The number of students sitting the Leaving Certificate will grow from 52,000 last year to 54,000 this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

What is contained in the latest CAO figures? The Central Applications Office figures released today show there has been an increase of 1,940(...)

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: “The legislation gives the inspectorate new powers to be used before the stage of prosecution. We have brought in a range of pre-prosecution actions which empowers them much more.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child safety, management and staffing and record-keeping have been identified as ongoing areas of “particular(...)

Today at 5.15pm is the deadline for applications under the CAO for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Photograph: The Irish Times

Today at 5.15pm is the deadline for applications under the CAO for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The closing date for (...)

A date to remember

January 20th (5.15pm): Closing date for the CAO Early Bird online application. The €25 fee increases to €40 after this, until February 1st deadline(...)

Pat Costello. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Help! Desperately seeking maths class. I’m hooked, I’m crazily addicted, I’ve got the maths bug. Give me more, please. That was my cry for help this s(...)

Third-level students: Just 34 seconds after CAO applications opened at 6am yesterday morning, three students had accepted their offers.

You may think Usain Bolt is fast, but he is nothing compared to the CAO applicants of 2013. Just 34 seconds after applications opened at 6am yesterday(...)

  Brian Hogan, chief executive of Kylemore Services Group (KSG)  in the kitchen at  Chartered Accountants Ireland on Pearse Street, Dublin, where his company provides catering services. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Brian Hogan started working at Kylemore at just 10 years old. Some 50 years later he is still there, having made the transition from packing cakes to (...)

Why would I think about repeating?Hard-working students may have fallen a few points short for the more competitive options, such as medicine, veterin(...)

1 What should I do before I head off to my school to collect my Leaving Cert results?You should bring the point’s calculator on page 3 of this supplem(...)

There is concern at data showing most people caring for young children have no childcare qualifications.  Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire.

Concern has been expressed following the publication of data showing most people caring for young children have no childcare qualifications.A report b(...)

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