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 Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘The decision to downgrade history in our secondary schools and to make it a non-compulsory subject [at Junior Cert level] was short-sighted and quite frankly ill-considered.’ File photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has suggested British children should be compulsorily taught Irish history to combat the “sheer ignorance” in the UK exp(...)

A contractor has received a criminal conviction  over electrical work that threatened a house fire in south Co Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

The criminal conviction of a contractor over electrical work that threatened a house fire in south Co Dublin should serve as a warning to all unregist(...)

 Students at Grafton College,  Paola Ambrosio (left) from Rio de Janeiro, and  Rosiane de Avila, from Santa Catarina, both Brazil, have been told the college will have no classes for the foreseeable future in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

More than a dozen teachers and staff from a private English-language college occupied its premises in Dublin on Monday night after learning that they (...)

Nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals have been urged not to call patients ‘love’ or ‘dear’, the HSE has said. File photograph: Getty Images

Nurses and doctors in Irish hospitals have been urged not to call patients “love” or “dear”, the HSE has said. Other pet names, such as “girls”, “lad(...)

A man fell from an upstairs window of Teach Hiúdaí Beag in Bunbeg, Gweedore, Co Donegal, which has B&B rooms upstairs. File photograph: Google Street View

A man has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after falling out of an upstairs window of a well-known music pub in west Donegal during the earl(...)

The use of ports in Wales and east England is more expensive than direct ferries to the Continent, but its superior times are essential for major industries. Above, Dover Ferry Terminal. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Brexit will “significantly disrupt” the 150,000 trucks that travel through Britain annually taking goods between Ireland and the EU, a Government-orde(...)

A woman was badly injured in a hit-and-run on Canal Bridge at Osberstown, near Naas, Co Kildare, at around 8.25pm on Friday evening. Satellite photograph: Google Street View

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested over a hit-and-run collision which has left a woman seriously ill in hospital. The incident happened on Canal Bri(...)

Eoin Berkley had been barred from Dublin city centre before raping a Spanish teenager. File photograph: Collins Courts

A failure by gardaí to enforce bail conditions on a man sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday for the abduction and rape of a Spanish teenager is (...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross at the NTA’s   media briefing of the plans for Dublin bus.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

Minster for Transport Shane Ross has complained to the National Transport Authority (NTA) about plans to reform Dublin’s bus services, warning that it(...)

Michael Nugent, chairman of Atheist Ireland, says  the Irish law on blasphemy is used by regimes overseas to defend persecution of minorities.

Atheist Ireland has urged voters to remove the “medieval” offence of blasphemy from the Constitution in next month’s referendum. The ballot takes pl(...)

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