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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(...)

Surveys show three-quarters of Irish people have not taken illegal drugs. Is that a sign of the success, or the failure, of drugs policy? Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire.

When it comes to narcotics, the only cliche more commonly used than “the war on drugs” is the one that says “the war on drugs has failed”. Surveys sh(...)

 Rosaleen McDonagh   ran for the Seanad in 2002 and 2007. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

A former Seanad candidate has described the “absolutely derogatory” abuse she received when she put herself forward for election. Traveller activist (...)

Prof Dan Siegel (left), Senator Frances Black, Mary Lovegrove and Michael Griffith from Mindful Nation Ireland, and UK MP Chris Ruane

It seems like a big ask – expecting politicians to set aside daily time to meditate so that they can focus better on the multiple demands on their att(...)

 Mary Doherty of Lifeline Inishowen  with supporters outside  the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

It was “just not good enough” that rural domestic violence services were threatened with closure just months after Ireland ratified the Istanbul Conve(...)

The Bill now goes to the Dáil and Minister of State Michael D’Arcy said once the Bill was enacted it would be for the judiciary to establish the council and the personal injuries guidelines committee. Photograph: Collins Courts

Reform of the level of damages awarded in personal injuries cases has moved a step closer after the Seanad passed legislation establishing a new judic(...)

Body & Soul Music and Arts Festival has announced the full stage times for its 10th Aniversary celebration of the summer solstice which kicks off (...)

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