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Fórsa, the union which represents special needs assistants, says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it is safe to do so. File photograph: iStock

The main special needs assistants’ union says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it (...)

Following an outcry over predicted-grade results in the UK, Minister for Education Norma Foley announced on September 1st that the Government had dropped the use of school-by-school historical data. File photograph: Getty

The use of data on schools’ past Leaving Cert performance would have allowed for “good calculations” to be made for students’ calculated grades, accor(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris: ‘I am really worried about the mental health and wellbeing of students.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands of third-level students are due to get refunds or credit notes worth up to €250 over the coming weeks. The once-off payments – worth a tota(...)

Rita O’Driscoll from Bridge Street, Bandon, Co Cork, has been found  guilty of murder. Photograph: John Delea

A 48 year old mother of two has been sentenced to life imprisonment after she was found guilty of the murder of her former husband who was found with(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘we have put in place all the precautions necessary and along with the dedication of the principals and teachers at a local school leve.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents can be assured that schools are taking all necessary precautions to ensure children will return to “safe and welcoming” classrooms from next w(...)

A plan to  reopen schools to all pupils on a full-time basis will be published next Monday. Photograph: iStock

A comprehensive plan to fully reopen schools to all pupils on a full-time basis will be announced next Monday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed.(...)

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien photographed at the launch of the GSOC annual report 2013 at the Garda Ombudsman’s office in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The leadership of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has dismissed calls by some Garda members to resign over their handling of recent con(...)

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc), which investigates complaints made against Garda members, has found evidence that its discussions, tel(...)