The former Burren National School is in significant disrepair.   Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Politicians and parents in Castlebar, Co Mayo, are urging the Department of Education to find a new premises for the town’s first Educate Together (...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

During the week of July 20th to July 26th, there were 1,185 children in 556 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of homeless children in Dublin has doubled in a year, the latest figures show. Data just released by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (...)

‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A hazard of this time of year is bumping into parents bragging about how many points their children got in the Leaving Cert. It’s not just distasteful(...)

 Willie O’Dea: Responding to comments from Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Entering government with Fine Gael, as the junior coalition partner, would “be the end of Fianna Fáil as we know it”, former minister Willie O’Dea ha(...)

A family with three children  under the age of six were sleeping rough around Mountjoy Square in Dublin last night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three children under the age of six slept rough with their parents in Dublin last night, according to organisations working with the homeless. The In(...)

‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many moderate Muslims see the support for Charlie Hebdo as “nothing more than the triumphalist hatred that the West has had for Islam almost since it(...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out a possible run for the leadership of his Fine Gael party in the future. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out a possible run for the leadership of his Fine Gael party in the future. Mr Varadkar’s name a(...)

Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan described the Irish Pride factory closure as a “major blow” to the local economy of Ballinrobe.

Some 60 workers at the Irish Pride factory in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo - one of Ireland’s largest bakers - are set to lose their jobs after it was announce(...)