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Research findings are mixed as to whether small schools produce better educational outcomes than larger ones. While they do allow for more personal attention, they are also associated with professional isolation and curriculum delivery challenges. File photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Normally if a Government sat on a report for two years and then dismissed its findings for political ends, the Opposition would be up in arms. But the(...)

Documents  show 32 small primary schools in Co Mayo – all of them of Catholic patronage – have been identified for possible amalgamation to reduce costs and support educational goals. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

One in six small schools which were earmarked for merger under a value-for-money review that was scrapped by the Government earlier this year are in t(...)

Statistics from the Central Statistics Office show the average working week is now a half hour longer than it was five years ago - at 35.7 hours in the first three months of 2015 compared to 35.2 hours in the same period in 2009.

Irish people are working a longer working week than they did five years ago and, despite the economic recovery, there are still fewer people employed (...)

Construction workers enjoyed a pay rise in 2014, with their earnings growing by 4.6 per cent from € 36,230 to € 37,884, the largest increase recorded. (Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

The average annual wage earned in Ireland fell by 0.2 per cent in 2014, down to €35,768, but those working in construction escaped the pay cuts. Over(...)

When asked what the used as their main source of news 41 per cent said they accessed news online (including from websites, social media, apps and blogs) while 37 per cent cited television (both TV bulletins and 24-hour news channels) as their main news source.

Irish news users are half as likely to pay for online journalism as their counterparts in Finland and Denmark an international study on news consumpti(...)

Greece may be dominating headlines with its ongoing negotiations on debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but Ireland’s own debt p(...)

Somali speaker Iftina Abdule with her daughters Isra (3) and Ishraq (15 months) in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bonjour, kedu, xin chào . . . more than one in 10 people in Ireland speak a language other than Irish or English at home, with the diversity of lan(...)

For the first time the CSO have also provided an analysis of the top ten most popular surnames of babies registered in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Jack is back for the eighth year running as the most popular boy’s baby name in Ireland while Emily has again topped the table as Ireland’s most popul(...)

Almost half of dogs impounded in three council areas were put down last year. Photograph:  Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

Almost half of dogs impounded in three council areas were put down last year statistics published by the Department of Environment show. One in five (...)

Cork’s  Mark Collins: pierced the Dublin attack to score a goal in the league final at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s defence has certainly improved this year, but chinks remain in their armour particularly in terms of being caught out on the counter attac(...)

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