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Politicians on the steps of St Paul’s Church on West Street in Drogheda during a protest march over drug-related violence in the town. Photograph: PA

Some 4,000 people walked from Drogheda’s Peace Bridge to the centre of the town on Saturday, accompanied by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and several par(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has said his party will not form a ‘grand coalition’ with Fine Gael after the general election. Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish TImes.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will not form a “grand coalition” with Fine Gael after the general election. Mr Martin said his (...)

Helen McEntee from Nobber is seen as a reserved but smart politician who has performed well on the international Brexit stage. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Meath East (three seats) Current: 2 FG, 1 FF The three sitting TDs in Meath East have the constituency nicely divided between them based on geograph(...)

Leyla Kaya, a student at Ratoath College: The school is dropping its iPad-only policy for junior cycle students. Photograph: Alan Betson

A secondary school in Co Meath is set to drop its iPad-only policy for new students after an independent review recommended books should be reintroduc(...)

 Fianna Fáil’s education spokesperson Thomas Byrne: “I fully accept that a surplus is required to be maintained for lean years. However, a surplus amounting to one year’s levy should be sufficient.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is facing calls for an “urgent review” of a State training fund after it emerged that the surplus is set to climb to almost €1 billion (...)

Kate Byrne with daughter Saoirse and husband Sam. “I woke up one night at 2am and I honestly thought that I’d left my cooker on and that something was burning”

An Irish mother living in Australia has described how ash rained down on her baby’s pram in Sydney as bush fires continue to burn out of control. Kat(...)

Fianna Fáil said ‘a delay in the processing of home-tuition grants can lead to the most vulnerable children in our education system missing weeks of education’. File photograph: Getty

More than 500 children with autism and other learning difficulties do not have a suitable school place, according to the latest official figures. Dep(...)

 Jackie Duffy and Peggy O’Connell from Dublin playing bingo during a protest outside the Dáil to stop the Government affecting  bingo on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

A “major professional lobbying campaign” has attempted to derail legislation obliging large bingo operators to obey existing laws requiring them to do(...)

Unopened Dunshaughlin Community National School: “I’m not convinced that the department’s methods for measuring the demand for new schools is fully accurate,” says Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil education spokesman. Photograph: Alan Betson

The opening of a new school in a busy commuter belt area of Co Meath has been deferred because it did not enrol any pupils. The Department of Educati(...)

Students, teachers and parents from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School protest outside Leinster House, Dublin recently. The school is still awaiting a permanent home.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been urged to clarify how a cut in the capital budget for education next year will impact on the delivery of school buildings and o(...)

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