UCC economist Séamus Coffey: cash transfers on the State pension were ‘right at the bottom’ of the EU table. Photograph: David Sleator

(...), the third lowest of the 28 member states. The EU mean level was 43.2 per cent. Irish public(...)

Last year the State collected €41.28 billion in tax, the first time in six years that receipts exceeded €40 billion. Photograph: Alan Betson

(...)-quarter of receipts in 2006 from one-third in 2000. At the same time the property boom drove a doubling in(...)

 ‘Leo Varadkar’s pledge in the Dáil this week to establish a women and infant health programme to improve maternity services is a welcome one.’ Above, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, talking to reporters.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

(...) of delivery and after birth) and respect for women’s voices at every level of the health service(...)

‘The IAG bid is an opportunity for its shareholders to acquire a valuable piece of aviation real estate, along with a valuable transport hub, highly prized landing slots in one of the world’s busiest airports, a couple of regional hubs with huge potential, considerable cash assets, a globally recognised brand and the skills and experience of 4,000 staff who are among the best brand ambassadors in aviation.’ Above, Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group  in Dublin this week. Photograph: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

(...) staff or unions at the airline: it was clear from the high level of media anticipation in recent weeks(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) kneeing the prostrate Georgian in the back. But the teams finished the half level, and without further(...)

Scotland’s Andy Murray in action during his French Open second-round match against  Joao Sousa of Portugal on day five of the  French Open at Roland Garros. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

(...) set and at the beginning of the third that he had raised his level. I just had to weather the storm(...)

Professor Louise Richardson has been nominated  as Oxford University’s next Vice-Chancellor - a post equivalent to chief executive. Photograph: University of St Andrews

Waterford-born academic Prof Louise Richardson is set to become the first woman to lead the University of Oxford. The university, the oldest in the En(...)

Germany’s Julia Görges serves against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during the women’s second round match at the French  Open at  Roland Garros in Paris. Photo:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

(...) third, fifth and sixth women’s seeds have all departed before round three, 33-year-old Williams stepped(...)

The creation of a technological university in Dublin under the TU4Dublin bid, involving the three institutions, is due to cost €23.8 million over three years. Photograph: Getty Images

Over €3 million has been spent so far on developing Technological Universities in Dublin, Munster and the south-east, with most of the money going on (...)

‘Gender inequality, like all discrimination, damages all of us” - Tom Boland (above), chief executive, Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

(...) gender equality in Ireland’s third-level institutions. The review is to be published within a year, and(...)