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Poll: Should students be obliged to sit the Leaving Cert Irish exam?

THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS are opting out of sitting the Leaving Cert Irish exam every year, the Irish Times reported this morning.

Despite the study of Irish being mandatory at second level, there is no obligation for students to sit the actual Leaving Cert exam. 

A Department of ...

2019-03-11 11:16 open_in_new
Poll: What will you have on your pancakes?

PANCAKE TUESDAY, SHROVE Tuesday, Mardis Gras, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday – the many names for the traditional precursor to the Lenten period of self-denial.

But today is not about getting hung up on a name, it’s about toppings, the options for which are endless.

Fruit? ...

2019-03-05 12:28 open_in_new
Gardaí investigating incident in which man was seen masturbating outside Laois school

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an incident in which a man was allegedly seen masturbating outside a school in Laois. 

The man has been accused of performing the sex act on himself while he was sitting in a SUV opposite a national school in Portlaoise on Tuesday. 

Two people told ...

2019-03-04 13:22 open_in_new
Poll: Should electric scooters be banned from public roads?

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has led calls to have electric scooters banned from public roads and cycle paths.

A report in today’s Irish Examiner quotes a spokeswoman from the local authority, who said the council believes the two-wheeled vehicles should not be used on Dublin’s ...

2019-03-04 11:16 open_in_new
Poll: Should banned drink drivers be given an exemption to drive to work?

A REPORT IN The Sunday Business Post has said that the government is to look at whether convicted drink drivers could be given a “limited licence” to allow them drive to work.

The change could be based on the system in New Zealand, where banned drivers can apply for an exemption if a ...

2019-03-03 18:28 open_in_new
Train disruptions at Kildare-Portlaoise, Belfast, and Pearse Station this weekend

DUBLIN’S PEARSE STREET and Tara Street train stations will be closed this weekend in order for works to take place as part of a project to replace the roof at Pearse Street.

Separately, engineering works will also take place between Kildare and Portlaoise, leading to a number of route ...

2019-02-23 07:49 open_in_new
Poll: Should the Dáil vote for confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris?

DO YOU THINK the Dáil should back Health Minister Simon Harris in the motion of no confidence vote that is expected to be held tomorrow?

The motion is being held in response to the spiralling costs of the National Children’s Hospital, and has been tabled by Sinn ...

2019-02-19 12:28 open_in_new
Poll: Should Fianna Fáil withdraw their support for Fine Gael if there's a Brexit deal?

FIANNA FÁIL AGREED to extend their support for Fine Gael’s minority government last year, citing the uncertainty around Brexit as the reason.

Despite the extension of the Confidence and Supply Agreement, Fianna Fáil have been putting pressure on the government over the National ...

2019-02-18 12:19 open_in_new