Joe Mchugh

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The veteran Fianna Fáil politician, Pat the Cope Gallagher, has lost his seat in Donegal after more than four decades as an elected representative in the county. Photograph: The Irish Times

As in Donegal as in the rest of the country it was Sinn Féin’s election, with its two candidates, Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn taking a who(...)

Mike Murphy and his colleagues have laptops, calculators and invoices strewn on the table in front of them. They run Moolicious Foods in Moville, just up the coast. Murphy would like to see better government support for rural businesses and for the fishing industry. Photograph:  Freya McClements

Even on a weekday morning, Tank and Skinny’s coffee shop and home bakery in Muff, Co Donegal, is busy. It opened in 2016, a few months after the last(...)

Teachers who are members of the TUI picket outside Greenhills College on Tuesday as part of a one-day strike over pay.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it(...)

Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) including TUI president Seamus Lahart, teachers Rachel Flynn, Kyle Clarke, Conor Crowley and Ciara Stack. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Whoever wins the general election will face having to address ongoing demands for a full reversal of lower pay arrangements introduced during the aust(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin described Fine Gael TDs as coming from    more privileged backgrounds and of not having ‘that feel for working-class people,’ he said. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of a “nasty” and “deeply offensive” attack on Fine Gael as a party of privilege. (...)

A teachers’ union has claimed a new survey shows the damage caused to the education system by the two-tier pay system for teachers. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The staff recruitment and retention problem in the education sector is getting worse with four out of five schools receiving no applications for adver(...)

New laws around admission to schools will ensure greater transparency, equity and consistency in school enrolment generally. Photograph: iStock

So, why the shake-up in school admissions laws? There have been long-standing concerns over how difficult it can be for some sections of the communit(...)

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(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh on a bed of 3,000 nails at Dublin’s Explorium.

If Fine Gael is coming under increasing pressure as the election campaign hots up, the ever-affable Minister for Education Joe McHugh is certainly sho(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh: welcomed the new WRC talks. Photograph: Alan Betson

An ongoing work-to-rule by school secretaries over pay has been suspended to allow for new talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). However(...)

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