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Catholic Church representatives say principals need to know and engage with religious education programmes in State schools. Photograph: Getty Images

The Catholic Church has raised concerns in meetings with State education officials that religion is “slipping off the agenda” in their schools. In a (...)

 Mick Wallace at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke

The chief executive of a charity received a salary that accounted for more than 10 per cent of the organisation’s total expenditure, the Dáil was told(...)

Families and children from Dolphin House protest at the loss of a site  off the South Circular Road.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Families in one of the most deprived areas of the State say their local authority has “grabbed” a third of their children’s play area, and handed it t(...)

The latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter  shows increased litter levels in Dublin city centre and in disadvantaged areas of Galway, Limerick and Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cities and towns are getting cleaner, but the latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) shows increased litter levels in Du(...)

Rosie Hanrahan who was found dead at her home at New Road, Thomondgate. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

A garda technical examination of the home of a 78-year-old Limerick woman, who was found murdered in her terraced bungalow last week, was completed on(...)

On average, and all things being equal, girls generally outperform boys in Leaving Cert subjects, whether or not they have boys sitting beside them in the classroom.

Boys and girls About a third of Ireland’s post-primary school are single-sex. By international standards, this is unusual. Today’s feeder school lis(...)

Students from Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré work on their project on the War of Independence.

School: Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré, Co Tipperary “What’s the best way to kill history?” asks Shane Fitzgerald, a teacher at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré. (...)

St Nathy’s students get into the spirit of friendship week.

Schools that want to get with the times can no longer afford to ignore the voice of students. Progressive and effective schools allow their students t(...)

Social justice: lagging behind

A sharp dose of realism can be upsetting. But it is a useful antidote to misconceived notions of achievement. Exceptional progress has been made in re(...)

Birr Castle, Co Offaly: Mid Ireland promotes some of Irish tourism’s most challenged areas, east Galway, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and North Tipperary

A tourism promotion group with more than 170 member businesses across the midlands is contemplating closure after the State withdrew its funding. Mid(...)

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