Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the opening of St James’s Catholic primary school in Basin Lane, Dublin, in April 2014, whose creation – out of two merging Catholic schools – allowed Educate Together move into a former Christian Brothers school next door. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

A trust controlling the only Catholic school to be divested to a non-denominational patron insisted on getting “fair” economic value for the arrangem(...)

“Your first kiss will be forever located in some region of space-time.” Photograph: Thinkstock

What’s another year? When Johnny Logan asked this question in the 1980 Eurovision song contest he was following in a long philosophical tradition str(...)

Alan Kelly has said he plans to seek an increase in Ireland’s allocation to the Green Climate Fund.

Ireland spends almost 200 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than it plans to contribute to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, a ratio that is much worse t(...)

Jimmy Rabbitte: “Irish are the blacks of Europe” had a ring of truth in late 1980s

Jimmy Rabbitte’s proclamation in The Commitments that the “Irish are the blacks of Europe” had a ring of truth in the late 1980s when the Roddy Doyle (...)

Astrology: a tool for interpreting the world? Illustration: Thinkstock

A time traveller from Jesus’s day would be shocked at what has happened to the discipline of astrology. Once ranked as a serious science, it is now a(...)

“Many people were so impressed by Mary Somerville it made a difference.” Above, portrait by Thomas Phillips

It has been a sobering time lately for men who are being collectively accused of unconscious gender bias. The representation of women on ballot papers(...)

It seems a real shame that three things of significance have to share the one “feast day”: men, toilets and philosophy. File photograph: Getty Images

There are 365 days in a year. So it seems a real shame that three things of significance have to share the one “feast day”: men, toilets and philosoph(...)

WB Yeats: unashamedly elevated imagination over rational calculation

‘Rational” is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of WB Yeats. He was a devoted follower of the occult, magic and astrology, and a(...)

Parents who can’t afford fee-charging schools are effectively paying for those who are already privileged to go to private schools. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s not unreasonable for students to want the best education possible but do their responsibilities end there? By going to grind schools, or a(...)

Trinity College  Dublin paid external consultants €2.8 million to assist in “change management”.

Trinity College Dublin paid external consultants €2.8 million to assist in “change management” at the university, figures released under the Freedom o(...)