John Coolahan

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Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: has stopped short of ordering the deletion of the rule.  Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is seeking to amend a 50-year-old directive to primary schools which states that religious instruction is “by fa(...)

The report on pluralism in schools s drawn up by the Department of Education

A report on how to advance pluralism in Irish education has defended the display of crucifixes in schools but suggests they should be accompanied b(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn said there was a risk “that we can overlook some fundamental rights to which pupils and their parents are entitled”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Schools under religious patronage are being urged by the Department of Education to publish policies explaining exactly how they include people of oth(...)

When the school is a gallery: Pupils from  St Mary’s National School, Drung, Co Cavan consider  From an Abandoned Work VI by Diarmuid Delargy, as part of the Ark 1x1 project

How can you engage children with art? And does it even matter what they think of paintings? Eina McHugh, director of The Ark, the cultural centre for (...)

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