Joe McHugh said ‘at a national, European and international level, it has never been more important for people to understand the lessons of history.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has told the Dáil that in the decade of commemorations “the time has come for history to take ita rightful place”. (...)

The scene at the house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon which was the centre of an eviction.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has warned that vigilantism “is a very dangerous road to go down” as he answered Dáil questions about the recent(...)

Kathleen Funchion TD, Mairead McGuinness MEP, Maria Bailey TD, Francis Fitzgerald TD, former president Mary McAleese, Mary Hanafin TD, Senator Ivana Bacik, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Mary Coughlan TD and Brid Smyth TD at the Politics Needs Women Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy for The Irish Times

When Mary Hanna Hourigan attended a meeting to discuss how the regional health forum in the south of the country was being run, she decided to air her(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said after the abortion referendum result he had said he would support the legislation but is not sure now that he can . His change of heart came ‘out of fear, quite frankly’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described as “horrific and bizarre” a suggestion that abortion will in time be used as contraception. He describ(...)

Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive, Stephen Kent, acknowledged that the service could do better, but insisted that ‘98-99 per cent’ of children were getting to school.

Huge numbers of children are being “left at the side of the road” and unable to get to school due to problems accessing State-funded school bus servic(...)

Sinn Féin education spokeswoman Kathleen Funchion told the Dáil she raised the issue of repeat Leaving Cert exams following a request from a person with cystic fibrosis who ‘cannot physically do two or three exams in one day’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has ruled out the possibility of students sitting Leaving Certificate exams they have missed without having to w(...)

Reacting to the results, Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness said “the people have spoken”, adding the results represent “a huge shift in views in society”. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The people of Carlow and Kilkenny have voted overwhelmingly in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment. The final results for the Carlow/Kilkenny co(...)

Hibernia said the approach was not a replacement for teachers, but had potential to ease difficulties facing students and school principals. Photograph: Google Street View

Some secondary schools are live-streaming video of classes to their pupils because of a shortage of qualified teachers in key subjects, an Oireachtas (...)

An Eighth Amendment sticker on the gates of Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TDs are deeply divided on the proposal to introduce abortion on request up to 12 weeks, an Irish Times survey has found, and there is significant doub(...)

Mary Lou McDonald has not made any public comment on her intentions since Gerry  Adams announced his intention to step down. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has confirmed he will not challenge Mary Lou McDonald for the position of party president. Mr Murphy is the latest senior (...)

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