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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor  at the launch of the Government’s  education plan  at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is to press ahead with plans to make geography an optional subject for junior cycle students despite opposition from teachers and acade(...)

While the Government has previously pledged to freeze fees for UK students starting undergraduate courses in 2019 only, an amendment to the Brexit Omnibus Bill would maintain this system indefinitely. Photograph: iStock

Students from Northern Ireland and Britain will face the same higher education fees as EU students on an ongoing basis in the event of a hard Brexit. (...)

A file image of builders carrying out remedial work at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin after structural defects were identified. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

A promised review of the Department of Education’s ‘design and build’ policy has not yet started but will be set-up by the end of the month, Minister (...)

Les Reilly (centre) with the staff from his Daybreak shop in The Naul, north Co Dublin, where the winning €175m EuroMillions ticket was sold. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

A large family syndicate from The Naul in North Co Dublin has emerged as the winner of Tuesday night’s €175.4 million EuroMillions jackpot. The famil(...)

Minister for Education  Joe McHugh said overtaxed substitute teachers will be repaid in full as soon as possible. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education is to repay substitute staff who were taxed the wrong amount due to a software glitch earlier this month. Substitute teac(...)

Mick Wallace: The TD’s new clothes

The Ceann Comhairle, brave man, hosted members of the Leinster House press gallery to dinner in the Members’ Restaurant on Thursday night to mark 100 (...)

Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath Peter Burke said Fianna Fáil needed to ‘cost, detail and explain where public money should be spent in 2019’. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil made “irrational” spending calls totalling more than €3.5 million last year, a Government backbencher has claimed. Fine Gael TD for Long(...)

Former tanaistí Mary Harney, Joan Burton, Mary Coughlan and Frances Fitzgerald at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some people may be praising the Fianna Fáil leader for opting to put his country before his party by agreeing to support the Fine Gael minority govern(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said: “Let us face it, there have been horrific practices in America and elsewhere, with body parts being procured and sold for research.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

As the 11th vote of the day was called at 11.36pm, the Minister for Health Simon Harris paced the floor of the Dáil chamber, typing furiously on his p(...)

Leo Varadkar and Denis Naughten: The Taoiseach was more interested in the really good bits of the report he commissioned in the wake of Naughten’s resignation as minister for communications. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

There was a touch of Through the Looking Glass to the Taoiseach’s answer on the topic of the day. Humpty Dumpty’s scornful reply to Alice came to mind(...)

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