Mary O Rourke

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The Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Task Force’s total funding isn’t much more than €1m, while just half a million euro was set aside in this year’s budget to tackle crack cocaine addiction nationwide. Photograph: Getty Images

When, as they never do, youngsters approach me for advice on their careers, I tell them: get into the business of building something for the Irish Sta(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey, alongside Mary O’Rourke, greets a supporter at a Fianna Fáil ard fheis in 1991. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

A headline in an article in The Irish Times on October 13th said it all: “Pupil-teacher ratio to fall to lowest level yet.” That headline really arres(...)

My mind goes back to the late summer of 1954 when I, as a 17-year-old, got my Leaving Cert results. Photograph: Getty Images

Recently, the media was awash with Leaving Cert results, CAO first-round offers, CAO second-round offers, and all of the attendant publicity and somet(...)

‘I think the ongoing assessment by teachers on a very regular basis was clearly a welcome development’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s September, the sun is shining, schools are open and schoolchildren have settled back after the summer holidays. It is as predictable as anything (...)

Peninsula of 145 acres acquired from the Lenihan family: purchase includes Horse Island and Robin Island

The owners of the four-star Hodson Bay resort near Athlone plan to develop a major eco-tourism facility for the midlands on a 145-acre peninsula acqui(...)

Seán Lemass:   The right way to commemorate him is to rename Dublin Airport “Seán Lemass Airport” or “Lemass Airport”.

May 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Seán Lemass. There has been a lot of activity, both in writing and in statements, about the event(...)

Mary O’Rourke, former Fianna Fáil government minister, at her home in Athlone after getting her second Covid-19 vaccination. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former Fianna Fáil politician Mary O’Rourke says she cannot wait to give her grandchildren a “tight, tight hug” now that she has received her seco(...)

Cllr Aengus O’Rourke moving the dumped fridge

Faced with the sight of a fridge-freezer full of rotting food dumped on the green in a housing estate in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Aengus O’Rourke, a loc(...)

As noted in the recently published OECD review of the senior cycle, the traditional Leaving Cert has simply become a “filter for entry into higher education”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The debate over the best way to assess Leaving Cert students this year is in full flow. Should be it be calculated grades? A more traditional exam? A (...)

Stát Rúnaí an Tuaiscirt, Douglas Hurd. Grianghraf: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

FOCLÓIR: cinneadh - decision, forálacha - provisions (of an Act) , comhad - file, rúnda - secret, neamhbhalbh - blunt, naíolann - nursery, ásc - insta(...)

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