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The Catholic Church has just published Flourish, a new programme for relationships and sexuality education (RSE) in primary schools

We need to have that little chat. The one about the birds and the bees. Specifically, we need to talk about sex education and who gets to control it. (...)

The Dáil heard that a pregnant woman in Carlow or Wexford could be in a different situation and it was time that in all hospitals ‘the same rules apply’. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and the Health Service Executive have been criticised for announcing rollout of a coronavirus vaccine programme f(...)

The Ministers for Finance and Housing are developing proposals for a solution to investment funds buying up housing estates, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government intends to ensure the focus for investment funds is on financing the construction of developments and “not to swoop in” and buy housing(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Health, appearing before an Oireachtas committee

RTÉ has contacted the Department of Health asking that it correct the Oireachtas record following a fractious committee meeting. It is understood the(...)

Minimum pricing for alcohol will be brought in from January 2022 under proposals signed off on by Cabinet on Tuesday. File Photograph: PA.

Minimum pricing for alcohol will be brought in from January 2022 under plans signed off on by Cabinet on Tuesday. The Government decided to press ahe(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said that today’s announcement was ‘long overdue’ good news but argued that there has to be an increased commitment to testing and tracing and ensuring vaccinations are accelerated.File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has been urged to provide clarity on the future of financial supports for pandemic-hit businesses and workers and also to commit to th(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: No religious ethos can be imposed at the planned new maternity hospital that would impact on services. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There is no way that reproductive health services which the Government or Health Service Executive wants to provide at the planned new national matern(...)

Airport quarantine  figures show 886 bookings in the system in April, with 134 rooms reserved in May, and nine in June. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

More than 400 people arrived into the State from countries eligible for mandatory hotel quarantine in the week before the list was expanded to include(...)

A member of the defence forces escorts passengers from Terminal 1 arrivals hall at Dublin Airport as part of the State’s mandatory quarantine system. Photoggraph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 30,000 people flew through Dublin Airport for holidays in the time between the Government flagged enhanced fines for non-essential travel an(...)

Enhanced fines of €2,000 for non-essential travel only came into effect yesterday, despite first being signalled by the Taoiseach two months ago. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Enhanced fines of €2,000 for non-essential travel only came into effect on Monday, despite first being signalled by the Taoiseach two months ago. A s(...)

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