An Cosán provides locally based courses and seven early years centres

An Cosán, a pioneer in community and adult education, was founded by former minister Dr Katherine Zappone and her late wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, i(...)

Katherine Zappone: the former minister announced on August 4th thatshe would not take the special envoy job after more than a week of political pressure. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Who is Katherine Zappone and why is she in the news? US-born Katherine Zappone is a former Independent TD who served as minister for children in the p(...)

Incoming Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell. Photograph: Collins Courts

Observers of the career of the incoming Chief Justice, Donal O’Donnell, are quick to cite his brilliance and equally quick to state that to consider h(...)

Yes to equality: Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) in the courtyard at Dublin Castle on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFERENDUM THAT CHANGED HOW WE SAW OURSELVES, SOME OF THE ACTIVISTS INVOLVED REVISIT THAT TIME It’s a diffe(...)

A recent  study from the Higher Education Authority  showed  students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to study high-points university courses and earn more within months of graduation. Photograph: iStock

Do children from more affluent backgrounds do better in school because they have more resources, or because they’re genetically superior? In a recent(...)

Panti Bliss, real name Rory O’Neill, pictured with the outfit worn by him when he made the ‘Noble Call’ speech  as it goes on display in the National Museum of Ireland,  Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Rory O’Neill, also known as Panti Bliss, has described how advances in anti retroviral drugs to treat HIV meant he never felt “hopeless” despite the “(...)

Katherine Zappone and Anne Louise Gilligan  at City Hall in Dublin on their wedding day in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said it is an “honour” to donate the dresses she and her late wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan wore on their we(...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Avril Hannifin, a graduate of An Cosán,  at Goodbody Stockbroker’s office in  Ballsbridge, where she’s doing a  paid apprenticeship. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Avril Hannifin was a bright spark at school in the Dublin suburb of Clondalkin. Her parents expected her to go to college. Instead, she fell into po(...)

 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

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