Brendan Howlin:  he said it was “amazing” that the government jet issue was persisting.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said it was “a danger” that turnout in the presidential election could be lower than 50 per cent. Appealing for vot(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher, Senator Ned O’Sullivan,  Senator Catherine Noone,  Jonathan O’Brien and Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Maxwell

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have said the Government’s proposed legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks without (...)

Forward planning is vital if the housing needs of an aging population are to be met close to amenities and transport services. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Government must fund local authorities to build affordable rental housing, a homelessness charity has said. Reacting to the latest data from prop(...)

Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan  said: ‘It is time for Ireland to play its part on ending the gender pay gap.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

What’s the difference between Ireland and Iceland? One letter and a much more enthusiastic attitude towards closing the gender pay gap. In a bid to (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: faced down Fianna Fáil demands to alter the rent ceiling package in terms of percentage rise and geographical focus. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A 4 per cent ceiling on rent increases in Dublin and Cork, with other cities and commuter counties to follow, will be introduced next year after Fian(...)

 Chinese students: there are 2,700 Chinese students studying in Ireland.  Photograph: Richard Stonehouse/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in Beijing last week to promote Ireland’s educational establishments in a country that places an (...)

The report notes “there is a need to invest in digital devices in schools”. Photograph: Getty Images

Plans for a Leaving Cert Information and Communications Technology (ICT) subject and the greater use of electronic devices in class are contained i(...)

Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock, Co Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teacher unions return to talks next Thursday in a bid to avert further strike action over the reform of the junior cycle.Opposition has zoned in on t(...)

Minister for Eduction  Jan O’Sullivan: We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and postgraduate level in Ireland.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the great Irish exports to China has been education, and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in China last week on a trade mis(...)

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(...)