The State’s “free” education system remains “cripplingly expensive” and will cost parents with two children in secondary school almost €2000, reports Barnardo’s children’s charity Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Free education ‘a joke’ as cost of sending child into secondary school stays over €700

Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland: “We need clarity and we need transparency as to the price of medications and that appears to be still lacking.”

One year after introduction of law to reduce generic pricing, costs still remain expensive

‘I had been paying for more than six months for a service that did not work properly,’ says our reader of UPC Horizon

This week’s issues relate to UPC Horizon, a Supervalu wine deal, and French tolls

‘Many consumers may be needlessly paying more for their cover.’ Photograph: Getty Images

You can make savings of more than €400 by taking a few minutes to change insurance providers, but surprisingly few people are shop(...)

In the past three years, the German discounters have captured almost 4 per cent from their competitors and have increased their sales by nearly 4 per cent

Although Tesco remains the largest supermarket chain here – it has watched its market share fall every month for nearly two years (...)

Knights of Malta Fra’ Paul Caffrey during his solemn profession before The Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing at St Kevin’s Church in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A 500-year wait has been broken by a 51-year-old art historian

Within minutes of arriving in Dublin, Joe Sheehan had saved a man’s life and been the victim of a Dublin thief. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

American visitor saves man’s life

There was no property price register during the boom so accurate statistics depend on the honesty of estate agents. Photograph: David Sleator.

Property price register has made it easier to track the price rollercoaster

Dublin house prices rose by 3.1 per cent in June and were 24.4 per cent higher year-on-year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: Dublin house prices jumped 25% in last 12 months. Have we learned nothing?

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