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11 October 2018 08:13 Severe cyclone hits eastern Indian coast with 95mph winds

A severe cyclone damaged mud huts and uprooted trees and electric poles in eastern India where authorities have moved nearly 300,000 people to higher ground. The India Meteorological Department said the cyclonic storm named Titli, or Butterfly, had winds blowing up to 95mph with widespread rain in coastal districts in eastern Orissa state. A woman was killed

03 October 2018 06:53 Religion to be formally removed as entry-requirement from most primary schools from today

The so-called ‘baptism barrier’ is set to be removed by the Minister for Education today. A PRACTICE WHICH allows primary schools to prioritise religion as a criterion in the admission of new pupils is to be prohibited from today. The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton is set to commence a number of broad ranging reforms making it easier 1

03 October 2018 04:50 Hundreds of schools to change entrance policies today

The Government’s ban on the use of religion in enrolment procedures could force hundreds of schools to amend policies for applications for entry next year. The restriction takes effect immediately under an order to be signed by Education Minister Richard Bruton this morning, commencing several aspects of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018 that became 1

30 September 2018 08:00 Sitdown Sunday: Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. Donald Trump says that Russia played no role in putting him in the Oval Office. But this article says that there is evidence from analysis of online activity in 2016 that makes a case for targeted 1

27 September 2018 09:30 Cyclone warning as gale force winds batter Greece

Meteorologists are warning of a high probability of a tropical-like cyclone forming in the Ionian Sea to the south west of the Greek mainland. It comes as gale force winds continued to batter the country and forced the closure of most schools. Ferries remained in port on Thursday, severing islands’ connection to the mainland. Trees have fallen on power 2

27 September 2018 05:49 Activists claim TUI Executive have 'failed utterly' to bring in equal pay for new teachers

The Teachers Union of Ireland Executive is being criticised for failing to reject the Government's proposals on 'new entrant' pay. TUI Grassroots says the plans will ensure those who enter the public service in future will be treated much less favourably than those who came in before 2011. In a statement, the activist group says the Teachers Union of Ireland 1

26 September 2018 20:50 Priest reverses decision to end specific date for first Communion following outrage from parents

A CARLOW PRIEST has reversed his decision to end holding First Holy Communion ceremonies on a specific date in his parish following some backlash from parents. It had previously been reported yesterday by KCLR that Fr Tom Little told parents of children set to make their communion next year at three local schools in the Askea parish in Carlow that he was scrapping 1

26 September 2018 13:19 New report raises concerns over the use of isolation rooms in schools for children with disabilities

New report highlights physical restraint of children with disabilities in schools. A NEW REPORT has highlighted how schools are using physical restraints and isolation methods when teaching children with disabilities. Inclusion Ireland, the national association for people with an intellectual disability, interviewed families of 14 pupils for the study 1

26 September 2018 11:37 Update: Carlow priest reverses decision to scrap communion day after parents' anger

Update - 12.37pm: A priest in Carlow has overturned a decision to scrap Holy Communion Day for children, after an angry response from parents. Local parent Orla Cahill says they were told of the initial decision at a meeting last Wednesday. "He was like, 'Oh you can just come any Sunday in May, in a normal Sunday mass, and your child can receive Communion 1

26 September 2018 09:45 Gardaí arrest 18 people in Carlow; 10 people have been charged

The arrests took place yesterday by Gardaí from the Carlow-Kilkenny division. GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED 18 people in the Carlow area as part of crime-prevention measures. The arrests were made yesterday by the Kilkenny-Carlow division as part of Operation Thor – Project Storm. Of the 18 arrests, 16 people were detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal 2