His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

Michael Healy-Rae: “I’ve been in B29 since February of 2011 and that’s where I’ll stay until somebody tells me I have to leave. But no somebody from Fianna Fáil is going to do it.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s been two months since the Government was formed but deputies are still unable to vote electronically due to a dispute over seating arrangements. (...)

The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has called for fitness to teach hearings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-promised fitness hearings for the teaching profession should be introduced urgently to improve accountability in schools, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

About 38 per cent of the 1,100 respondents in a survey of lecturers at institutes of technology said the additional hours had a ’very high’ impact on stress levels

College lecturers have claimed the imposition of two extra hours’ lecturing time each week under the Haddington Road agreement is adding considerably (...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

‘Truly miserable week’ for  Taoiseach Enda Kenny:  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The dramatic announcement by John McNulty of his withdrawal from the Seanad byelection capped a truly miserable week for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his (...)

Shout out: Protesters make their voices heard at the  ASTI Conference in Wexford, disrupting a speech given by the Minister of Education Ruairí Quinn. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Secondary-school teachers return to class on Monday after yet another Easter of negative headlines. The rowdy scenes at their annual conference(...)

TUI president Gerry Craughwell has urged members to vote yes on industrial action in the event that members reject the Haddington Road agreement. Photograph: Frank Miller

Industrial action in second-level schools could be initiated by the end of the month if teachers vote to reject the Haddington Road agreement next wee(...)

TUI president Gerard Craughwell Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Delegates at the annual conference of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland(TUI) have voted not to go back into any talks with the Government on the propo(...)

 TUI president Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There were no real negotiations involved in reaching the new Croke Park agreement proposals for staff in the public service, the president ofth(...)

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