondary education to all Irish people. Photograph: Eddie Kelly / The Irish Times

Every now and then, an opportunity arises for a country to fundamentally reset expectations. One example was former minister for education Donogh O’Ma(...)

The  Sorbonne University in Paris is one of a small number of “target universities” which has benefited from a  €10 billion investment programme under the French government’s initiative d’excellence or Idex. Photograph: iStock

Global university rankings have been with us since Shanghai Jiao Tong University started its list of the world’s best universities back in 2003. The a(...)

By taking  meaningful steps towards making education genuinely free, a future education minister would almost guarantee that his or her  name would be remembered for decades

Election manifestos have been coming thick and fast over recent days, and politicians have been falling over themselves to make promises that they say(...)

 Elizabeth Akinwande (15) from Dublin, who in June wrote about her family’s experience of homelessness as part of  the No Child 2020 project. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Every year, the then-minister for education Donogh O’Malley observed in a speech in September 1967, 17,000 children in Ireland finished primary school(...)

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(...)

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