In Brisbane: Richard Donovan with wife Patricia and son Michael. They will all be back in Tipperary in September.

Richard Donovan had always wanted to see Australia, so when activity at the civil-works company he worked for began to slow, in early 2008, it seemed (...)

Two-thirds of mature private pension scheme members either don’t know how much they will receive in retirement income or how it will be paid

Two-thirds of mature private pension scheme members either don’t know how much they will receive in retirement income or whether their pension will be(...)

‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry 1:56

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)

Incoming chief of the ESRI Prof Alan Barrett said we need a discussion of what the tax take should be. Photograph: Getty Images

Demands for “considerable” extra spending were not matched by proposals to increase taxes to pay for them, the chairman of the national economic dialo(...)

Prof Alan Barrett will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The incoming director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Prof Alan Barrett, will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue as t(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

Mothers who had seen at least one child move abroad demonstrated increased symptoms in all three mental health categories

Mothers of adult emigrants who left Ireland during the recession are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental health issues than those (...)

Alone, the charity working with socially isolated older people, replicating an ad they ran in Irish newspapers in Britain and the US in the early 1980s, as the last wave of mass emigration from Ireland was just beginning.

There is a poster hanging in the Dublin office of Alone, the charity working with socially isolated older people, replicating an ad they ran in Irish (...)

Longitudinal Study on Ageing meant interviewing 8,500 people aged 50 and over between 2009 and 2011. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Childhood sexual abuse has a profound long-term economic impact on survivors, according to a new study by the Economic and Social Research Institut(...)

The Irish rugby team in action last weekend. The IRFU is among those owed money by Eventelephant. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Charities, non-profit organisations and other creditors owed €1.5 million by Eventelephant Ltd, a promotions facilitator now in liquidation, we(...)