The researchers found that while the role of long-standing supports for the Irish abroad like the church or the Irish pub is diminishing, new social networks were emerging which are allowing emigrants to “self help”, especially online.

Study finds lack of basic knowledge about issues like the cost of living

Initiatives such as the Gathering seek financial input from abroad but sometimes the money needs to flow the other way. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people living abroad may be better off than in the past but they still require support

Jimmy Deenihan: time is of the essence. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The first Minister of State for the Diaspora has no more than 20 months to make an impact. So what are his priorities?

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Life abroad: Documenting emigration

Only one in 10 students was able to tackle the most complex financial tasks on the test.

15-year-olds in 18 countries and economies were asked series of questions to judge ability to solve financial problems

Signs near security in Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport informing passengers about new restrictions on traveling to the USA. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Passengers travelling through Irish airports will not experience change in security proceedures

Peter McCann: We have 800 cows, on 600 acres. Our day starts at 3.30am, to have the first cows milked by 4.30am

Great place to live and work – with just one huge minus

Minister for Health James Reilly said people with rare diseases and their families were ‘often the leading experts’ and must be central to policymaking. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Patients face long waiting times for diagnoses and problems accessing treatment, Reilly says

The Department of Social Protection has said the changes are aimed at encouraging parents back into work or training. Photograph: Getty Images

Thousands of lone parents whose youngest child is over 7 to lose eligibility for allowance

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