The survey found that 48 per cent of parents said location was their main factor in deciding on a school, compared with 12 per cent who said the school’s ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

A large majority of parents feel the law should be changed so that baptism can no longer be a requirement for school admission in State funded schools(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Rowena Gillen from Rosie’s Trust and with  Holly at the launch of the new Eir fund. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said that not enough Irish companies are involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative(...)

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is putting forward plans to clamp down on firms selling contract for difference (CFD) products to retail customers. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA Wire

If you want to know whether a regulatory crackdown is tough enough, just look at how shares in the sector respond when the new rules are revealed. T(...)

Electoral posters against and in favour  of the immigration referendum. Now the Swiss are in the unenviable position of providing a test case for Brexit negotiations. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The British vote to leave the European Union could not have come at a worse time for the Swiss, who are struggling to salvage their relationship with (...)

Draft proposals which could lead to a reduction in the amount of time primary schools spend teaching religion have sparked a mixed reaction from campa(...)

Mexico is a major consumer of soda and other sugared drinks. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to ban a new Coca-Cola ad depicting young white people handing out Coke as a s(...)

The Erawan shrine: Thai police said they believed at least 10 plotters were involved in the bombing. Photograph: Reuters

Thailand’s military government said Thursday that the deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine this week was “unlikely” to be connected to international ter(...)

High Court: Margaret McDermott, of Taylor’s Hill, Galway, said in an affidavit that a “fundamental right” granted to her in the 2003 divorce proceedings was pension entitlements should her ex-husband and his second wife both die before her. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

An 88-year-old woman is entitled to pension rights from the employment of her late ex-husband as director of an authority that awarded third-level e(...)

Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a military coup in May, had  promised that a general election would take place in 2015 but his deputy today said the poll was unlikely to take place until 2016. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

A Thai general election planned for next year will be delayed until 2016, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, pushing back the promised retur(...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

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