Political sources have previously said Mr Hogan could change brief if he remains at the Commission. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has publicly indicated for the first time that he is open to serving a second five-year term in Brussels. Mr Hogan,(...)

Pharmacy students rally outside the Dáil to express their anger at unpaid placements and increased fees. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Third-level pharmacy students welcomed the removal of a ban on paid internship placements, required as part of the final two years of their degrees. (...)

Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor: By November, the posts had been given the green light and were eventually announced on November 11th, 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Concerns were raised that 45 new academic women-only posts could be seen as “positive discrimination” in correspondence between government departments(...)

It is almost three years since a report by an expert group chaired by Peter Cassells on the future funding of higher education was published. It recommended urgent changes to ensure the system was “fit for purpose”

Controversial proposals for a student loan scheme to fund third-level education are being referred by the Government to the European Commission for de(...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

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(...)

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