Richard Bruton

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Minister for Education Richard Bruton says about 75 per cent of the pay difference for newer teachers has been restored.Photograph:  Julien Behal

Lower-paid staff in the public service are paid considerably more than their counterparts in the private sector, the Department of Public Expenditure (...)


Hundreds of extra teacher-training places are to be provided this year amid concerns of a “crisis” in the supply of teachers for key subjects. Minist(...)

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, (...)

Last week’s provisional CAO figures show an increase in the numbers applying to study undergraduate teacher training courses.

The number of students applying for postgraduate teaching courses has increased amid concerns of a “crisis” in teacher supply. There has been a stead(...)

Research demonstrates that many young people value the place of religious education in schools. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s time to talk about religious education. Last month, Minister for Education Richard Bruton published a circular setting out new arrangements for c(...)

There has also been a drop in applications from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, amid rising uncertainty about the impact of Brexit. Photograph: Getty

Points requirements for many college courses are likely to fall this year as new figures show a significant drop in the number of CAO applications. O(...)

Schools are unable to fill 12-month contracts across a range of core subjects such as languages, maths, science and home economics.

Secondary schools need to hire students in order to tackle an acute shortage of qualified teachers for key subjects such as Irish, maths and modern la(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said people had waited for three decades to have their say on abortion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet has agreed to hold a referendum asking voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment and “provision be made in law for the regulation of terminati(...)

Róisín Shortall (right) said ‘no effort’  being made to check whether schools are cutting costs for parents. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Schools have not yet received any of the financial rewards promised under an ambitious plan to encourage them to cut the cost of school uniforms and b(...)

‘Moral panic over vulture funds is only delaying the end of the arrears crisis.’

In 2011 at the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle, former US president Bill Clinton sauntered onstage and delivered some home truths. Among (...)

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