Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has appointed a meditor to examine employment conditions in English-language schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The scope for setting new minimum employment standards for teachers in the English language education sector is to explored by a Government-appointed (...)

A file image of Oxford, home to one of England’s best known universities. Irish students planning to start university in the UK in the coming academic year will not face a hike in fees regardless of whether there is a hard Brexit, Ministers have said. File image: Getty.

Irish students planning to start university in the UK in the coming academic year will not face a hike in fees regardless of whether there is a hard B(...)

Martina Fitzgerald became RTÉ’s political correspondent five years ago. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ journalist Martina Fitzgerald is leaving the State broadcaster after being replaced as political correspondent earlier this month. The broadcast(...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Maire Breathnach from Mayo makes a point to Minister for Transport Shane Ross at a public meeting held by environmental group Stop Climate Chaos  in Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

A speed date with your local TD on the issue of climate change might not seem like a potentially romantic engagement. But lack of passion was not an i(...)

In order to speed up the pace of change, the taskforce – established by Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor – has proposed gender specific appointments. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is to fund dozens of women-only professorships over the next three years to help “eradicate gender inequality” in higher education(...)

Just 2 per cent of students take up apprenticeships and only 2 per cent of them are female, but “it is growing substantially” Minister of State John Halligan told the Dáil. Photograph: iStock

The number of women taking up apprenticeships has increased dramatically in the past three years, but from a very low base, the Dáil has heard. Just (...)

At the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge is the winning DIT team: Brian King, Lee Gibbons with Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, William Tunstead, ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty and Cathal Kinirons.

Following an intense two-day challenge, four students from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have claimed the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge for (...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, RIAM director Deborah Kelleher, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and (front row) Cormac Mac Canna (10), Yikai Zhao (7), Sarah Brazil (10) and Charlotte Croke (11) during Thursday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Royal Irish Academy of Music will almost double student numbers after a €20 million transformation of its Dublin campus on Westland Row, to make I(...)

Weronika Niemierzycka, Melody McGuirk and Anthea Ring from Rockford Manor Blackrock, Co Dublin at the STEM launch at Accenture The Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Girls in secondary school and their teachers still do not know enough about science and technology subjects and the careers that might be open to them(...)

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