If the gift is in straight cash, you run the risk of losing your welfare entitlement

I am in receipt of the one-parent family payment. I am in the final year of my master’s studies and I am entitled to payment for a further 12 months o(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be seeking to fine-tune Ireland’s game plan in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the World Cup four years ago, Ireland would have traded four warm-up defeats for four wins in the pool stages, and that is exactly what trans(...)

“The consolidation of airlines is probably the strongest argument for the sell-off of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus. Yet airline mergers have yet to prove a financial success. Iberia and the largest airline group in Europe, Lufthansa, are struggling.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Aer Lingus is back in the spotlight since the British Airways parent IAG formally announced the terms of its offer for the airline last week, valuing (...)

Vadhusha Horil Roy, Jennie Dunne, Clodagh Reid, Lizzie Thompson, Eimear Higgins, Aishling Kavanagh and Rebecca Phillips – sixth year students – discuss English Paper 1 after completing the first of their Leaving Cert exams at Maryfield College in Drumcondra. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“It gives us a start. It was a bit anti-climatic really, it just feels like a normal exam. I’m just glad that it’s started.” Lizzie Thompson (17) ech(...)

Niall O’Brien believes Ireland have a chance of an upset in the opening World Cup Pool B game against the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA

Two countries, four weeks, six games and over 10,000 kilometres of travel await Ireland as they prepare to get their third 50-overs World Cup under(...)

In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights found the Irish State was in breach of the Convention on Human Rights, following a case taken by three Irish women, known as ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’.

The Council of Europe has closed its examination of Ireland’s implementation of the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the controversial A, B an(...)

Banbridge’s Stephen Dowds (left) who scored twice in his side’s 4-4 draw against Lisnagarvey

Banbridge’s 4-4 tie with Lisnagarvey on Saturday evening at Havelock Park has left an intriguing three-way shoot-out for the playoff places from Pool (...)

Trials to select the Irish women’s team to contest the home international championship for the Lady Milne Trophy begin this coming weekend at Templeogue Centre.

The bridge season has been marked by record participation in national championships, peaking with 147 pairs in Duais an Uachtaráin won by M Brady and (...)

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka made the perfect start in the first Group A match of the ATP World Tour Finals photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

At the start of this long, long tennis season, Stanislas Wawrinka – or Stan, as he has subsequently become known in the official records – threaten(...)

The roubled Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will make his return from a biting ban against giants Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Monday morning at Sant Joan Despí and the countdown has begun. It is 11am when Barcelona’s players appear, heading for pitch two where the sprinklers (...)