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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘We’re not immune from the corrosive forces experienced in other established democracies: fake news conspiracy theories, the far right, far left, unregulated fringe publications, and unverified social media grievances and score-settling in spheres masquerading as journalism.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Why was there a vote of confidence in the Dáil? When individual Ministers face sustained criticism over performance, or controversial actions, or o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:   “There’s enough there for people who believe the worst of Leo or Fine Gael,” one Opposition source said. “But there’s nothing that’s going to hang him tomorrow.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Opposition is expected to attack Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s argument that he leaked a confidential GP pay deal to secure support for it during a conf(...)

 Village magazine’s statement claimed it had evidence of up to 10 meetings between Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail (pictured) and then taoiseach Leo Varadkar. However, on Monday, parties to the alleged meetings disputed much of the statement. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

Three senior Ministers and the doctor at the centre of the GP pay deal leak controversy have disputed an account of meetings they allegedly were invol(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris: “My priority going into the new year will be in increasing on-campus activity as much as we can and as safely as we can.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Third-level colleges are being advised to increase on-campus activity for first- year students due to concerns that significant numbers are at risk o(...)

Prof Kingston Mills in his lab in Trinity College Dublin.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor The virologist Prof Kingston Mills, who is based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has received the(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris  with Irish Times education editor Carl O’Brien  and Solas’ Dr Mary-Liz Trant  speaking at The Irish Times Higher Options exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leaving Cert students will be able to apply for both university and further education courses at the same time under a joint system being considered b(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley: ‘I would urge strongly any registered post-primary teacher with a potential interest in these subject areas to look into these programmes and assess their options further with the relevant higher education institutions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hundreds of secondary school teachers will be able to apply for free third-level upskilling courses which will qualify them to teach maths, physics an(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar apologised for ‘errors of judgment’ during an address to the Dáil

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has apologised for “errors of judgment” after he released a confidential document negotiated with the Irish Medical Organisation(...)

Prof Emmeline Hill and Prof Lisa Katz have been awarded over €880,000 to investigate the dynamic interplay between the inherited DNA sequence of a horse and the environment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

A broad range of Irish scientific research is to be supported by the latest round of Science Foundation Ireland’s Frontiers for the Future programme –(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State’s political ethics watchdog has been asked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the leaking of a document by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar t(...)

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