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The Garda Representative Association has said a new police service allowance should be established “to compensate for the special disadvantages associated with police life”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The vast majority of Garda sergeants and inspectors believe morale within the force is very poor, according to a survey to be published today. The A(...)

A report to be finalised in January has examined the option of increasing a levy on employers, given that businesses benefit significantly from skilled graduates. Photograph: Getty Images

Employers could be required to contribute an additional €100 million annually to higher education costs, if proposals in a draft report on third-level(...)

A Government plan to be published on Wednesday aims to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at third level.

A new Government plan published on Wednesday aims to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at third level by 1,500 over the n(...)

Criminal cases have been dismissed by the courts because of a four-year backlog in analysing computers and other technology seized by gardaí, the Garda Inspectorate has said. Photograph: Getty Images

Serious criminal cases have been dismissed by the courts because of a four-year backlog in analysing computers and other technology seized by gardaí, (...)

At present, 30 minutes of each primary school day is allocated to religious education - twice the amount of time devoted to subjects such as science or physical education. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to remove a 50-year old official rule which gives religion classes a privileged status, paving the way for a (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said parents have the right to decide whether or not their children attend religious education classes. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The board of management at a Limerick secondary school has agreed to allow a first year student opt out of a religious education course. The board of (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said proximity could be included in “future reform”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Primary schools should be obliged to accept pupils based on proximity rather than their religious denomination in cases where schools are oversubscrib(...)

Gardaí at the scene of a robbery on Cork Street, Dublin in December 2014. Photograph: Collins

An Garda Síochána has unveiled a new €5 million national strategy to target mobile gangs and prevent burglaries. The plan involves a new fleet of hig(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The school completion programme is more complex than the schools themselves, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has told the Dáil. “It also involve(...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner  John Fintan Fanning alleged the nature of  questions at a job interview from the Garda Commissioner, along with several other factors, rendered the conduct of the recruitment process unfair and flawed.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An Assistant Garda Commissioner who claimed the Garda Commissioner asked him unfair questions about his views on left-wing political “extremists” whil(...)

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