Tánaiste Simon Coveney: accepted there was a need for some change but wanted protection for the unborn and the mother. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, has expressed concern about the rights of the unborn if the Eighth Amendment is repealed and abortion up to 12 weeks is p(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he believed there was a necessity for change and he wanted to be the Minister to put this to a referendum. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Twelve Cabinet Ministers have declined to state their position on the Oireachtas committee’s recommendations on the Eighth Amendment. The committee p(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: politicians made a “real and enduring mistake” by allowing the Eighth Amendment to be inserted into the Constitution. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Six Cabinet Ministers have indicated their support for the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment’s recommendation to remove article 40.3.3 from(...)

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor (second left) says some third-level students may be more suited to alternatives study paths. Also pictured at the launch of Education Matters, Ireland’s yearbook of education, edited by Irish Times careers analyst Brian Mooney, were Prof Maurice Manning, chancellor NUI; Phyllis Mitchell (centre), publisher; Mr Mooney,  and Dr Attracta Halpin, NUI registrar.

Some students who enter third-level may be more suited to alternatives such as apprenticeships, according to Minister of State for Higher Education Ma(...)

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: When in doubt, just forget. Photograph: Tom Honan

At the very outset – and let me be absolutely clear about this – I had no hand, act or part in the erection of last week’s column. I did not commissi(...)

Limerick billionaire JP McManus is funding third-level scholarships for top-achieving students from low-income families. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

More than 100 high-achieving school-leavers from low-income families will receive scholarships on Saturday for third-level education under an initiati(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like a new technological university to play a part in the French president’s proposal. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants an Irish third-level institution to become part of a new network of European universities being planned by French preside(...)

Leo’s conference speech performance at the weekend received what might be charitably described as a ‘mixed reception’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is an odd atmosphere in the heart of Leinster House these days. Vital building and renovation work is in full swing in the original part of th(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) and Daryl Murphy stand dejected after a 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eh, well, that didn’t exactly go to plan, did it? Denmark’s carpet bombing of Ireland’s World Cup dreams last night will dampen the nation’s mood con(...)

You would think – or hope – that our political leaders, the public representatives who make many of the decisions affecting our lives, would have at l(...)

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