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(...)

Research by the Irish Heart Foundation has found that half of Irish schools  had vending machines. File photograph: iStock

Vending machines which dispense junk foods and sugary drinks in schools should be banned, according to an Oireachtas education committee report. It a(...)

Teachers’ unions have warned of a ‘crisis’ in the supply of teachers. Photograph: Getty Images

Growing student numbers in secondary schools over the coming years will increase pressure on the system to ensure there are enough qualified teachers (...)

 At the Traveller cross-party Oireachtas group were (from left) Oein de Bhairdiún; Sindy Joyce; Thomas McCann; Jan O’Sullivan TD; and Senator Colette Kelleher. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Members of the Traveller community called for reparations, a State apology and the banning of the word “knacker” at an event in Dublin on Tuesday. T(...)

The two Irish women, from counties Kildare and Offaly, were on working visas and teaching in Beijing language schools before their detention. Photograph: iStock.

Two Irish teachers have been freed after spending more than a week in detention in China reportedly over issues with their visas, sources in the Irish(...)

April 23rd: The History Hedge School. The cause of Labour? - the 1918 general strike against conscription Padraig Yeates, Sarah Ann Buckley, Todd Morr(...)

Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Louise O’Reilly with deputy leader Michelle O’Neill and party leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of the party’s Repeal the Eighth campaign. Photograph:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution. Abortion is banned in alm(...)

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