Economic inequality is often seen as inevitable, but it needn’t be so. Photograph: Getty

Economic inequality is often portrayed as an inevitable force of nature: it’s a shame climate change is heating up the globe; and it’s sad that the(...)

Tasc research indicates State  now the most unequal country in the EU when it comes to how the economy distributes income. Photograph: Getty Images

The gap between rich and poor is on the rise with more than a third of all income concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent of earners, new res(...)

It’s comforting to think of Ireland as a model global citizen. Our history of peacekeeping, neutrality and aid work in Africa should stand us in good (...)

Field work: cutting sugar cane in Zambia. Photograph: Jason Larkin/Panos/ActionAid

The receptionist in the spacious light-filled atrium of No 2, Grand Canal Square hasn’t heard of the company. He makes some calls. After about half an(...)

Into the west: Ennis has the highest pass rates for the driving test, followed by Sligo,  Tuam, Clifden and Roscommon. Dublin has the lowest. Photograph by Frank Miller

Want to increase your chances of passing the driving test? Avoid the capital and head west. That’s if driving test pass rates over recent years are(...)

Among the areas where health services are under serious pressure are hospital emergency departments and maternity services, while there are also growing waiting lists for vital procedures and primary care. File photograph: Getty Images

The head of the HSE has privately warned the Government that patients will face clinical risks this year due to funding shortages for health services.(...)

Proud Corkman Carl O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I realised this on a blind date many years ago. My date, a Dub, confessed that, no, she had never in fact visited the real capital. Not only that, but(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter. Photograph: Frank Miller

Across Europe asylum applications are on the increase and Ireland, for the first time in more than a decade, is no exception. Last year, there was an(...)

The number of people seeking asylum in the EU is set to reach its highest point in almost two decades, with the largest number coming from war-torn(...)

Mountain View centre in Newbridge: inspectors said some staff lacked mandatory training and sufficient safeguards to prevent potential abuse of vulnerable residents.

A residential centre for people with disabilities, run by the head of a Health Service Executive inquiry into abuse at the Áras Attracta care centre (...)