Our standardised exams are one-dimensional and cannot reflect the diversity of contemporary culture or prepare students for a society in a constant state of flux

The structure of our second level classrooms mirrors the stifling rigidity of the curriculum at Junior and Leaving Cert. The teacher stands at the h(...)

Voluntary hospitals and agencies have service level agreements with the HSE governing services to be provided in return for exchequer funding. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to establish a formal review examining the future role of voluntary hospitals in the delivery of health and social services in Irela(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:  ignored by the usual “what we have we hold brigade” in the church who see him chiefly as the enemy within. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Were he prone to such things Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin might have indulged in a satisfying “I told you so” when dealing with the i(...)

“The notion that Ireland could somehow do a better deal if it was not tied to the EU 27 is laughable.” Photograph: iStock/Getty

A feature of some commentary on Brexit is the depiction of the European Union as a potential threat to this country’s future prosperity rather than th(...)

Dr Caroline Hussey, UCD; a ‘free spirit’ whose huge contribution to public service is a matter of record

During the 1989 General Election, Dr Caroline Hussey phoned Ruairí Quinn from the count centre for the Dublin South-East constituency early in the day(...)

“If you were to be asked to come up with a way not to design a piece of legislation, this would be it.” Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

The ideal judge is smart and self-possessed yet humble and acutely aware of his or her limitations. She has experience of life and the law but brims w(...)

Blackrock College, Dublin: “Rockmen” were urged to join together to defeat the plans. Photograph: Eric Luke

Do new school admission rules represent an assault on privilege enjoyed by private schools? Legislation due to come into force next year aims to make(...)

Efforts to provide greater choice for parents have proven slow and divisive. Photograph: Getty Images

The State is to lease a primary school that had been on verge of closure from the Catholic Church and re-open it as a multi-denominational school. Th(...)

Glenstal Abbey  School is an example of how many schools in the fee-paying sector are rebounding after a few turbulent years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Pupil numbers in fee-paying schools are on the rise as the economy recovers and are likely to be back at boom-time levels soon, new figures show. Enr(...)

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton. His spokeswoman said the department “intends to engage with the Christian Brothers on this matter”. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The Department of Education is considering a proposal from the Christian Brothers concerning the transfer of lands worth approximately €100 million w(...)