The metrics on which third-level institutions will be judged in relation to gender equality will be transparent, Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said.

Future funding for higher-education institutions will be tied to how well they tackle the problem of gender equality in the sector, Minister of State (...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor publicises a report on sexual consent among third-level students. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she is considering making classes on sexual consent compulsory in all Irish college(...)

Richard Bruton: the Minister only has the power at present to appoint a “visitor” to a university. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is seeking powers to appoint investigators to examine “issues of concern” in higher education institutions. The(...)

I Did It: An Taoiseach after being re-elected shows the clenched fist as he departs Leinster House for Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Enda Kenny has promised to work in partnership to build a better Ireland following his election as Taoiseach yesterday during a day of drama at Leinst(...)

Mick Wallace on the canvass at Wolfe Tone Villas in Wexford.

At last, a politician who has kept his promises. “I said I wouldn’t do parish pump and I didn’t,” says Mick Wallace, lightly dressed in his trademark(...)

Early Childhood Ireland, which represents service providers in the childcare sector, has said the  use of primary school buildings as a low-cost solution for childcare would amount to a “band aid approach” to a serious capacity problem. File photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The use of primary school buildings as a low-cost solution for childcare would amount to a “band aid approach” to a serious capacity problem, accordin(...)

Computer-generated view of the “urban beach” in Dún Laoghaire

A €2.5 million “urban beach” and outdoor swimming pool at Dún Laoghaire harbour has received planning permission.Almost a year after the plan was lod(...)

Children from Dalkey School Project outside Leinster house yesterday where they handed in letters and a petition. Photograph: David Sleator.

The Department of Education has reassured parents that access to special needs assistants (SNAs) will be unaffected by a controversial circular issue(...)