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Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris: ‘This is a monumental day for higher education.’ File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has insisted that sweeping governance changes to the higher education sector will safeguard the autonomy of universities and protect ac(...)

Adam Harris, chief executive of autism charity AsIAm: ‘The education system failed those in need of the greatest level of support for the better part of a 12-month period.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Months of school closures. Limited access to remote learning. A screeching halt to vital therapeutic interventions. The true scale of learning loss fo(...)

In some courses, up to 15 per cent of the places available in 2021 are already allocated to  2020 Leaving Cert students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I’m told there are record numbers of CAO applicants this year. What effect is this likely to have on CAO points requirements for third-level courses i(...)

At Oxford, one fellow student told me he was scared of me because I was from Derry, “and the IRA were from Derry”.

Oxford was a bit of a shock at first, meeting all those jolly Delilahs and willowy Ambers who’d been sent to boarding school as children and seemed to(...)

Fianna Fáil has ‘no great name recognition – nobody stands out who everyone knows on a first-name basis’ – such as Leo or Mary Lou. Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/AFP via Getty

The new battleground in Irish politics is online, where the fight for dominance is decided by technical IT skills, money and an ability to connect wit(...)

Lar (6) from Bennekerry, Co Carlow, holding a copy of the application document for Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow to become a technological university.  Photographer: Shaun Dowling

A technological university for the south east has moved a step closer after Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and IT Carlow formally submitted a(...)

Helen McEntee  pictured before going on maternity leave. Photograph: Tom Honan

Helen McEntee has become the first serving Cabinet Minister to give birth while in office. Ms McEntee temporarily stepped aside on Tuesday as Ministe(...)

The Mater hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has designated the Mater hospital in Dublin and Cork University Hospital as the two major centres for the provision of trauma care in t(...)

It is expected that the Mater hospital in Dublin (pictured) and Cork University Hospital will be designated as major trauma centres under the new plan. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Government is expected to announce a major reorganisation of the trauma services in hospitals across the country as part of new reforms. It is ex(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: Kantar research suggests there is  merit in concerns around his lack of mentions in his department’s Twitter account in January.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney

The Department of Health’s Twitter feed had the lowest number of mentions of its Minister in its timeline, according to an independent analysis of twe(...)

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