Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said ‘I think it’s something we need to go after quickly. I would say four or five years would sort it out.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Schools are imposing reduced timetables on children in a way that “may not be solely child centred”, a landmark report on the issue warns. The report(...)

Prof Dan Siegel (left), Senator Frances Black, Mary Lovegrove and Michael Griffith from Mindful Nation Ireland, and UK MP Chris Ruane

It seems like a big ask – expecting politicians to set aside daily time to meditate so that they can focus better on the multiple demands on their att(...)

After 27 years in the Dáil and Seanad, Billy Kelleher has turned his face firmly towards Brussels in the May 24th election although a date for the selection convention has yet to be confirmed. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil enterprise spokesman Billy Kelleher has left his party leader Micheál Martin and the entire membership in no doubt about his electoral int(...)

Former minister of state Barry Andrews (front, right) has been selected to contest the European Parliament election in Dublin for Fianna Fáil. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil members are frustrated at being associated with the difficulties the Government is experiencing, the party’s candidate for the Dublin Euro(...)

It is almost three years since a report by an expert group chaired by Peter Cassells on the future funding of higher education was published. It recommended urgent changes to ensure the system was “fit for purpose”

Controversial proposals for a student loan scheme to fund third-level education are being referred by the Government to the European Commission for de(...)

Fianna Fáil TD  Fiona O’Loughlin says the sex education curriculum “is no longer reflective of society today”.

The Department of Education is set to consider whether the law should be changed to ensure schools under religious control cannot use their ethos as a(...)

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (left) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Talks on extending the confidence and supply deal are concluding and a report will be given to the Fianna Fáil party in the coming days, party TDs hav(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has rejected claims by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith that outsourcing was the central issue of the CervicalCheck controversy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The outsourcing of smear tests “is not at the heart” of the CervicalCheck cancer screening controversy, Minister for Health Simon Harris has insisted.(...)

Committee chair Fiona O’Loughlin, a Fianna Fáil TD, said she was aware of parents who were asked to provide essentials such as toilet roll on a regular basis. Photograph: iStock

Some school principals are asking children to bring toilet rolls with them because their schools are under such financial pressure. The claim was mad(...)

Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman, Thomas Byrne, said he was aware of a number of cases in Ashbourne, Co Meath, where parents  were unable to get a junior infant place at a primary school in the area.

The Department of Education has insisted there is a school place for any child who needs it following concerns among some parents in commuter belt are(...)

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