Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

Labour Party leader Joan Burton pictured with Alan Kelly TD (left) and election candidate Carrie Smyth at the Labour Party conference in Mullingar today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tánaiste Joan Burton has unveiled a series of election pledges if the Labour Party is returned to government. Among the pledges in Ms Burton’s keynot(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she will cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has pledged to cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500 if the Labour Party is returned to government. (...)

Amy Looney with second-class pupils, from left: Amelia Ziembra (7), Kamile Kisieliute (7), Haliyat Giwa (7), Dylan Keogh (7), Julien Bell Baho (8), and Adam Al Jabar (8) at Citywest and Saggart Community National School. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was so much simpler in the old days. A crucifix above the blackboard was all a school needed to symbolise its religious ethos. But what do you do w(...)

‘A Village Kermesse near Antwerp’ by David Teniers II, purchased by Lochlann and Brenda Quinn and donated to State

One of the Beit paintings withdrawn from auction in London last year has been bought for €2 million and donated to the State. Businessman Lochlann Q(...)

Karen Gearon, shop steward of the striking Dunnes Stores workers, receiving a cheque for $1,000 from Seán Mac Bride, on behalf of the Irish-American Trade Union Coalition, in Dublin in May 1985. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Government ministers and officials struggled during 1985 to find a way of dealing with the political controversy generated by a group of Dunnes Store(...)

Why are the reforms so important? In a sense, the future of second-level education reform may well hang in the balance. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

After all the huffing and puffing, the strikes and the votes, long-awaited junior cycle reforms are due to be rolled out in the spring of 2016. But ju(...)

Students crossing the cobblestones in Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We’ve been told that student fees might be on the way back. But they already exist. Although the popular narrative is that students are faffing arou(...)

Senator Darragh O’Brien: it is an entitlement of educators to protect their religious ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

There were exchanges over Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan’s pledge to abolish a 50-year-old rule giving privileged status to religion in the cla(...)