Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore as  Tanaiste, during the first Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Maxwell’s/PA Wire

From the summer of 2007, when Northern Rock went bust, to the summer of 2014, when we started to get over the worst of our own banking and property(...)

“For those who do not want faith education for their children, it is appropriate that non-faith schools be provided. It is faith that makes Catholic schools Catholic and what makes Catholic education different,” said Archdiocese of Tuam Archbishop Michael Neary.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Parents must ensure the religious ethos of Catholic schools is not abandoned, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Tuam Dr Michael Neary has sai(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is planning to set up a new lending agency for students if elected to government, offering low-interest loans to help meet the cost of col(...)

Up to 200 parents marched through Dublin city centre on Sunday to call for an end to “religious discrimination” over access to the education system. Photograph: Carl O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of parents marched through Dublin city centre on Sunday to call on the State to end religious discrimination against children over access (...)

Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

‘The sad truth is the ASTI has ceased to function as a representative organisation for its members, and the ones to suffer will be the students.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

QUESTION: As a parent of two second-year students, I am deeply concerned at the mess that seems to be emerging in my children’s English classes ove(...)

A prominent Catholic educator has criticised the new  Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and ethics programme for primary schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The proposed programme for religions and ethics in primary schools was designed to banish expressions of faith from the classroom, a prominent Catholi(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  and reform Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan at a press conference on the 2016 Budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Much like Commissioner Gordon waiting for the big red phone to ring from Batman, Government TDs have by now learned to judge the political success of (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  before the budget announcement yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland: the best small country in the world in which to leak budgets. They don’t do suspense in this Government. No spoiler alerts necessary with Mic(...)

Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)