Bernadette McAliskey: gave delegates a highly personal account of her childhood and the road that took her to the moment in 1972 when, in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, she crossed the floor of the British House of Commons and slapped the British home secretary Reginald Maudling across the face. Photograph: Reuters

“I stand here as the youngest woman in Parliament, in the same tradition as the first woman ever to be elected to this Parliament, Constance Markie(...)

Pregnancy is what happens when males and females have sex. Pregnancy is normal. Photograph: Getty Images

Thirty years ago 15-year-old Ann Lovett was found dying in a grotto just outside the town of Granard, Co Longford, by three schoolboys. She had just g(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is preparing to publish draft legislation aimed at regulating school enrolment policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Central Applications Office-style process for primary school places could be used to regulate enrolment practice, the professional body for p(...)

 Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: Ireland and Israel spend considerably more time on religious instruction than any other OECD countries.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has questioned the amount of time devoted to religious instruction in primary schools and (...)