Letter reveals that bishops are not happy with the amount of time allocated for faith formation in the curriculum for teaching religion used by community national schools. Photograph: Istock

Catholic bishops told State-run primary schools last year they were not satisfied that children were being adequately prepared for Confirmation and Co(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: wants to increase the number of young people taking apprenticeships. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of young people opting to pursue apprenticeships climbed by almost 25 per cent last year, new figures show. The sharp growth comes as poli(...)

Pupils enjoy a snow day off school. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Schools will not cut short their Easter holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to snow and ice this week, according to senio(...)

Teachers say a lack of extra staff threatens to jeopardise the changes aimed at reflecting a decrease in religious belief and practice among students. File photograph: iStock

No additional resources will be given to State secondary schools so that students who opt out of religion can study something else. Teachers and scho(...)

Emily Logan,  chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission:  the commission will discuss concerns among civil society groups about Ireland’s electoral funding laws.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Foreign donations from legitimate organisations to Irish human rights campaigning groups should not necessarily have to be returned, Emily Logan, the (...)

 Enda Kenny with Leo Quinlan and some of the men who served with Col Patrick Quinlan in the Congo. L-R: Tadhg Quinn, Leo Boland, Noel Carey, Tom Gunne, and Sen Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Alan Landers.

Tribute has been paid to the man who led 155 Defence Force members back to Ireland after the Siege of Jadotville in 1961. The late Col Pat Quinlan fr(...)

Parents’ ‘obsession’ with ensuring their children progress to third-level is a key reason why Irish workers are among the most overqualified in Europe, it has been claimed. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Parents’ “obsession” with ensuring their children progress to third-level is a key reason why Irish workers are among the most overqualified in Europe(...)

Michael Moriarty, general secretary of  Education and Training Boards Ireland, says its  schools are bound by decades-old rules around the teaching of religion.

Schools are being bound by decades-old rules around the teaching of religion that no longer reflect the reality of a rapidly-changing society, accordi(...)

There have been seven expressions in interest in acquiring companies involved in specialised sales and marketing and in publishing the Golden Pages directory. Photograph: Getty

There have been seven expressions in interest in acquiring companies involved in specialised sales and marketing and in publishing the Golden Pages di(...)

There is a ‘disjointed’ approach to the way more than €800m is being spent on further education courses, a Government review has found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is a “fragmented” and “disjointed” approach to the way more than €800 million is being spent on further education courses, a Government review h(...)

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