Schools are in danger of being “micromanaged” by the department of education under new legislation governing admissions policies, a leading management body has said

Schools are in danger of being “micromanaged” by the department of education under new legislation governing admissions policies, a leading management(...)

‘When our national school system was set up in 1831 it was to be a secular system where all children would be educated together. What a wonderful aspiration! But look how it ended up. In years to come people will look back and exclaim with horror: “You mean in the old days in Ireland Protestants and Catholics were educated separately?”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Four years after then Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, set up the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, the Catholic Church h(...)

“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(...)

Alison Curtis: taking the helm in Ray D’Arcy’s old slot on Today FM

It says something about Ray D’Arcy’s reputation that, in a week when he is conspicuously absent, those replacing him struggle to make their presenc(...)

Wedding: the couple mix sand at their humanist ceremony, which was celebrated by Brian Whiteside. Photograph: Daniel Kowalczyk/DK Photo

Tracey Wade-Greally and her husband, Conor Greally, are one of the couples whose choice of marriage ceremony has doubled the number of humanist weddin(...)

Weddings must  take place at a location easily identifiable with an address and open to the public at reasonable times.

The number of non-religious marriages taking place in the State has increased significnatly, according to official figures which will be published tod(...)

Under legislation, weddings must take place at a location easily identifiable with an address and open to the public at reasonable times

A leading organiser of secular weddings is preparing a legal action against the State over what it describes as a “narrow and arbitrary” interpretati(...)

Kevin Barry: former economist with NCB Stockbrokers and the Central Bank

The death has taken place of the bookseller and former economist with NCB Stockbrokers and the Central Bank, Kevin Barry. Barry was one of a number of(...)

Séamus Griffin of Kirwans. Photograph: Frank Millar

In the middle of Dublin a group of friends and family gather to tell funny, moving stories and sing songs while a slideshow of photographs runs behind(...)

 Colin McAteer, Woodbrook Natural Burial Grounds, Killane, Co Wexford with his own headstone. Picture: Patrick Browne

The gap between death and burial is widening: “That would be the one thing I think we’ve done wrong traditionally,” says Séamas Griffin of Kirwans Fun(...)