Minister for Education Richard Bruton said  he would be encouraging teachers, the majority of whom retired before the age of 60, to return to teaching. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The current starting pay of a new teacher will rise from € 35,958 to € 37,692 from October 2020 and this is a “very competitive salary”, Minister for (...)

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan: ‘With all this discussion about moveable borders and flexible borders you wonder about how the whole tracking of guns, money and drugs is going to be monitored.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Dublin TD has expressed concern about the impact of Brexit border changes on the monitoring of guns, money and drugs in light of the Hutch-Kinahan f(...)

Angela and Andrew Neiland with their children at the inquest at Store Street, Dublin, into the death of Tristan Neiland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The coroner at the inquest into the death of six-year-old Tristan Neiland has returned a narrative verdict. The child, from Cabinteely, Dublin, had a(...)

Joan Burton:  Labour’s education spokeswoman says: “I talk to principals who are constantly at the end of their tether in relation to being able to access qualified staff when they need replacements for cover.” Photograph:  Collins Courts

Up to 3,600 unqualified people were employed as teachers in the past year as schools struggled to fill gaps for short-term absences. The numbers show(...)

Many primary schools are finding it difficult to fill gaps for career breaks and maternity leave, while secondary schools report major difficulties sourcing teachers in key subjects. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The number of retired teachers returning to the classroom is set to reach a record high as schools struggle to fill gaps for short-term absences. Man(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: said reversal of changes that resulted in 36,000 people receiving reduced payments would happen in ‘matter of weeks’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government suffered two defeats in the Dáil on motions about the pension anomaly and the extension of the Cork city boundary into the county (...)

Fr Shay Cullen, founder of the Preda Foundation, which helps victims of sexual abuse in the Philippines. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on developed countries to ban paedophiles and suspected sex offenders from foreign travel in the same(...)

A protest outside the Department of Agriculture over greyhound exploitation. A Dáil debate has heard the dogs have a lifespan of 14 years but in Ireland the average was three to four years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

More than 16,500 calls have been received by the National Animal Cruelty helpline this year, bringing the total number of contacts to some 53,000 sinc(...)

 Aoife Winterlich (14), from Walkinstown, Dublin 12, was on a weekend scout trip  on Sunday, December 6th, 2015, when she and fellow scout Philip Byrne were swept out to sea from rocks at Hook Head Lighthouse in Co Wexford.

A Coast Guard crew winching two scouts from the sea simultaneously when one fell had never performed the operation before, an inquest heard. Aoife W(...)

With the Dáil in recess the minority government is in no immediate danger so TDs have time to ponder the likely impact of the recent Constituency Comm(...)

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