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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Only people who should provide addiction services are those who are appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Only appropriately qualified and licensed people should provide addiction services, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. He was responding to concerns ab(...)

Loreto College’s new school building in  Wexford. It had been due to move its 750 pupils to the new   facility towards the middle of next week. Photo: Loreto College, Wexford.

State authorities say they do not expect any significant delay to the completion of six school building projects following the collapse of a UK constr(...)

Over 5,000 permanent, full-time teachers have been hired since Minister for Education Richard  Bruton was appointed, the department has said. Photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Education has insisted there is no overall problem with teacher supply but has acknowledged there are “pinch points” across key subj(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced plans to prohibit Catholic primary schools from giving enrolment priority to baptised children in cases where they are oversubscribed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children says Government plans to partially lift the “Baptism barrier” will end up discriminating against children seeking access to(...)

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton has said the Government will move next year to ensure there are enough teachers in key school subjects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government will move next year to ensure there are enough teachers in key school subjects earmarked as crucial for future job growth, Minister for(...)

It’s been a year of high prices for property but there are cheaper homes for sale, if not always  in the location or condition you’re lookin(...)

The Government has rejected a  Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online political debates. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has rejected a Fianna Fáil Bill that would make it a crime to use automated social media accounts or “bots” to manipulate online politi(...)

Louise Tobin, principal of St Joseph’s primary school, leads children from five schools in Tipperary town who gathered at the Department of Education earlier this year to protest at their ‘exclusion’ from the Deis scheme for disadvantaged schools. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hundreds of deprived schools identified as qualifying for extra teachers and supports were not included in the State’s official scheme to tackle educa(...)

Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD and education spokesman, said teacher retirement figures show “people are literally running out of the profession”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education needs an extra €80 million to pay for a doubling in the number of projected retirements from teaching and other education (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is seen on Monday at the funeral of former TD Donal Creed in Cork on Monday. Mr Varadkar will resume talks on Monday with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in a bid to avoid a general election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will meet this afternoon in an attempt to avert a pre-Christmas general election t(...)

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