Gary Gannon  said some schools have programmes that are “biased and not providing objective information, precisely because of religious teaching that places one form of relationship in a hierarchy over others”.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There is an urgent need for adequate sex education for young people that is “informed by science, not religion”, the Dáil has heard. Social Democrats(...)

Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire,  Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: was allegedly sent explicit videos. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Co Limerick man accused of sending Fine Gael politician Jennifer Carroll MacNeill sexually explicit videos via Facebook has been sent forward for tr(...)

Behind his carefully-cultivated image as a fuddy-duddy dweeb, Ryan Tubridy (above) is clearly imbued with sturdy self-belief. Photograph: RTÉ

Halloween may be just around the corner, with the reopening of nightlife scaring public-health officials, but Ryan Tubridy (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) is (...)

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns appealed to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to consider reclassifying partners.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The row over access for partners to maternity wards could be resolved if the HSE reclassified them as “essential accompanying persons” for the “entire(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (centre) speaking to media at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting at Trim Castle Hotel, Trim Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claimed Sinn Féin has a “very scary set of policies”, ahead of the resumption of the Dáil term and a vote of confidence in his d(...)

George’s Street, Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Eric Luke

Insurance problems and the requirement for fire escapes are making it difficult for some of the 264 businesses on Dún Laoghaire’s main street to devel(...)

The Dáil heard that during the current restrictions, the Passport Office has issued 40,000 passports, 3,000 of which were in response to urgent requests.

The backlog of 92,000 applications in the passport system will be cleared within six to eight weeks once level 5 restrictions are eased, the Dáil has (...)

Drivetime presenter Cormac Ó hEadhra met his match in imperturbable European Commission spokesman Stefan de Keersmaecker. Photograph: RTE

Cormac Ó hEadhra, it’s probably fair to say, isn’t one of nature’s diplomats. Faced with guests whom he deems insufficiently forthright, he his instin(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin  told colleagues a “prolonged period” of suppression was required. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has indicated that Ireland will remain in a prolonged period of lockdown that Fianna Fáil colleagues predict could last right(...)

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie, who was the only unionist representative present, warned there are ‘frictions and instabilities at this moment in time . . . we are going to have to address them’.

Democratic Unionist Party Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have boycotted a cross-Border Brexit meeting to demonstrate opposition to the Nor(...)

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