Lynn Ruane

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Lynn Ruane with her daughters, Jaelynne and Jordanne

Senator Lynn Ruane was only 15 years old when her first child, Jordanne, was born. “I’d had a few wild years before that,” Ruane says, “and then I was(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley was responding to questions on the Government plan to reopen schools in the Seanad on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The threat of coronavirus outbreaks occurring in schools when they reopen has been “overstated,” Senator Rónán Mullen has told a Seanad debate on the (...)

Ahmed Awadalla (8), a student at Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Goldenbridge, Dublin, with his dad, Tarig Awadalla. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands of the country’s poorest children are at risk of “holiday hunger” if free school meals programmes are not extended – or substituted – throug(...)

Tops on: Lynn Ruane in the swimsuit that Lidl security objected; and Paul Mescal in Normal People. Photographs: Twitter/@SenLynnRuane and Enda Bowe/Element/RTÉ

You’re probably as sick of reading it as I am of writing about it. Yet in Double Standards for Men number 253 – in a series of about half a billion – (...)

Letters to loved ones, friends, colleagues and essential workers on life under lockdown from Vicky Phelan, Joe Schmidt, Maeve Higgins, LYNN RU(...)

Covid-19 will have an impact on counting with restrictions for social distancing.

Candidates in the Seanad elections have appealed for voters on the university panels to return their postal ballot for the deadline on Tuesday, March (...)

A recent  study from the Higher Education Authority  showed  students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to study high-points university courses and earn more within months of graduation. Photograph: iStock

Do children from more affluent backgrounds do better in school because they have more resources, or because they’re genetically superior? In a recent(...)

‘This must be a priority for the State if it is going to be serious in trying to reverse the six decades of the assimilationist policy,’ said Patrick Nevin, co-ordinator of the Tallaght Travellers Community Development Project. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times

The State needs to consider formal reparations for the Travelling community to address historic ills and issues its members face on a daily basis, an (...)

 Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey  was asked to refund  €1,977.11 following the audit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs and senators had to refund almost €10,000 in expenses this year after an audit found they could not provide supporting evidence to justify claimin(...)

Rob Grant attends a classroom philosophy workshop: ‘We are all philosophers; we are just out of practice.’ Photograph: Future Visions

Typical! You wait for one radio or TV production on philosophy in schools, and then two come along together. As pupils traipse back to class for the n(...)

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