Prof Áine Hyland, one of the founding parents of the   Dalkey School Project, with David Rankin (10), Dylan O’Broin (11), Emily Roarty (5), Sophie Roarty (8), Matt O’Broin (7) and Oliver Donohue (9) at Educate Together’s 40th anniversary event. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

When a pioneering group of parents went about trying to set up the State’s first multi-denominational school in the mid-1970s, they quickly realised t(...)

While the “baptism barrier” has been removed for most schools, minority faith schools may are entitled to discriminate based on religion in their admissions. Photograph: iStock

Should a child who attends church services regularly get priority access to their local State-funded school? It’s a question that goes to the heart o(...)

Mavis Arnold (centre) at the launch in 1987 of her booklet ‘Irishwomen into Focus’, with (left)  Thekla Beere, former chairwoman of the Commission on the Status of Women, and the then minister of State for women’s affairs, Nuala Fennell. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

After news broke that the political journalist Bruce Arnold’s home telephone had been tapped by An Garda Síochána, his wife Mavis couldn’t resist joki(...)

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion in schools. However, many say it is often close to impossible to do so. Photograph: iStock

Parents have a constitutional right to opt their children out of religion classes in schools. The Catholic church, which controls about 90 per cent o(...)

Sorcha scribbles it down. “Do you know what the most amazing thing is?” she goes. “I have direct debits with two of these charities!” Which, in layman’s terms, means that I have direct debits with two of these charities

Tonight is the night we sit down as a family to write Honor’s Santa List. It’s like being mugged but without the violence. Although there’s often shou(...)

Educate Together has announced that it will open nine new schools across the country. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Educate Together has announced that it will open nine new schools across the country. It marks the second highest total of Educate Together schools t(...)

Two new schools under Educate Together patronage were announced last week. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins said the imposition of a “single, imposed certainty” in Irish education had in the past killed the notion of a republic “s(...)

Fr Paul Connell, president of the Joint Managerial Body and the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools: took issue with remarks made by Diarmuid Ferriter. Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

In Killarney last week , Fr Paul Connell, president of the Joint Managerial Body and the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools, comp(...)

Principals of 10 Educate Together schools have called for the admissions policy of a planned new school  to be changed.  Photograph: Stephen Shepherd/The Image Bank/Getty Images

The principals of 10 Educate Together national schools in south Dublin have written to Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan calling for the admission(...)