Louise O’Keeffe: has strongly criticised the scope of the  compensation scheme, saying  the small number of cases processed so far was a sign of the State’s narrow interpretation of the law. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Just six of out more than 350 cases of alleged sexual abuse in schools have been settled by the State under a State compensation scheme. The scheme w(...)

The State has asked the High Court to strike out a decision permitting it to be sued by three alleged sexual abuse victims following a European court ruling in the landmark case of Louise O’Keeffe (above). File photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

The State has asked the High Court to strike out a decision permitting it to be sued, along with the Christian Brothers, by three alleged sexual abuse(...)

Coláiste Mhuire: today the school is much changed and more progressive. It is co-educational and has moved out of the city centre.

As the countdown to the 1916 centenary celebrations gathers pace, I am reminded of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 1966 when I was a schoolboy ag(...)

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Frank Miller

One hundred years ago the republican movement and the Irish language movement were closely linked in the minds and hearts and lives of many Irish peop(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘I think some of the, what I would call, educational establishment in the Catholic Church are dragging their feet.’   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

At DCU in September 2006 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “the fostering of plurality of educational patronage is something desirable and welcome in Ir(...)

 Brian Friel at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Near the end of one of Brian Friel’s greatest plays, Translations, the old schoolmaster Hugh, whose world has fallen apart, proposes an ironic toast: (...)

Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa: he says his recital at Farmleigh in Dublin on Wednesday evening will be “very, very special” for him, “very spiritual”.

This is the story of an internationally acclaimed classical pianist from Africa whose career was made possible by the timely intervention of the Irish(...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

Maurice Byrne and Gay Byrne, both of whose fathers served in the first World War, at the Guinness first World War exhibition at the Ireland Funds Gallery in the Little Museum of Dublin. Gay Byrne opened the exhibition, which is in place for six weeks. Photograph: Jason Clarke

An exhibition relating to Guinness and the first World War was “entirely unique because it is the story of a war seen through the eyes of individual (...)

Róisín Ingle with Gay Byrne in The Irish Times studio

Gay Byrne has said he supports marriage rights for gay couples and expects the forthcoming referendum on the issue to pass.“Yes, I think it’s long ove(...)