Michael Barron, director of campaign group Equate, with Minister for Education and Skills  Richard Bruton at the School Admissions seminar organised by Equate at the Alexander Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton maintains the Dáil “has an appetite” to deal with the ‘baptism barrier’ issue and that there is a clear timetabl(...)

NCCA has proposed that religion be taken out of the core primary school curriculum.

Public consultations on the future makeup of the primary school curriculum should not be “obsessed” with religious education, a Catholic education gro(...)

Enda Kenny, Phil Hogan, Richard Bruton and Frank Flannery at the launch of the Fine Gael local election manifesto in 2009. Mr Flannery joined the Taoiseach and the Environment Minister at the publication of his forum’s report inJuly 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Philanthropy Ireland, the association that represents a number of Irish philanthropic organisations, was given €631,635 by the Department of En(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

A young woman begging in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne   A young woman begging in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

People are moving away from making long-term commitments to charity, opting instead to donate to bucket collections and charity shops, new research ha(...)

Sarah O’Connell (4) at the Launch of National Giving Week. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Today marks the beginning of Philanthropy Ireland’s National Giving Week, which organisers hope will spark debate and discussion on the relevance of p(...)

A market in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We hear a lot about austerity and have just suffered another unpleasant budget, but despite the economic realities faced by many hundreds of thousands(...)

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