The joint committee on gender equality is examining the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on norms and stereotypes in education. File photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael Senator Regina Doherty has said a culture of toxic masculinity is stopping female students taking up subjects which are usually the preserve(...)

Book launch of Pandemonium with joint authors  Hugh O’Connell and Jack Horgan-Jones at Hodges Figgis. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

One of the biggest lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic is how the formal processes of science and medicine feed into the “much messier system” of polit(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: ‘We’re not sure if the funding or the distraction of hosting Euro 2028 is really going to benefit grassroots football.’ Photograph: iStock

A bid for Ireland to host the 2028 Uefa European Football Championship is a “distraction” from the investment and reorganisation that Irish football (...)

Single-sex schools are at a crossroads as they struggle to reconcile their mission with a growing societal shift on how gender itself is defined. Photograph: iStock

It has been a fixture of Irish education since its foundation, but there are increasing signs that the tide is going out on single-sex education. Irel(...)

Aaron Wolfe school principal of Coláiste Eamann Rís (formerly Deerpark CBS) in Ballyphehane, Co Cork with  students Clodagh O’Connor, Ivy Boland, Ben O’Connor and Owen Busteed. In 2019 it changed from all-boys to co-ed. “It has ‘been the best thing we ever did,” said Wolfe.  Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision for Irish Times

They’ve been a fixture of the Irish education system for generations - but could the days of single-sex schools be numbered? All-boys and all-girls sc(...)

Labour TD Ivana Bacik and Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald at the National Women’s Council of Ireland rally outside Leinster House in Dublin on Saturday. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Labour Party has said nominations for those seeking to become leader of the party will close later this month, with TD Ivana Bacik widely expected(...)

On Wednesday night Alan  Kelly confirmed his decision to resign in a statement delivered outside Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour party TDs Duncan Smith and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin have ruled themselves out of the leadership race for the party in the wake of the resignation of (...)

Tipperary TD Alan Kelly announced during an emotional press conference that he was resigning as Labour Party leader after his colleagues lost faith in his ability to deliver. Photograph: Alan Betson

The question on everyone’s lips this morning is why, and why now? Tipperary TD Alan Kelly announced during an emotional press conference last night t(...)

Minister for Sport said hosting a major event would bring significant economic benefit to the country. Photograph: Evan Treacy/Inpho

The Government will need to have a “clearer understanding” of the costs and benefits of jointly hosting the 2028 European Championships before it can (...)

Peadar Tóibín said it was ‘incredible’ that adults could go to pubs without wearing a mask but children had to wear them in schools. File photograph: EPA

Parents and students should have a choice on whether or not to wear face masks in schools, Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has said. He said it is “incre(...)

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