Ruairi Quinn

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A montage of images of UCD’s “gentle revolution in 1968-69. Photograph: The University Observer

In Paris, May 1968, a student protest over university reform drew a heavy-handed response from the authorities, leading to widespread worker strikes. (...)

There are no more powerful institutions in Ireland than the school management bodies and our teachers’ union. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

My child’s fourth-class teacher seems to be going through a tough time, which is adversely affecting both the quality of her teaching and her attendan(...)

The glacial pace of divestment progress prompted Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin last year to criticise elements of the church for “dragging their feet” over the issue.

When Pope Francis lands in Dublin airport tomorrow, he will touch the ground of country where the educational landscape has changed significantly sinc(...)

Teacher shortages are being identified across the majority of subject areas.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has set a target for our education system to become the premier one in Europe by 2026. This is an admirable go(...)

After John Coolahan became professor of education in Maynooth in 1987 he was involved in high-level initiatives such as the 1991 OECD review of education in Ireland. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Coolahan Born, June 9th, 1941 Died, June 3rd, 2018 John Coolahan, emeritus professor of education at NUI Maynooth, who has died aged 77, was t(...)

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Ireland has a 19th-century-schools system which is radically out of step with the needs of a 21st-century society. Some 95 per cent of State-funded pr(...)

 Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave European Union flags from the top deck of a bus parked outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-OLivas/AFP/Getty Images

It seems nothing is out of bounds as people contemplate life after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Even health risks from below-standar(...)

Atlantic Philanthropies, founded and financed by billionaire Chuck Feeney, gave away €1.1 billion in Ireland through 1,030 grants over 30 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

It ended as it began – quietly, low key, with no fanfare. The Dublin office of Atlantic Philanthropies closed this week as billionaire Chuck Feeney, w(...)

Emigrants who left during the recession say they are being deterred from returning due to high fees. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a big, game-changing announcement. On St Patrick’s Day in 2014, then minister for education Ruairi Quinn brought relief to Irish families scatt(...)

 Ruairí Quinn: he  suggested the  IIEA Brexit hub could play “a leading role in achieving cross-sectoral collaboration”

Talk is cheap. Sometimes. In the case of the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA), debate around Brexit could have been pretty expe(...)

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