Mary Lou McDonald: accused the Tánaiste of “a limp and lily-livered’’ response to the issue ,

The Dáil yesterday observed a minute’s silence in solidarity with the people of Gaza. The gesture was proposed by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams who, w(...)

An Israeli soldier prays today next to an Israeli self-propelled 155mm howitzer belonging to an artillery unit deployed at an unspecified location next to the Israeli border with Gaza. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The Dáil observed a minute’s silence in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the Middle East at lunchtime today. Ministers and TDs stood in response(...)

Dozens of primary schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin could face closure within two years unless a funding crisis in the sector is addressed, an Oireachtas committee has heard.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Dozens of primary schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin could face closure within two years unless a funding crisis in the sector is addressed, an Oire(...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann said behaviour by some students “puts the health and safety of other students and of teachers at risk”. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Increased pupil-teacher ratios and a reduction in middle- management posts are undermining the ability of schools to deal with(...)

The number of one-teacher schools in the country could rise to 60 by next September, a seven-fold increase in just two years, the Dáil has been told.

The number of one-teacher schools in the country could rise to 60 by next September, a seven-fold increase in just two years, the Dáil has been(...)

Brendan Porter with his sister Davina and their father Neil, holding a photograph of Maura Porter, who died in December. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Maura Porter (70), from Carndonagh, Co Donegal, died in Altnagelvin hospital in Derry shortly before midnight on December 30th last year. (...)

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn: “A number of these schools have already commenced operation, and the remainder will open between now and 2016.’’   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 20 new post-primary schools were being established throughout the State under a five-year plan to meet increased student nu(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said: “Everybody agrees we need more young farmers.”

Fewer than 6 per cent of farmers are under the age of 35 in Ireland, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney h(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has told the Dáil that as a non-professional educationalist he believed young infants from two to 10 should hold books and feel the texture of the printed word. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children from two to 10 years old should “feel the texture of a book and the printed word in reading and writing and the physical holding of it”, Mini(...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan:  “We need new blood, but the door isn’t closed entirely.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Attempts by former senior Fianna Fáil office holders to return to elected office are expected to be firmly resisted by party headquarters.“We need can(...)