John Coolahan

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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(...)

Hitting the road: the presence of nuns, priests and brothers in Irish schools has been diminishing for decades. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The presence of religious personnel in Irish schools has been diminishing for decades, falling from 3,700 at postprimary level in 1970 to just 30 i(...)

Future of education: Teachers at a session of Féilte, the Teaching Council’s annual teaching festival, last year. Photograph: Conor McCabe

In many staffrooms, the Teaching Council is loved about as much as Irish Water. Each year teachers have to cough up €65 to stay on the register – or a(...)

“There is a new reality that has to be addressed. One third of couples are getting married in non-religious ceremonies. It’s reasonable to ask what sort of schools they want for their children.” File photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

School patrons should be banned from seeking baptism certificates or other proof of a child’s religious affiliation in managing admissions, the Humani(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: wants clearer guidelines on how ‘standalone’ Catholic schools  intend to accommodate children of other faiths and none. Photograph: Eric Luke

School admissions policies run on a “Catholic first” basis may be in breach of both equality legislation and the Constitution, the State’s equality w(...)

Prof John Coolahan chairman of the forum on patronage and plurism. Ireland faces renewed criticism from UN unless secular education options improve. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Department of Education needs to wield a “stick” against the Catholic Church if it wants to make progress on the divestment of schools to other p(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: “I would like to see the divestment moving much quicker. However, it is a complex process that involves the agreement of a range of stakeholders and that takes time.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Creating more diversity and inclusiveness was the flagship enterprise of former minister for education Ruairí Quinn. He set up the Forum on Patronage (...)

The report of the Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education review group, chaired by Prof Brian MacCraith, above, will reignite debate about teaching priorities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

  Admissions to Schools Bill An unholy alliance of the Catholic Church and that social class to which Ross O’Carroll Kelly belongs is (...)

Sheila Nunan of INTO speaking at the union’s annual conference at Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Moore

“I trust you as our teachers to act professionally and assess your own students without fear or favour to anybody . . . It begs the question: does (...)

Prof Ninetta Santoro, Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane at NUI Galway to discuss diversity in teacher education

The shift from one year to two years in the postgraduate programme for trainee teachers has delighted policy wonks who believe it will enhance the (...)

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