Peter Cassells

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In January 2000, Fianna Fáil’s minister for justice John O’Donoghue was on the verge of bringing policy suggestions to Cabinet. His steerage of the issue had been attacked as a ‘shambles’ by the Progressive Democrats, the junior partner in government. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

At the turn of the century as asylum applications in Ireland were escalating faster than officials could keep up, the government was scrambling to fin(...)

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leaves the Merrion Hotel after meeting the Oireachtas Communications Committee. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Ireland’s love affair with multinational investment has deepened in recent years. As major investment from long-standing players like Intel and the ph(...)

“We’re not out to coerce people, Leo Varadkar says. But if the climate crisis is as serious as he says it is, why not?” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Politics moves on the tide of great forces such as urbanisation, mass education, globalisation and economic growth. But its course also hinges on indi(...)

Research indicates Ireland is one of only two European countries where the third-level education system is ‘in danger’. Photograph: iStock

Our higher education system is vital to creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting our citizens to reach their full potential. However, th(...)

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(...)

Leader 1 23/07/2018

The Government’s decision to give a green light to the State’s first technological university was hailed by ministers last week as a sign of its ambit(...)

The most likely scenario is that up to 696 fewer primary teachers will be required between 2019 to 2021 as a result. File photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of primary teachers will be surplus to requirements over the coming years due to falling numbers of projected pupils, according to a spending(...)

Jim Miley, Irish Universities Association director general. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s universities are seeking a substantial increase in funding to counteract the impact of cuts to the higher education sector over the past dec(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that university rankings  can impact on international perceptions of our education system.

The Department of Education is to work with universities to identify ways of improving their performance in international rankings. This follows the (...)

NUI Maynooth: The Edward M Kennedy Institute is leading a research project on religion and peacebuilding within the framework of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Photograph: Eric Luke

A consensus on European values and a wholesome confidence in the future of Europe are further away now than 15 years ago. A similar psychological slip(...)

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