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Minister for Education Joe McHugh: says the reforms will make the process fairer and that safeguards are in place to ensure any decision to grant an exemption ‘should not be taken lightly’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This week the Minister for Education announced a relaxation of the system for awarding exemptions from studying Irish. On the face of it, it might no(...)

At the opening of an exhibition celebrating  Tony Gregory  were his friends and fellow activists Mick Rafferty and Fergus McCabe, with Tony’s brother, Noel (centre). Photograph: Dave Meehan

An exhibition on the life of the late TD and campaigner Tony Gregory was unveiled on his old patch of Dublin’s North Strand on Wednesday night. The (...)

British adventurer Bear Grylls holds the cup with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny and adventurer Bear Grylls formed a winning partnership at a charity sailing event organised by the Duke and Duchess of Ca(...)

Brian Hayes, CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“It goes up and down like that,” says Brian Hayes, as he presses a button to move his hi-tech desk lower in the plush offices of the Banking & Pay(...)

Louise O’Keeffe pictured after a Supreme Court hearing in 2009. Photo Garrett White / Collins Court

An apology from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “means nothing” if the State is going to continue to “split hairs” in its treatment of people who were sexually(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: his combative style and intellect didn’t endear him to many fellow Dáil deputies and the legal profession also had it in for him. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In an age when injustices perpetrated in the past are regarded as important current news, there is something decidedly odd about the virtual silence t(...)

Unshamed Magdalenes: among the women who met President Michael D Higgins last year were Rita Lawlor, from Raheny in Dublin, Sally Donohoe, from Ballymun in Dublin, and Catherine Mary O’Connor, from Julianstown, in Co Meath. Portraits by Cyril Byrne

The list of injustices faced by more than 10,000 women who were confined at one point to Magdalene laundries in Ireland is long and harrowing: the los(...)

Dublin Airport. The loan will be used to upgrade  baggage screening, extra check-in kiosks, an upgrade for the two existing runways and the conversion of the airport’s vehicle fleet to be entirely electric

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will announce a €350 million loan to Dublin Airport to improve passenger services, facilities and capacity when he visits the h(...)

Enda Kenny speaking at the official opening of Facebook offices in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Enda Kenny assured Facebook’s second in command, Sheryl Sandberg, in 2012 that the government would comply with EU copyright rules in “a minimalist ma(...)

Prof Patrick Honohan, former governor of the Central Bank, has criticised the culture and practice at the regulator prior to the financial crash. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The behaviour of Irish banks shows there is a need for “deeper reforms in banking culture”, with lenders adopting a “high-handed” approach to customer(...)

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