A leg up: fee-paying schools are seen to give students an advantage. St Michael’s College and Blackrock College clash in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Should the state support fee-paying schools? This question is arguably the most divisive in Irish education today, pitting parent against parent, t(...)

EU internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan after the Ecofin ministers’ meeting at Dublin Castle on April 12th. Mr Barnier said: “We need diversity, more competition, less cosiness, less familiarity between the auditors and the companies they audit.” Photograph: Mac Innes Photography/Getty Images

Accountancy firms face “fundamental reform”, EU internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier has warned, as Brussels prepares to intensify effo(...)

When Ronan Clarke was asked by a US multinational to fit out an office space with 25 whiteboards a number of years ago, he had little idea that(...)

The PwC figures are at variance with figures released by the Department of Education and Skills .Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

A report commissioned by 27 private schools has claimed that the cost to the taxpayer of educating students in non-fee paying schools is almost(...)

Central Bank governer Patrick Honohan: due to speak today.

Senior figures from global finance and the European institutions are meeting behind closed doors in Dublin today ahead (...)

Director general of RTÉ Noel Curran: “The report illustrates that RTÉ plays a unique and central role in Ireland’s creative economy. Photograph: Frank Miller

A report commissioned by RTÉ from PricewaterhouseCoopers describes Ireland’s €160 licence fee as “comparatively low” and the scale of the broad(...)

Corkermore wind farm  in Dunkineely, Co Donegal. Photograph: David Sleator

Plans to pepper the Irish midlands with giant wind turbines exporting the electricity they generate to Britain are not driven only by Tory conc(...)

B&Q’s store at Liffey Valley Retail Park in Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Home improvements chain B&Q’s bid to have several lease agreements for its stores set aside were adjourned at the High Court today. T(...)

The Department of Education found that 55 fee-paying schools such as Blackrock College had ¤80 million in resources available to them. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The vast majority of Irish secondary schools, more than 93 per cent in fact, are in the State sector. These schools provide an excellent servic(...)

Monsoon Accessorize garments being modelled in Dublin. Mr Justice Brian McGovern has today appointed Declan McDonald of PriceWaterhouseCoopers as examiner to Monsoon Accessorize Ireland Ltd to enable the implementation of a restructuring plan to secure its future. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The women's clothing and accessories chain, Monsoon Accessorize, needs to close a minimum of 10 of its 18 stores if it is to have a reasonable (...)

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