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From left: Jack Bates, Robyn Molloy, Georgia McKenna, David Gillick, Lee Grace, Hollie Kenny, Noel Fitzgerald and Skye Boylan train for the Fun to Run 5k park run. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The speaker and his audience lead lives that are poles apart, yet for a short time they connect in a securely fenced-off community centre behind the D(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has been accused of being ‘seriously politically disinterested’ in the BusConnects scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross was heavily criticised at a private meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators on Wednesday night over his handling of th(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy celebrates after beating Laois in the Leinster final. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dublin 1-25 Laois 0-10 Despite a sluggish first half, Dublin still managed to rack up their biggest win in a Leinster final in this decade of decades(...)

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton will wear the number one jersey against Laois. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stephen Cluxton is set to start between the posts for Dublin in Sunday’s Leinster final against Laois. The Dublin captain and goalkeeper has appeared(...)

The GAA said a sea change is coming in its approach to participation at under-age level. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Co Dublin sporting organisation lost hundreds of child members because of its competitive ethos at under-age level, an Oireachtas committee has hear(...)

“The committee is of the view that any organisation which seeks the support of an Oireachtas committee to secure public funding should make itself available to address any legitimate concerns the members may have,” the letter said.

Scouting Ireland has been called to appear before an Oireachtas committee next week, to answer questions and avoid “irreparable damage” to public conf(...)

Scout camp. Gardaí are investigating a scout leader who allegedly abused a 12-year-old boy on a camping trip more than three years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland has said it was “unaware” that an active male leader was the subject of a Garda investigation into alleged child sexual abuse. In (...)

Scouting Ireland received €876,337 in funding from the department last year, and more than €9 million since 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State funding of nearly €1 million a year is to be withheld from Scouting Ireland until concerns over the governance of the organisation are resolved,(...)

Dr John Lawlor, Scouting Ireland chief executive, has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs to answer questions on the organisations’ child protection standards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

State funding for Scouting Ireland and similar voluntary bodies should be tied to reviews of child protection standards, chair of the Oireachtas commi(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said  she ‘expects all groups supported by her department to meet every standard on protection and safety’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A full report on child protection standards in Scouting Ireland is being sought by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone “as a mat(...)

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