Thomas Byrne

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Minister of State for Skills John Halligan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the Action plan for Education at St Brigid’s School on Cork Street in Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A new Government plan aims to significantly increase the number of people registering for apprenticeship and training schemes in response to the grow(...)

Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University: “An immediate investment of at least €100 million is required for the third-level sector in the upcoming budget.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The fall of Irish universities in this week’s QS World University Rankings represents a “tipping point” for the third-level sector, according to Bria(...)

Students on the UCD campus in Dublin. Fiana Fáil’s Thomas Byrne said the previous Fine Gael-led government “did enormous damage to our education system”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil says the reintroduction of grants for thousands of postgraduate students is “absolutely essential”. Restoring the grants, axed during a (...)

Simon Coveney has used his powers under the planning acts to issue a draft ministerial direction ordering the council to remove the new zoning from the County Development Plan. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has blocked plans for a development of 500 houses and a new enterprise zone near Dunboyne, Co Meath, close to the D(...)

Senator Al Franken and actor Sarah Silverman  during the first day of the Democratic National Convention  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Turning Philly green There are plenty of Irish here in Philadelphia, notably Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. She attended a reception for the Irish com(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

The danger for opposition figures in education has always been to over promise and that especially is the case in the area of funding for higher education.  Photograph: Frank Miller.

Doing the right thing in Irish politics frequently takes a lot of courage, but just sometimes requires a bit of good luck along the way. Richard Bruto(...)

The Cassells report states the grants system only considers income and takes no account of capital, assets or accumulated wealth.

Families could face a controversial new capital asset test under reforms aimed at making the student grants system fairer. The proposal, contained i(...)

Fine Gael TDs have rallied around Taoiseach Enda Kenny but also insisted that he should stand aside by the end of the year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald have joined their senior Ministerial colleagues in voicing(...)

Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills speaking with Peter Cassells, chairman of the Expert Group on Future funding for Higher Education at DIT. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has called on Fine Gael to clarify its view on proposals for third level loans. “Richard Bruton has(...)

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