Andrea Whyte, a student at Athlone Community College, who got 625 points in her Leaving Cert but missed out on her chosen dentistry course due to random selection. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Has the CAO points system run its course? Earlier this month, Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, questioned if the points sy(...)

Katriona on her graduation day from the Trinity Access Programme in 2003 with her parents Tilly and Tony O’Sullivan and son John.

She is actually speaking to ME … in Latin! As I stand in front of Mary Robinson, one of the few Irish presidents I actually know of and admire, it fin(...)

One 11-year-old told the Library of Trinity College Dublin’s Living in Lockdown project that they  have been  ‘very sad and confused’ during the pandemic, which they thought ‘only happened in movies’.  File image: iStock.

Life during the Covid-19 pandemic has been like “the world’s most boring apocalypse movie ever”, according to a one child’s account of their experienc(...)

Former student Aoife Fleming  at  Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The postcode lottery has long determined a student’s prospects of going to college. We know that 100 per cent of students in some Dublin schools, part(...)

Generation Covid: (from left) Jack o'Neill, Megan Atkinson and Daniel Airey


“Rent and transport are the biggest costs facing students but, in terms of their college week, they could potentially get through it with as little as €10.” Photograph: iStock

During Leaving Cert results week last year, Minister for Education Joe McHugh caused controversy when he suggested families who could not afford unive(...)

A recent  study from the Higher Education Authority  showed  students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to study high-points university courses and earn more within months of graduation. Photograph: iStock

Do children from more affluent backgrounds do better in school because they have more resources, or because they’re genetically superior? In a recent(...)

Ger O’Donovan, principal of St Mary’s on the Hill national school, Knocknaheeny, Cork City. A major barrier facing Deis schools, he says, is their reliance on over-stretched public services for assessments. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s a short distance from Knocknaheeny on Cork’s northside to the gates of University College Cork. But it’s a route that crosses some of the deepest(...)

Ruka Adeluola: after coming to Ireland alone from Nigeria when she was 12, she is studying biotechnology at DCU. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Emma Lockwood was growing up in Dublin’s north inner city, she could see two versions of her future mapped out in front of her: have a baby or do(...)

Aisling Byrne, domestic abuse survivor, features in Tabú, Ag Teacht Slán: ““Even with the safety order in place, what she calls the psychological torture continued. “I would wake up and he’d be standing over me.”

“He was a true gentleman. A really lovely guy. He couldn’t do enough for me. And then, the second night of our honeymoon, the abuse started.” Priscil(...)

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