Tánaiste Joan Burton and An Post chief executive Donal Connell: Mr Connell noted the loss in mail revenue has been partially offset by a pick- up in online trade, cost reductions and price increases. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography.ie

Retiring An Post chief executive Donal Connell has said traditional mail volumes will be 50 per cent below their 2007 peak in less than five years. (...)

A breakdown of student grant data shows higher third-level participation rates in the Blanchardstown and Tallaght areas, which have institutes of technology. File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Students in relatively disadvantaged areas of the capital are more likely to go on to third-level if they live close to a college, new figures suggest(...)

Migrants and refugees clash with riot police during a protest to call for the reopening of the borders at their makeshift camp in the northern border village of Idomeni, on April 7, 2016.  A plan to send back migrants from Greece to Turkey sparked demonstrations by local residents in both countries days before the deal brokered by the European Union is set to be implemented. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

“The conception of human rights based upon the assumed existence of a human being as such broke down at the very moment when those who professed to be(...)

Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire negotiated billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and played “a central role for the US government” with CIA operatives in selling guns to Iran, according to a 1992 US Senate report co-written by then-Senator John Kerry, now the US secretary of state. Photograph: Getty Images

One day during his presidential re-election campaign in September 1996, Bill Clinton walked into a room in Westin Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. A(...)

Nia Vardalos: “I describe myself as a fearless idiot. I don’t think about pressure at all”. Photograph:  Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

In 2002, Nia Vardalos, a relatively unknown Greek-Canadian actor, wrote and starred in a $5 million comedy with little by way of fanfare. Within week(...)

Cough, cough, pick me: Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton and Enda Kenny

It has been 30 years since Fine Gael last had a minister – Paddy Cooney – holding the levers of power on Marlborough Street. All ministers since have(...)

Ford Fiesta

Opponents of income-contingent student loans invariably argue that their introduction will result in crippling lifetime debt. Yet they don’t see home(...)

 Micheal Martin at the launch of the Fianna Fail general election manifestoPhotograph: Lensmen/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has stepped back from plans to introduce income-contingent loans to help meet the cost of third level education. Speaking on Thursday, a (...)

Minister Leo Varadkar TD with Fine Gael Dublin Bay South candidate Kate O’Connell. while preparations are made for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, at CHQ, while the party announced their plans to abolish the USC by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The one thing that every finance expert agrees upon is that the tax system desperately needs to be simplified. That’s true for Ireland and just about (...)

ComReg has been strongly criticised for taking too long to adjudicate on complaints that Eir is abusing its dominant position in the market. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

The telecoms watchdog has been strongly criticised for taking too long to adjudicate on complaints that Eir is abusing its dominant position in the ma(...)