Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said parents have the right to decide whether or not their children attend religious education classes. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The board of management at a Limerick secondary school has agreed to allow a first year student opt out of a religious education course. The board of (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said proximity could be included in “future reform”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Primary schools should be obliged to accept pupils based on proximity rather than their religious denomination in cases where schools are oversubscrib(...)

Gardaí at the scene of a robbery on Cork Street, Dublin in December 2014. Photograph: Collins

An Garda Síochána has unveiled a new €5 million national strategy to target mobile gangs and prevent burglaries. The plan involves a new fleet of hig(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The school completion programme is more complex than the schools themselves, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has told the Dáil. “It also involve(...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner  John Fintan Fanning alleged the nature of  questions at a job interview from the Garda Commissioner, along with several other factors, rendered the conduct of the recruitment process unfair and flawed.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An Assistant Garda Commissioner who claimed the Garda Commissioner asked him unfair questions about his views on left-wing political “extremists” whil(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton,  Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford at the annual cross-border seminar on organised crime at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Garda Commissioner and the PSNI chief constable have played down any differences between them on the level of involvement by the IRA in criminal a(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan welcomed the “significant” capital funding over the next six years of €3.8 billion for projects under the remit of her department. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The capital spending plan announced on Tuesday includes funding for 19,000 additional primary school places which will be required by 2018, when enrol(...)

 Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan: report reveals significant communication breakdown involving O’Sullivan, as well as other key Garda personnel.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Important information circulating within An Garda Síochána about the extent of the covert system used by the Garda to illegally record calls to statio(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Third-level student grants will be available to asylum seekers for the first time from next month under changes announced by Minister for Education Ja(...)

Anna Kern with her Leaving Cert results pictured with her mother, Lyudmyla Kyrychenko and sister Olga Kyrychenko. Photograph:  Limerick Leader

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will on Monday offer Ukrainian asylum-seeking Leaving Cert graduate Anna Kern a place on its physiothe(...)