Richard Bruton

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Joan Burton:  Labour’s education spokeswoman says: “I talk to principals who are constantly at the end of their tether in relation to being able to access qualified staff when they need replacements for cover.” Photograph:  Collins Courts

Up to 3,600 unqualified people were employed as teachers in the past year as schools struggled to fill gaps for short-term absences. The numbers show(...)

Members of the Irish RWC 2023 bid team: IRFU chief executive, Philip Browne (centre); IRFU president Philip Orr (right) and bid chairman Dick Spring.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden said those lobbying for Ireland as the venue for the 2023 Rugby World (...)

Leo’s conference speech performance at the weekend received what might be charitably described as a ‘mixed reception’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is an odd atmosphere in the heart of Leinster House these days. Vital building and renovation work is in full swing in the original part of th(...)

John Murphy with Tim Kinsella, managing director of MKC Communications. Mr Murphy is former secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

John Murphy, the former top civil servant at the Department of Enterprise, has joined public relations firm MKC Communications as a consultant in its (...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘Often the solutions for a school will be found in a local area with the local leaders, the teachers and principals’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan has “fallen from his own high standards” on the issue of workers’ rights, Minister for Education Richard B(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Irish universities go headhunting in a bid to attract the very best in international talent, they tend to get the same reaction. “One academic a(...)

The teacher’s name, school and other identifying details will remain anonymous. File photograph: Getty Images

Primary schoolgirls have told how they were left upset and in tears after a teacher placed Sellotape on their mouths to stop them from chatting during(...)

 Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “I want to be able to stand in front of young women starting college and say that there is no gender inequality in the institution you are going to join for the next three or four years”

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor has hit out at a culture of sexism and macho behaviour among male Deputies in the Oireachtas. She said ther(...)

Views of more than 3,200 young people aged between 12 and 17 published: almost three-quarters feel either “very stressed” or “stressed” over exams. Photograph: Getty Images

Exam stress emerges as a major issue of concern in a new study that canvasses the views of thousands of secondary school students. Most students said(...)

It’s over ten years since the Department of Education published their first individual school inspection reports. It was long overdue: the move was a(...)

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