The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

Open about sexuality: DIT students held Stand Up 4 Love, a comedy and music night at Vicar Street, in support of a Yes vote in the marriage-equality referendum

Ireland has witnessed significant social change and sometimes dizzying levels of diversity in recent decades. Does that extend to a new willingness to(...)

Religion continues to play some part in the lives of the vast majority of Irish children. Just 3 per cent of parents of children under 13 say relig(...)

The Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI “Family Values” poll put a series of statements to the public, relating family life in today’s Ireland. Attitudes often dif(...)

The survey asked about six areas of “worry”: not having enough money; not having enough free time; work-life balance; physical health; mental health; and relationship difficulties

What keeps Irish people awake at night? Money, or too little of it, is our number one concern, according to a major “Family Values” poll carried out b(...)

Read the small print to empower yourself

“Empowering consumers is the key principle in consumer law,” says Mary Donnelly, senior law lecturer at University College Cork. She and her colleague(...)

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

‘We are never going to see an ad that features people struggling to pay their credit card bills.’ Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

What was the first thing you bought on a credit card (if, like half of Irish adults, you have one)? What is said to be the first credit card tr(...)

About 60,000 people with low incomes whose bank accounts have been frozen for at least a year and whose debt doesn’t exceed 35,000 kuna (€4,500) can participatein Croatia’s debt forgiveness programe. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES)

Croatia’s poorest citizens may start applying today to have their debt erased under a one-time measure passed by the government last month. About 60,(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon: said blocking the privatisation of services in England would help to protect Scotland’s own independent National Health Service. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish National Party MPs can vote on issues affecting the English National Health Service after the general election, Scottish first minister Ni(...)