Fifth-year students Michael O’Donnell,  from Finglas, and Steve Andrew McDonagh, from Darndale,  at St Thomas’s school in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson

For the first time in the history of St Thomas’s school on Dublin’s north side, two of its students are due to sit the Leaving Cert this summer. It m(...)

People taking part in the Belfast rally on Saturday holding letters reading “We Believe Her”. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Further rallies have taken place in Dublin and Belfast to express solidarity with all victims of sexual crime. Several thousand people marched throug(...)

Paddy Jackson’s legal representative has said he intends to sue Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin for defamation after the politician sent a tweet in the wake of the verdicts on Wednesday. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The Attorney General of Northern Ireland is continuing to examine if online comments from a juror in the Belfast rape trial constitute contempt of cou(...)

 Paddy Jackson leaving Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson has said he intends to sue Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin for defamation after the politician sent a t(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin deleted a message he had posted which questioned the rape trial verdict. A party spokesman said: “He knows it was wrong.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Individuals who post messages on social media questioning the verdict in the Belfast rape trial could run the risk of being sued, according to legal e(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said decisions over whether to close will be left to individual schools. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

All schools and third-level institutions in Munster and Leinster are to close for the remainder of the week. Minister for Education Richard Bruton an(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the poor school attendance record of some children was not of their own making. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has accepted a Seanad Labour Private Member’s Bill to tackle school absenteeism among children aged four and five years. Currently, Tu(...)

 A section of the crowd that turned up to protest against the application  to build 536 residential units on the St Paul’s playing fields at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hundreds of people turned out in St Anne’s Park in north Dublin to protest against a proposed residential and leisure development near the park. Crek(...)

Tony Duffin: We want to see decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ireland should aim to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of drugs within five years, a State-funded drugs policy group has recommended. At(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced plans to prohibit Catholic primary schools from giving enrolment priority to baptised children in cases where they are oversubscribed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children says Government plans to partially lift the “Baptism barrier” will end up discriminating against children seeking access to(...)

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