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Official figures show that  60 per cent of Leaving Cert students who had an exemption from sitting the Irish exam went on to sit exams in French, German and Spanish. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

More than half of Leaving Cert students who were granted an exemption from studying Irish on the grounds of a learning disability went on to study a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for  Rural  Affairs Heather Humphreys  and Minister Dennis Naughton at the launch of the Action Plan for Regional Development : would the Government not be better with a more compact, and so more realistic, plan?  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reading the action plan for rural development launched during the week under the title Realising Our Rural Potential, I was reminded of the Mayo journ(...)

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin came up with the idea for a formal caucus of women  TDs and Senators after her election to the Dáil last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

A formal women’s caucus is being established in the Oireachtas to give TDs and Senators a forum and a vehicle to advance issues. It is the first ti(...)

Jack McCaffrey: played a big role in UCD’s defeat of Dublin at Parnell Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There’s nothing like a new rule to add sulphur to the pre-season competitions. The introduction of the mark into inter-county football this month has (...)

University College Cork: The €231,000 in charges left unpaid to UCC prior to the current academic year is spread between 150 students.

Irish universities are facing an added financial challenge due to unpaid fees, fines and student charges, records show. More than €560,000 is owed (...)

Philip Nolan of Maynooth University says greater flexibility and support was  helping to boost student engagement and combat drop-out rates.

Traditional third-level courses should be radically overhauled to allow students choose whether to specialise early or pursue a much broader range of(...)

 New Meath manager Andy McEntee. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Magic thing, the GAA season. Unique in being capable of simultaneously starting too quickly and taking too long to get going. With teams in both code(...)

Martin McKenna: “I think we sell ourselves short in Ireland. People like Conor McGregor, Saoirse Ronan, Hozier, Rory McIlroy and Niall Horan are huge for our country’s youth”

With a father on the Meath Community Games board, sport was always important for Martin McKenna. However, he credits his love of different cultures to(...)

Catherine Nevin at the Criminal Court of Appeal in 2010: “It was  clear that she genuinely cared for the women she met in prison.” Photograph: Courtpix

I recognised her straight away. She introduced herself simply as “Catherine” but several people in the room knew Catherine Nevin by sight. She had bee(...)

University presidents say a student loan scheme would be the fairest way of securing vital funding to tackle a “crisis” in higher education. File photograph: Getty Images

University presidents say the introduction of a student loan scheme is the fairest way of securing vital funding to tackle a “crisis” in higher educat(...)

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