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Jiayi He photographed in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

When Jiayi He applied to spend the final year of her undergraduate studies in Dublin she knew very little about Ireland. Her mother’s English teacher (...)

Last month the National Council for Special Education floated a bold idea: we should consider abolishing special schools and special classes and place all children in mainstream schools. regardless of their level of disability. Photograph: iStock

Last month the National Council for Special Education floated a bold idea: we should consider abolishing special schools and special classes and place(...)

The National Council for Special Education said Ireland should consider moving towards a ‘total inclusion’ model, where all children are educated side-by-side regardless of their level of disability. Photograph: iStock

Earlier this week the National Council for Special Education warned that Ireland may be in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with D(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh intends to commence legislation by 2021 which will prohibit schools from asking parents whether their children have disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Schools will be prohibited within the next two years from asking parents during enrolment whether their children have disabilities, Minister for Educa(...)

The NCSE says a change is needed to help remove the soft barriers that special-needs pupils face when trying to find school places. Photograph: iStock

Schools should be prohibited from asking parents whether their child has special needs prior to enrolment, according to official advice to be given to(...)

Philip McGiff and his autistic daughter Nicole, who is six and has no school place. Photograph: Alan Betson

Six-year-old Nicole McGiff should have started primary school last September. Instead, she sits at home each day and watches Mickey Mouse and Princess(...)

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle during her visit to Dublin with Prince Harry in July, 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish roots of the UK’s Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, have been confirmed in records released today. They show that her great-great-great gra(...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

 A woman smokes a joint on the day Canada legalised recreational marijuana in Toronto, on October 17th. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Reuters

Canada is running low on legal pot three weeks after the government approved the use of recreational marijuana, a shortage that is sending some frustr(...)

John FitzPatrick and Moira Appicellii. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

When Paige Anderson was 20 years old, she made a pact with her best friend, Grant Lowe: If the two remained single by age 30, they would get married. (...)

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