Joe Mchugh

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It is estimated that by 2020 Ireland will have more than 70 different apprenticeships on offer, with awards ranging from certificate to PhD level. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of school-leavers choosing apprenticeships has almost doubled in recent years as rising numbers of pupils look towards “earn and learn” opt(...)

The idea emerged following a meeting between student Rhona Butler, who lost her mother during the exams  last year, and the Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Leaving Cert pupils who suffer bereavement of close relatives during next month’s exams will be able to sit alternative papers in July. The new move (...)

US president Donald Trump is due to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for a bilateral meeting on  next Wednesday in Shannon airport. File photograph: Getty

US president Donald Trump will spend a second night at his golf course in Doonbeg when he visits Ireland next week. It was announced earlier this mont(...)

There will be a record 15,950 special needs assistants in school in the coming year, supporting about 37,500 pupils.

Almost 800 new special needs assistants are to be allocated to schools from September. The increased allocation reflects the fact that record numbers(...)

Maddix and his mother, Nadine Staunton, who is struggling to find a new school for her son. Photograph: James Forde

Aidan Ennis (6), from Cherry Orchard, Dublin, will be almost eight before he finally starts school. He has autism, and his mother, Louise Lawlor, has(...)

Donna Hillyer: 'The Irish relationship with England will always be complicated, and it can be frustrating at times to see the lack of self-awareness and knowledge about the role the country has had to play in its next-door neighbour’s history.'

I left Ireland for London 15 years ago, four years before the recession hit, at a time when some people thought I was mad to go: Ireland was booming, (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh and  Minister of State for Training John Halligan at the launch of the Springboard+ 2019 programme outside Government Buildings.

Thousands of free or subsidised upskilling course places are being offered to workers seeking to future-proof their skills in areas impacted by digita(...)

More than one in three Irish people believe they could not live without WiFi, with nearly 50 per cent of 19 to 24-year-olds saying they depend on it, according to a survey on attitudes to science.  Photograph: Bloomberg.

More than one in three Irish people believe they could not live without WiFi, with nearly 50 per cent of 19 to 24-year-olds saying they depend on it, (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was ‘no worse crime than one against a child and no worse form of crime or a crime that is more unspeakable than child abuse’. File photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that the ex-gratia scheme established for victims of child sexual abuse while they were pupils in State schools is(...)

The Public Service Pay Commission is likely to propose increases in military service allowances for Army personnel  and to patrol duty allowances for Naval Service members, sources said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Increased take-home pay for members of the Defence Forces is likely to be recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission when it reports to the Mini(...)

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