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Talks over contingency plans for the Leaving Cert are to intensify this week amid growing expectation that a formal decision on the future of the exams will be made shortly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Most children will not be back in school next month and may not return to the classroom until close to Easter, according to Government sources. The G(...)

US president Joe Biden has signed 17 executive orders, designed to undo the major changes of the MAGA agenda. Photograph: Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty

It was not so much a torch that was passed from US president 45 to 46 but an incendiary device. By the time Donald Trump finally and reluctantly agree(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Educaiton Simon  Harris told the Dáil that what happened last year was not “just a blitz”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed that the 2,225 extra college places secured last year during the controversy over(...)

All pupils and staff at  Scoil Mhuire Killorglin are to be tested for Covid-19

All pupils and staff at a school in Co Kerry, are to be tested for Covid-19 with all children asked to remain at home until December 30th after 17 con(...)

  Norma Foley and the Department of Education have said it is their “firm intention” to hold the 2021 State exams with appropriate contingency and public health measures in place. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

The possibility of holding Leaving Cert oral and practical exams online or holding them during the Easter holidays are among a number of options being(...)

Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of  Trinity College Dublin, told an Oireachtas education committee on Thursday that a lack of personal contact with other students was affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many students. Photograph: Alan Betson

Demand for mental health support in some universities has doubled as students struggle with isolation and the shift to online learning. Dr Patrick Pr(...)

Liam  (10), Johnny  (4)  and Patrick Howard (7).  Their father Brendan is worried they will not be able to attend the same school due to the end of sibling-first admission policies at their local school.

Johnny Howard (4) lives just around the corner from the school which his older brothers Patrick (7) and Liam (10) go to. His father Brendan said the (...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said it was her firm intention’ for the conventional Leaving Cert exams to be held in 2021. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Secondary students are feeling “unrelenting pressure” as a result of constant testing from teachers who say the results may determine their Leaving Ce(...)

John Boyle, general secretary of the INTO, says all staff who work in schools should be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All staff who work in schools should be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available, the country’s largest teachers’ union has said(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said an increase in the number of Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients was anticipated and reflects the impact of moving to Level 5 of restrictions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The amount the Government is paying through the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has climbed to almost €100 million a week following another incre(...)

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