Justin McAleese previously played a prominent role in the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015, when he spoke of his experience of growing up as a gay man.

The son of former president Mary McAleese has effectively declared his intention to stand for Fianna Fáil at the next general election, telling party (...)

 According to a report published  this year by the National Parents’ Council, almost one-third of parents of primary school pupils said their children could not walk to school because of the weight of their schoolbags. Photograph: iStock

August This is the most stressful month of the year for many parents and back to school cost are all to blame. It is 50 years since the then minister (...)

Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

Aldi: Schools had barely closed their doors for the summer when the German supermarket began promising to sell cash-strapped parents a complete pri(...)

Lyn Crowley (left) of St Andrew's College and Lucy Rice of Loreto abbey, Dalkey. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In the half-century since Donogh O’Malley introduced free education for all the State’s children, Irish parents have cumulatively spent more than €20 (...)

St Columba’s College in Dublin: originally, Protestant fee-charging schools were recognised separately from other fee-charging schools owing to the far-sighted initiative of then minister for education Donogh O’Malley. Photograph: Eric Luke

The constitutional right of Protestant parents to educate their children in a school of their choice is being slowly suppressed.Since 2008, the pupil-(...)

‘I have yet to see people who worked so hard for so little gain. It meant incessant toil with the spade” was how the painter Paul Henry describ(...)