Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ 2:11

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

Aldi: Schools had barely closed their doors for the summer when the German supermarket began promising to sell cash-strapped parents a complete pri(...)

Lyn Crowley (left) of St Andrew's College and Lucy Rice of Loreto abbey, Dalkey. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In the half-century since Donogh O’Malley introduced free education for all the State’s children, Irish parents have cumulatively spent more than €20 (...)

St Columba’s College in Dublin: originally, Protestant fee-charging schools were recognised separately from other fee-charging schools owing to the far-sighted initiative of then minister for education Donogh O’Malley. Photograph: Eric Luke

The constitutional right of Protestant parents to educate their children in a school of their choice is being slowly suppressed.Since 2008, the pupil-(...)

‘I have yet to see people who worked so hard for so little gain. It meant incessant toil with the spade” was how the painter Paul Henry describ(...)