Minister for Education Richard Bruton said he wished ‘to promote the Irish language and Irish-medium schools as far as possible’. Photograph: Getty Images

Four-year-old children could face interviews to test their ability to speak Irish under new measures to prioritise admission for children from Irish-s(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin burning during a Civil War battle on June 30th, 1922. The Public Records Office, and with it a huge swathe of Irish cultural memory, was destroyed. File photograph: National Library of Ireland

On the afternoon of June 30th, 1922, a massive explosion destroyed the Public Records Office attached to Dublin’s Four Courts and with it hundreds of (...)

Moves to changes how religion is taught in primary schools have met with resistance from many Catholic groups, who fear it will undermine the ethos of their schools. Photograph: iStock

Should primary teachers only be permitted to teach in the classroom if they pass a certificate in religious studies? With the majority of schools und(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson says unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks is “not an ethical position we can accept”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Church of Ireland’s two archbishops have said they cannot accept an Oireachtas Committee proposal to allow unrestricted abortion during the first (...)

Rabbi Zalman Lent,  and Dr Ali Selim. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is highly unlikely Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant churches or its other faiths will take an active part in political campaigning leading up to t(...)

Sean O’Boyle:  A natural publisher, he took to the trade like a duck to water: first with Veritas, then establishing Columba Press as his own imprint

The death of Sean O’Boyle in a Dublin hospital after a long illness ends an era in Irish publishing. He was founder of Columba Press, which specialise(...)

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, which represents 700 US firms such as Facebook and Google,  said it was vital that Ireland attracts talent to fill the growing number of opportunities within its companies. Photograph: Eric Luke

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland has sought the removal of the “Baptism barrier” from access to schools on the basis that it would make Irelan(...)

We must act together in the service of a suffering world rather than in the service of unity itself. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

First a confession. Regardless of what the subject under discussion might be I sometimes come away from meetings with people from other Christian trad(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced plans to prohibit Catholic primary schools from giving enrolment priority to baptised children in cases where they are oversubscribed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children says Government plans to partially lift the “Baptism barrier” will end up discriminating against children seeking access to(...)

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says the proposals to remove the Baptism barrier will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a ‘living faith environment’.

Catholic groups have told the Government that plans to remove the “Baptism barrier” for entry to school will create major constitutional problems and (...)

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