Paul Rowe of Educate Together: says there  have been unexpected hold-ups due to “real estate” problems, including that many schools earmarked for transfer were owned by religious trusts or foundations

Plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are being hindered by unexpected legal complications, including an absence (...)

Beck on the main stage at Electric Picnic last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan 1:00

As Electric Picnic drew to a close, details of next year’s festival were already emerging. Tickets go on sale at noon today and organisers Festival Re(...)

Will Dublin progress to a first TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final since 2010 or can Galway end a nine-year wait?That question (...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan: the dual star has amassed 4-28 in five championship games this summer. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Dublin minor manager Cyril Kevlihan was taking his lead from the county’s Blue Wave action plan, he could take a day off tomorrow and spare himself(...)

James Donlon: “They are all enthusiastic about meeting other Irish planners, and about keeping a foot in the door at home as well, so they might be able to return at some point.”

James Donlon (26) felt lucky to secure a JobBridge place on a graduate programme with a town planning agency in Dublin in July 2011. But by the end o(...)

Kathleen Reynolds follows the coffin as it is carried from the Mansion House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At nearly 10pm on Saturday night, the queue to sympathise with an exhausted Kathleen Reynolds and her family was still moving slowly up the aisle of D(...)

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds with his wife, Kathleen, in 1996: he got a palpable buzz out of life and people, without a drop of alcohol passing his lips (apart from a sip of champagne in September 1994 when the IRA declared a ceasefire, his life’s great achievement). Photograph: Frank Miller

It was 1977, the general election was in full swing and the one feature that could not be ignored – apart from Fianna Fáil’s brazen, vote-buying mani(...)

A file image from 1986 of Albert Reynolds at the C&D Pet Food factory in Edgeworthstown Co Longford. Photograph: Collins

Despite his deteriorating health in recent years, the death of former Fianna Fail taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been met with shock and sadness in Lon(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Counting votes in Keenagh Community Centre during the Westmeath-Longford byelection last may: photographers had no access to wifi to send photos of the winner back to newsrooms; the mobile phone signal was also too weak for the task. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

As the counting of votes in the local and European elections got under way last May, candidates and media packed into community halls around the coun(...)