The State Examinations Commission says quality issues relating to this year’s Leaving Cert oral exams will be addressed in the marking process to the ‘greatest degree possible’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) says quality issues relating to this year’s Leaving Cert oral exams will be addressed in the marking process t(...)

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire became emotional as he outlined what happened when his partner Emer had an emergency appointment with the early pregnancy unit. File Photograph: Tom Honan

A Sinn Féin TD who had to wait outside a maternity hospital while his pregnant partner attended an emergency appointment has called for all restrictio(...)

Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: ‘It is far from inconceivable that a parent or somebody connected to a student could canvass or lobby a teacher or a member of school staff on behalf of a student without the student’s knowledge.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Parents who lobby teachers over students’ Leaving Cert results without their children’s knowledge will not face any penalty under proposed laws, it ha(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the examination system originated in imperial China ‘as a way of selecting people largely from elites’ and perpetuating elites. File photograph: The Irish Times

Leaving Certificate students should not be penalised if another person canvasses a teacher in the accredited grades process without their knowledge, t(...)

The Dáil was told that the debate should not be seen as a ‘binary choice between meat on the one hand and vegetables or plant-based diets on the other’. File photograph: Getty

If the entire national herd of seven million cattle was sacrificed “on the altar of climate change” there would be no net benefit because Ireland is “(...)

Bessborough in Cork city – site of proposed development and subject of oral planning hearing which has now concluded. Photograph: Provision

The Mother and Baby Home in Bessborough, where more than 900 babies and women died, has cast a shadow over Cork, and the people of the city do not wan(...)

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: ‘Loopholes do happen but it’s unacceptable that people had carte blanche in such sensitive situations.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Private security firms brought in for evictions and repossessions will have to be licensed under proposed legislation. On Tuesday, the Minister for (...)

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire   confirmed   yesterday that the case had been settled but declined to make any further comment. Photograph:   Tom Honan

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has settled a defamation claim against RTÉ for a sum understood to be in excess of €150,000. The settlement was re(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said  there is a burden of responsibility being placed on all of society to ensure schools can fully reopen. Photograph: Julien Behal

The planned return of more than 200,000 secondary school students on April 12th will depend on progress being made in reducing Covid-19 cases, Ministe(...)

 ‘In the majority of cases’ Leaving Cert students will be required to answer fewer questions in this year’s exams. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Secondary schools and teachers will be advised not to use “mock” exam results when estimating students’ calculated grades under new official guidance.(...)

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