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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(...)

Public health authorities say latest data indicates schools safe settings with very low rates of transmission of Covid-19.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Substantial progress on safety issues in schools is needed to avoid industrial action, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has warned(...)

The Department of Education has asked schools to withdraw more than 50 hand sanitisers, wipes and detergents from schools after it was unable to guarantee if they were safe to use. Photograph: iStock

Schools are scrambling to secure supplies of hand sanitiser after the Department of Education ordered the withdrawal more than 50 products due to pote(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said the third level sector  has responded swiftly and effectively to the challenges that have arisen over recent months. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

More than 14,000 free and subsidised higher-education courses in areas ranging from data analytics to construction are to be provided to upskill worke(...)

Data compiled by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows a total of 46 outbreaks – two or more cases – were detected in primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland last week, almost twice the number recorded a week previously. Photograph: AFP/Getty

There has been a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 outbreaks in schools, latest figures show. Data compiled by the Health Protection Sur(...)

The postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams are due to take place between November 16th and December 11th. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A total of 2,820 students have applied to sit the postponed 2020 Leaving Cert exams which are due to be held next month. This represents just under 5(...)

 Leaving Cert students protesting against calculated grades outside the Department of Education in Dublin in September.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So, exactly how many students have now been affected by errors in grades? A total of 6,100 Leaving Cert students across 610 schools will get upgrade(...)

The Government was desperate to find additional higher education places in recent weeks as soon as it realised the scale of grade inflation that was coming down the tracks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1. Grade inflation sends points soaring In normal years, CAO points don’t jump around all that much; they tend to creep up or down based on supply a(...)

Eoin McGuire, age 8, in action during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camp at Greystones, Co Wicklow on Thursday. Acting chief medical officer Ronan Glynn said that in some circumstances parents would be permitted to watch their children’s sporting matches from the sidelines. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The lockdown of Laois and Offaly can be lifted but the restrictions in Kildare to stem the spread of coronavirus should continue, the National Public (...)

An empty classroom due to reopen shortly. File photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Secondary school pupils have “critical concerns” over the implementation of guidelines aimed at safely reopening schools from next week, according to (...)

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