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Minister for Education Norma Foley said there would be no change to the length of exams in Leaving Cert. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Education Norma Foley has stopped short of giving a guarantee that the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle exams will go ahead in 2021. (...)

Peadar Tóibín: “What we got is a few bob here and there for rural schemes, rural schemes that amount to nothing more than social welfare for rural Ireland, enough to survive but never enough for a vibrant regional balance.” File photograph: Collins

A “circuit breaker” is needed to deal with Ireland’s lopsided regional development but rural Ireland only got “a few bob here and there” in the budget(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  said many workers  starting new jobs while remote working was encouraged   would not have the opportunity to meet  peers and learn from them. Image: iStock.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has pledged to examine tax reliefs in the budget for people who are working remotely as he warned there had to be(...)

 Denis Naughten TD says ‘you could drive a coach and four through the so-called sex offenders register’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The current sex offenders register is “nothing but a fig leaf” and any sexual predator determined to re-offend can do so easily and still be in compli(...)

Green TD Neasa Hourigan will chair the Committee on Budgetary Oversight, despite losing her speaking rights after voting against the Government in the last Dáil session. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

James Lawless, the Kildare North Fianna Fáil TD who was passed over for promotion to a junior ministry this week, has been named chair of the Oireacht(...)

A heavily redacted version of the contract for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) was published last week, nine months after the controversial €3 billi(...)

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny said that many would “wonder if the level of fraudulent activity is as high as insurance companies claim”.

Politicians and senior business people who lied under oath at tribunals of inquiry got away “scot free” because there is no law on perjury in Ireland,(...)

Frontline health workers should be offered extra paid leave, the Dáil has heard

Frontline health workers should be offered extra paid leave at the “very least” if increased salaries and bonuses cannot be paid because of the econom(...)

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of a detective in Castlerea on Thursday. Photograph: Michael McCormack

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Det Garda Colm Horkan, who was shot dead in Castlerea, Co Roscommon on Wednesday night. Det Garda Hor(...)

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan appearing before the special Covid-19 committee at Leinster House in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said it has “suspended the practice” of informing employers of their employees’ test results “while we seek gui(...)

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