The Union of Students in Ireland said it “cautiously” welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is “off the table” while the current Government is in office. File photograph: Getty Images

The introduction of a State student loans scheme is “off the table” for the lifetime of the current Government. The Union of Students in Ireland said (...)

 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: phone call between Eoghan Ó Neachtain and Mr Naughten on the proposed Celtic Media takeover by INM was not registered.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former government press secretary Eoghan Ó Neachtain has registered 10 separate returns of lobbying activity over the past two years, including two me(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says it is not yet possible to say how much a student loan scheme for higher education will cost. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said it was not possible to say how much a student loan scheme for higher education would cost as work was only (...)

DIT’s new campus which is taking shape in Grangegorman, Dublin. Photograph: Marie-Louise Halpenny.

Up to 1,300 jobs are set to be created over the next two years after a new phase in the development of DIT’s campus at Grangegorman received the green(...)

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the technological universities legislation will “radically change the higher education landscape”. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Staff and students at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown will be given a chance to vote on the name for what is s(...)

Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and  and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their respective contributions to psychology and geology. Photo: John T Ohle Photography.

Irish academics Prof Malcolm MacLachlan and Prof John J. Walsh have been awarded gold medals by the Royal Irish Academy for their “world-renowned cont(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

Students at Clonkeen College protesting at the Dáil on Wednesday over the proposed sale of the school’s sports pitches to developers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Any decision on whether to dissolve Clonkeen College’s board of management will not take place until after a High Court challenge over the sale of the(...)

Up to 2,000 students  who are under-represented at third level will be funded to go to college under a new State plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Up to 2,000 students such as lone parents and Travellers who are under-represented at third level will be funded to go to college as part of a State p(...)

 The Christian Brothers propose to sell 7.5 acres of fields, used by Clonkeen College in Deansgrange for sports, for a reported €18 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An ongoing dispute between the Christian Brothers and a south Dublin Catholic secondary school over the planned sale of playing fields has been referr(...)

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