Former taoiseach John Bruton: “Under Parnell, the Irish Party became a disciplined, pledge-bound party.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Politicians today could learn from the career of the late Charles Stewart Parnell the value of “discipline and unity” and the importance of turning a (...)

Communicorp Media welcomed the finding that no compliance issues had arisen from the ban in the context of its contracts with the BAI. Photograph: The Irish Times

A “regrettable” ban on Irish Times journalists appearing on radio stations owned by Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Media group will prompt the introducti(...)

TUI president Gerry Quinn (centre left) protesting in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Timeline to Junior Cycle reform: November 2011: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) publishes report proposing a major reform of the(...)

TUI president Gerry Quinn (l) and ASTI president Philip Irwin during  teacher protests earlier this month. The executive committees of both unions are meeting to decide whether to recommend acceptance of a new deal on junior cycle reform. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The executive committees of the two secondary teachers unions are meeting on Friday to decide whether to recommend acceptance of a new deal on junior (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says an agreement with teacher unions over junior cycle reform is “within closer reach than at any point over the last few years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Minister for Education has indicated a willingness to further water down planned junior cycle reforms to achieve agreement with teacher unions.Ho(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced details of the revised plan on Thursday at a seminar with school management bodies and other stakeholders, despite the teacher unions’ continuing industrial action and campaign of non-cooperation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Secondary teachers are to be offered an average of 16 in-service training days to help them adjust to the new junior cycle programme under a new road (...)

Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Demands by secondary teacher unions to abandon school-based assessment from the new junior cycle would deprive students of “21st century learning in s(...)

General Secretary of the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools Eileen Salmon: “We are frustrated in not being able to bring in valuable improvements in teaching and learning with the key skills.”

Secondary teacher unions are effectively blocking “valuable improvements in teaching and learning”, one of the country’s main school management bodies(...)

Jimmy Kelly, TUI secondary school teacher at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock, picketing in January against planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

What happened this week? Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan began briefing school management bodies on how she intends to implement junior-cycle re(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Welcomed the official launch of, an online support service for teachers undertaking the new junior cycle framework. Photograph: The Irish Times

The two unions representing secondary teachers have proposed suspending their industrial action over junior cycle reforms if implementation is halted.(...)

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