The frantic pace of education reform means teachers feel increasingly insecure about what exactly it is we are supposed to be doing. Photograph: iStock

There is a wily so-and-so behind Leaving Cert reform. A recent report in this newspaper highlighted how the pressures of the current system are too mu(...)

Next year, it’s back to checking a suitcase like we’re living in the 1800s, heading on a steamship to the new world where you might die of consumption mid-voyage.

Holiday. noun. An extended period of leisure and recreation. “Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it” - George Santayana, 1910.(...)

John Gray: stresses the point some atheist thinkers inherit their beliefs from western monotheism and spend very little time developing their own philosophies.

John Gray is a self-described atheist who thinks that prominent advocates of atheism have made non-belief seem intolerant, uninspiring and dull. At th(...)

Patrick Pearse:  as a product of his time he would have “hated” the idea of same-sex marriage.

Suffering from commemoration fatigue? Don’t worry, the decade of centenaries programme has only another six years to run. What’s the point of it al(...)

One of several unseemly incidents between Kerry and Donegal players during last weekend’s clash at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

George Santayana, the Spanish-American philosopher, coined a phrase that has tended both to overshadow his other writings and survive in a variety of (...)

The work of predicting elections is ‘as ridiculous as expecting Galway to win the Liam McCarthy every year even though it’s nearly 30 years since they last did it’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the skills required of a political journalist is knowing when and how to make predictions. Such tasks including calling the date of an electio(...)

Delegates in Killarney at the 75th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

George Santayana’s famous line that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it is often quoted with approval by politicians (...)